zBoost YX545 SOHO

  • zBoost SOHO Featured on DIGITAL Family Advisor

    May 30, 2013 - Leave a Comment

    DIGITAL Family Advisor recently featured the zBoost SOHO in a piece covering products that solve consumer technology issues. Check out the highlight below about the zBoost SOHO:

    "The zBoost SOHO cell phone booster extends a Cell Zone™ for multiple users and all devices operating on 800 and 1900 MHz frequency bands… zBoost SOHO boosts signal up to 3000 square feet, making it perfect for your home or office. Taking advantage of a newly expanded spectrum that the U.S. government opened up."

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  • Cell Phone User Statistics

    August 16, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    The Pew Research Center has released a new report titled Americans and Their Cell Phones.  With cell phone use and ownership continually rising, the survey finds a topic that applies to all of us.  Whether you are guilty of sending and receiving text, pictures, or video messages or just using your phone to avoid an awkward interaction with others, this report offers a statistic for all of these aspects of cell phone use.  A few of the stats really caught my eye as a smart phone user.

    • 42% of cell owners used their phone for entertainment when they were bored.  I am guilty of using my smart phone as entertainment while I’m waiting in line, listening to a particularly boring lecture, or when there is nothing on TV.
    •  20% of cell owners experienced frustration because their phone was taking too long to download something.
    • 51% of adult cell owners have used their phone at least one time to get information they needed immediately.   Let us not forget about those heated family or friend debates!  You need facts to help prove your side of the argument, or even just to squash that family quarrel between your mother and brother.

    I do not have to worry about the frustration of cell phone ownership because of my zBoost cell phone signal booster.  My zBoost has helped me in every one of these scenarios from boredom to frustration!  Not only does it relieve me from upload and download delays, but I never have to worry about not receiving or dropping important calls.

    To read Americans and Their Cell Phones in its entirety for all cell phone stats click here.

  • Google+ Boom

    August 2, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    As a Senior at Kennesaw State University I am always looking at the new technology especially social media.  I am always looking for ways to integrate my social media with my studies.  Whether it be adding new friends from classes, getting homework, or even just answers to general questions from classmates when professors are unavailable.  I'm proud to say that I think I have discovered the best way for me as a student to integrate my social media and university requirements.  I have been exploring and learning about Google+. It seems to have taken the best of all social media’s and combined them into one. There are two aspects of Google+ that I use the most for University. They are Google+ Hangouts and Huddles. The hangouts are used through Google+ on your computer creating video conferencing/chat rooms and the Google+ Huddles are used through the mobile app creating group texting / chat rooms.

    Google+ Hangouts make virtual video conference and chat accessible for all. Every Google+ member is able to enter the Hangout even if their computer or laptop is not equipped with video or microphones. The members of the Hangout that do not have video or microphone can still see and hear the hangout and are able to participate by typing in the chat section of the hangout. This option has changed the need for group meetings. Every student understands the difficulty of finding a time that every member of your team or group can meet. Some student’s work, some don’t, someone may have class during a time no one else does, well the Google+ Hangouts make finding that time easier. It eliminates the need for everyone to drive to a location to meet. With the Hangouts we can all jump online from home or any other location.

    The Google+ Huddles also help ease the difficulty with group meetings/projects. The user on the mobile app is able to create a group like “school project” and invite the specific users into the Huddle. Whenever a new message is created all other members get a notification to their cell phones, similar to a SMS text, keeping all members current on the conversation involving the projects.
    I currently use a zBoost to guarantee that I always have signal for my phone and computer. The zBoost makes sure that I am always connected on my DroidX and my laptop aircard to participate in the Huddles. Because of the zBoost I know I will always be able to participate and complete my work.

  • Mashable: Is Working From Home Becoming the Norm? [SURVEY]

    April 11, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    Working from home is becoming more common, more accepted by managers and more sought-after by employees than ever before, according to a survey conducted by Skype, one of the bastions of telecommuting technology.

