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Old 08-04-2021, 11:20 PM   #1
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I have been using cell boosters from Maximum Signal in our truck and 5th wheeler for several years. Results are good. We now have a second RV a 27 ft Class C. I've been doing some research as to what else is on the market that maybe better if anything. Looks like the Weboost Drive X RV is a possible contender. The real concern I have is in the real world how good is the signal quality inside the RV. Like how close do you really have to be from the inside antenna under different conditions? Will it reach throughout a 27 foot RV with good signal when the signal outside is marginal? I've heard that if the exterior signal is weak then you have to be within a couple feet of the inside antenna, is this true? I don't see that issue at all with the Maximum Signal booster.

Perhaps there's a different cell booster that will function well while driving and parked.

I'm not interested getting into Pepwave units and their high prices. We do not depend on cell service just a nice thing.
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I’ve read cell boosters make a good signal better, but a weak signal not so much. Seems odd but written down somewhere. Seen pictures where the device such as a cell phone, laptop needs to be within arms reach from inside booster antenna to be effective. I just got one and am on first trip with it. So far not seen much help.
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I'm the OP. Perhaps a few more details would help.

I could use a MIMO based MyFi device to improve download/upload speeds somewhat when I have a decent signal. That's simple enough. The issue comes in when we are driving or camping in cell fringe areas. That's where I would expect a cell booster to help.

All we really need is to be able to do standard web interactions, including some You Tube like downloads. I'm not doing much uploading.
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I have the weboost RV in my 25’ class C. It seems like you need to be fairly close to the interior antenna. Just a FYI if you get the weboost it’s comes with a 110v regular wall plug power cord. I had them send me the 12v power cord as when I am running I don’t have 110v available (unless the gen is running) . Kind of strange they give you the 110 cord when every RV has a 12v system but not every RV has 110 when going down the road
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It depends on the signal strength from the tower. A really weak signal you will have to be almost touching the indoor antenna where a full bar you can be a few feet.
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Remember this.....

So remember one important fact.......the Weboost will make the connection better between the RV and the Cell Tower. However it will not increase the speed associated with the tower. If the Tower is a 3G tower the weboost does not increase it to 4G or LTE. The cell booster only makes your connection to the tower better. If the tower does in fact have LTE service, and your cell phone without the booster is one bar, service will be slow. If you have a tower with LTE service and you have a booster and you get 3-4 bars your getting the LTE speed. Just remember the booster can't produce fast speeds only the connection to a tower. And yes the less signal you get the closer you need to be to the indoor antenna. If you boondock you'll need to have it touching practically. But they do work.
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I have a Weboost Drive 4G-X and it does boost a weak cell signal. But how far does it broadcast inside the RV? Less than a foot. More like 6" from the indoor antenna.

Here's the issue.

You have a higher gain antenna on the roof picking up what signal it can find. It sends it to an amplifier that "boosts" the signal and sends that to an indoor antenna which broadcasts the boosted cell signal into the RV.

If the indoor range was say... 27' then the indoor signal would be picked up by the outside antenna and sent back through the booster and over and over and over again.

All you would have is unusable feedback.

So, the inside antenna must by design restrict the transmission output from the booster to just a short distance.

In my real world experience it's far better to put the phone or MiFi device right up against the indoor antenna. That's when I'll see a a boost in the number of bars (and the better signal to noise ratio). When I move even 6" away it starts to drop quickly.

What works best for cellular phone service is to have the phone activated for WiFi calling and using a cellular Mifi (jetpack, etc) situated right next to the indoor antenna so that I have good broadband internet service and let my phone use the WiFi to place the call over the internet.
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Using my SureCall booster, I get the best results with my phone within 12" of the interior antenna, and it drops off very quickly after that.
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