Metro YX540
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SECOND: Place the zBoost Base Unit where you want to create a Cell
ZoneTM. Connect the Base Unit Antenna to the Base Unit and place it where you
need signal. For the widest possible signal area, it is recommended that you
position the Base Unit near the middle of a room or mount it on an interior wall.
This Base Unit uses an omni-directional antenna that delivers signal in a circular
pattern around the antenna.
Setup Overview
User Guide available
Power Supply
Coax Cable
RG-59(mini), 40 ft
Short Suction Cup
Base Unit
Long Suction Cup
The Base Unit can be mounted either directly on a wall or placed on a flat surface
(e.g. a bookshelf, desk, end table, etc.). For best results, keep the Base Unit off the
floor and at least 2 feet away from other cords, metal objects or other wireless
devices such as wireless routers or
wireless access points. The zBoost
METRO performs best when there are no
obstructions between the zBoost Base
Suction Cup
Unit and your mobile device.
Should you desire to improve coverage, you may:
• Move the Base Unit and/or adjust the angle of the Base Unit Antenna.
• Move the Signal Antenna around the window – higher is usually better.
• Move the Base Unit farther from the Signal Antenna or around a wall.
At Initial Power Up Only
Normal condition at power up.
Slowly Alternating
zBoost is working, but at reduced
performance and coverage due to
“non-ideal” setup. Increase the distance
between antenna and amplifier to achieve
maximum performance and coverage.
Fast Flashing RED
Indicates insufficient distance between the
antenna and the amplifier. The amplifier
is operating at significantly reduced coverage.
Solid RED
System is receiving signals from either the
mobile device or the base station transceiver
which are too strong for proper operation.
Fast Alternating
followed by no light
The amplifier is disabled.
zBoost Base Unit
The METRO boosts signal up to 1500 square feet, making it perfect for
apartments, condos and lofts. No outside antenna placement is required. Boost
voice and data transmission and improve call clarity in 4 easy steps:
FIRST: Place the Signal Antenna on the interior of a window located in the
area of best signal. Determine the location that provides the strongest signal
using the signal strength indicator on your cell phone. Find the location on the
window that provides the most bars of signal strength. Before proceeding, make
sure that the intended surface is clean and clear of any dust. Then choose the
suction cup attachments appropriate for your setting (short or long), fasten to the
Signal Antenna, and secure to your window. In order to capture the strongest
signal, you may do one or all of the following:
1. Move the antenna around the window – higher is usually better.
2. Use the long suction cup attachments provided, in order to create a greater
angle in which to capture the signal. The antenna must be vertical on the
window (as pictured in the illustration to the right, with cable at the bottom – not
on the side). Avoid draping the coax near the antenna.
3. Keep the Signal Antenna 2 feet from any metal.
The zBoost METRO does not require vertical separation; however, the Signal
Antenna and Base Unit Antenna should have at least 8 feet of horizontal
separation. Decreasing this distance will decrease the performance and generally,
increasing the distance (up to 40 feet), will produce greater coverage.
signal level, building construction, and antenna placement. Coverage in adjoining
rooms (next to, above, or below) will be reduced by walls and ceiling/floors.
THIRD: Run the provided coaxial cable
between the Base Unit and Signal
Antenna. Use the provided RG-59(mini)
coaxial cable to connect the Signal
Antenna and the Base Unit. Connections
can loosen when the cable is moved so be
sure the connections stay hand-tight.
Signal Antenna
8 ft
Base Unit
FOURTH: Connect the zBoost
Base Unit to the provided power
supply and plug into a power
outlet. Upon initial power up, a solid GREEN
LED should appear indicating normal conditions.
If a RED light appears, adjustments may be
needed to optimize performance. If you find the
increased signal coverage is acceptable,
however, no additional adjustments are needed.
See LED Indicator section for more information.
When your zBoost® system is in place and fully
connected, walk throughout the room and verify
that you are able to reliably place calls.
Remember, coverage varies based on outdoor
Coaxial Cable
After Initial Power Up
zBoost Base Unit
Power Supply
Normal condition
Solid RED
System is receiving signals from either the
mobile device or the base station transceiver
which are too strong for proper operation.
Unplug your system and re-orient the
Signal Antenna and/or Base Unit to reduce
excessive signal. If LED remains RED after
reconnecting power, contact customer
support at 1-800-871-1612.
DMAN-0037 Rev A
PCS band
Cellular band
Uplink: 1850-1910 MHz
Downlink: 1930-1990 MHz
Uplink: 824-849 MHz
Downlink: 869-894 MHz
Wi-Ex warrants every Wi-Ex product to be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use for the warranty period of 1 year.
System G ain
Who Is Covered?
Band supported
A, D, B, E, F, C
A, B, A’, B’
N et wo r ks
Power Consumption- Power Supply Current
3W standby; 7W max signal - 2.0A Max
You must have proof of purchase to receive warranty service. A sales receipt or other documentation showing the product purchased and
the purchase date is considered proof of purchase. This limited warranty extends only to the original consumer purchaser or any person
receiving the product as a gift from the original consumer purchaser and to no other purchaser or transferee. This warranty does NOT
extend to commercial users.
