After about 20 minutes of being plugged in and connected to my broadband connect the Verizon Extender became functional. The way you confirm your phone is connected to the extender, ignoring the insane signal strength, is to dial #48. When the call connects you will hear, “You are under Network Extender Coverage”. If your planning on buying a network extender there are a couple things you will want to know.
Configuring your Verizon Network Extender
To configure your Verizon Network Extender you are supposed to logon to your account then click My Services | Manage under Network Extender. Â With the recent upgrade of the My Verizon web portal you can no longer manage the settings of your network extender. I confirmed this with a call to Verizon Support. By default your extender is set to Open Access meaning any Verizon phone can connect to your extender. On my call the support representative added my phone and my wife’s phone to the extender. Adding contacts switches your devices from open access to Managed Access.
Once my friends heard I got the extender the questions started coming. The most important thing to understand about the Network Extender is Verizon charges you no additional fees to use the extender. See the Verizon FAQ for details about the billing on the network extender. This model is how it is supposed to be, unlike the AT&T model.
I am about 24 hrs into using the Network Extender and my call quality has been amazing. I have to thank Comcast as I know the quality of my call is directly related to my internet connection upload speed. Despite having my CrashPlan backup uploading data at 900kbps there is enough bandwidth to handle all my calls. If the quality remains at this level I will be killing at least on of my home phone numbers.