Increase the wireless data signal for your SOHO with the zBoost DataBlast 4G Signal Booster

Increase the wireless data signal for your SOHO with the zBoost DataBlast 4G Signal Booster

Summary: Some signal boosters require you to cradle or directly connect your mobile device. The zBoost DataBlast increases your signal strength and is actually quite easy to setup and use.


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  • zBoost DataBlast retail package

    I never thought signal boosters did much, but after testing out the Wilson Electronics Sleek 4G-V in December I became a believer and enjoyed the increased Verizon wireless signal at my house. I've been testing the zBoost SOHO DataBlast YX550 and think it is an even better solution for those looking to boost their cellular data signal at the home or office.

    Let me be clear here regarding the zBoost unit, this unit improves the wireless data signal only and does not affect voice. I definitely saw an improvement in my signal strength, but with WiFi at my home and in the office I don't have a need to increase the data signal to the cellular network that has data limits. I understand that some people have limited WiFi performance and want a better cellular data signal and this device will provide that.

    You can purchase their 2G/3G voice signal booster and then buy their data upgrade booster to get improved voice and data signals.

    The Wilson Sleek solution required you to dock your device in the compatible stand, which is perfect for an in-car solution. However, I found it a bit limiting for the mobile phone in the house. The zBoost YX550 acts similar to a WiFi router and increases the signal strength for a number of devices in the vicinity of the base unit.

    There are two models available, one for Verizon LTE and AWS (that's T-Mobile in the US) and the other for AT&T LTE and AWS. I was sent the Verizon/AWS model to test out, which is perfect considering I have a T-Mobile family plan with five phones and a Verizon LTE account that I use for testing purposes.

  • zBoost DataBlast base unit

    After the package arrived, I read through the setup instructions to make sure I had it optimized for the best signal. Unlike the Wilson model where I was able to mount the antenna on a window, it was highly recommended that the zBoost signal antenna be mounted on the roof or somewhere else more than 15 feet away from the base unit (vertically). Since I am only testing the zBoost DataBlast, I didn't want to run cables permanently through walls and went with a more temporary setup.

  • Retail box contents

    Everything you need is provided inside the retail package.

Topics: Mobility, Android, iPhone, Reviews, Verizon

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  • Question

    We have terrible AT&T signal in our home but have great WiFi. Do these signal boosters only improve data access or do they improve voice too?
    • DataBlast Response

      Hi, I’m a Wi-Ex employee and wanted to answer the questions you have regarding the DataBlast. The DataBlast only boosts 4G/LTE/AWS, which is all data. It does not include voice BUT we have an entire line of signal boosters that boost voice. We offer an upgrade DataBlast kit that allows you to pair your DataBlast unit with an existing 2G/3G signal booster. For more info visit:
  • Why

    would a typical SOHO user want to boost the wireless data signal? Isn't that what (free) WiFi is perfectly suited for?

    Boosting the voice signal makes sense.
    • Wireless even faster than 4g

      I agree a Wireless Router $200.00. Enough said.
      • Wireless router

        $200.00 is way to much for the ROI.
        • Oooppss

          Not to mention $400.00 for a signal booster.
  • "setup" vs "set up"

    BTW, "setup" is a noun ( When used as a verb, it's "set up"; thus "quite easy to set up and use."
  • Signs and Magnitudes.

    "I understand that the lower the number, the better the signal and that something like -60 is great while -120 is unacceptable."

    -60 is larger than -120.
    Beast Of Bodmin