Posted by: Mark Polk | 2017

weBoost RV 4G Cell Signal Booster Product Review and Installation

About a year ago we purchased a permanent RV lot at the beach and put a fifth wheel trailer on the lot  so we could do some destination type camping. When we started using the camper for a few short weekend trips I noticed our cellular signal and internet connection was spotty at the campsite. We plan to use the camper more often after we get it set up the way we want and a poor cellular signal could be problematic, especially if we stay there during the work week.

Not long ago Wilson Electronics sent us a weBoost 4G-X-RV cellular signal booster to install in our motorhome and review the product. We travel a great deal in our RV and a good cellular signal is important to conduct business while on the road. We had excellent results with the 4G-X-RV model, so I checked to see what products weBoost offered for stationary RV applications. I wanted something that could extend the cell signal range at our campsite and provide a signal we could rely on. And I wanted quick data download speeds. Wilson Electronics recommended the weBoost RV 4G cell signal booster and offered to send one that I could install in the 5th wheel and review the product. The RV 4G model is designed specifically for stationary use and it meets all my requirements, so I was anxious to try it.

The way these signal boosters work is an outside antenna accesses voice and data signals from a cell tower and delivers those signals to a booster. The booster amplifies the signals up to 32 times and sends it to the inside antenna. The inside antenna broadcasts the amplified signal to devices inside the RV.

The next time we went to the campsite I took the RV 4G along to install and test the product.

The first step was to determine the direction of the strongest cell signal so I would know where to locate the outside antenna to access voice and data signals. To do this I installed an app called WI–FI Sweetspots®. With the app I was able to check the signal strength in various locations around the RV. The strongest signal was at the rear of the RV, so that is where the outside antenna will be located.

The next step was to install the outside antenna. The antenna has a cradle that the antenna sits in. The cradle is mounted to the RV using suction cups. You simply clean the area on the RV where the antenna will be located, using the provided alcohol prep pad, and mount the cradle on the RV. Next insert the antenna in the cradle and connect the supplied coax cable to the antenna lead cable and route the remaining coax cable inside the RV.

 

The coax cable from the outside antenna connects to outside antenna connector on the RV 4G booster. Next connect the inside antenna to the opposite end of the booster. The last step is to connect the power supply to the RV 4G and plug it in.

If the RV 4G is working correctly the lights on the booster will be green. For the remainder of the weekend I made calls, sent texts and used my phone as a hotspot for my internet connection. I was shocked at the improvement  after installing the RV 4G signal booster.

What I really like about both weBoost products we installed and tested is there are no monthly fees involved and they don’t need to be connected to an internet source to work.

 

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Mark Polk

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