Wednesday, November 24, 2010

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Review: Cell Ranger Stix

The Cell Ranger STIX is the first device to feature a microprocessor, making it the next-generation of cell phone repeaters. The Cell Ranger series are driven by a microprocessor, which actively monitors the frequency and concentrates it's power where it is needed. This gives reliability and performance enhancements that you cannot get with traditional repeaters.

The Cell Ranger STIX is wireless, and so works with all cell phone and data card models – from the most basic handsets to the latest smartphones!. It is dual band, and so works with all US carriers except Nextel. 

Installing the Cell Ranger STIX is very easy. Just place the magnetic antenna on your car's roof or trunk, and plug the unit into your car's cigarette lighter. The cable from the antenna to the unit can be run through a door or trunk seal. Once plugged in, the Cell Ranger is up and running and improving your reception. 
From the Repeater Store website

Kit Contents: Cell Ranger STIX in-car unit
4" external magnetic mount antenna
15ft coaxial cable
Installation manual

> Technical Specifications

Product code: 8811960A
Power supply: 12V in car accessory port (cigarette lighter)
Frequency: US PCS 1900 MHz Band
Uplink: 1850 - 1910 MHz
Downlink: 1930 - 1990 MHz US Cellular 800/850 MHz Band
Uplink: 824 - 849 MHz
Downlink: 869 - 894 MHz
Gain: 50db downlink
Dimensions 5" x 1.5" x 0.9"
Oscillation Control: Adaptive gain control
Weight: 0.3 lbs

My husband is a truck driver for FedEx and with every stop he has to make a phone call to the HUB.  When I found out I could review the Cell Ranger Stix, I got super excited!  So far, the only time he has trouble making calls is when it's raining.  Not only is it part of his job to make these calls, I hate to think of him breaking down on the highway with no way to contact anyone.  A week ago he tried out the product and called me and said that he has full service in places where he used to only have two bars.  It has been raining all day today and he decided it was a good time to test this product fully.  He tried to make calls without the Cell Ranger Stix and then he made them using the item.  In two different instances he would not have been able to make the calls so quickly because of static or loss of signal.  Needless to say, it's won us both over and I highly recommend this product for people who are on the road a lot. 

Cost: $129

Disclosure: I received this product for free.  Opinions expressed are 100% mine.

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1 comment:

  1. We have really poor signal strength in some places in TN so this prize would be great. I also get very little reception in my home unless I'm right on top of my booster so the Wilson 801262 DB PRO Dual Band 62dB Amplifier and Kit would be a great addition.