Computer FAQ
March 13, 2013

This week: Helpful Equipment

I’ve had opportunity to test some equipment in the past month that might be of interest to some of my readers.
The first is a cell phone signal booster. Our move to Glenoma came with poor cell phone signals in our house, and experimenting revealed four signals when outside the house. I then ordered from Amazon a zBOOST SOHO Cell Phone Signal Booster. Installation is easy, with an outside antenna, 50ft of Coax cable, and an X7-inch booster box with antenna. I put the outside antenna in a good spot to receive cell phone signals, then ran the cable to the booster, plugged in the power and now have 5 bars and no dropped calls. Battery life improved because the phone is not searching for a signal all the time. It is a bit expensive at $130.00, but it is worth it for me to be able to talk to my clients.
Other devices are Wi-Fi signal boosters, and I have tested and installed two different styles. The first is just like the cell phone booster; it plugs into an electrical outlet, receives the Wi-Fi signal from your home router, then boosts it and resends it out for another 100 feet or so. This device has to be close enough to your home router to be able to see and repeat the signal, and works very well in a house environment. This costs from $40 to $80.
The third device is a “Powerline Network Extender.” This device has two styles; one extends your Ethernet cable from your DSL modem, and the other one extends your wireless signal. These devices use the home’s electrical wiring to extend your network. There is a transmitter that connects to your DSL modem or router and plugs into any house A/C outlet and a receiver that can be plugged into any A/C outlet; the transmitter then looks for the receiver, and, when they linkup, you can either connect an Ethernet cable into the receiver and connect to your PC, or if you use the wireless style, you can connect your PC to the wireless network. I tested this one from my house to my garage and had excellent signal in the garage. I can see this being used in a house-to-barn situation. These run from $100 to $200.
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Index to Past ComputerFAQ Columns:

March 13, 2013 Helpful Equipment
March 6, 2013 Build Your Own PC
February 27, 2013 Build Your Own PC
February 20, 2013 More Help with Viruses
February 13, 2013 VIRUSes How Did I Get It?????
February 6, 2013 VIRUSes EXPECT A BAD YEAR!
January 23, 2013 Protect Your Computer from JAVA Vulnerability
January 16, 2013 Driver Update Managers
January 9, 2013 Unwanted Programs & Tools Bars

January 2, 2013
Randome Loss Of Interne
December 19, 2012 Recovery Disks
December 12, 2012 Warranty Service Part 2

December 5, 2012 Warranty Service
November 28, 2012 Printer Paper Jams - Again
November 21, 2012 Time For New PC?
November 14, 2012 Printer Paper Jams
November 7, 2012 LapTop Fan Coolers
October 31, 2012 Name Brand Replacement Parts
October 24, 2012 Facebook - What's Wrong
October 17, 2012 Waste Of Money
October 10, 2012 Phantom Printers
October 3, 2012 E-Mail Programs
September 26, 2012 Scammed-Clean/Up Your Comp-POP UP
September 19, 2012 What's Wrong With Facebook?
September 12, 2012 Backing Up Your Data
September 5, 2012 Microsoft UPDATE Your Updates-II
August 29, 2012 Microsoft UPDATE Your Updates-I
August 22, 2012 Your Digital Life and Death
August 15, 2012 System Reload
August 8, 2012 Windows 8 On the Road
August 1, 2012 DSL Modems
July 25, 2012 PC Cameras & Your Privacy
July 18, 2012 Recycle Bin and File extensions Part 2
July 11, 2012 Recycle Bin and File extensions
July 4, 2012 DNS changer due date
June 27, 2012 Rebooting
June 20, 2012 Windows 8 REDUX-Again
June 13, 2012 Windows 8 REDUX
June 6, 2012 Hard Reset
May 30, 2012 Important: Updates & Systsem Time
May 23, 2012 SSD Drives
May 16, 2012 User Accounts
May 9, 2012 July 9 "Internet Doomsday" Botnet
May 2, 2012 Recycle Bin
April 25, 2012 USB Disconnecting
April 18, 2012 Passwords - Part 3
April 11, 2012 Passwords - Part 2
April 4, 2012 Passwords - Part 1
March 28, 2012 Back Up Your BackUp
March 21, 2012 WINDOWS 8 Part 2
March 14, 2012 WINDOWS 8 Part 1
March 7, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 29, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 22, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 15, 2012 On Removing Unwanted Programs
February 8, 2012 Re-Install Windows OP System
February 1, 2012 Re-Install Windows OP System
January 25, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home? Part 3-Hardware
January 18, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home? Part 2-Hardware
January 11, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home?
January 4, 2012 Updates AGAIN!