This week we reviewed the ZBoost YX 510 Dual band cell phone booster. This dual band unit will take a cell signal from outside and boost it into something usable inside, especially on problem phones like the iPhone, although it isn't limited to just that. Give the proper outdoor signal, it will boost any cell phone on the 800Mhz & 1900Mhz bands. In the United States, this covers AT&T and Verizon, and most other carriers, with the exception of Nextel.
On this weeks show, my co-host is Katie Floyd from MacPowerUsers podcast. Katie has installed two of the Zboost units and it wasn't all positive for her. We cover my setup and test of the Zboost, both of her installs, and why one of them didn't work out. We also talk about other options such as the AT&T MicroCell.
If you have problems with cell phone signal in your home or office, you don't want to miss this episode.
Running time: 33:14 Download Here
For those that can't wait, here is the gist of it.
This unit worked as advertised. Anytime you are working with RF, it takes some patience. Trees, Metal, other RF interference, it can all inhibit your signal. That's why when you stand near a window, you can usually get a little better coverage. If your signal is marginal outside, then it's going to be about the same with the Zboost. You can't amplify what isn't there. In my case, I have 5 bars outside of my house, but inside it drops down to 1 or 2 bars, depending where I am in the house. That makes the Zboost a good case for me. If you live in an area where you can barely get any coverage, this probably isn't the solution for you. You can buy some add-on directional antennas that may work though, but most of them will add about $100 to the price.
Definitely try it in different places. I found that the higher up you place the antenna, the better your results will be. Don't have your heart set on having it setup in your utility closet.
Product: Wi-Ex Zboost YX 510 Dual Band (800Mhz & 1900 Mhz)
Price: $399 (Shop around for this).