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Old 03-24-2018, 01:27 PM   #1
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weBoost 4G-X RV Cell Phone Signal Booster

Is anyone using the the weBoost Drive 4G-X RV 470410 Cell Phone Signal Booster? We have a weBoost Sleek that works well but our phones have a snap on battery pack that gets in the way. The Sleek also runs very hot and tends to roast the phone. The Drive is multiuser as opposed to the Sleek that requires docking the phone in the cradle. According to weBoost we can use the Trucker Antenna we originally had installed by ETI. The reviews on Amazon vary from great to it does nothing. The nice thing is the phone doesn't have to be right on top of the inside antenna, although the closer the better. Apparently separation between the outside antenna and the inside can be important. With the Sleek, it seemed to work OK even though it was almost right under the outside antenna. Our outside antenna is mounted just behind the Frig on our 21'. Mounting the unit and running cables will be interesting. The inside antenna would probably be left loose so it can be moved around from one end of the trailer to another.

It's $500 USD so it would be nice to think it will workout before dropping that much coin. Thoughts?

https://www.amazon.com/weBoost-47041...+4g-x+rv&psc=1

The antenna pictured is ours and is no longer sold.
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Old 03-24-2018, 01:59 PM   #2
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The Sleek also runs very hot and tends to roast the phone. The Drive is multiuser as opposed to the Sleek that requires docking the phone in the cradle.
Ours does run warm, that's for sure, but roast, not quite. We've been using the same phone in our cradle for 3 years and while the cradle runs on the warm side, it hasn't affected the phone.

We use our wi-fi signal booster much more but I've sometimes contemplated adding an antenna to the trailer and bringing the weboost from the truck to the trailer.

But we all like new electronics so you can test the unit and report back how well it works.

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Carl- you really should call We Boost (Wilson) to get their expert advice. I don't see their products for less than they sell them for and you get 30 days to try it.

They're based in St. George, Utah and have always found them extremely knowledgeable and friendly to deal with.
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I would also be interested in a review of the 4G-X RV booster. Like Carl, I have the Sleek booster and have the same issues with it. But I use mine with my hotspot, so there is no space for my cellphone; I'd like a booster to handle both. Unlike Carl, I'd put my booster antenna on yet another obnoxious telescoping antenna mast.

So if anyone buys the thing before we do, please post a review.
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Old 03-24-2018, 03:38 PM   #5
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Carl- you really should call We Boost (Wilson) to get their expert advice. I don't see their products for less than they sell them for and you get 30 days to try it.

They're based in St. George, Utah and have always found them extremely knowledgeable and friendly to deal with.
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I did talk to them about reusing the trucker antenna. Probably wouldn't hurt to discuss the antenna separation. I wonder if the 30 days only applies if you get it from them? I don't see any discounts anywhere else anyway. Thanks.
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When/if I put my wife's phone is the cradle it overheats and goes into kind of a sleep mode, mine does not. Wilson told me they do run hot as it's an amplifier. I could have sent it in for a replacement but it was during a long trip, I forgot about it by the time I got home.
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When/if I put my wife's phone is the cradle it overheats and goes into kind of a sleep mode, mine does not. Wilson told me they do run hot as it's an amplifier. I could have sent it in for a replacement but it was during a long trip, I forgot about it by the time I got home.
I still use an older Sleek - not sure of the model number, but it is old enough that it requires using a switch to go between the AT&T & Verizon frequencies. It gets hot enough to shut down the charging of my AC791L Verizon Jetpack. I also have AT&T Mobley that seems to do OK in it.

I'd also like a whole house, dual antenna system, but I had terrible luck with the first one I had (A Wilson Car Kit from 2010). I had to have my phone or jetpack within inches of the internal antenna to get any gain, and that was with a 3 watt amplifier, larger than most of the current models.

If I get anything to replace the Sleek cradle, if will probably be a Maximum Signal Mobile, which has received good reviews at the Escapee Forum.
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Unlike Carl, I'd put my booster antenna on yet another obnoxious telescoping antenna mast.

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Only way to go. And you were right to have your King antenna setup so that you could just raise it and use it. My separate poles and having to connect each time was a nuisance. So, like you, I've gone to the telescoping pole.

I like mounting things like my wi-fi antenna and TV antenna on poles because it eliminates drilling holes in the trailer and the way some electronics seem to become obsolete so quickly that's probably a good thing. Also my poles are long enough that it gets a bit higher in the air, better for when you have a sunblocker next to you.

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Only way to go. And you were right to have your King antenna setup so that you could just raise it and use it. My separate poles and having to connect each time was a nuisance. So, like you, I've gone to the telescoping pole.
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Agreed. Since acquiring my telescoping aluminum mast I have encountered some alternatives. I saw these telescoping fiberglass masts on display at the Orlando Hamcation last month:

https://mgs4u.com/fiberglass-push-up-masts/

They looked nice. The mast sections are either four-foot or six-foot, and they are locked into place with UV-resistant plastic levers, not knurled rings like my TV mast. The trick is to buy one that is short enough collapsed so that you can reach the top lever. I think one of the four-foot section masts would do for me.

Getting the cellular antenna up in the air is important if you rely upon cellular voice and data communications when out in the boonies. The higher the better.

Besides, I need another antenna mast on my trailer anyway.
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cell booster works

Had the trucker's antenna installed and goes to the inside Hershey bar interior antenna. I lean the phone against it and the cell dB goes from -125 to -75. Quite an improvement. I also shut off 4G and run the much better 3G HSDP signal. This makes a great wifi hotspot to download NetFlix
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