    As someone who regularly works from home, I find this trend hardly surprising. But it’s not just bloggers, startup types and technophiles who are making pajamas the new “business casual.” Even seasoned executive types (like my own father, for example) are logging in remotely these days.

    The proliferation of online collaboration tools is one indicator that “WFH” (that’s short for “working from home,” my dad tells me) culture is blossoming. In fact, Skype and tools like it have pretty much made the necessity of a 9-to-5 physical presence behind a cubicle-bound desk obsolete.

    And video capabilities are a large part of those tools. Video conferencing and desktop video are two communication technologies Skype expects to see increase in usage most over a two-year period, followed by VoIP, room-based video, mobile phones and instant messaging.

    Given the widening availability, affordability and understanding of technologies such as VoIP and video, the time is right for remote working and working from home. According to Skype’s survey, which includes responses from 1,000 professionals at about 500 businesses of all sizes, flexibility on in-office presence is, indeed, becoming the norm.

    Around 62% of the companies surveyed already allow employees to work remotely. Of these companies, 34% of their workforce occasionally works remotely, and of that 34%, WFH-enabled employees say they spend around 40% of their work hours at home.

    Naturally, employees at WFH-friendly companies listed this area of flexibility high in their criteria for job satisfaction. But employers seemed to be fans of the WFH lifestyle, too. Of the respondents who were decision-makers and managers, 75% said working from home was becoming more acceptable, and 56% said workers-from-home were more productive.

    Take a look at Skype’s full report, and in the comments, let us know what your WFH options are like. Are you a couch-bound working warrior? Or are you fairly chained to your desk at the office?

    image courtesy of iStockphoto, Mari

    See the full article: http://mashable.com/2011/04/05/wfh-survey/

  • FCC Proposes Giving Signal Boosters a Boost to Dismay of Cellular Industry

    April 8, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    All Things Digital
    By Ina Fried
    Posted on April 7, 2011 at 12:58 PM PT

    The Federal Communications Commission has proposed allowing broader use of signal boosters that can be used to improve in-building cellular coverage, much to the dismay of the wireless carriers.

    Unlike a carrier-favored approach, known as femtocells, signal boosters work with all flavors of cell signal as opposed to a single network. However, the industry says that improperly designed gear can lead to signal oscillation, which can cause interference.


    In a statement, FCC Commisioner Mignon Clyburn said the devices can help address an important issue with regard to service gaps, while ensuring they don’t cause interference.

    “These devices have demonstrated they can help address the coverage gaps that exist within the wireless service areas in both rural and urban environments,” Clyburn said.

    Clyburn praised his commission for working with the cellular industry and the makers of the gear to come up with rules that should help minimize the chance of interference. Among the proposed rules is one that would require devices to shut themselves down if they are operating outside of technical guidelines.

    However, the cell industry says it is still worried about interference.

    “While we have yet to read the (proposed guidelines), we remain concerned that poorly manufactured or improperly installed boosters can do much more harm than good for both consumers and public safety officials,” Brian Josef, CTIA vice president of regulatory affairs, said in a statement. “The record is full of examples of such harm. One of the leading advocates for changes in the commission’s rules, who also happen to be one of the leading manufacturers of boosters, has marketed and sold devices that have caused significant harmful interference.”

    Sellers of such gear, meanwhile, applauded the ruling.

    “In short, the FCC is formalizing what most of us have known all along: cellular coverage is not good enough,” The Repeater Store said in a blog posting. “In the modern age we are ever more reliant on our phones for important calls and increasingly data services. The FCC recognizes that the task of providing this service cannot fall on the carriers alone and is moving to make cellular signal boosters part of the solution.”

    Lloyd R. Meese, CEO of Wi-Ex, which makes such a booster, praised the move, noting his company’s gear already complies with the proposed regulations.