Wall Supply Input; Voltage
100-240VAC 50-60 Hz; 5.0VDC
System Certifications
FCC Parts 15 & 24 (PCS), Parts 15 & 22 (CEL), Industry Canada
Base Unit Size and Weight
5” x 7” x 1.25” – 9 oz.
Operating Conditions
Indoor Use Only (40° - 105° F)
Coverage (open areas)
Over 1500 sq ft
This product uses patented technology to protect the carrier network
FCC Information
Warning: Changes or modifications to this device not expressly approved by Wi-Ex could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment
generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
the equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help
This equipment complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. This transmitter must not be
co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter. In accordance with FCC requirements of human exposure to
radiofrequency fields, the radiating element (antenna) shall be installed such that a minimum separation distance of 20cm (8in) is
maintained from all persons.
Industry Canada Regulations
Canada IC: 5544A-YX545PCSCEL
This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference Causing Equipment Regulations. Operation is subject
to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
The term “IC:” before the radio certification number only signifies that Industry Canada technical specifications were met.
RF Exposure:
The manufacturer’s rated output power of this equipment is for single carrier operation. For situations when multiple carrier signals are
present, the rating would have to be reduced by 3.5 dB, especially where the output is re-radiated and can cause interference to adjacent
band users. This power reduction is to be by means of input power or gain reduction and not by an attenuator at the output of the device.
Please note: This unit has been approved for use in Canada under RSS 131, however, consent for the use of this device to improve cellular
or PCS coverage, must be obtained through your cellular or PCS provider, prior to placing the unit in operation. Please refer to the Industry
Canada document CPC 2-1-05, Section 6.1 available or viewable at:
Cet appareillage numérique de la classe [B] répond à toutes les exigences de l’interférence canadienne causant des règlements
d’équipement. L’opération est sujette aux deux conditions suivantes: (1) ce dispositif peut ne pas causer l’interférence nocive, et (2) ce
dispositif doit accepter n’importe quelle interférence reçue, y compris l’interférence qui peut causer l’opération peu désirée.
Le fabricant nominale de la puissance de sortie de ce matériel est simple transporteur. Pour les situations lorsque plusieurs signaux
porteurs sont présents, l’évaluation devrait être réduite de 3.5 dB, en particulier lorsque le signal de sortie est ré-émise et peut provoquer
des interférences adjacentes à la bande utilisateurs. Ce pouvoir est de la réduction par le biais de la sortie d’alimentation ou la réduction
de gain et non par un atténuateur à la sortie du dispositif.
What is Covered?
Warranty coverage begins the day you purchase the product. For one year from the original date, the Wi-Ex Cell Phone Signal Booster
will be repaired or replaced with a new, repaired, refurbished or comparable product (whichever is deemed necessary by Wi-Ex) if it
becomes defective or inoperative. The exchange will be made without charge to you for parts and labor. You will be responsible for the
cost of shipping to the location designated by Wi-Ex. If Wi-Ex cannot reasonably repair or replace the unit then Wi-Ex may, at its sole
discretion, refund the price you paid for the product or the price of the unit. All products, including replacement products, are covered only
for the original warranty period. When the warranty on the original product expires, the warranty on the replacement product also expires.
What is Excluded?
Your warranty does NOT cover:
• Labor charges for set up of the unit.
• Product replacement because of misuse, accident, lightning damage, unauthorized repair or other cause not within the control of Wi-Ex.
• Incidental or consequential damages resulting from the product. Some states do not allow the exclusion of incidental or consequential
damages, so the above exclusion may not apply to you.
• Any modifications or other changes to the product, including but not limited to software or hardware modifications in any way other
than as expressly authorized by Wi-Ex will void this limited warranty.
• Product that has been modified or adapted to enable it to operate in any country other than the country for which it was designed,
manufactured, approved and/or authorized, or repair of products damaged by these modifications.
Make sure you keep…
Please keep your sales receipt or other document showing proof of purchase. Attach it to this Setup Overview and keep both nearby.
Also, keep the original box and packing material in case you need to return your product.
Before requesting repair service…
Please review the BASE UNIT LED INDICATORS section listed in this overview - This may save you a call.
To get warranty service…
Warranty service will be provided by Wi-Ex. If you believe you need service for your unit, contact Wi-Ex at 1-800-871-1612 or A representative will go through a diagnostic checklist with you. If it is determined that the product needs to be
returned for service or exchanged, you will receive a return merchandise authorization (RMA) number. The representative will give you
complete shipping details. Do not return products to Wi-Ex without a Return Authorization Number (RMA).
To get out of warranty service…
To obtain out of warranty service, contact Wi-Ex at 1-800-871-1612 or for information on the possibility of any costs
for repair or replacement of out-of-warranty products.
Reminder: Record the model and serial number found on the product below:
Model #:
Serial #:
Purchase Date:
The zBoost Metro YX540 User Guide and additional product information is
available at
For questions or assistance, contact Wi-Ex customer service at 1-800-871-1612
or email