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.
‘til next week
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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