Femtocell Use Growing
Mar 23, 2007, 8:18 AM by (staff)
Several companies have recently announced femtocell products, highlighting the growing need for these mini base stations in the home environment where cell signals do not reach. Similar in theory to Wi-Fi hotspots, femtocell products, such as 2Wire's HomePortal BaseStation, plug into existing cable or DSL Internet connections, automatically configure themselves to connect to a carrier's backhaul network, and provide cellular voice and data coverage for the home. The two main vendors in this space so far are 2Wire and AirWalk Communications, and both provide GSM-based and CDMA-based products that include HSPA and EV-DO 3G data capabilities. Enhancing in-home cellular coverage can allow consumers who have typically had poor signal propagation in their homes to drop their landline phones altogether in favor of their cells.
Wilson Rebrands As weBoost
Wilson Electronics - long known for its cellular signal boosters - this week announced that its consumer products will now be sold under the new weBoost brand. weBoost's new Life line of boosters for home and car boost weak signals across all major U.S.
Review: WeBoost Eqo In-Home Signal Booster
WeBoost's Eqo signal booster promises to improve cellular coverage in your home or apartment. Consisting of a booster and antenna, the whole system fits most average dwellings.
WeBoost, SureCall Roll Out In-Home Signal Boosters
WeBoost and SureCall both used CES as an opportunity to show off new cell signal boosters. Both products work in a similar fashion: they collect cell signals from nearby cell towers, amplify them, and rebroadcast them within the home to improve coverage and signal strength.
Verizon, Samsung Offer Small Cell for Improved In-Home Coverage
Verizon Wireless today announced the 4G LTE Network Extender for homes and small businesses. The small box provides LTE coverage in buildings up to about 7,500 square feet, including services such as HD Voice and high-speed data.
I could really use one of these!! Where do ya get em???