Review

  • Great DataBlast Review on Big Bruin

    May 7, 2013 - Leave a Comment

     

    The SOHO DataBlast YX550-VLTE-AWS is getting great reviews for boosting 4G signal.  The latest review, from Big Bruin, recieved 4.5 out of 5 stars! Check out a portion of the review below, telling the background story regarding why a product like this comes in use:

    "I live 42 miles from the heart of New York City, and despite being one of the most densely populated regions in the country, with millions of wireless subscribers to satisfy, my home happens to be in a dead zone for all of the major operators. The T-mobile and AT&T maps claim there is coverage that they respectively describe as 'satisfactory' and 'moderate', while Verizon's coverage map is fairly honest showing a good sized void of coverage over my property. There are some hills and trees which contribute to this situation, but if you position yourself in just the right spot in the backyard you can actually get decent call coverage and strong 4G signal. This doesn't help if you want to use your phone in or near the house, but it does make a strong case for installing a product like the Wi-Ex zBoost SOHO DataBlast YX550-VLTE-AWS."

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  • TechiTeens Reviews The zBoost SOHO

    March 20, 2013 - Leave a Comment

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    Check out the great 4 star review the SOHO YX545 Signal Booster got from TechiTeens this week:

    Review Highlights:

    Even though it’s the 21st century and mobile devices are seen everywhere, it still is not uncommon to experience dead zones where the lack of cellular service severely limits the capabilities of your phone. The worst case scenario is living in one of these dead zones, which can be located anywhere from urban environments where buildings block signals to rural environments where it just was not cost effective for providers to install cell towers at frequent intervals. If you are faced with this problem, the zBoost SOHO YX545 can help solve it. It works by capturing the minimal cell signal that you do receive amplifying it around your home.

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  • ZDNet Reviews the zBoost DataBlast

    February 19, 2013 - Leave a Comment

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    The Wi-Ex team was excited when we heard ZDNet was planning on reviewing the new 4G boosting technology the DataBlast but we were ecstatic when we found out what they thought of the unit:

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  • zBoost zForce Reviews by AndroidSpin and Truly Gadget

    March 9, 2012 - Leave a Comment

    The zBoost zForce is receiving good reviews from customers and the media.  Here are two reviews that were recently written about the zBoost zForce.

    The first review was by Kevin Shen at AndroidSpin.

    zBoost zForce - Force Your Signal to be Stronger

    Last time I reviewed one of zBoost’s products, I mentioned how the SOHO Xtreme improved my signal vastly, up to 5,500 feet. However, what if you’re on the go? What if you’re driving and you need to make some important calls? (Although we don’t recommend you use your cell phone while driving) There are times when you need to make calls while in motion though, such as emergencies. If you don’t have a good signal and you’re stuck in an emergency, and SOS won’t respond, then you’re as good as..worthless?

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  • AndroidSPIN: zBoost SOHO Xtreme will efficiently boost your signal

    February 7, 2012 - Leave a Comment

    Kevin Shen, reviewer and writer for AndroidSPIN recently took the time to setup the zBoost SOHO Xtreme and put it through a thorough test.  This is the first zBoost SOHO Xtreme review since it's launch at CES.  Read excerpts from Kevin's review below or to read the full article with images showing the signal improvement on his phone, go to -http://androidspin.com/product-review/review-zboost-soho-xtreme-boost-cell-signal-at-your-home-or-office/

    Review: zBoost SOHO Xtreme – Boost cell signal at your home or Office

    Review Bottom Line: 4 / 5 - Very Good

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  • zBoost Interview Featured on Geek News

    February 1, 2012 - Leave a Comment

    This interview needs a little explanation for our regular readers.  First of all it's actually Roni Pridemore being interviewed instead of Sharon Cuppett, we had a last-minute substitute, and I promise, we didn't try to steal Don's phone when we left the interview with the zBoost zForce.  When we received a call about 15 minutes later to return the phone, we all had a good laugh.

    The video interview gives a good overview of the new zBoost zForce, zBoost Xtreme, and zBoost 4G-V. Thanks to Todd and Don for taking the time to share zBoost with their audience.