    “We recognized from the beginning that oscillation could be an issue and developed patented technology as a solution to the problem,” Meese said in a statement.

    In a blog post, AT&T expressed hope that the new proposal would at least clarify the rules and make it easier to go after offending equipment.

    This action comes in addition to a separate move by the commission to require carriers to allow data roaming of rivals onto their networks at terms set by the commission. Verizon and AT&T had opposed that move, though Sprint praised the decision.

  • 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.

  • CNN Money: "Gas prices: 'Most expensive February ever'"

    March 2, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    As gas prices soar, zBoost Keeps Teleworkers Connected - No More Dropped Calls or Slow Data!

    Teleworking has become an even more logical choice for companies, employees and communities with the recent increase in gas prices. Cell phones are essential communication tools for teleworkers and when they don't get signal, it makes work even more work.

    CNN Money reported that "The national average price for a gallon of regular gas rose 5.9 cents to $3.287, motorist group AAA said Friday. That marks the third day in a row that prices have risen, and brings the national average to the highest level since October 2008."

    To read the full article, click here.

  • Wi-Ex xBoost SOHO YX545 Review- The Cell Phone Junkie

    February 7, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    We’ve done reviews on various Wi-Ex products over the past few years, and have been very pleased with the results in most of our testing.  The zBoost Metro allowed us to improve our range in an area where we couldn’t permanently run a dedicated antenna outside, and the zBoost YX510 let me make phone calls within my office for the first time on AT&T.  Now, Wi-Ex has continued on the success of it’s 500 series with the YX545, or SOHO, dual band repeater kit.  The SOHO is for consumers, extending the range of  devices operating on 800 and 1900 MHz frequency bands.  The YX545 SOHO is available for $399 from Wi-Ex. The products used in this review were provided by Wi-Ex.

    In the Box

    • zBoost SOHO Base Unit
    • Base Unit Antenna
    • Signal Antenna
    • Coax Cable
    • Power Supply
    • Signal Antenna Mounting Hardware


    PCS Band

    • Frequency  Uplink: 1850 to 1910 MHz, Downlink: 1930 to 1990 MHz
    • System Gain 60dB
    • PCS band supported A, D, B, E, F, C
    • Networks CDMA, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, EVDO, 1xRTT, UMTS, HSPA, 3G

    Cellular band

    • Frequency  Uplink: 824 to 849 MHz
    • Downlink: 869 to 894 MHz
    • System Gain 60dB
    • Cell band supported A, B, A’, B’
    • Networks CDMA, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, EVDO, 1xRTT, UMTS, HSPA, 3G


    • Power Consumption – Power Supply Current 3W standby; 7W max signal – 5.0VDC, 2.0A Max
    • Wall Supply Input ; Voltage 100-240VAC, 50-60 Hz
    • Base Unit Size and Weight 5” x 7” x 1.25” – 9 oz.
    • Operating Conditions Indoor Use Only (40° – 105° F)

    About the zBoost SOHO

    • Increases indoor signal coverage-up to 3000 sq ft
    • Supports multiple users simultaneously
    • Compatible with all U.S. carriers and mobile devices using 800 & 1900 MHz (except Nextel/iDEN or 4G, 2100MHz phones)
    • Increases voice and data transmission
    • Decreases dropped or missed calls
    • Easy to set up – comes complete with everything you need
    • No cradle or connections to your phone
    • Extends phone battery life (uses less power when signal is stronger)
    • Protects the carrier network using patented technology


    Similar to the YX510, the SOHO has 2 antennas that need to be installed, the signal antenna, and the base unit antenna.  Follow the setup instructions before permanently installing your antennas, and make sure that you can place calls near the window or wherever you plan to place the Signal Antenna. The base unit will only amplify signal that it receives at the signal antenna.  Using your cell phone, place a call near near the location you plan to install that signal antenna, to verify there is enough to be amplified.  I ran my cables over a drop ceiling and outside my office through an existing conduit hole.  This provided for an easy installation that is out of the way.

