Revisiting the CellRanger Cell Signal Booster


We often do initial reviews of hardware here on the site. It’s fun, it’s exciting, and, as gadget lovers, we enjoy bringing to all of you our thoughts on the newest technology. At the same time, what really matters about a product aren’t just the initial impressions or even the first review, but rather how things work in the long run and whether an item we really like during a review is something we still use a number of months later. Along those lines I thought we might go back and take a second look at item that both Wayne and I reviewed a few months back. That item — the CellRanger USB cell reception booster.

The website for the CellRanger states —

Wherever life takes you… Maximize your wireless signal.  The CellRanger line (edit) of personal space wireless signal enhancing products are designed to easily and affordably help you stay in touch.

In his review Wayne had this to say —

As an in-car booster I found that this is a very compact and useful signal booster that resulted in at least two to three bars of increased signal to my iPhone 3G.

In my second look I had this to say —

While it isn’t always this good, especially when the phone isn’t right next to it, it DOES boost the signal significantly. Since I started using it I have not lost a call while working in my home study once! The CellRanger is a keeper. In fact, I may just have to go buy a second one so my cell will get a signal at night.

So why this post? Here’s why —

Last week I sold my iPhone 3G. I figured it was best to sell it now before the new hardware comes out so that I might get top resale value for it. (It soon eBay incredibly quickly and for decent price.) As a result I am currently using a first-generation iPhone which, as all of you know, is more than a bit “reception challenge”.

I expected the reception to be bad but not as bad as I found it this morning. Sitting at my desk doing some writing I was getting zero bars.
Zero, as in “no connectivity”.
Zero, as in “I won’t get a call if it comes in”
Zero, as in “Did I just make a huge mistake selling my iPhone 3G? Is this what it’s going to be for the next month and a half until the new hardware comes out?”

It was only then I discovered the source of the zero signal — the  power connection for the CellRanger booster that sits under my desk had become loose when I moved some things around earlier and the device wasn’t getting any juice. No power meant no boost and no boost meant zero signal.

Once I plugged in the booster my iPhone immediately went from this


To this


Now that is one heck of an endorsement for product and it’s why, long after the review was posted, I continue to use, and rely upon, this superb device.

The CellRanger is available in a Stix version for use in autos and a Port version for use with a powered USB. Both cost $149.99 and are available HERE.

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.

3 Comments on "Revisiting the CellRanger Cell Signal Booster"

  1. markntravis | June 4, 2009 at 6:50 pm |

    I didn’t see this, “Wherever life takes you… Maximize your wireless signal. The Sony line of personal space wireless signal enhancing products are designed to easily and affordably help you stay in touch.” on the Cell Ranger site.

    What does Sony have to do with it?

  2. Dan Cohen | June 4, 2009 at 6:52 pm |

    Mark- thanks for catching this dumb voicerec typo. updated.

  3. It’s an amazing little device indeed. I was quite shocked when it worked and also glad that it continues to perform!

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