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Old 06-20-2014, 04:27 PM   #1
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Wilson 460108 Mobile - NOT a Sleek

Looking at using the Wilson 460108 (Mobile 4G) as a head end to my cell hookup with their RV/Trucker antenna as the phone does NOT have to be in a cradle - published 6 ft range in a car, probably more in a fiberglass box.

http://www.amazon.com/Wilson-Electro...=wilson+460108

At $350 it's twice as spendy as a Sleek cradle, but would allow a lot more flexibility, even use outside our new 21 perhaps.

Anyone using this?
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Technomadia is testing one now. Certification is limited to the antenna that comes with it and range is much less than the six foot quoted.
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... range is much less than the six foot quoted.
That's disappointing. I would want this sort of device to provide coverage for at least the tug and trailer area, not just the front seat of the vehicle.
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I'll have to check their test methodology; Wilson advertises it as usable when mounted in the trunk of a vehicle (I assume made of metal) so within a fiberglass environment the range should be much better.
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Keep in mind that Technomadia's interest (and mine) is about data speeds. It might be usable at 6' for voice but data speeds apparently decrease significantly with distance.

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Old 06-20-2014, 09:19 PM   #6
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Wilson the best IMHO. Have been using a dual-band 3-Watt booster for 10 years w/mag-mount antenna. When needed my phone is in the car; can use Bluetooth for voice and wifi signal goes into trailer for tablet/laptop. Whatever model one chooses, just be sure it is a dual-band, because although Verizon primarily and AT&T use 850 mghz, AT&T in many places (like where U.S Cellular exists) has to use 1900 mghz. Need both.
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Keep in mind that Technomadia's interest (and mine) is about data speeds. It might be usable at 6' for voice but data speeds apparently decrease significantly with distance.

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We don't stream video; not a problem with slower data rates. Just need to not have to capture the phone in a wired cradle.
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I'll have to check their test methodology; Wilson advertises it as usable when mounted in the trunk of a vehicle (I assume made of metal) so within a fiberglass environment the range should be much better.
That's a good point - the test scenario is very relevant - but even in a car with an all-steel body there is typically no steel panel between the trunk and passenger compartment - the separation of the trunk may be less significant to the radio transmission than one might guess.
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