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Fisherman

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Posted: 05/08/21 11:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

From my experience, I've had 3/4 bars when nothing showed on the phone itself. Used a WeBoost with the little 6 inch antenna and about 10 feet of cable. Set the antenna on the middle of the truck roof and bingo, it works.

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wow, a lot more positives than i was expecting
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I have an old Wilson booster with trucker antenna atop the ladder. The booster has a wireless access connected to the device inside the RV. Bought it with advice here at least a decade ago. It is still working for 1900 MHz. Even outside my house it boosts our signal from one to three bars. Used to be able to read that in MHz but they took away that feature! I’ve also used an antenna locator app but that was before antennas were so widespread. Just moved the setup to our new RV and realize I might want to upgrade. My Wilson is still selling for about $35 on eBay.


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I use a Surecall home type system with the omni directional antenna, it works better than my older Wilson mobile unit. I haven't tried the current weboost models or another mobile unit. So I can't compare the performance, but it reall helps to have the antenna up high. I like the higher gain antennas of the fixed types. My antenna is mounted to rigid electrical conduit strapped temporarily to a ladder. Probably 15' off the ground. Makes a big difference in the rural areas.

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Without hijacking the thread, which product would you recommend that does NOT require any permanent installation in the RV? I'm hoping for something very simple -- a "plug and play" device.

Obviously, a simple device is not going to match the performance of a high-end unit. But when we go camping, we sometimes have great cell coverage. We often have absolutely no coverage in the boonies. So we only need a boost for those times when there is some weak coverage, maybe a third of the time.

Thanks to the experts who are chiming in!! Very informative.


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Well I've seen some folks run the cable to the external antenna thru the slide seal. But you will have a interior antenna and the amplifier inside.

Right now we are 25+ miles to the nearest town and have 3 bars of Verizon with no cell towers within miles. We are sitting right, about 30 feet away from a thousand foot cliff and there is a town about 26 miles away in that direction so I think we are picking that signal up.


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Last Friday I was way out in the sticks with barely one bar on my phone. I got a phone call and could barely hear the caller. I turned on my weBoost booster and the phone call came alive just like I was in town. It works well for me.

I will say though, if I have three or more bars I don't see any improvement.

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