By Legacy | June 10, 2005 12:00 AM
SpotCell Home also has some secondary benefits that I didn’t
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!
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 href="http://www.spotwave.com/learning/issues/power.asp">an
informative article on their website explaining RF issues.
the box, we find:
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1: The Weatherproof Donor Unit
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Figure 2: The Indoor
also received the Outdoor Self-Installation Kit that
lightning protection components along with extra cable and mounting
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3a and 3b: The various cables and the bracket
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Figure 4: Even more cable!
HITS THE SPOT!
recommends outdoor installation for the best results. Since I’m about
move into a new house, I performed a temporary outdoor installation
without mounting the Donor Unit.
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).
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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
2/5 bars indoors to 5/5 bars!
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Figure 5: The LCD
Display on the Coverage Unit is where you look for signal strength
can buy the SpotCell Home directly from href="https://spotwave.com/shop/index.asp" target="_blank">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.
improves cellular device battery life
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.
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