    First, mount the Signal Antenna in an attic or outside where you’ve determined you’ve got solid signal.  Use the mounting hardware to fasten the antenna securely, keeping it away from metal as much as possible.  A few tips: higher on a wall or outside window is usually better, use the attachments in order to create different viewing angles, and the signal antenna must be installed vertically with the coax coming out from the bottom of the antenna.  I chose to mount mine behind an exterior wall covered with EFIS.  The Styrofoam construction allowed for great signal to be pulled in, with the sight of the antenna.

    Then, connect the Base Unit Antenna and coax to the Base Unit and place it where you need signal. For the widest possible signal area, it is recommended that you position the Base Unit near the middle of a room or mount it on an interior wall. This Base Unit uses an omni-directional antenna that delivers signal in a circular pattern around the antenna. The zBoost SOHO does require vertical separation; the Signal Antenna and Base Unit Antenna should have at least 15 feet of  separation. Increasing separation of the 2 antennas will optimize the performance, and up to 40 feet horizontally will provide for optimal performance.  Keep the base unit at least 2 feet away from other cords or metal objects, including other wireless devices such as routers.

    Once everything is connected, plug in the power supply, and wait up to 60 seconds for the units to start broadcasting the signal.  Use the LED indicator and the chart below to ensure your unit is functioning properly.

    Use and Results

    The SOHO is rated to cover up to 3000 sq. feet in open areas based on signal level, placement of the antennas and building construction.  My tests yielded about a third, giving me reliable coverage throughout approximately 1200  square feet of office space with metal stud walls, and a base antenna mounted underneath a desk to give the necessary vertical separation.  Using the Verizon Blackberry Curve 8530, Sprint Blackberry Bold 9650 and the AT&T iPhone 4, signal increases when using the SOHO are noticeable, providing a 15-20dBm increase, and negating the need to be right on top of the antenna to make it useful.  Working in an area that has constantly been a struggle for me with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, the SOHO reliably allows me to make and receive phone calls, as well as use the data connection on 1900mhz devices. The unit also enhances the 850mhz band, but this difference was less noticeable for me, as the Verizon service in my area is quite good.  Data speeds fluctuated a bit, but overall, were strong enough that each of the carriers consistently saw 1Mbps download, and 300-700 (depending on the carrier) upload.


    For $400, the zBoost SOHO Cell Phone Signal Booster from Wi-Ex is a great home or office solution for those who need a “boost”.  The SOHO works as advertised, and allows phones to be used in areas that have poor service more reliably.

  • MSNBC Today: Tech & Science - "Should I buy my kid a smart phone?"

    February 2, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    My 9-year-old daughter has been asking for a cell phone for three years. It will be a few more before she gets her wish, but each time she asks, I think about what type of device I would get for her. Would it be a regular phone, with calling and texting, or a smart phone? I'm going with a smart phone.

    With my daughter, one of the most important things a smart phone could do for her is to keep her organized. All smart phones come with a calendar. So she'd be able to schedule her longer-term homework assignments and after-school activities. I'd be able to send doctor's appointments and family activities to her phone and they'd appear on her calendar.

    Another feature that appeals to me as a parent is Google Maps, available on most smart phones. I know that she'll never get lost when a map is always in her "pocket." Plus, I can load a navigation app for use in the car when she gets her driver's license.

    A smart phone is also a homework helper. My daughter is already being given assignments that require her to research subjects on the Web. With a smart phone, maybe she'll actually get some of that work done on the bus ride home. And with Google search set to strict filtering, I know she won't be exposed to explicit text or images.

    On the entertainment front, a smart phone can replace a number of the devices she uses today. She already has an iPod, loaded with her music, movies and TVs shows. A smart phone can handle that plus give her access to streaming services like Netflix, for movies, and Slacker, for music.

