If you have a Verizon cell phone and are experiencing poor cell phone reception in your home or apartment then the Verizon Wireless Network Extender is a product that you should consider looking into. The Verizon Wireless Network Extender (WNE) is a cell phone signal booster that is capable of enhancing cellular coverage in a home or apartment. In my house for example, I can get 5 full bars of cellular reception on the first and second stories, but am unable to get any signal whatsoever in my finished basement which is where my office is located. I became increasingly frustrated by this situation and decided to start researching cellular signal boosters. To make a long story short, I had actually gotten the opportunity to see Verizon’s WNE in action (before purchasing mine) and was totally blown away by how well it worked.
The Verizon WNE requires a broadband Internet connection and a router. Simply plug the WNE into the router via ethernet cable, wait a few minutes for the WNE to provision itself and voila! You now have up to 5000 square feet of cellular coverage! There are a couple of catches however. The first is quite obvious; the WNE only works with Verizon’s cellular service. The second is that EVDO speeds are not available over the WNE so you will not be able to use Verizon’s services that require EVDO such as V Cast.
The Verizon Wireless Network Extender will cost you a one time fee of $250. Verizon is not charging a monthly access fee to use their WNE so if the WNE will allow you to finally get rid of that old landline (now that you have awesome cellular coverage) then it will pay for itself in no time at all. Verizon allows you to specify which cell phone numbers are allowed to use your WNE so you don’t have to worry about neighbors pirating your cell phone signal. This setting can be configured from your My Verizon account on Verizon’s website. In summary the WNE works like a charm and is one of the best technology purchase that I have made in a long time.
Update: August 24th, 2011
I have recently discovered that it is possible to purchase the Verizon Wireless Network Extender pre-owned from Amazon for between $75 – $100.