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I am looking for a cell booster for my new RV. What are my options?

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WeBoost RV is probably the current leader, Amazon has a number of no name versions too,


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When I was researching them last year it seemed like SureCall was rated slightly higher than WeBoost...


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swimmer_spe wrote:

I am looking for a cell booster for my new RV. What are my options?


Last I looked WeBost and Solid Signal. Can't say one is better than the other. I CAN however say how they work.

You have an "indoor" antenna you mount inside your RV.. A
And and "outdoor" antenna.. More on this in a bit

And between them is a black (or other color) Box with the magic in it.

Now if the antennas are too close to each other.. bad things happen

But there are two thigns about the outdoor antenna.
First there are two types. Directional. and omni-directional.

Directional has greater range. but you have to "Aim" it.

HEIGHT IS MIGHT.. Get it as high as you can and out of trees if possible... A flagpole is a good idea.. or other form of mast.. 20-30 feet up

Of course being the tallest object in the campground has disadvantages in a lightening storm.


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wa8yxm wrote:

swimmer_spe wrote:

I am looking for a cell booster for my new RV. What are my options?


Last I looked WeBost and Solid Signal. Can't say one is better than the other. I CAN however say how they work.

You have an "indoor" antenna you mount inside your RV.. A
And and "outdoor" antenna.. More on this in a bit

And between them is a black (or other color) Box with the magic in it.

Now if the antennas are too close to each other.. bad things happen

But there are two thigns about the outdoor antenna.
First there are two types. Directional. and omni-directional.

Directional has greater range. but you have to "Aim" it.

HEIGHT IS MIGHT.. Get it as high as you can and out of trees if possible... A flagpole is a good idea.. or other form of mast.. 20-30 feet up

Of course being the tallest object in the campground has disadvantages in a lightening storm.


I have a cell booster at home, so I know enough about them. The one we have is directional.

Ideally, I'd like to mount it to the roof of my RV on a short post. Unidirectional would be better for us so that I do not need to mess with it every time we move.

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Omnidirectional is never going to give you as much of a gain as a directional, it's physics since you're limited on transmit power. You can get omnis up to about 6dB which isn't nothing, but yagis can be up to about 24dB which a massive difference since dB is logarithmic (powers of 10).


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afidel wrote:

Omnidirectional is never going to give you as much of a gain as a directional, it's physics since you're limited on transmit power. You can get omnis up to about 6dB which isn't nothing, but yagis can be up to about 24dB which a massive difference since dB is logarithmic (powers of 10).


correct. however when we are out in the boondocks, I first use the omni with our weboost system and if that doesn't give me enough signal I connect up the yagi and start searching. There are only a few places we go to that a yagi ends up being needed.


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I bought the WeBoost RV last year, and I'm not impressed. If I were spending the money again, and needed to have service. I'd just pay for Starlink. Our ownership group bought it for the houseboat, and it works awesome. WAY better than WeBoost.


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Bionic Man wrote:

If I were spending the money again, and needed to have service. I'd just pay for Starlink.


But Starlink is just "internet".

It doesn't boost a cell signal, which is what it seems like the OP is seeking to do.


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