Verizon 3G Network Extender Review
0. phoneArena 19 Jan 2011, 05:18 posted on
Even though Verizon’s slogan is “It’s the network” and ‘Rule the air”, sometimes that can be challenging when you live in a rural area and in a house that just doesn’t get good reception from your local cell tower. That’s when the Verizon 3G Network Extender (Samsung SCS-2U01) comes into play, which is an updated version of the original Verizon Network Extender than came out in 2009...
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1. phoneguru173 (Posts: 54; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)
Now, can they upgrade the software in my Extender that I just bought a few months ago? There's a CAT5 port on the back for something other than the internet connection!! I'd hate to spend ANOTHER $250!!!
2. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
I sorta doubt it. The ethernet port it to supply voice and data from your phone to Verizon. That would be like saying I can make a basic phone go from 2G to 3G with a software upgrade. If the hardware isn't able to support 3G then you're going to be stuck with 2G no matter what. Check with your local Verizon store or call *611 from your phone to get more info on that.
3. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
Wow look at those speed tests! That's not very fast. I'm glad Verizon released these but this should be evidence that Verizon isn't perfect everywhere. I had to use a Network Extender once and I live in a big city. While I like Verizon and the fact they release products like this, stuff like this should be humbling to the fact that you shouldn't swear on Verizon to work anywhere. No carrier is perfect.
8. Ryan (unregistered)
If you're using an extender, then you're also using DLS/Cable connection. If you're using one of those, why are you not also using WiFi which is rated better than 4G?
Data speeds are a non issue IMO, since you can get around that problem easily. Getting a call through in an area where you only get 1-2 bars and frequently having dropped calls is the bigger issue, and this seems to be the fix.
The problem is the price, but it's buy to own... cest la vie
4. vinnyc (unregistered)
I purchased this device from VzW a few weeks ago and spent several days trying to get it positioned in my home near enough to a window to receive (and RETAIN) a GPS signal. I even bought a Westel wireless bridge so I wasn't tied down to an Ethernet jack in my house. After all of the stars in the sky finally aligned and the correct location locked into the GPS satellite long-term, i began making test calls.
When phones actually registered to the NE, the solution worked beautifully during the calls and even transferred to the nearest tower when i left my home on a call.
The main problem that I had were that our phones (which usually sit within 10-15 feet of the NE) didn't stay connected to the device long-term. As soon as calls connected through the NE would hang up, our phones (Blackberry Curve and Vz iPhone) would almost immediately go searching for signals and then home to an external tower with little to no coverage. In the 2 weeks that we tested the NE, i could NOT get an inbound call to connect to the phone while it was on the NE.
Needless to say, the inconsistency of the phones' connection to the NE made it almost worthless and I just sent the device back for a refund today. Very disappointing, as I was really hoping for a long term solution that would have allowed me to dump my Time Warner home phone and potentially broadband - as 4G works fantastic in my home as well.
5. Lone Wolf (unregistered)
Now that Vz has 4G & I now own the Vz Thunderbolt, when will Vz come out with a 4G network extender. Cell coverage at my home is the pitts. I usually have "0" yep "ZERO" bars, on a good day I may have 1 or maybe even 2. I drop calls constantly. "Can you hear me now?" People I speak to .. can't hear me so I'm constantly asking CYHMN?
6. VzwtoSprint (unregistered)
Switch over to Sprint. They will give you their network extender (Airrave) for free.
7. Ryan (unregistered)
Yeah, but they'll charge you monthly for use.
9. mtrsprt (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 May 2012)
Recieved this unit today. Purchased in refurbished form from an Ebay seller. Once setup and linked, my cell immediately had a FULL 5 bar signal!!!! My cell service is a bare minimum inbetween some small mountains, but now it 100% perfect. Even outside the home, up to about 100', I still get a solid 3 bars of service. Simply the best $127.00 ever spent on anything cellular. I could never make a call, or receive a call without the call droppping within seconds. Even texts would not go through, and had to be resent over and over. NOT ANYMORE!!! Thank you Samsung!!!!! If your Verizon service is slim to none, or in/out of service, this unit will allow you to enjoy using your cellular service at home without any issues.