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5-Band Cell Boosters On The Way

LAS VEGAS — SureCall, the maker of commercial and residential cellular-signal boosters, is launching what it called the industry’s first five-band residential booster that doesn’t require a rooftop antenna.

The company is also launching what it called the industry’s first booster that amplifies cellular, Wi-Fi and HDTV signals.

The five-band cell booster is the $760-suggested EZBoost 5-Band, which is also the company’s first cell booster without rooftop antenna. It will accompany the launch of a dual-band version without rooftop antenna at $560. They ship by the end of the quarter.

In lieu of a rooftop antenna, both models incorporate a high-gain antenna inside the booster case. When placed near a window, the embedded antenna communicates with the nearest cell tower, receiving incoming voice and data signals and sending them to the system’s amplifier. The boosted signal is distributed throughout a home or office via an included indoor broadcast, antenna.

The Fusion 7 cellular/Wi-Fi/ HDTV booster also incorporates five bands of cellular amplification. It will be available by the end of the quarter at less than $1,000.

All of the models boost the 1,900MHz, 800MHz, AWS, and two LTE bands for the Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile networks to improve 2G, 3G and 4G reception. The boosters support as many as 10 simultaneous cellular users.

The Fusion 7’s indoor antenna delivers a maximum gain of 72dB to extend coverage up to 6,000 square feet. When connected to an Internet router, the Fusion7’s Wi-Fi amplifier boosts signal strength to improve and extend Wi-Fi coverage over a range of 6,000 square feet via the same indoor antenna used by the cellular booster. The Fusion7’s HDTV booster receives and amplifies local HDTV stations and delivers the signals to as many as four televisions.

All are carrier- and FCC-approved, the company said.