Do you want a better cell signal and faster data speeds when you travel in your RV? Have you ever heard of weBoost, a company by Wilson Electronics? They manufacture products designed to boost your cellular signal. Some products are designed for specific applications like automobiles, RVs and your home or business. I used their products in the past with exceptional results. For example, we have an RV set up permanently on a site at the beach and the Internet connection is spotty at best. This was a problem because we work from the RV when we spend time there. We tried a weBoost product designed for stationary locations, and we are both able to use our smartphones to connect to the Internet with the boosted cell signal. Our voice reception and data speed increased to the point where we can work from the RV with no issues whatsoever.
A brief explanation of how weBoost products work
- The outside antenna reaches out to the cell tower to access the cell signal.
- The booster inside the RV receives the outside signal, amplifies it, and sends it to the inside antenna.
- The amplified signal is broadcast to devices in the area where the inside antenna is located.
The results are, you consistently receive clear voice calls, fast data speeds, and reliable text messages through the boosted signal.
When we travel in our RV, we take our business with us on the road That means we need good internet connections as we travel, and everywhere we stay. Trust me when I say, not every campground you stay at has good Internet service.
The folks at weBoost reached out to us to take a look at it’s newest and most powerful vehicular cellular signal booster for RVs called, Drive Reach RV. They also have the Drive Reach OTR, great for connectivity in cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles who need a strong cellular signal. Both models are compatible with all mobile devices and wireless carriers in North America.
You measure signal strength in decibels (dBm). This gives you an accurate measurement if a device is receiving a strong or weak signal. The closer the dBm number is to zero the better the signal is. The first thing I noticed on this new model was the increase in uplink-output power to 29.5 dBm. This is advertised as the maximum allowable gain under Federal Communications Commission (FCC) standards. What that means for us is reliable coverage in our vehicles when we are farther away from cell towers (up to 74% further away from a cell tower). This is wonderful news for RV owners, and other vehicle operators.
The next thing I noticed was the antenna design. It allows the antenna to be mounted in higher positions, thus avoiding obstacles and improving the reach and speed to and from cell towers.
Then weBoost combined the improved antennas with the most powerful vehicular booster they have, making it easy to understand why these new models are the best cellular signal amplifiers made today.
This technology reassures me when traveling in remote areas in our RV we not only will have reliable voice and text capability, we can also work from our RV regardless of the quality of Internet service in the area we are staying in.
Now I want to discuss the do-it-yourself installation process
I installed several of these units and if you have some basic mechanical skills this is a simple installation to tackle yourself.
Everything you need comes in the box. You have the signal booster, inside and outside antennas, mounting hardware, connectors, and a power supply.
The first step of the installation is to mount the outside antenna, and this is an important step. The key is to mount the antenna above all obstacles on the RV roof, so it has a clear path to cell towers (but do not exceed maximum height limits for overpasses and bridges). One of the best locations for the antenna is the RV ladder. Use the provided hardware to mount the antenna on the RV ladder, but make sure it can reach the mounting location of the booster with the 25 feet of coax cable provided. Follow the instructions to assemble the antenna and mount it to the ladder.
The next step is to route the coax cable from the booster inside the RV to the outside antenna. There are numerous ways to route the cable, but always keep aesthetics in mind, and attempt to limit the number of holes you drill in the exterior of the RV. On our RV I was able to route the cable behind the rear fiberglass cap (no possibility of water damage where I drilled the hole) and then under the RV and up to the interior where the booster is located.
Tip: The inside booster location is somewhat dependent on where it is easiest to bring the cable into the interior of the RV.
Avoid routing the cable close to anything under the RV that moves or gets hot. Use the zip ties provided to secure the cable anywhere you can as you route it. Fill any holes you drilled to avoid leaks and to keep small rodents out.
Now you can connect the outside cable end to the outside antenna.
With that done, determine the exact location for the booster. I like to keep it near the inside antenna, because it involves routing and hiding more cable. Use the mounting bracket provided to securely mount the booster. Connect the opposite end of the outside cable connector to the labeled booster port. Place the inside antenna where users can most benefit from the amplified cellular signal. Connect the inside antenna to the labeled booster port. Connect the power supply from the booster to a 120-volt wall outlet.
A solid green light indicates the Drive Reach Booster is operating properly and there are no problems with the installation.
The Drive Reach RV installation is complete!
If you travel and or work from your RV, this eliminates all the frustration with weak phone signals and spotty internet connections. Now you can enjoy a boosted cellular signal up to 74% further away from a cell tower everywhere you travel.
For more information on the Drive Reach RV, visit www.weboost.com or an authorized reseller.
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