Have a Verizon USB modem (Pantech) on my laptop at work, get 3 bars out of 4 and it works fine. Took the modem home, just 5 miles away, and having problems on my desktop. So I got a Wilson cell phone amplifier and antenna and absolutely no improvement from the 2 bars I was getting before. I can unplug the amp & antenna and I still get 2 bars just with the modem, no change. And Firefox is crashing every couple minutes. Could I be doing something wrong, or is the Wilson amp no good, or are there better amps & antennas? Thanks for any help! Oh, so far I don't have the antenna outdoors, just in front of a window where AntennaSearch says there's a Verizon tower not too far away, although I am down in sort of a low spot. Got a 10 foot wire from the antenna to the amp so going to put it on a pole outside the door at a little higher elevation on the tower side of the house and see if that helps. EDIT: Something strange - I had the USB modem plugged directly into the motherboard while I was having the above mentioned problems. Just to try it, I plugged it into a USB extender card (right term?) that adds additional USB ports. Now it seems to be responding better and hasn't crashed at least in the last 30 seconds while typing this. Just the opposite of what I thought would make sense. Well, whatever works.