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reubenray 04-27-2021 04:12 AM

Booster for Cell and Data?
 
These questions are for my new home which is in the sticks and not my RV. My cell is with Verizon and my data is with AT&T (Mobley). Both of these will go from one bar to to four bars. Will a Wilson booster work with both of these at the same time?

Spdracr39 04-27-2021 05:38 AM

Mine boosted both my Verizon and my ATT at the same time but it doesn't always make the data speed better. If you have more than one bar it will probably make it worse.

Bigd9 04-27-2021 06:58 AM

I get flyers in the mail about AT&T Fixed Internet from time to time. I noticed several homes in our rural area with small antennas pointing to a power pole with a similar antenna pointing in a different direction. One of the neighbors indicated it was for their internet.

Maybe this could be of some interest to you?

https://www.att.com/internet/fixed-wireless/

docj 04-27-2021 07:37 AM

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Originally Posted by reubenray (Post 5728730)
These questions are for my new home which is in the sticks and not my RV. My cell is with Verizon and my data is with AT&T (Mobley). Both of these will go from one bar to to four bars. Will a Wilson booster work with both of these at the same time?

A Wilson (WeBoost) booster can work with both AT&T and Verizon at the same time, but amplifying a signal doesn't always mean that your connection speed will be faster. With digital signals, signal strength is only one of several factors that matter.

Persistent 04-27-2021 08:54 AM

As posted above, there are multiple parameters involved in cell phone and cell data connections.

1) High gain antennae with amplifier can pull in a weak remote signal. However, they tend to use only one Chanel at a time. So, data speed tends to be low at all times.
Since you get 4 bars sometimes, this solution will not likely help you. Most likely the cell towers are busy to overloaded sometimes. Signal strength is probably not the issue.

2) Multiple antennae boosters open multiple channels simultaneously. Your cell phone probably has 4 antennae. Get a booster with 4 antennae. Fewer will probably reduce data speed in strong signal areas. Again, this does not seem to be your problem.

3) A multiple source router with multiple cell antennae and ability to connect to multiple providers automatically may improve your situation. It would use channels from multiple providers, choosing the fastest path. You would need data accounts on each providers network. Some iRV2 members use such a system and may be able to give more specific advice.

Note: There are cell data providers that charge half as much as ATT and still use ATT towers and networks. I use Consumer Cellular with ATT tower access. CC works identical to my wife's ATT account where ever we go. There is a low cost provider for Verizon towers as well.

I wish you good luck and happy trails ahead!

docj 04-27-2021 09:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Persistent (Post 5728974)
Note: There are cell data providers that charge half as much as ATT and still use ATT towers and networks. I use Consumer Cellular with ATT tower access. CC works identical to my wife's ATT account where ever we go. There is a low cost provider for Verizon towers as well.

Just because a low cost carrier uses a major carrier's towers doesn't mean the service will be the same. For example, for many years low cost carriers on the Verizon network didn't have access to what Verizon called the "Extended Network" which included towers Verizon customers had access to but which Verizon didn't own.

Similarly, Consumer Cellular, Verizon Visible, etc., may have service that is different from what the parent company offers at any particular location. The differences can include coverage areas, D/L and U/L speeds, etc. Otherwise it wouldn't make any sense to to offer the low cost service with no diminution of performance.

lemodrop9344 04-27-2021 10:12 AM

Would it be correct to assume your are attempting to improve your cellular signal for the purpose of internet connectivity or just for telephone service?

Information provided by Persistent regarding boosters & antennas is spot on & would apply to both situations.

I tried one of the high dollar cell boosters thinking it would speed up my cellular connection based on the reviews I read. Thankfully, I was able to return it as it did not work in my situation.
Assuming you want to use cellular for internet connectivity, I would explore cellular modems/routers. Peplink & Cradlepoint are companies very popular in this market. Obtaining data plans sufficient for your usage may be problematic & expensive.

reubenray 05-08-2021 03:00 AM

After being in my new home for a few weeks I can live with my AT&T Data speed. But the Verizon cell phone is constantly dropping calls and breaking up even with 3 or 4 bars. We have started to sit outside when using the phone. After sitting outside for about a hour yesterday when it was cold I am looking for options. I have found several boosters, but they start at $400. Are there any other's that are not so expensive?

Camper25 05-08-2021 04:03 AM

I was way out in the sticks yesterday in my car. I got a phone call that was breaking up badly with barely one bar. I turned on my weBoost unit and the phone call immediately came alive just like I was in town. A cheap booster would not have done the job.

The range of the indoor antenna on a home unit is very important, so I would not get a cheap one.

https://www.weboost.com/boosters/hom...ignal-boosters

Bobby F 05-08-2021 05:10 AM

I've parked near people using the usual Weboost model, and have gotten better results than them with my Surecall Fusion2Go. It's not cheap - $450 at Amazon now (which includes the high-gain exterior omni antenna) but it's another alternative to consider.

https://www.amazon.com/SureCall-Fusi..._t2_B072R1K3BG

YC1 05-08-2021 06:15 AM

A good booster is not cheap. Actually $400 for one is cheap in the real world. Cheap in the sense it may be like comparing a VW to a Vet. But they can work and your results may vary a lot.

Getting the antennas in the proper place and spaced apart is important so follow any instructions closely.

I have experimented in the real world and in my lab with many. I have experimented with many antennas as well.

With so many players out there I would recommend using a mfgr such as Wilson for their support and real world experience.

Be patient doing your research..

docj 05-08-2021 07:34 AM

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Originally Posted by lemodrop9344 (Post 5729058)

I tried one of the high dollar cell boosters thinking it would speed up my cellular connection based on the reviews I read. Thankfully, I was able to return it as it did not work in my situation.

As has been noted here many times, you should not make the assumption that, in general, a booster will improve the download speeds you are experiencing. It ought to increase the strength of the signal you are receiving but that's not directly related to your download speed. Sometimes a booster will improve your speed; sometimes it won't.

reubenray 05-13-2021 03:30 AM

What is surprising to me is that I am getting 4 bars on the phone. It does work better outside.

reubenray 05-20-2021 05:53 AM

While continuing to do research on my dropped calls I came across "wifi calling". I got this turned on and my wife said the phone worked great inside the house instead of outside.


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