I bought a Wilson #801212 Dual-Band system. I use it for both my cell phone and my air card at the same time. It doesn't connect to either one. I lay the inside antenna on the desk next to the aircard and the phone, and use a bluetooth with the phone.
They also have models with an inside antenna that will re-broadcast to several phones over a larger area.
My external antenna is on a temporary mast to get it above the roof of my TT, but I've also simply stuck it on the rear bumper. It does an excellent job of bringing in poor signals. I also use it in the car, at the hunting camp, and I've used it in hotels with poor wifi.
Keep in mind that it won't 'create' a good signal where one doesn't exist. Also, I've seen cases where the number of bars is improved but the internet speed is still unuseably slow. I assume in this case the tower does not have a good internet connection.
Since this model is only for 3G and lower service it is sort of useless for any 4G devices.
My phone picks up 3G and 4G would it still be useless or just boost the 3G? my 4G hardly works anyway..
not useless at all. it will boost 3G and your voice, do that all the time with my samsung charge 4GLTE and wilson sleek booster. True, it won't boost 4GLTE, but in reality today I seldom am camping anywhere within 200 miles of a 4G coverage area anyway. The whole intent of our camping is to get remote, but keeping cell coverage is nice. IMHO it will be a while till 4G is available in many areas anything close to where we camp. When it is I'll upgrade to the wilson units that support 4G LTE.
And 3G gives me enough download speed for the things I need to download, seldom download videos anyway.
2011 Keystone Outback 295RE
2004 14' bikehauler with full living quarters
2004.5 Silverado 4x4 CC/SB Duramax/Allison
Has anyone pieced together a Wilson amplifier kit, we are looking to boost our cell phone signal and internet using the dual band amplifier 801245? Leo's looking at the 841295 Ambulance RV Kit but maybe you might have some suggestions, if you have put one in..
Trying to stay on topic and answer your original question....
I have used that exact model for a few years with a flat panel interior antenna and an external Wilson Truckers antenna. The external antenna is mounted to the railing on the roof of the RV via a stainless steel boat railing mount which folds back for travel.
In extremely remote locations, I take 3 10' sections of galvanized chain link fence top rail pipe and connect them together. A yagi directional antenna is mounted to the pipe and the whole assembly goes in the flagpole mount I have on my rear ladder. With that setup, I have been successful in obtaining a signal from as far as 27 miles away.
I am using a Verizon aircard and AT&T cell phones. It amplifies both signals simultaneously.
Wilson is not the only company developing new amplifiers for the all the new Frequencies . All the amplifier manufacturers are . The tough part is getting FCC approval on new units covering the additional frequencies, as the carriers are pushing the FCC hard to be tough on what is approved and the power on them . Too many units out there that wreak havoc on the carriers tower management systems. Might work great for the end user but the ugly side effect is other users being bumped off or whole towers being shut down by bad amplifiers.
We love our Wilson Cellphone Booster.
I don't plan on buying an upgraded 4G phone anytime soon and streaming videos isn't really a priority so it works just fine for us. Paired with the laptop we can do just about anything, including snagging a few funny youtube videos for a quick laugh.
We mainly use it to pay bills and such while out on the road, email family and such.
Any day enjoying the great outdoors beats any day enjoying your 8x8 office cube!