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  • Mac Edition Radio Holiday Picks - zBoost SOHO and zBoost METRO

    November 28, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    Wi-Ex is proud to announce that the zBoost SOHO and the  zBoost METRO are both listed as Mac Edition Radio Holiday Picks.  See the holiday post and then the entire review below.  To see all of the Mac Edition Radio Holiday Picks including a cool item that I plan to buy, called the Bringrr, go to: http://maceditionradio.com/index.php?module=pagesetter&tid=3&filter=homepage:notnull&orderby=core.publishDate:desc

    Review – Wi-Ex.com – zBoost-Metro & SOHO Cell Phone Signal Boosters

    Dropped calls are a constant annoyance and fact of our  cell phone lives, but what can you do if those calls keep getting dropped even  when you’re at work or home? We have tried cell phone cases that claim to  have “cell boosters” inside, but they didn’t seem to make much of a difference.  Another approach is to use a specialized amplifier and antenna to strengthen the  signal. We tested the zBoost -YX540 Metro and YX545 SOHO Cell Phone Signal  Boosters to see if our constantly dropped calls would come to a welcome end. The YX540 Metro and YX545 SOHO Cell Phone Signal Boosters are Mac Edition  Radio Holiday Picks! Harris Fogel 11/27/11

    Mac Editon Radio Review of            Wi-Ex.com – zBoost-Metro & SOHO Cell Phone Signal Boosters

    If you’ve never experienced a dropped cell phone call then you’re probably still using landlines!Dropped calls are a constant annoyance and fact of cell phone life, but what can you do if those calls keep getting dropped even when you’re at work or home? We have tried cell phone cases that claim to have “cell boosters” inside, but they didn’t seem to make a difference. Even if an antenna on a phone increases its sensitivity, the root problem is usually a dead zone, so a case that promises an antenna to boost sensitivity won’t have a signal to deal with, assuming the claim has any validity.Another, more active approach, entails the use of a specialized amplifier and antenna to strengthen your signal, grab it and distribute it to the room it is needed in. We tested the Wi-Ex.com – zBoost-Metro & SOHO Cell Phone Signal Boosters to see if our constantly dropped calls in the dead zones around the house could come to a welcome end.

    Unfortunately, I have the perfect “laboratory” to test the unit. Walking into our dining room while talking on a cell means that the call will inevitably drop almost as soon as you enter. At first I thought it was something my wife engineered to keep the kids and I from taking calls during meals, but it will happen consistently at any time of day, even when there isn’t food on the table!) Previously we’d tested the zBoost YX545 SOHO that differs from the Metro most visibly in the choice of signal antenna. The SOHO uses a traditional white co-ax whip approximately 12” long with a small extension on top. This should be mounted permanently in the highest spot you can find, that has a clear line of sight to the cell towers. Ideally this is outside, and then you can use a normal coax cable to connect to the inside base station that has a small adjustable whip antenna.

    With the Metro the antenna is a unique white plastic box a couple of inches thick that uses suction cups to stick to a window pane. The Metro is designed for folks in an office building, or a home with a single level. The suction cups let you easily move the antenna, or have it travel with you. The base station looks very similar to the SOHO but with a grey color, while the SOHO is white and orange. The SOHO has a greater range up to 3,000 sq. ft., while the range of the Metro is 1,500 sq. ft.

    Which unit you choose depends upon your needs and physical requirements. Many locations – especially hotels, offices, apartments, or rentals – may not allow you to mount an external antenna, so the portability of the Metro is a good fit. One option to mount the SOHO in a less visible or obtrusive way would be to mount it in attic. The signal won’t be as strong, but it is an easy way to avoid routing the coax from inside to outside.

    Both units perform rather favorable, and both boast dual-band capability, so most phones are covered with the exception of Nextel/iDEN or 4G, 2100 MHz phones. We measured the increase in our phones’ bar strength, and both increased reception by at least three bars. The range from the base station was one differentiation between the models, with the SOHO’s signal reaching a wider area with a more consistent signal strength farther away from the base station. The Metro’s antenna stuck to our window panes just fine. I would recommend, as indicated in the instructions, that users should take some time to test the antenna on different window locations to find the one that provides the strongest signal strength. Using the system is easy; just plug and play. Mount the antenna, roll out the cable to the base station, plug in the small power brick, and that’s pretty much it.

    Once you have a unit running, it’s easy to forget you’re depending on it. This was driven home in September, when Hurricane Irene hit the northeast and knocked out power for several days in our neighborhood. With no landlines operational we relied upon cell phones and suddenly we were experiencing more dropped calls than normal in most of our house. Why? We realized that we had no power to our Metro, so had to walk outside to get a consistent signal (note: the loss of power was after the hurricane had passed – not during the storm!). As proof of how effective the Z-Boost Metro can be, as soon as power was restored so were our cell phones! When “Can you hear me now?” isn’t working, the Metro and SOHO units work invisibly in the background to keep dropped calls to a minimum and both come highly recommended. The YX540 Metro and YX545 SOHO Cell Phone Signal Boosters are Mac Edition Radio Holiday Picks!

