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zBoost SOHO ZB545 (YX545) Review: Where Price Meets Power

zBoost SOHO ZB545 (YX545) Review: Where Price Meets Power

zBoost SOHO ZB545

zBoost SOHO ZB545 Cell Phone Signal Booster

"Wait, you still use a home phone? Like a landline? A wire actually comes out of a wall and all that stuff?"

The  zBoost ZB545 (formerly YX545) is a capable model, able to boost 3G signal in your home. Coverage is up to 2,500 sq ft which is enough to cover the average home unless 'average' for you means the Versailles House. It works on all phones and all carriers in US and Canada.

However, coverage is dependent on the outside signal strength, so people with very poor signal could expect lesser coverage, one room to two room coverage at worst. But as a SOHO unit (single office, home office), it's the performer you're looking for.  

Boosted 3G performance allows for reliable connections for talk and text. So fewer dropped calls, disconnected lines, horrible voice quality, and unsent text. So you'll be receiving much clearer voices, fast texts, and faster 3G internet. 

At an affordable price point of $249.99, it's a great entry unit to the world of cell phone signal boosters. If you're looking to finally ditch the landline and rely on your cell phone, the ZB545 should give you the better signal you deserve for calls and text. 

For the bigger brother and sister of this kit, consider the  ZB560P (up to 3,500 sq ft) or ZB560SL (up to 7,500 sq ft). If you want faster internet, then you can't go wrong with the 4G version of this kit: ZB575-A for AT&T 4G LTE or ZB575-V for Verizon 4G LTE.

Easy Installation

First you need to find an area around the perimeter of your house where signal is best. You can do this by walking around a couple of times and looking at the number of bars you're getting. It's an ok way of doing this, but a much better and accurate way is to find the  decibel reading on your smartphone. Why?

Because cell phone signals are measured in decibels. -50 dB is great signal, full bars. -110 dB is virtually no bars, a dead zone. Each carrier has a subjective way of portraying what they think is 1, 2, 3, 4 or full bars. So what Sprint thinks is 2 bars, Verizon might portray as 4 bars.  So dB reading is the way to go.

Once you find an area where your signal is strongest, you simply install the outside antenna on top of the roof or on the side of the outside wall. Generally, the higher the outside antenna, the better it can grab the signal from the cell tower.

After that it's just connecting the outside antenna to the amplifier with the included cable (50 feet), connecting the power supply and turning it on. And you're done! Give it a few minutes to calibrate and you should be getting more 3G signal.

Just make sure to have some separation between the amplifier and the outside antenna (about 15 feet). Because you don't want your outside antenna picking up any signal from the amplifier that is broadcasting signal to your room or house. 

And The Results Are?

Very, very good. We've sold the ZB545 signal booster in the hundreds with a return rate at 6%. So that's a 94% satisfaction rate. Some comments from our customers:

  • "Very fast and it works great. No more home phone."
  • "Easy to install, very happy with product at this price point."
  • "Sent to my 78 yr old mother...she was able to set it by herself and her signal went from 1 bar to 4 in the room where uses the phone the most. Thanks so much!"

The majority of the comments and emails praised the low price point with the ability to boost their 3G signal. However, a few mentioned that signal boost was generally best within the room of the amplifier although they did get signal in other parts of the home. Overall, this is a very good entry-level 3G home unit with a good balance of price and power.  

At, we provide 3G & 4G cell phone signal boosters for all homes, buildings, and offices. Email ( or call us (1-800-568-2723) about any cellular issues you're having and a signal expert will gladly assist you. Strong signals are out there and you're not getting it! And you're already paying these monthly carrier bills. Get the signal you deserve!

6th May 2015

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