FIRST: Choose a location for the Signal Antenna
Using your cell phone to determine the area of strongest signal, determine the best location for your Signal Antenna. This location will be typically found on the roof. The coverage your zBoost provides is largely determined by the quality of signal received by the Signal Antenna. If your best signal is one bar, your coverage will be limited to one small room.
To get the maximum benefit, you will want to take special care in pointing the Signal Antenna in the direction of best signal for your wireless service provider. Once you have determined the optimum location and angle, secure the antenna to a flat surface using the provided antenna hardware.
SECOND: Place the zBoost Base Unit where you want to create a Cell Zone™
Connect the Base Unit Antenna to the Base Unit and place it where you need signal. For the widest possible signal area, 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.
Keep the Base Unit off the floor and at least 2 feet away from other cords, metal objects or other wireless devices such as wireless routers or wireless access points. The zBoost SOHO performs best when there are no obstructions between the zBoost Base Unit and your mobile device.
Remember, the zBoost SOHO requires at least 15 feet of vertical separation between the Base Unit and the Signal Antenna. Generally, increasing this distance (up to 40 feet) will increase the performance and decreasing the distance will limit zBoost performance.
THIRD: Run the provided coaxial cable between the Base Unit and Signal Antenna
Use the provided 50 feet of RG-6 coaxial cable to connect the Signal Antenna and the Base Unit. To run the cable from exterior to interior through a window, an 8 inch window-entry cable is available for purchase (Part: YX030-08W). Should you need additional cable length, 15 foot extensions (Part: YX030-15W) are available. Please note: Cable longer than 65 feet is not recommended.
FOURTH: Connect the zBoost Base Unit to the provided power supply and plug into a power outlet
When your zBoost system is in place and fully connected, walk throughout your home or office and verify that you are able to reliably place calls. If the signal strength has improved, your zBoost is working.
Remember, coverage varies based on outdoor signal level, building construction, and antenna placement. Coverage in adjoining rooms will be reduced by walls and building materials.
Upon initial power up, a solid GREEN LED should appear indicating normal conditions. If a RED light appears, adjustments may be needed to optimize performance. If you find the increased signal coverage is acceptable, however, no additional adjustments are needed. See LED Indicator section for more information.
Should you desire to improve coverage, you may:
- Relocate the Signal Antenna in order to capture a better signal–higher is better.
- Increase the distance between the Base Unit Antenna and the Signal Antenna.
- Purchase an upgrade antenna available at www.Wi-Exstore.com.