Originally Posted by nrthwds
So what antenna did you buy? Or do you just use the mag-mount one that came with the unit? Is better to just get the antenna mounted permanently to camper or put up when needed?
Thanks for all the replies to everyone... so now
the 4G-S or the 4G-M or the 4G-X OR RV 4-G directional antenna
have I left any out?
How do you use the 4G-S which is single for your laptop? can you use as a hot spot from cell phone? Otherwise I would have no booster for the laptop correct?
All the others would boost signal for phone and wifi? Not have to use phone as hot spot? I do not want to have 2 phone plans to pay so no jet pack.
I have AT&T and was thinking I might try T-Mobile to the free streaming and drop AT&T. Anybody use T-Mobile? Can you get reception?
I am trying not to permanently install a antenna (put hole in camper).
I prefer a permanently mounted antenna since i use it every day, sometimes while driving (I use WiFi to connect my AT&T iPhone to a Verizon jetpack for data when I'm driving in a non AT&T area). The real reason I switched to the WirEng antenna was that it didn't need a ground plane, and was smooth enough that I could leave it on the trailer when I covered it for the winter.
If you are going to use the magnetic antenna supplied with most of the WeBoost products, you will need to provide a ground plane. The metal roof of your tow vehicle works fine, however a fiberglass trailer does not. You will need to add a 6" - 8" disk which should be magnetic so it will hold the antenna.
Either a phone serving as a hotspot or a jetpack must be placed in the 4G-S cradle in order to connect it to a laptop (or any other WiFi device). While you can place a phone in the cradle and use a bluetooth earpiece to operate it as a phone, or put it on speaker, it is not as convenient as a dual antenna system such as the WeBoost 4G-M. Again, I got more gain from the cradle based system than the dual antenna system, but they may have improved this since the 2010 system I had.
You do need to maintain proper distances between the exterior & interior antenna, something that may be difficult in a small fiberglass trailer. The newer systems detect feedback between the two antennas and shut down or turn down the gain to prevent problems, however you may find positioning the two antennas a bit tricky.
All of the cell phone boosters do not boost WiFi - that is provided by either a phone serving as a hotspot or a jetpack. There are WiFi boosters, some that are plugged into the USB port on a laptop, and others that are stand alone, picking up the campground WiFi & performing as a router, providing your own WiFi network. WiFi Ranger
, for example, provides a number of WiFi boosting & distribution products.
I travel with both AT&T & Verizon, and while AT&T has improved, I still have better coverage away from major roads & cities with Verizon. I have no experience with T-Mobile, but have been told that the provide poor coverage outside the major roads & cities.