"Good Device - With Exceptions"2.5 starson by jgreg7
Pros: When working, it provides a strong signal that is actually better than a cell tower signal. Great way to eliminate a land line.
Cons: In addition to the ethernet connection, it also needs a GPS signal to work. If you live in an area of poor GPS signal reception, this will not work for you.
Summary: I recently purchased a Samsung Network Extender SCS-26UC4, to provide a cell phone signal for my Verizon phone.
The reason I need the network extender is that I live on a ground floor apartment in a multi-story building, my only windows open out into a courtyard surrounded by the other apartments. The apartment structure forms a closed square around the courtyard. My front door opens into a closed hallway.
The cellular signal in the vicinity of my apartment is very poor, hence the reason I purchased the Samsung Network Extender SCS-26UC4 from Verizon.
The Network Extender plugs into a high speed Ethernet connection (Cable or DSL), in this case my router. This provides the connection for the phone over the internet (some variation of VOIP I am guessing). When the Network Extender is working, the phone will pick up a full signal, calls are clear and static free, better than an external cell tower signal.
The Samsung Network Extender is equipped with a GPS to provide a location signal for Verizon to use, and for the 911 emergency services. Up to this point, it all makes sense. For some unknown reason, the unit has to keep refreshing the GPS signal. If the GPS signal is not refreshed, the unit will turn off or loose the signal it puts out to the phone. (Basically it stops working). I am not sure why it continually needs to refresh since the unit is not going anywhere.
Here is the problem: I do not get GPS reception (Please note apartment description above). I am able to use the extension cable and a broom handle to extend the GPS antenna outside my window to get an initial signal, however this is not a practical long-term solution. Once the signal is linked the unit works well. I pull the antenna back into my apartment and when the GPS fails to refresh, the unit stops working.
Apparently you can not disable the GPS. The design of this unit does not make sense to me. If I could not get a cellular signal, why would the designers assume I could get a GPS signal? I have talked to Verizon on multiple occasions, and they simply do not have any suggestions to make this work. The response is always "it needs the GPS signal".
My computer (and iPod) know where they are by the internet node connection, why can't they use that? Once the unit gets the initial GPS location, why does it have to continuously refresh?
Bottom line, if you do not have good GPS signal reception, the Network Extender will not do you much good.