Short Take: SpotWave’s SpotCell Home Indoor Cellular Coverage System

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The
SpotCell Home also has some secondary benefits that I didn’t
expect. Since
your cellular
device doesn’t have to transmit as strongly to maintain a connection,
your device’s battery life should
increase. In fact, SpotWave claims they can increase
standby times by up to 60% and increase talk times by up to 100%.
That’s very welcome news for those marathon PDA web surfing sessions!

SpotWave
also claims a lower risk of interference with other electronic
equipment due to the lower radio frequency (RF) emissions. For those
who are concerned about cellular radiation, SpotCell can actually lower
the amount of radiation from your device. According to their
website, a cellular
device inside a building with poor coverage has to transmit several
hundred milliwatts of power to connect to a distant tower. The SpotCell
Home itself only emits 1 milliwatt inside your building compared to
other amplifiers that can produce up to 3000 milliwatts of power.
SpotWave has an
informative article on their website explaining RF issues
.

SPOT,
COME HOME!


Opening
the box, we find:

  • Weatherproof
    Donor
    Unit
  • Indoor
    Coverage Unit
  • RG6
    Coaxial Cable
  • Power
    Supply
  • Quick
    Start Guide

Donor Unit
Figure
1: The Weatherproof Donor Unit

Coverage Unit
Figure 2: The Indoor
Coverage Unit

I
also received the Outdoor Self-Installation Kit that
includes additional
lightning protection components along with extra cable and mounting
hardware.

Parts

More parts
Figure
3a and 3b: The various cables and the bracket

Big Cable
Figure 4: Even more cable!

THAT
HITS THE SPOT!


SpotWave
recommends outdoor installation for the best results. Since I’m about
to
move into a new house, I performed a temporary outdoor installation
without mounting the Donor Unit.

Installing
the SpotCell Home is very similar to installing a Digital Satellite
Receiver and quite simple. You connect the RG6 cable from the Donor
Unit to the
Coverage Unit, plug the AC adapter into the Coverage Unit and point the
Donor Unit this way and
that until its green LED lights. Then, mount it in that position. If
don’t want to attempt the self-install,
SpotWave can set you up with professional installation service for
around $200 (depending on your particular site requirements).

It only took about an hour from the time I opened the box until the
time I was
testing my cellular device.
I used a Verizon phone for testing and the SpotCell Home improved my
signal from
2/5 bars indoors to 5/5 bars!

Donor LCD
Figure 5: The LCD
Display on the Coverage Unit is where you look for signal strength

PURCHASING


You
can buy the SpotCell Home directly from SpotWave’s
website
starting at $995 USD.
That price includes a 1 year warranty and 1 year of 24 hour phone
support. If you need the Outdoor
Self-Installation Kit, that’s an additional $75.  

PROS

  • Works
    flawlessly
  • Simple
    to install
  • Also
    improves cellular device battery life

CONS

  • Expensive!

OVERALL
IMPRESSION


The
SpotCell Home does exactly what it claims to do: provide great indoor
cellular coverage. The only downside is the price. However, if you want
or need excellent indoor cellular coverage for your home or small
business, you can’t go wrong with the SpotCell Home.

4.5 Rating

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