Friday, September 27, 2013

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer James H. For Writing Review of a Cellphone-Mate 3-Watt Verizon 4G LTE Direct Connect Amplifier - CM700V-32 [700Vmhz ONLY]

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Bottom line: the amplifier fits its description-- it increases signal strength, which in my case went from -75dbm to -52dbm. Before I bought the amplifier, I would get ~-75dbm signal strength (I'm using a Netgear MBR1515 LTE Router). I also periodically (every six hours or so) lost connection to a tower nearly two miles away. I thought increasing signal strength would alleviate the connection problem. My bandwidth is ~15MBit down and ~10MBit up. BTW, Verizon recommends -56dbm or greater signal for a reliable connection. I called 3gStore, and the CSR was very helpful. I had previously purchased a yagi antenna and LMR cable. Consequently, I already had the necessary connectors to loop in the amplifier. I received the amplifier in two days, which I considered conveniently quick. Kudos to 3gStore for the prompt order processing. I hooked it up and I immediately experienced better signal strength. I typically get ~-52dbm now. However, my bandwidth hasn't really shown any improvement (for all intents and purposes, it's the same), nor has the reliability of my connection improved. It's possible the router is to blame, and I'm not sure what I can do about it. Netgear has not until now updated its firmware. So, to reiterate, the amplifier indeed increases signal strength, and it hasn't improved the consistency of my connection. I think I'll just have to live with it, given I live in a rural area, and the only alternative is satellite internet, which is not a good option. BTW, I have grandfathered unlimited data through Verizon, so at least I don't have to worry about bandwith caps. I conditionally recommend purchase contingent upon the possibility of using a different router providing a more reliable connection.