    She also loves playing games on her Nintendo DSi — mostly games involving virtual pets and shopping. So I can see her easily moving her gaming to a smart phone. Hard-core junior gamers, though, will enjoy the newest Android phones hitting the market later this spring. With their dual-core processors, there will be plenty of power and the 4- to 4.5-inch displays are competitive with stand-alone, portable gaming systems.

    Then there are the e-book reading apps. As an avid book reader, my daughter is constantly complaining about running out of things to read. Not with a smart phone. I could send new titles to her phone whenever she's ready for more.

    Managing smart phone features
    With all of the functionality a smart phone has to offer comes the need to use it responsibly. For some kids, this won't be a problem, but others might benefit from the boundaries you can set with parental controls.

    For things like managing talk time, text messaging and call blocking, the carriers all have parental controls. For everything else, you'll have to rely on settings you choose on the phone.

    The best parental controls are found on the iPhone. That's because they're baked into the operating system. You can turn off access to Safari, YouTube, the camera, iTunes, installing and deleting apps, making in-app purchases, playing multi-player games and adding friends in Game Center. You can also restrict access to music, TVs shows, movies and apps based on ratings. Plus you can add an app like Safe Browser to filter content on the Web if you don't want to shut it off entirely.

    Android phones don't have any parental controls built into the operating system. There are apps out there though that do that, and they cover some areas that the iPhone doesn't. There's Android Parental Control (free), which restricts access to apps. AppNotifier (free) will let you know when your child loads apps onto the phone. SMS Filter ($1.35) looks for keywords in messages and blocks inappropriate content. And Picture Alert ($9.99) will send copies of any videos and pictures taken by the phone's camera.

    BlackBerry 6 and Windows Phone 7 operating systems are also devoid of parental controls and there's nothing out there except call- and text- blocking apps.

    There is also the data plan fee to consider when you're looking at smart phones. You'll be paying a minimum monthly fee of at least $15 on Verizon (150MB), $10 on T-Mobile (200MB) or $15 on AT&T (200MB) and $20 per month on Sprint (unlimited). But go over that limit and the fees can add up quickly.

    While parents have the ultimate say in what type of phone to get their children, the question of smart phone versus regular phone is rapidly becoming moot. Already 94 percent of teens  consider themselves advanced data users and their data use is skyrocketing, as they've become avid app users, according to a recent Nielsen study. Soon all phones will be smart phones by today's standards. And I think that's a good thing.

  • Wi-Ex Expands Corporate Program to Meet Growing Demand

    February 1, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    Slow data or lost calls? zBoost line of cell phone signal boosters can increase data speeds by as much as 180% - three times as fast.  


    announced today an expansion of its Corporate Program. The Corporate Program will continue to focus on providing zBoost solutions to maximize in-door cell phone coverage for the enterprise - from small businesses to large corporations. The zBoost Corporate Program provides IT and telecom departments with the essential enterprise smartphone support to maximize their mobile devices. The zBoost line allows users to take full advantage of data, voice and Internet services on their iPhones, BlackBerry, DROID, connected devices, smartphones and other mobile phones including 3G high-speed data and video, instant messaging, pictures and more - at home, in their personal workspace or in a corporate office, both in the U.S. and abroad.

    "The expansion of our Corporate Program is in direct response to our customers and the changes in the industry," said Lloyd R. Meese, CEO of Wi-Ex. "The rapid adoption of smartphones including iPhones and BlackBerry, tablets and other connected devices by the enterprise has caused a shift in the way we work. Employees now have the flexibility to take their office with them; however having a strong signal is key to actually working and using the phone for the mobile worker."

    The IDC's 2010 SMB Mobility IT Decision-Maker Survey found that while 94 percent of SMBs in the United States place high importance on their network availability/reliability in selecting a mobile operator only 84 percent of SMBs reported being satisfied with their network's reliability and 25 percent report insufficient network speeds as a barrier to mobile data adoption.

    To read the whole release, click here.

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