The zBoost SOHO YX545 by Wi-Ex is the best selling home and office cell phone signal booster. The YX545 is a dual-band signal booster and can amplify both frequencies used by all major North American cell phone carriers including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, US Cellular, Alltel, Cricket, and others (not compatible with Nextel/iDEN). The YX545 allows you to use your cell phone wirelessly as you normally do and doesn't require a cradle or direct connection to your phone. The YX545 supports up to 20 users simultaneously, which will allow everyone in your home or office to receive a reliable signal.
The zBoost SOHO YX545 is easy to install and includes everything necessary in the box. The omnidirectional outside antenna can broadcast and receive from multiple carriers at the same time so everyone in the home or office with a supported carrier will have a stronger signal. Because of the stronger signal, you'll see an increase in data transmission rates and a dramatic decrease in dropped calls or static noise.
The zBoost SOHO YX545 Features:
- Increases cell phone signal coverage up to 2500 sq ft
- Supports multiple phones calls and hotspots at the same time
- Compatible with all major North America carriers (except Nextel)
- Improves call clarity and data rates
- Reduces or eliminates dropped calls, static, and other noise
- Easy to setup with everything included in the box and multiple antenna mounting options
- Use your phone like you always do. No cradles or other direct connections
- Bi-directional amplifier boosts signal to and from your carrier
- Extends phone battery life
- FCC and IC Type Accepted
With all Cell Phone Signal Boosters, the actual area that you can cover inside is directly related to how strong the signal is where you mount the outside antenna combined with the strength of the amplifier. With a very strong 5 bar signal outside where you mount the external antenna, it's possible to achieve nearly 2500 sq ft of coverage. However, if you only have one bar of signal outside, your inside coverage will be limited to one small room. Actual coverage area is affected by many factors and is difficult to predict, so when it doubt, give us a call to discuss your situation.
For better performance, consider upgrading from the included cable to a low-loss RG6 cable. It's available in 15 ft, 35 ft, and 50 ft lengths. Always use the shortest cable possible to maximize the signal strength and coverage area.
For maximum performance, consider the YX545 Premium Kit with a high power directional antenna.
The YX545 performs best when covering a single floor and does not work well in multi-story homes and offices. If you have multiple floors, you'll need a signal booster kit with a directional antenna, such as the Wilson DB Pro Omni Kit.
- zBoost YX545 dual band amplifier base unit
- External Omni-directional Antenna and mounting bracket
- Internal base unit antenna
- 50' RG-59-mini coaxial cable
- AC Power Adapter (110V - 240V AC)
- User Guide with Installation directions
More zBoost SOHO YX545 Kit Options
The YX545 Premium Kit combines the original YX545 signal booster with the most power Wi-Ex outside antenna to create a system that's more than twice as powerful. You should use the YX545 Premium kit if you have a weak outside signal (3-Bars or less) or if you need more coverage area inside your home or office.
The Dual zBoost YX545 & YX550-VLTE-AWS Kit is ideal for people who want to boost 4G data signals in addition to 3G phone calls. This kit adds a YX550 which will boost Verizon's 4G LTE network as well as the AWS frequency used by T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Cricket, and Canadian 4G LTE networks from Bell, MTS, Rogers, and Telus.
Signal Booster Installation
The zBoost SOHO YX545 includes everything needed for a typical installation. To start, decide where you plan to mount the outside antenna while keeping in mind that you need at least 15 feet of vertical separation between the outside antenna and the inside antenna. You can mount the external antenna either inside your home or office (ideally near a window) or outside on a wall or high on the roof. The included outside antenna bracket can be mounted to a pole, like a TV antenna mast, or it can be screwed into a wall.
Once you've found the location with the best signal available, mount the outside antenna. Avoid any permanent mounting at this point in case you need to relocate the antenna later. Next, attach the included cable to the end of the antenna and run it into your home or office.
Next, you'll need to determine where to locate the amplifier and inside antenna. Ideally, you want it located in the center of the area where you want the boosted signal. You also want to keep it away from large metal objects or wiring that could interfere with the signal. Run the coax cable from the outside antenna to this location and then attach it to the amplifier. Attach the inside antenna to the amplifier unit and then plug in the AC power supply. After a few seconds, you should see a green light indicating that the amplifier is working properly. If you see a red light, or if it's alternating green and red, check the included manual for troubleshooting steps. It's likely that your inside and outside antennas are too close together which results in feedback causing the amplifier to shut down.
For more details instructions, watch the video above or check out our complete YX545 Installation Instructions page.
|Max Coverage Area||Up to 2,500 sq ft|
|Specific Frequency (Up/Down)||824 - 849 MHz / 869 - 894 MHz, 1850 - 1910 MHz / 1930 - 1990 MHz|
|Gain (Up/Down)||60dB / 60dB|
|Product Manual||User Guide
|Product Specifications||Spec Sheet|
|Power Requirements||100-240VAC 50-60 Hz ; 5.0VDC|
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I put my phone in field test mode (google your phone model plus field test mode for instructions. On an iPhone, dial *3001#12345#*) and found a place on my roof where the signal was strongest. Signal is measured in decibels which is a negative number so the closer to 0 the better the signal. I mounted the outside antenna, ran it into my attic through a soffit and then down into my laundry room which is centrally located and where I wanted to mount the amplifier. When I got everything connected, I turned it on and the signal in the laundry room went to 5 bars, but it faded after about 10 feet.
I knew it would take some tinkering to get everything working so I found a higher place to mount the outside antenna to increase the distance from the amplifier. I also ran to Home Depot and got some quad shielded RG6 cable, which is just like the cable you use for a satellite dish and is much better than the thin cable that comes with the kit. I only needed 40 ft of cable so I got one cut to that length and the nice people there put ends on it for me. Once I got the new cable in, I turned on the amplifier and the inside signal had improved! I now get a 5 bar signal and can make calls within 25 feet of the amplifier. That translates to a coverage area of almost 2000 sqft and considering my weaker signal outside, I think that’s pretty great!
A few things to remember:
- Unless you get a strong signal outside, you’re not going to get the full advertised sqft coverage inside.
- The included cable is very thin. Get a high quality RG6 cable instead.
- Try to have as much distance between the outside and inside antennas as possible.
- Make sure the outside antenna is in the place where you get the best consistent signal.
- Use the shortest cable possible since longer cables lose more signal.
- This only helps if you have a usable signal outside. If you don’t have anything to amplify, no amplifier will help you.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars because the included cable could be better. (Posted on 5/26/12)
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After doing a lot of research and talking to the guys at UberSignal, I decided on a YX545 and it has been AMAZING! I mounted the outside antenna on my old TV tower which gets it 25 ft off the ground. This is still well below the tree line but it seems to be high enough. With the unit hooked up inside, I get between 4 and 5 bars everywhere and even enough on the porch so that I haven’t had a dropped call since! My phone used to die in just a few hours but now it can go a whole day or more before I need to recharge it. I’ve been telling everyone on my street about it and a few neighbors installed their own systems and have been really happy with the results. The best part is that I can now cancel my landline which was costing me $32 a month. That means this thing will pay for itself in less than a year! (Posted on 1/13/12)
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