Weboost Connect 4G – Signal out of Thin air
Having cellular signal at home continues to be a requirement. Many of us work from home, or have no land line. Not to mention trying to juggle a voicemail, and an answering machine can be tiresome. Some live each day coping, the good news is they don’t have to anymore. How will they solve their issue? We hope to lead the way with our Weboost connect 4G review.
This install is using the Yagi antenna mounted near the ground, four miles from the cell tower. The video covers all needed info and shows a very impressive gain on cell signal. Anyone who is new to cell boosters needs to know that “cell signal bars” don’t tell the whole story. They should only use Dbm to judge signal quality.
Many people have no idea what Dbm stands for. That’s OK, all you need to know when checking signal is that “perfect” is considered -50Dbm, and -120Dbm is considered a total loss of usable signal. It’s also an important fact to note that gaining only a few Dbm of signal is a very large increase. So seeing a booster jump from hardly any signal to near perfect is quite the feat. Which you may see later in the video during our Weboost connect 4G review.
If you wish to check the signal at home, you can. This can quickly be done by checking it on an android phone. Just go to settings, then clear at the bottom normally is an “about phone” button. Once there it will be under status, or similar title. You can check the current price here on the Connect 4G.
The Apple Iphone is a little bit more complicated but again is not a big task at all. Simply open up your phone dialer like you were about to dial someone’s phone number. Then hit this combination and you will go into “field test mode”. The combination is *3001#12345#* including the asterisks. That will then show you the Dbm reading of your phone. This will change almost constantly but it will give you a general idea.
We received the Weboost a few months before making this video, and we have been very happy using it. We set it in our basement where signal drops in and out very heavily. While in the basement we would often times drop out of signal completely. Where with the Weboost we have shown some very crazy gains in signal reception!
How much gain did we manage to find for our Weboost connect 4G review?
-110dbm 4G Lte signal, very faint, dropping in and out is our baseline.
-45Dbm signal showing this is what would be considered “perfect” signal in the cell phone world. So we went from a very poor signal to nearly perfect during this Weboost connect 4G review. These data points were taken in a location four miles away from the nearest tower. The outdoor antenna mounted just a few feet off the ground. Using a higher antenna would normally yield better results if you have one.
One thing to note with the Weboost product, the further you’re away from the inside antenna, the worse your signal will be. How far depends on how strong the outside signal is that it’s bringing in and amplifying. This particular unit claims to cover a 5000 sq ft house give or take. However in an extremely fringe area for cell service that range will be cut down extremely far. I estimate to an area just around the inside antenna a 30 feet or so. This may sound like a downfall however keeping the inside antenna where you will use it the most should negate any issues. If you’re in a strong signal area, but your home blocks signal from getting inside then it will work very well also. While writing the Weboost connect 4G review we were kind of in a fringe area, but still had service.
I personally leave my phone sitting nearly on top of the inside antenna for maximum data signal as I wifi tether all of my various devices to my cell phones hot spot for daily use. Which I did often while writing this Weboost connect 4G review.
The install for this product can be super easy, or as difficult as you like. When I first tested this as you will see in the video, I simply drove a steel post into the ground and ran a wire through the window. However my current set up consists of a 20ft tv tower with several feet of coax ran under my home and into the proper indoor jacks for a good clean installation.
The outside antenna can be mounted to many objects using the supplied U-Bolts and nuts. The U-Bolts will give you some control over where you aim the antenna. The higher up the antenna is the better it will work due to having less items blocking the signal. After all this signal could be traveling several miles over terrain, homes, etc.
You will be supplied with several feet of RJ6 coax cable, a male to male adapter, the Weboost amplifier, power cord, and indoor antenna with mounting bracket. You shouldn’t need to go out and buy anything that’s not supplied with the unit minus some hand tools most people have.
Once we have your outdoor antenna mounted and your coax ran how you want. We simply screw the coax into the amplifier on the “antenna” side which is nicely labeled. Then attach our indoor antenna with coax to the other side of the amplifier. It’s highly suggested doing a mock up of your install before bolting anything down in place. Placement of the indoor antenna should be well thought about.
When everything is hooked up, plug in your new Weboost amplifier and you will have a boost in signal on all carriers, assuming you don’t live in a cave that is!
Once power is applied to the Weboost, if you see flashing lights, this could be caused by a handful of issues. A flashing orange and green light indicates that the booster is operating at less than full power. If you need more help we have a post going over Weboost light meanings.
We completed all testing seen here using our Verizon Signal Booster.