I just had to replace my 7100i because it was pretty beat up and I just spilled something on it so it wasn't working any longer. I lucked into a brand new in box 7100i and I have to say that the reception on this new unit is improved over my old one. The old one's "bars" were frequently all over the place, but this one appears to hold a steadier signal according to the meter/bars. Still the same dead spots, but in general it appears improved. Hope that helps!