This is a discussion on Verizon Wireless Network Extender within the Droid X General Discussion forums, part of the Droid X Discussion category; Originally Posted by buzzkill i have no proof but heard a rumor that they are making extenders that will all 3g for data transfer. question ...
so I've had my extender for a few days now. Bought it off Verizon's website for 250 with a 100 dollar rebate. It works great. I am in the upper -50's as far as db ratings and the sound quality is great.
A few observations:
1) should you lose internet while on a call...that call is done. The phone keeps counting seconds as if the call hasn't ended but you won't be chatting.
2) I initially had a problem with incoming calls where the person calling would hear up to 4 rings before my cell ever rang once. This had some calls going to VM instead of ringing through. The solution for me was a call to Verizon. They changed the default number of rings before a call goes to VM from 5 to 8 and now I get 3-5 rings on my cell before it goes to VM. :-)
3) It is located in the basement of my ranch house and gets good GPS signal so I didn't need to string the optional extender.
4) I don't care that it doesn't support 3G as I am on wifi when at home.
5) where I live the signal repeaters/boosters don't cut it. Before the extender I got -93 db in the living room. Went up on the roof and stood on one foot with my arms at crazy angles and the signal went to -89. Not enough to justify the $$ of a repeater.
My .02 (.005 in Canada)
My parents got one of these for their house way out in the boonies. Miles from any kind of tower, you have to drive several miles just to get a single bar. With the extender, I get full bars anywhere in the house and out in the driveway. Data is 1x only, but it's great for calls.
I can't wait til the newer network extender comes out which also handles 3G! Of course I've got my WiFi going so guess it doesn't matter too much but will still be nice to have the 3G capable extender!
I used one of these for a couple months and it was crap, so i got the VZW extender and wow it has saved me. I couldnt use my phone at all at home, now it's flawless everywhere. Best investment I've made in a while, although it still irks me that I'm paying to improve VZW's network, but I'll take that over not getting or making any calls.
Also, after having the unit for a month, it has been a life saver for me. No more dropped calls and choppy conversations! totally would recommend this device.
Last edited by zoomdroid; 08-31-2010 at 10:48 PM.
Keep in mind they they offer a "3G" version it will be riding your local Internet connection back to Verizon. So there are a few problems with scenario:
1) If your PC is using bandwidth there may not be much left for a phone or yet multiple phones to try and get a fast download/upload.
2) You extender will have to back-haul all your data back to Verizon then go on net to where you are connected to, adding a lot of latency.
Unless they have a work around for the back-haul part it is a far superior solution to just connect your phone to the WiFi. Even though the "3g" extender and WiFi use the same local ISP connection the WiFi will provide much better performance.
Personally we purchased an Extender at my company for one of our floors and the thing is amazing as it allows connections going into the front of one of our data center rooms at least 100 feet from the unit is located. Previously all calls dropped there. Also calls will hand off from cell tower to your local extender, but will not hand off from extender to a tower.
Went to the Poconos for a couple of weeks this summer, cell service (all providers) is notoriously scarce up where we were - Verizon signal extender gave us full bars in the house, half or better within a reasonable distance (no more than 50 feet) of the house. You really can't beat it, the redundancy of using your WiFi to get 3G data service doesn't make much sense unless your phone is not WiFi capable.