Will a cell booster help you with “Project Fi?”

If you’re one of the anointed few using Google’s “Project Fi” service, you’re on the cutting edge of some really cool stuff. Project Fi, available only on a small number of Nexus phones, lets your phone use whatever carrier is strongest or use Wi-Fi if that’s available. It’s all automatic and it’s supposed to make your life easier.

Except, well, it’s still sort of a beta thing.

One big problem with any sort of switching methodology is that it’s going to cause audio drops when it switches. Eventually this will be solved — as recently as 10 years ago it was common to have a short drop when switching between cell towers. But for today, you’ll lose a word or two in the conversation, especially going from Wi-Fi to cellular and back.

That’s why a strong cell signal is still important even if you have decent Wi-Fi, and it’s best to have a 5-band LTE booster that lets you communicate over almost all of the frequencies used for cell service (almost all? Yes, Sprint still has some wacky frequencies that no one else uses.)

I recommend a booster like the EZ4G from SureCall. As the name implies, it’s super easy to install… just connect the two pieces, put them 20 feet away from each other with one in a window, and you’re done. This will improve the cell service in your home so you won’t switch from Wi-Fi to cellular as much. It’s also a good idea if you’re seeing Wi-Fi dead spots to add something like a Unifi UAP-AC-LITE to give you great Wi-Fi service everywhere. That’s going to benefit you no matter what.

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Stuart Sweet
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