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Old 08-08-2015, 09:49 PM   #11
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I've had less problems with antenna spacing than the cable runs. My cell amplifier cable ran parallel to the FM antenna for about 2' & using the cell amp blanked weak FM stations. I switched locations so the cables don't run parallel, and have not had problems.
In addition to attention to routing, it would help to use cable with better shielding... unfortunately it's hard to tell how effective the shielding is when buying cable as a consumer.
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Old 08-09-2015, 02:07 AM   #12
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Interested to hear how it works out! I got a weBoost Drive 4G-X for our build, and I was going to get a WiFi Ranger as well, but we decided that since we're going to be using an unlimited data plan, we didn't want to spend the extra money on the WiFi ranger.
I'm curious to know about the power drain from the weBoost 4G-X amplifier. Have you noticed any problems with it draining your trailer's battery? I'm assuming it's mounted in the trailer; please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 08-09-2015, 09:46 AM   #13
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I'm curious to know about the power drain from the weBoost 4G-X amplifier. Have you noticed any problems with it draining your trailer's battery? I'm assuming it's mounted in the trailer; please correct me if I'm wrong.
Our build completion date is at the end of September. I'll report back then.
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Old 08-09-2015, 10:48 AM   #14
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Well, okay. Is anyone else using the WeBoost 4G-X now and can give info on how its current draw affects the the trailer's batteries?
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Old 08-09-2015, 11:51 AM   #15
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Mike, ours is the Sleek 4G, but I think the hardware is identical and thats just the old name. Haven't noticed ANY impact on the batteries.
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Old 08-09-2015, 02:59 PM   #16
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The 4G-X is not a "cradle" amp like the Sleek (I think that is now called the 4G-S). It is WeBoost's latest multi-phone wireless amp that connects to external and in-vehicle antennas. Previous versions have been discussed on the forum, the main complaint being that the amplified signal was weak so the phone(s) had to be near the in-vehicle antenna. I was hoping someone now has the 4G-X and could give an idea of how it affects the trailer's batteries, especially when left on 24/7.
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Old 08-09-2015, 03:18 PM   #17
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While probably an unfair comparison, I had the previous Wilson amplifier installed in my 17B when I bought it in 2011. Running on 12V, it drew 2 amps 24/7. While my panel put most of that back, I did unplug it when not using it if I was dry camping.

As to the trailer coverage, Mike's complaint was true for me. Technically, the booster with the inside & outside antennas had more gain than a Sleek, but in reality I get more gain with a Sleek. To get even close to the gain of the Sleek I had to rubber band my USB cell stick or phone to the inside antenna. Any further than about 4' - 5' away from the inside antenna resulted in no gain over the phone or hot spot alone. The only advantage was the ability to use it with both AT&T & Verizon phones & hot spots, even at the same time.

Can't say what improvements have come about with the new WeBoost version other than it covers 4G LTE...
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Old 08-17-2015, 12:03 PM   #18
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I suggest looking at the reviews on Amazon for the WiFi Ranger, they were not very good.
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