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Offline tyreman

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Cell Phone Booster?
« on: November 12, 2019, 11:38:38 AM »
What have folks used for a cell phone booster? We use the bus quite often to a location that has a very weak signal and would like to be able to use phone as a hot spot for data and video streaming. After much research I am thinking of actually getting a house unit vs a specific RV/truck model (i.e. Cell Phone Booster for Home Office 4Bands Cell Phone Signal VS weBoost Drive X RV) since I plan on using it only when stationary and having a temporary mast antennae run up when we park.  It has longer supplied cord, more power and uses 120v.  Thoughts?

Offline neoneddy

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Re: Cell Phone Booster?
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2019, 02:29:09 PM »
I have a surecall model that allows up to 75db boost, it's for a home.

I've had trouble with it.  First thing is make sure to have a Yagi antenna, an omni directional will feedback too much.  You need to try and get 40-50 feet of seperation minimum, which is hard to do on a bus, even with a mast.  I've had good luck a few times, but it's been hit or miss, but I've had a hard time getting full seperation.
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Offline sledhead

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Re: Cell Phone Booster?
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2019, 02:35:19 PM »
I have used a wilson cell home booster that has been in 2 coach's and works great . Mine is older but similar and is 8 years old and not a 4g

 https://wilsonamplifiers.ca/weboost-connect-4g-signal-booster-kit-refurbished-470103fr/

same idea ant. on roof at the back and inside ant. up front

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Offline bobofthenorth

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Re: Cell Phone Booster?
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2019, 03:32:43 PM »
We've had several boosters.  The only ones that worked consistently for us are the type with a flat plate that you set your phone against.  The ones with the inside and outside antennas haven't worked for us but the other type has been great.  They take a bit of getting used to because your phone is tied to the plate antenna but its not that big a deal.  You can use bluetooth to get to the phone and set up a wifi hotspot for internet access.
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Re: Cell Phone Booster?
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2019, 03:51:57 PM »
Don't screw around, these busnut/boaters have it all under control:

https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/

Cheri and Chris make it their business to test and rate all the hardware and cell connections to lead a nomadic lifestyle.

They are right on top of all these matters. For the price of membership, don't waste anymore of your time, just join, do a ton of informed reading, and choose the bits you want to buy.

Happy coaching!
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Offline tyreman

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Re: Cell Phone Booster?
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2019, 08:01:06 AM »
Thanks all, good info to digest. I will update with a review after next trip to The Creek! :-)