    Harris Fogel, posted 11/27/2011

     

  • Another great zBoost SOHO Review!

    March 9, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    Review: Wi-Ex zBoost SOHO-YX545 Signal Booster

    One of the cooler, more useful things we ran into at MacWorld last month was a cell signal booster from a company called Wi-Ex. The zBoost SOHO-YX545 is one of three different options the company has to choose from for home and office usage. Other products the company offers can be used for travel and international use. This isn’t the hardest review we’ve ever had to do. Set-up is easy, the product does as advertised, and for most people, the results are enough to justify the price tag.

    About The zBoost YX545

    The zBoost SOHO was designed for the home or small office consumers who may have signal issues where they reside. The zBoost extends cell zones for multiple users with devices that operate on a 800 and 1900 MHz frequency, but will not work for those using Nextel/iDEN, 4G, or 2100MHz networks. With the zBoost, you’ll give yourself the ability to increase your indoor signal coverage by up to 3,000 sq ft. The main objective of the SOHO is to decrease the amount of dropped or missed calls and increase the power and speed voice and data transmission. This unit retails for $399 and can be purchased directly through WiEx. The company also has other home models available for $299 and $249, which will cover a lesser area.

    Set Up

    As I mentioned above, initial set-up of the zBoost is painfully easy. There’s no programming or any obscene technical knowledge needed. Instead, all you’ve got to do is travel around your home or office, find the strongest signal point, and place the signal antenna there. You can place the signal antenna indoors or outdoors and the package comes with a mounting kit, so you will be able to screw in the antenna to the side of your home, windowsill, or wall. After placing the antenna in the strongest signal location, all that remains is powering on the signal booster it self. Of course, you want to position the booster in an area relatively close to where you’ve been experiencing signal trouble, so Wi-Ex has provided with a very long, 50-ft coaxial cable.

    The Results

    We’ve been using the zBoost in my home for just about two weeks now. In my home, we have a plethora of service providers, so this was set to be a pretty in-depth testing phase from the very beginning. Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T all reside in my home and all three providers network frequencies are compatible with the zBoost. Prior to installation, signal strength and penetration hadn’t really been a problem, but there were a certain few dead zones around the house. In the kitchen, in the basement, and in some areas upstairs, we’d notice a signal drop-off. Drop calls were never a huge issue, but sometimes, call quality suffered because of the lack of signal.

    I was personally most excited to see how signal strength, call quality, and data transfer speeds would improve when in the basement of our home. After all, we do have a massive 1080P TV set down there, so I’d like to think that I spend a good amount of my time there. On average, we saw an increase of one or two signal bars in almost every area of the house. The zBoost was extremely beneficial to the basement in particular. Data speeds didn’t increase dramatically, but call quality went from poor to almost outstanding. In areas of our kitchen where we experienced complete dead zones, we were able to stand for minutes without dropping calls. A steady 4-to-5 bars is now the norm in our house, instead of the 1-to-2 bars we would experience in a few areas.

    The Bottom Line

    The WiEx zBoost SOHO has been great for us. A few of us in the house rely heavily on our cell phones for business related communications, so the ability to extend our Cell Zone to places where we weren’t able to hold a signal before is extremely beneficial. The zBoost is a great product for consumers who live under trees and have signal issues, or live on a city street where signal doesn’t penetrate as well as it does in the suburbs. The $399 price tag may be a little bit steep for those who aren’t experiencing that many issues. However, as I mentioned above, there are a couple of alternatives at much cheaper price points that could be beneficial to those not willing to spend the $399 on the SOHO.

    Overall, I’m extremely pleased with the zBoost and what it’s done for our home and would almost certainly invest in any new products WiEx has to release in the future.

  • Review: "Wi-Ex zBoost SO­HO YX545: Al­pha­bet Soup of Cell Re­cep­tion"

    March 7, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    TrulyTechnology.com reviewed our YX545 SOHO!

    Cell phone boost­ers seem like an odd tech­nol­o­gy- pay­ing a third par­ty to en­able sup­port for your phone that, by all rights, your ser­vice provider re­al­ly should of­fer. And with the growth in fem­to­cells, many of­fered di­rect­ly by car­ri­ers, this is in fact hap­pen­ing more and more. If you find that your home or apart­ment con­sis­tent­ly has poor ser­vice or drops calls, def­i­nite­ly con­tact your provider, and they may have a so­lu­tion. It may even be free for you!

