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Old 05-30-2015, 12:26 PM   #1
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4G antenna?

Hi All...

Hey, I noticed that some people have had ETI install a 4G antenna.

I use an Android phone as my hotspot for internet access... and I'll be working from the Escape so internet coverage is critical for me.

Can anyone tell me how effective the 4G antenna is? Also, how does it work... do you have to hook the phone to the antenna somehow? Approximately how much $$ is it to have ETI install?

Thanks for your thoughts!
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Old 05-30-2015, 02:16 PM   #2
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Some gain can be had by plugging the outside antenna into the phone (assuming that your phone has an antenna connector). A better solution that provides far more gain is to purchase a WeBoost (formerly Wilson Sleek) amplifier, and plug the external antenna into the booster. You will need to either provide a ground plane (a pie plate sized piece of steel) to hold the antenna if you use the one that comes with the WeBoost amp, or purchase an antenna that includes or doesn't need one such as the Wilson Trucker Antenna or a WirEng antenna.

There are systems that don't require placing your phone in a cradle (required of the linked model above) that use an outside antenna, an amplifier, and an inside antenna, but because our trailers are relatively small, it is difficult to get enough separation between antennas to provide good gain. They are more expensive, but do have the advantage that you can amplify more than one device at a time, and don't have your phone stuck in a cradle. I had one in the past and found that I had to be within 3' -5' of the inside antenna to get any gain; with my current cradle amplifier I get more gain that I could with the old system.

As to cost, I can't help. I believe mine was the first one that Reace did (back in 2011) and was told there would be no charge because I had already added every option they offered. I doubt that is still the case!
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I second Jon's recommendation. A Wilson Sleek (now called a WeBoost) and a Wilson Trucker 4G roof mount antenna (has a built in ground plane). Works very well with both my Verizon Mifi Hotspot or my wife's phone in the cradle. I sent the antenna before the build and Escape only charged me $25 to install it. Had them install it so the antenna cable entered inside an overhead cabinet. I also had them run a 12V drop in the same cabinet. Making it work was simply a matter of powering the cradle via the drop and a 12V socket I picked up at Radio Shack, and connecting the antenna cable to the cradle.

Here's a link to a thread I started about the whole setup:

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You guys are AWESOME!

Thanks so much!
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Hi All...

Hey, I noticed that some people have had ETI install a 4G antenna.

I use an Android phone as my hotspot for internet access... and I'll be working from the Escape so internet coverage is critical for me.

Can anyone tell me how effective the 4G antenna is? Also, how does it work... do you have to hook the phone to the antenna somehow? Approximately how much $$ is it to have ETI install?

Thanks for your thoughts!
Right now it's $100.00 cad to have the antenna installed.
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Right now it's $100.00 cad to have the antenna installed.

Really? Ours was $25.
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Really? Ours was $25.
It used to be 50 then went up to 100.00.
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It used to be 50 then went up to 100.00.
Wow. I think I'd be picking up a 1/2" drill bit and a utility knife and do it myself.
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Wow. I think I'd be picking up a 1/2" drill bit and a utility knife and do it myself.
Exactly!!! Lol
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Another question: can I use this setup without actually mounting the antenna on the top of the trailer? Could I use it with the antenna in the trailer... or suction-cupped to the outside of a window or even to the top of the trailer?

I'm trying to reduce the number of holes in the fiberglass.
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