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groundhogy

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Posted: 07/08/18 08:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So if you're RV is in a site where there is minimal cell service..
There are a number of products that repeat/boost the signal at your site.

What are folks using?
I need one and am looking for advice on a purchase.

This is basically an antenna that you point at the cell tower, and a two way amp that boosts the signals (along with the antenna), and maybe another antenna to spray the signals around your local camp site.

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Posted: 07/08/18 09:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

there multiple companies
i think wilson/weboost has the most variety of device packages
the 'sleek' is a cradle holds one device, phone or hotspot
they have several residential packages, and several mobile/rv packages
most have a version of their most popular all band all carrier amplifier
with different outdoor and indoor antennas

they do NOT spread the signal around the campsite
they do increase an area of signal strength inside the RV
you don't want feedback between the indoor antenna and the outside roof or rack mounted antenna

for making calls you do it inside the RV
for using your devices on wifi
your hotspot stays in the RV near the inside antenna, and connect your tablet or laptop via the wifi signal which can extend outside depending on the strength of the hotspot wifi or additional wifi router

weboost is not the only cellular booster company
there is shure? and i think MaxSignal and several more
i have only used wilson, because the pricing was 'right' when i was shopping


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Posted: 07/08/18 11:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have the We-Boost and it works well. It doesn't cover the entire inside of the RV.


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Posted: 07/09/18 04:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

groundhogy wrote:

So if you're RV is in a site where there is minimal cell service..

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Your options depend alot on what you are trying to boost. i.e. Do you have a newer physical hotspot with two antenna ports on it, or an older one with no antenna ports? Or are you wanting to boost the signal to your phone?

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Here's a good site that explains much about cell boosters. They also review and test several models.

https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/resources/mobile-cellular-boosters/


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Sorry for the delay, but my 440 CI diesel water pump blew... im back now.

So the Wilson products seem expensive.

Tom, that was a very good website link, thanks.

I understand the oscillation problem.
Im thinking if I get a very directional antenna for the tower pickup.
Then maybe a hemispherical antenna for the RV side of the system, I can move the hemispherical (like a patch antenna style) around so it doesn't cause oscillation? Maybe get some attenuators for the RV antenna?

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There are a bunch of these products on eby.com for under $100

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new phones, new hotspots are 4g for data

carefully read the specs, make sure the ones you look at work for the cell carrier you have

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.... and i bet these are all 120 vac solutions. It would be nice to have a 12 vdc solution.

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Sounds like you need an 800 and 1900 MHz band two way amp for Verizon, ATT, and Sprint. Sprint is the kicker. They are exclusively 1900. the other two are mostly 800 MHz.

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