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Old 07-18-2015, 12:09 PM   #1
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Signal Boosters for Wifi and Cellular

We will be going full time, working from the road, so internet connection is critical for us. We have heard that the best way to go is to use wifi when available and cellular when it's not. The key is to have good signal boosters. We have reviewed some options but are very interested in what others are doing to get the best, most reliable connection to the internet.
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Old 07-18-2015, 12:30 PM   #2
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There have been a few discussions about this on the forum; you might want to search for them. In general-- several people use the WeBoost (formerly Wilson) Sleek together with a hotspot and external antenna. It works well for me and has worked well for others.

Keep in mind, though, that sometimes nothing helps. For instance, I was recently in Mt. Rainier National Park and had no signal of any kind for three days while at my campsite. I did find a ridge where I could park my truck and pick up a signal. Some areas are just too remote for Internet service via cell signal.
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We will be going full time, working from the road, so internet connection is critical for us. We have heard that the best way to go is to use wifi when available and cellular when it's not. The key is to have good signal boosters. We have reviewed some options but are very interested in what others are doing to get the best, most reliable connection to the internet.
Lots of threads on here about the Wilson 4G/3G antenna, the Sleek Cradle (now called WeBoost) and other options. Just do a search for Wilson Antenna or Sleek Cradle.
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Old 07-18-2015, 12:40 PM   #4
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I installed the Weboost cradle, with roof mount antenna, in my truck before our Alaska trip. It worked really well. I'd say, if you have a flickering weak one bar signal it'll turn it into at least a solid 2 bars. If you have a solid one bar it'll turn it into 3 or sometimes 4 bars.

At times, when the phone wouldn't work on it's own, and to keep the distraction for me to a minimum while my wife yakked on the phone she'd just lift the cradle and phone off the holder and put it up to her ear. But mostly we'd just use the phone hands free while it was in the cradle.

My only other experience was the Mi-Fi and I don't think that it worked as well.

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Regarding campground wifi-- yes, some RV parks and some state parks have wifi, but I have found the wifi signal to vary greatly in quality. I think this is mainly because you have no control over the distance from your campsite to the park's wifi antenna. There are external wifi antennas, and these have been discussed on the forum as well.
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Technomadia and others recommend the Wi-Fi ranger as a good antenna to boost campground Wi-Fi or to pick up nearby signals. In combination with the wilson weboost, you're covered (if there is any signal to be boosted)
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Thanks for all the great advice!
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