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Old 09-21-2015, 12:00 PM   #21
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Ours was on all day, each day on our Alaska trip. Can't say I ever noticed that it was hot. It did the job for us. It was a novelty for my wife to be under way on the road texting in areas that normally wouldn't have had a usable signal.

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Old 09-21-2015, 12:21 PM   #22
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Did you move the booster from your vehicle to the trailer when you were parked, Ron?
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Old 09-21-2015, 01:21 PM   #23
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I was reading too, that the weBoost 4G-S cradle should only be used for short periods of time, as the heat build up created will cause battery swelling, and possible damage. I know a few of you here, like Ron and Robert, use this cradle. Does anyone find this to be true?
Yes. I use the Wilson Sleek, which I think is the predecessor to the 4G-S, or maybe the same thing. It does get hot at times, which is why I am considering moving to another model such as the 4G-X that doesn't require physical contact with the cellular device, which in my case is a hotspot. I'd also like to use my hotspot and cellphone with a cellular amp at the same time, so I'd need something besides the Sleek anyway.

I covered the back of my hotspot with a big Velcro pad in order to mount it in my truck at times, when I'm not using the Sleek. Maybe this insulated the hotspot enough so that it wasn't damaged by heat.
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Yes. I use the Wilson Sleek, which I think is the predecessor to the 4G-S, or maybe the same thing.
Yes, the Wilson Sleek is the same thing, just changed names earlier this year when Wilson became weBoost.

I assume when you mean cellular amp, that this amplifies the signal from the phone for use as a hotspot, correct?

What i am still confused about, is how far can you be from something like the 4G-X, and still get the benefit of its boost? Could you be in the trailer with it in the tow? What I ideally want is good cell coverage while I am driving, with maybe a bit of data thrown in, but when camping, I would want good data in the trailer, plus have the stronger cell signal in their too. Am I asking too much?
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Old 09-21-2015, 02:13 PM   #25
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I assume when you mean cellular amp, that this amplifies the signal from the phone for use as a hotspot, correct?

What i am still confused about, is how far can you be from something like the 4G-X, and still get the benefit of its boost?
By "cellular amp" I just meant other models of WeBoost's products, such as the 4G-X. I still wish to continue using my cheap TracFone cellphone as only a cellphone, and also keep using the wifi hotspot for my Internet access. I think the 4G-X or some other WeBoost amp will let me do this, amplifying the signals from both devices.

From other threads on this subject I gather that the booster-to-cellphone range of the non-cradle boosters such as the 4G-X isn't great, maybe a few feet. The thing also needs good ventilation, so inside an overhead cabinet might not be a good place to mount it. Maybe the underside of the dinette table?
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Old 09-21-2015, 03:21 PM   #26
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Did you move the booster from your vehicle to the trailer when you were parked, Ron?
No, you can barely see in post #10 the little Weboost antenna on my truck roof parked near the trailer. As you can see I'm online with it in the trailer.

Drove around this morning and keep touching the cradle to see if it was hot. Could barely detect any warmth. My netbook, on the other hand, gets quite warm by comparison when charging.

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Old 09-21-2015, 04:28 PM   #27
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I have the Wilson Sleek cradle with a Verizon MHS291LVW Jetpack, and have had to replace the battery due to swelling after 1 1/2 years of heavy use. While the combination does get quite warm, I believe the real problem is the 291 Jetpack - they have had problems with swelling batteries even without the Sleek. I just checked my second battery & it is slightly swollen...

As to the WeBoost 4GX, you might want to take a look at the installation PDF - here is an interesting quote- "Ensure a minimum of 20 feet vertical or 50 horizontal feet separation from the Outside Antenna." Might be a bit difficult to do in any of Escape's trailers unless you plan on an outside antenna on a pole that you set up at each stop. The 4G-M is designed for the shorter antenna separation distances expected with a vehicle or RV, is less expensive, however does have less gain.

In either case, how far you can get from the inside antenna and still have some gain from the amp depends on many variables, including antenna separation and whether the 2 antennas are directional.

When I used a previous 3G version of the outside/amp/inside antenna system from Wilson in my 17B, I found getting any further than 3' - 5' from the inside antenna resulted in no additional gain. The only way I could get anywhere near the specified gain was to attach the USB stick I was using as a modem to the inside antenna.

This was with the outside antenna (a Wilson trucker antenna) mounted on the rear driver's side of the escape & the inside antenna on the front shelf. It may be better with the newer technology, but I doubt you would find any gain in the tow vehicle from a system in the trailer.

By the way, I get far more gain with my current Sleek than I did with the old system.
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Old 09-21-2015, 05:38 PM   #28
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My Sleek doesn't get hot consistently, but a couple of times I have noticed it becoming very warm. Maybe its cellular radio amplifier turns up in a weak cell signal environment, like a cellphone does.

I didn't re-check WeBoost's model numbers before posting earlier, so I might have mentioned the wrong one. If I replace my Sleek, it will be with the model intended for use in cars or RVs, not the one intended for use in a home or business. I shouldn't have a problem with antenna separation and hopefully it won't draw too much power.
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Old 09-21-2015, 06:29 PM   #30
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My S If I replace my Sleek, it will be with the model intended for use in cars or RVs, not the one intended for use in a home or business. I shouldn't have a problem with antenna separation and hopefully it won't draw too much power.
That's probably the one that I have. I believe it's the 4G-S. I don't know how many times we did the "OK, barely 1 bar signal on the phone by itself what does it have in the cradle?" Usually took a barely registering 1 bar and turned it into a usable 2,3 or 4 bar signal. So much better than the mi-fi we had before it.

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