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Old 04-16-2017, 06:25 AM   #1
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Are WeBoost worth the money?

We frequently travel to places where our cell signal is 1-2 bars. Since we have unlimited mobile data, we use our cell for internet and working remote.

Looking at what's out there, it appears the most popular 4G signal boosters are from WeBoost. However, they certainly are proud of them!

Are they worth the money?

We are considering the Drive 4G-M | 470108 or RV 4G | 470201. Any recommendations?
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Old 04-16-2017, 06:47 AM   #2
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FYI there are plenty of earlier threads on weBoost:

https://www.google.com/search?q=webo...=airforums.com

Good luck!
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Old 11-22-2017, 06:30 PM   #3
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search youtube as well.. there are many full time rv'ers that use the we boost system with good success. they are not all the expensive if you have a mifi and need external antenna to help with signal.

here is a real popular model. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Wilson and we boost are the same company.
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Old 11-22-2017, 06:52 PM   #4
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So what I wonder about these and maybe folks here can help is this. All those videos talk about how “I had 1 bar and now with weboost I have 3 or 4 bars” I don’t recall any of the videos I’ve watched saying “I pulled in to my camp and had zero bars on my phone, turned on the weboost and got service” maybe this happens but they never seem to mention it. Also, I’ve heard them say talk about data being faster but none of them have said they ran a speed tester before and after and reported the difference.
Why this is a question for me is that even at Home and in the general area of things I routinely have only one bar and my phone seems to work just fine. So my question: if you have one bar you have service so what is the weboost really providing? What am I missing here?
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Old 11-22-2017, 06:56 PM   #5
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Weboost do boost the signal but doesn't mean the data rate is any better. You are still subject to the local tower and it depends on your carrier. Get the 4GX RV package.

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Old 11-22-2017, 07:01 PM   #6
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So what I wonder about these and maybe folks here can help is this. All those videos talk about how “I had 1 bar and now with weboost I have 3 or 4 bars” I don’t recall any of the videos I’ve watched saying “I pulled in to my camp and had zero bars on my phone, turned on the weboost and got service” maybe this happens but they never seem to mention it.
It boosts the signal. To boost a signal, there has to be a signal. If you are in a location with no signal, you will not magically get a signal with your WeBoost cell booster.

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Old 11-22-2017, 07:08 PM   #7
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It boosts the signal. To boost a signal, there has to be a signal. If you are in a location with no signal, you will not magically get a signal with your WeBoost cell booster.



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Okay. So if the phone has zero bars the weboost doesn’t find anything. My phone seems to work just fine with 1 bar so what benefit do I get by installing a weboost? Just the comfort of seeing more bars?
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Old 11-22-2017, 07:17 PM   #8
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Okay. So if the phone has zero bars the weboost doesn’t find anything. My phone seems to work just fine with 1 bar so what benefit do I get by installing a weboost? Just the comfort of seeing more bars?
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Your phone stops dropping words and no longer sounds like you are talking on a pair of tin cans connected by string. Your data rate goes from 17.23 Kbps to 1.9 Mbps.

Yes, a lot depends on exactly *what* the situation really is. If your phone only has three bars, then the steps are a bit different than on a phone with six bars. There is no definition of what "one bar" really means ....

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Old 11-22-2017, 07:20 PM   #9
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Thanks Bob. That was sort of the performance comparison I havent seen or heard anywhere yet.
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Old 11-22-2017, 08:44 PM   #10
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I have a weboost in my vehicle that I transfer to the AS. The vehicle one is different than one for say a house. The vehicle weboost needs the phone within a few feet. It doesn’t work well when you use your phone as a modem unless your phone is very close to the interior antenna. Otherwise it does make using your phone in the AS easier and does improve data on the phone. If you want really good reception in your AS you need to get the one for say a house. That interior antenna has a larger signal strength. But then that means 2 units and that’s not cheap (about $900 just for the units). One thing I did was buy a suction cup that I put on the outside when I am parked. That way I didn’t have to drill holes in the AS.
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Old 11-22-2017, 11:19 PM   #11
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yes , get a we boost

i makes the most difference in fringe areas
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Old 11-23-2017, 12:18 AM   #12
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We installed a Drive 4G-M and would never consider heading out into the wild without one. Many times we were able to get a signal on Verizon when our fellow campers were getting nowhere. It’s a safety thing for us, if there were an emergency it could make all the difference.
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Old 11-23-2017, 06:16 AM   #13
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Yes they work. On again off again one bar becomes solid two or three bars in our experience.
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Old 11-23-2017, 06:32 AM   #14
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Traveling through the backroads of West Texas, we had no service. Set up the WeBoost in the truck and we had 2 bars -- enough to stream audio.

I had a little difficulty inside the Airstream. I set the antenna up at the top of a non-conductive pole and wasn't getting the amplification I wanted. Customer Service recommend at least a 4" diameter ground plane for best results. (A ground plane is a flat surface that conducts electricity). I screwed the biggest fender washer I could find to the top of the pole and sat the antenna on top of it -- that worked. It's smaller than recommended and I'll change it to something larger if necessary.

I carry a Trucker's antenna just in case, but have never needed it.

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