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Old 08-10-2016, 05:14 AM   #1
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Cell Signal Booster

We camp a lot in the Blue Ridge Mountains and some areas have very poor cell coverage so I got a weboost Drive 4G-X to try and solve that issue. I installed a larger antenna, designed for RVs and truckers, on the back my 24T and I'll use the small magnetic antenna that came with the booster unit in the TV while traveling. It plugs into a 12v outlet.
We spent the past weekend at the Lake Powhatan Recreation Area in the Pisgah National Forest where the reception is always poor. I'm happy to report the unit exceeded expectations.

I bought it at Amazon:
Weboost - http://amzn.to/2aRG13B
Larger antenna - http://amzn.to/2bfjlLx

Install Video - https://youtu.be/QLKY_aE8Vdg

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Old 08-10-2016, 06:44 AM   #2
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I am going to get the Wilson RV kit next spring as we camp all over Western NC where the cell signal can be spotty at best. I had an older Wilson unit on my old TT and it worked well.

One note, check the specs on the trucker antenna. Depending on your carrier and band, it can actually have less db gain (in some cases it actually is a negative gain) than the small magnetic mount antenna.

I am just going to use the magnetic mount antenna. I will put a steel cookie sheet on the roof with Dicor as the ground plane. You only need a 12" X12" area.
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On my next trip I'll do a comparison of the 2 antennas and report back.
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Quick question... did your unit come with the 12volt power cord that reduces the unit voltage to 6volts (little bulge/box) on the cord, or the straight 12volt cord that supplies 12Volts to the unit?

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Quick question... did your unit come with the 12volt power cord that reduces the unit voltage to 6volts (little bulge/box) on the cord, or the straight 12volt cord that supplies 12Volts to the unit?

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There is a box inline. It is 6v DC
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Old 08-14-2016, 12:07 PM   #6
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We installed one (Drive 4G-X) on our Jayco X213 -- I purchased the Yagi antenna for better gain (directional) and mounted it to the television antenna so we can rotate it while inside the trailer to point to the best cell tower. We mounted a ceiling antenna over the table so we can just lay our phones down there.

Last trip we saw some interesting behavior -- pointing the Yagi antenna in one direction (toward nearest town) got us good signal but abysmal download speed, pointing to in a different direction (toward highway) got us as good a signal but much much better download speeds. I guess the tower in town had a much slower backhaul link or something...
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