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Old 04-01-2014, 08:27 AM   #1
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Cell Phone Bosters

I would like to know if anyone has used any of the cell phone boosters on the market.
I see Wilson looks like the best out there http://www.wilsonelectronics.com/sto...ry/38/wireless
What I would like to do is not only use it for voice but data as well so I can run Netflix in the RV for the TV. Has anyone been running Netflix? Or what are you doing for your RV?
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Old 04-01-2014, 09:08 AM   #2
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I use a Wilson Sleek amplifier and an external antenna with a Verizon Jetpack. Most often, I've found that the Jetpack on its own receives a good signal; the Sleek helped out a couple of times. An amplifier can only help out when there is almost, but not quite, enough signal for a connection. It can't help if there is just no signal.

I prefer connecting to the Jetpack using a device like a Sleek (which does not require a physical connection to the Jetpack) because I had difficulty connecting an antenna to the Jetpack using the exterior antenna plug in connection.

The Sleek does get warm in use, so it needs some ventillation. A verizon Jetpack is a mobile hotspot for data, not voice (unless you use VOIP). I have used Netflix with the Jetpack and the show streamed well, but video streaming requires a lot of bandwidth; a one hour TV show from Netflix uses about 1 GB of bandwidth - so we only stream near the end of the monthly use period if we happen to have enough remaining bandwidth.

Different amplifiers work with different cellphone providers; if you get an amplifier, you'll want to verify it works with your provider.
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I have one of the first unlimited plans from sprint for voice and data as I understand it no cap on usage.
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:55 PM   #4
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I have the Wilson Sleek that I use with my smartphone as a hot spot on Verizon. Without the Sleek I didn't have a useable signal. The small antenna that came with the Sleek works fine for me when attached to an inside window pointing at the cell tower.
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We used a Wilson external antenna and it worked very good.
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Old 04-06-2014, 06:52 AM   #6
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Clutch, Where did you bring the antenna wire into the inside? So far my internal antenna is doing the job for me, but I know at some point it won't.
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I brought the antenna cable from my Wilson antenna inside using one of these through the rear side of my trailer. I attached the antenna to a short length of conduit which I fastened to the ladder with several stainless steel hose clamps.

The Newmar fitting is rather pricy, but it's construction and design sure seemed effective. The fitting size must allow the connection on the end of the antenna cable to pass through it.
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I dry camp in the boonies as often as possible. The Wilson is great for maintaining contact with the Officer of the House if you know what I mean. I do not have the antennae permanently mounted. Instead I run the wire out the top of the door - does not get pinched in any way. The magnetic base then affixes to the screw on the top of the awning on the roof.
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I use the WILSON SLEEK with outside antenna. It really comes in handy at the camp grounds for my Verizon MIFI unit sitting in it. Extends both the VERIZON Signal range as well as the MIFI HOT SPOT area around my trailer.

Since the connection to the cell phone or MIFI unit is passive it doesn't require you to make any physical connections to your devices...

Wouldn't leave home without one... I have one in my Truck and one in my OFF-ROAD Trailer...

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Stupid question, but did you have to drill a hole for your antenna wire to come into the trailer using those fittings? I would hate to drill a hole through the side or top of my camper, but maybe I'm being too timid.
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