Leave behind the stressful and disconnected feeling of having no service by adding a mini-cell tower to your home of office.
Smartphones have become so engrained into our lives that it has become hard to imagine living without them. Until you have no service… then you remember all too fast. Whether you suffer from poor coverage in your workplace (due to crowded networks, the material the building is made from, or just spotty service from your carrier), or quite possibly worse, at home, there’s probably not much you wouldn’t do to remedy this non-stop headache.
Luckily there’s an easy solution without the annoyance of additional monthly fees. Let’s face it; our wireless bills are probably high enough already. All the main carriers have an option to boost your cell service in your home, your office, or any other place that has an existing high-speed Internet connection.
What is a “Network Extender”?
You’re not alone! In fact, while they have been around for a while now, if you’ve never had service issues with your mobile carrier, they’re something you may not have heard about before. A network extender is a device that connects into your existing High-Speed Internet connection, which in turn essentially transforms the device into a mini cell tower in your home or office. They offer increased signal strength, improved speeds for data usage, simultaneously allow for multiple phone connections, and security settings for the office.
While ever carrier has a different device and slight variations of how the service works, the general idea is to pay up front for the device with no additional monthly fees. AT&T and T-Mobile have a slight variance of these, but the intention is more or less the same, if not better. Find your carrier below to find out more about your options and details. Don’t see your carrier below? Give Fuse a call and speak with one of our Technicians to get help with your office today.
Network Extenders from Top 4 Nationwide Carriers
Providing up to 5000 sq. ft. of coverage with seamless call hand-over between the MicroCell and your standard AT&T service. Coming in at $150, the MicroCell connects to your wireless network and utilizes your minutes and data that are on your current plan. What this means is that if you have Unlimited Voice Calls and 3GB of data, this would apply and be used as normal when you connect to the MicroCell.
Verizon’s Network Extender
On par with AT&T’s MicroCell, the Verizon Network Extender provides 5000 sq. ft. range of coverage with hand-over technology to disconnect from the device and connect to the nearest cell tower. Slightly more expensive at $249.99, the Network Extender boosts coverage, speed, and supports voice calls. With this device, you pay this one time fee, and then you’re done. No monthly access fees to boost your signal.
T-Mobile, the “uncarrier”, known for being different does it again; for T-Mobile Simple Choice (monthly subscribers) you merely have a $25 deposit that you get back if you ever return the device. If you’re a Prepay customer, even then, they come in cheaper with a one-time $99 price. T-Mobile also has patented Call Prioritization technology to ensure that your voice calls are provided the best quality. The device they use is actually an ASUS RT-AC68U, which is actually a great home router, or a decent access point for your office. Given that this is a wireless router, you can access this from any Wi-Fi device. With an easy to setup, user-friendly control panel, this may be the best device currently available.
Allowing up to 6 devices simultaneously, the Airave comes in at $99.99. Sprint’s network extender improves browsing speeds as well as wireless signal strength. Additionally, this device has an external GPS support system for emergency 911 services.