    There are plen­ty of cas­es- garages, of­fices, sec­ond homes, sec­ond floors- where cell re­cep­tion isn't sat­is­fac­to­ry and you are like­ly to be on the hook for any so­lu­tions. And when a fem­to­cell isn't ap­pro­pri­ate, var­i­ous boost­er tech­nolo­gies are ex­cel­lent ways to go from one bar to four or even five. In our tests, they gen­er­al­ly don't work quite as well as fem­to­cells in a small range, but bet­ter over a dis­tance and can of­ten be more flex­i­ble and car­ri­er-in­de­pen­dent. Which means that if your room­mates, friends, or spouse doesn't use the same car­ri­er as you do, you may still ben­e­fit from a boost­er rather than a fem­to­cell. The in-depth dis­cus­sion of these tech­nolo­gies is be­yond the scope of this re­view, but it's im­por­tant to note that the Wi-Ex zBoost SO­HO YX545 is a good buy for al­most any U.S. cell cus­tomer, as it cov­ers ev­ery­thing but 4G and Nex­tel (which are nor­mal ex­cep­tions).

    This mod­el can cov­er up to 3000 square feet as well- though walls and oth­er nor­mal con­di­tions will re­duce that some­what. We still found it in­cred­i­bly ef­fec­tive, even be­tween floors. Mul­ti­ple calls and si­mul­ta­ne­ous users are sup­port­ed, and one side ef­fect that might be un­ex­pect­ed is that your bat­tery life is much bet­ter, thanks to a stronger sig­nal. We live and work in a known AT&T trou­ble zone, where our var­i­ous iPhones reg­u­lar­ly drop calls- up to 5% of the time when stay­ing with­in the of­fices in the Mis­sion Dis­trict. Us­ing the Wi-Ex zBoost YX545, we found out bat­tery life in­creased by an ap­pre­cia­ble amount, per­haps 10% over the course of a day, and our sig­nal strength went from about two bars on av­er­age to around four. Of course, these aren't pre­cise val­ues, and ev­ery­one's ex­pe­ri­ence will vary, but our re­sults have been and con­tin­ue to be pos­i­tive. Ver­i­zon and Sprint cus­tomer have al­so re­port­ed great im­prove­ments, and even da­ta trans­mis­sions are faster.

    Of course, the down­side of these de­vices is of­ten in­stal­la­tion- you re­ceive a fair­ly small base unit, about the size of a ca­ble box, but al­so a large an­ten­na that must be mount­ed with spe­cif­ic re­stric­tions. There is al­so an in­clud­ed co-ax­i­al ca­ble that must be run be­tween them, and of course pow­er sup­plied to the base unit. Care­ful po­si­tion­ing, along with some tri­al and er­ror and test­ing, will be re­quired for best re­sults, and note that the an­ten­nas are om­ni-di­rec­tion­al so that you want the base unit in the mid­dle of a room for the best ef­fect and widest cov­er­age. We spent a cou­ple of hours to­tal tweak­ing and check­ing out set­up.

    The on­ly oth­er down­side to the zBoost YX545 is the price- broad cell phone re­cep­tion im­prove­ment do come with a price, in this case, close to $300 avail­able wide­ly on­line. Wi-Ex does of­fer a va­ri­ety of mod­els to fit dif­fer­ent needs, in­clud­ing some small­er ones that are per­fect for most apart­ments. We liked that there are no con­tracts or oth­er fees, and that it works with pret­ty much any car­ri­er or phone, even PCS. You won't get much of a boost if you can't re­ceive sig­nal some­where near­by though- the lo­ca­tion you place the an­ten­na de­ter­mines, for the most part, the sig­nal strength you will re­ceive from the base. And you can't go too far from the base and re­ceive a strong sig­nal- lin­ear drop-off means that the far­ther you are away from the base, even a cou­ple of dozen feet, will re­sult in a less pow­er­ful sig­nal. Over­all, it's worth it though, a handy de­vice that does what it promis­es.

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  • Product Review: Bella So Savvy

    February 18, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    zBoost Metro YX540 Cell Phone Booster

    Can you hear me now? Hello? Are you still there? Hmm… I guess not. Dang it, dropped call AGAIN!

    We live in a small suburban city that’s surrounded by farms and empty fields. I would think that our cell phone service here would be better since there’s not a lot around us unlike a large, busy city filled with tall buildings BUT that’s not the case.

    Maybe the nearest tower is outdated or blocked in some way. I do know that after signing our newest contract, our service provider changed the location of the cell tower where our signal comes from to one further away from our home and that’s when our problems started.

