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I got a Wilson sleek cellphone signal booster and want to use it in my class c. If anyone has any ideas, or tricks for installing in a RV please don't hesitate to post them. I already know that I have to have at least a 8x8 piece of metal for the antenna to use as a ground plane for better signal reception.
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Is it a magnet mount antenna? I use an old 10" stainless frying pan glued to the top of my trailer. The fry pan has a steel insert, I tried to pull the antenna off, it's got a good grip.

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many of the wilson antennas have a built in ground plane so you don't need an to make a metal plate. In general the magnet mounts require a ground plane. check the spec's on the antenna you got.


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ktmrfs wrote:

many of the wilson antennas have a built in ground plane so you don't need an to make a metal plate. In general the magnet mounts require a ground plane. check the spec's on the antenna you got.


It's the stock magnetic mount shark fin looking one. And it will be mounted on the top front of the class c overhang. I figure that will allow me to route the wire into the RV thru the front roof vent. I dont have a bunk up front but have the entertainment center option, so there is plenty of space for the booster etc.

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Pay attention to the antenna spacing requirements. The modern dual antenna systems automatically turn down the power to prevent feedback between the antennas. Too close vertically or horizontally & you will get very little gain from the system.


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vermilye wrote:

Pay attention to the antenna spacing requirements. The modern dual antenna systems automatically turn down the power to prevent feedback between the antennas. Too close vertically or horizontally & you will get very little gain from the system.


Getting conflicting opinions from wilson... one rep says yes to a ground plane, one says not needed, and no separation of the antenna is necessary..(neither of which I believe) but for consistency they both tried to upsell me to a different booster because this one doesn't get 4G..(even though the box states 4G & 3G compatibility). which I don't care about, seeing how this booster is just to help get a better signal. I mean after all I'm gonna be camping!

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suprz wrote:

vermilye wrote:

Pay attention to the antenna spacing requirements. The modern dual antenna systems automatically turn down the power to prevent feedback between the antennas. Too close vertically or horizontally & you will get very little gain from the system.


Getting conflicting opinions from wilson... one rep says yes to a ground plane, one says not needed, and no separation of the antenna is necessary..(neither of which I believe) but for consistency they both tried to upsell me to a different booster because this one doesn't get 4G..(even though the box states 4G & 3G compatibility). which I don't care about, seeing how this booster is just to help get a better signal. I mean after all I'm gonna be camping!


one thing to be aware of. When carries switched to 4G most of them have dropped 3G by now except in a few remote locations where they haven't yet switched to 4G. So...... If your unit does not support 4G, it may help on voice, but not on data. Been their done that. My 3G unit didn't do much for me if I was needing boost. It did help on voice, but zippo on any data connection. A newer 4G unit in the same locations got me about a -80db signal and outstanding voice and data.

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I have the Sleek. The antenna that comes with the unit looses almost everything it gains in the coax cable. Getting an antenna with more gain and shorter cable will give you decent results. It has made a difference with AT&T data. Every 3dBi of gain will double your signal and every 3 dBi of loss will cut your signal in half. 3dBi will double signal, 6 dBi will quadrudple the signal

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