    Since cell phones have become an integral part of our lives — helping us stay connected to family and friends — it’s pretty important that we maintain service, especially for emergency situations. I can’t count the number of times our cell phones have came in handy for those when we’ve been out and about. And it’s quite annoying when you’re trying to make, receive or stay on a call when all of a sudden the phone just disconnects for no apparent reason. This happens way more than is acceptable in our home in my opinion.

    I know one thing, I surely do NOT want to have to go outside to make and or receive phone calls, especially during the nasty, bitter winter months. As much money as we pay for our service, there is no way I’m going to freeze my patootie off just because our service sucks!

    Just recently I learned that there IS an available alternative and that is the zBoost Metro YX540 Cell Phone Booster offered by Wi-Ex. The zBoost Metro YX540 is a signal amplifier or cell phone booster that was created for consumers who reside in single story urban dwellings. These are also designed for multiple users in homes and or offices with space up to 1500 square feet in size.

    It supports all U.S. phones and mobile devices using 800 and 1900 MHz and does not require an outdoor antenna.

    Here’s What You Get With a zBoost Metro YX540 Kit:

    • zBoost Metro Base Unit
    • Base Unit Antenna
    • Window Mount Signal Antenna
    • Base Unit Antenna
    • Coax Cable (RG59-Mini, 40 feet)
    • Power Supply
    • Short Suction Cup Attachments
    • Long Suction Cup Attachments

    Set up is quite easy since the kit contains everything you need and no tools are required. To get started, it’s a good idea to read over the instructions before permanently installing the antenna’s. Also, make sure you can place calls near the location you plan to install the antenna. The base unit will only amplify a signal that is received at the signal antenna. The obvious way to find this out is by placing a call near the ideal location to verify there is enough signal to be amplified.

    For the next step, place the signal antenna on the interior of a window located in the area of your chosen site. To do this, choose either the large or small suction cups provided in your kit, fasten them to the back of the antenna and adjust the antenna so that it is secured into place. The higher you can seat the antenna, the better. The antenna is situated vertically so that the coax is coming out of the bottom of the antenna box.

    Click the image below for a closer look…

    Next, connect the base unit antenna and coax to the base unit and place it in the location where you need a signal. For the most optimal signal, it’s recommended that you position the unit near the middle of a room or on an interior wall. The base unit uses an omni-directional antenna that delivers a signal in a circular motion around the antenna. The system does not require a vertical separation but the two antenna’s should have at least 8 feet of horizontal separation for best performance. One nice feature is that you can either mount the base unit to a wall or place it on a flat surface. Just make sure the unit is kept at a distance of at least 2 feet away from other cords or metal objects, including other wireless devices such as routers.

    Once the devices are connected and plugged into a power supply, you wait up to 60 seconds for the units to start broadcasting a signal. The LED indicator light will let you know if the unit is functioning properly by either emitting a green or red light which may or may not be flashing. You can compare the results with the user’s manual if you experience any issues.

     Technical Benefits:

    • Boost indoor signal coverage up to 1500 square feet
    • Compatible with all U.S. carriers and mobile devices using 800 & 1900 MHz frequencies
    • Increases voice and data transmission; decreases dropped or missed calls
    • No outside antenna placement required
    • Requires no cradle or connections to your phone
    • Extends phone battery life; uses less power when signal is stronger

    How Does It Measure Up?

    The zBoost Metro base antenna measures 5″ x 7″ x 1.25″ D and the Signal Antenna measures 7.25″ x 5.5″ x 2.25″.

    We’ve been averaging an additional 1 – 2 bars per phone call since installing the zBoost Metro, which is great because the dropped calls have lessened and that’s exactly what I was hoping for. Another thing I really love is that we can now receive a signal in our basement. Something we never had before. My son Derek appreciates this because while he’s down there in the weight room working out, he can receive calls from all of the girls. hahaa

    BUY IT!

    The zBoost Metro YX540 Cell Phone Booster retails for $299.99 and can be purchased at www.wi-exstore.com.

    If you’ve got a poor signal and need something for a larger or smaller dwelling, Wi-Ex has you covered with cell phone boosters that amplify up to 3000 square feet as well as up to 1200 square feet. Go check ‘em out and bring your phone calls indoors!

    ~The views & opinions expressed in my posts are simply mine. My views & opinions may differ from other consumers. I did not receive financial compensation for my post but did receive the zBoost Metro kit from the manufacturer or PR Agency and was under no obligation to write a positive post.~

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