The best Cell phone booster for car, home, and Office

weboost connect 4g reviewIf you made it here you’re most likely looking for a cell phone booster for car home & office. They make a variety of cell phone boosters for cars, Office, and homes today. Some of the big names in the industry have been around for many years. Some dating back to the early 2000’s, for those not counting, that’s over 15 years. If you need a specific cell phone booster for a car, office, or home just scroll down for your category. If you like you can read everything to ensure you don’t miss information.

Keep in mind when buying a cell phone booster for car, office, and home is what you need from the cell phone booster. When looking at a cell phone booster for car what kind do you want? Do you want a cradle version, or a wireless version? When you’re in the office do you want a personal one, or the whole building? Sitting at home, how big is your home, 1500 sq feet, 10,000 square feet? All must be taken into consideration before making a purchase.

Cell Phone Booster for Car:

When it comes to cell phone booster for car, our options are slim but great. If you want a cradle version just for your phone the WeBoost 4G-S works great. This version is also cheaper, offers a good 20 Db gain, and is extremely portable. If you’re looking for a bigger booster for a more rural traveling situation the WeBoost Drive 4G-M will work. If you’re going extreme rural and need some extra upload range, the Weboost Drive 4G-X will work. The 4G-M and 4G-X both have 50 Db gain ratings, however the 4G-X has a more powerful output.

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Galaxy Note 3 In a Sleek Booster now known as WeBoost 4G-S

WeBoost 4G-S Cell Phone Booster for Car Overview:

The WeBoost 4G-S is the budget, yet highly portable cell phone booster for car. As we said earlier, a 20 Db gain, and the phone must be in the cradle to work makes it a questionable choice. However it does work, and it works great if you’re not in a real rural area. One of multiple downsides to the cradle design is the phone must live in it. If you remove it even an inch from the cradle, all signal boost for the car is lost. Using blue tooth to make it hands free, or maybe using speaker phone works though. Trying to browse the web while using the cradle is very difficult though. The cradle arms will constantly be in the way, and you can’t use a custom mount.

I used a cradle version for quite some time due to the portability. However I also used my phone solely for wifi tethering to my laptop. So the location of the booster made little difference. It worked perfectly for this and being able to power it straight off a USB laptop port helped. The one downside with lugging it around with you is you still must carry the outside antenna. This consists of around 8-10ft of thin cabling and the small stubby antenna. It’s not a big deal but it does tangle when you constantly move it around.

Pros:

  • Cheaper
  • Very portable
  • Powered from USB plugs and wires
  • 20 Db gain rating
  • Very quick set up

Cons:

  • Not great for rural use
  • No custom mounting generally
  • Zero range on inside antenna
  • Phone can’t leave cradle
  • Boosts only one device at a time

 

Weboost Drive 4G-M & Drive 4G-X Cell Phone Booster for Car overview:

The Weboost 4G-M and 4G-X are your more high end, powerful cell weboost drive 4g-xphone booster for car. They sport a maximum legal gain of 50 Db which can get signal in the middle of no where. Coupled with the massive gain is also a candy bar indoor antenna. This antenna can boost multiple devices at once, from a few feet away. In order to obtain maximum boost you will need it touching the antenna though. Occasionally it will be receiving a signal so strong it must lower it’s own power due to FCC regulations. It automatically adjusts this during operation though.

If you have the cell phone booster in your car where you can see it, it will flash lights. The lights will turn orange and green when it’s lowering its power. If the lights are flashing red, your indoor and outdoor antenna are too close. All you need to do is rearrange one or the other and it should fix itself. Having them spread apart works very well, or blocking the indoor antenna. I personally will set my phone right in front of the antenna, so it blocks most of the signal. This also has the benefit of boosting the phone substantially vs holding it away.

At this point I am sure you’re debating between the Drive 4G-M & 4G-X. However you may also be wondering why the 4G-X is “better”. The only difference is that the 4G-X sends a stronger signal back to the tower. This can improve upload data speeds. Such as loading photos online, or video which is near impossible with low signal. So if you’re really far into the boonies, and need that upload the 4G-X may help you. I use a 4G-X however I need the upload speeds. The 4G-M works great for uploading also for most conditions, the 4G-X is more extreme. We have a review for the Weboost Drive 4G-X here.

Pros:

  • 50 Db gain
  • Multiple devices at once
  • Phone is not stuck in cradle
  • Increased upload speed in low signal areas
  • Holds 4G signal when going up and down hills better
  • Suitable for a more permanent install, but can be mobile also.

Cons:

  • Price
  • Not quite as portable
  • Indoor/outdoor antenna may need adjustment during install

Cell phone booster for Home & Office

Nothing is worse than walking through the front door of your home or office and losing service. When we talk about a cell phone booster for home we need something high powered. If you read above, the maximum gain was 50 Db in the mobile units. This changes for the home & office units, ratings of 60-70 Db are normal. The mobile sector also only offers at most, a 3-5ft of range for the indoor antenna. This again, changes when we talk about a cell phone booster for home. Cell phone booster for home indoor antennas can cover thousands of square feet. Much like the mobile sector, how many feet depends on which cell phone booster for home you get.

We’ll cover the big three below so you can make a proper buying decision. These can be pricey but are worth it if you need the signal! The install time for these units take longer but anyone can do it reasonable easy. The install will include an outdoor antenna, and an inside antenna. RG6 coax cable (provided with kit normally) will need to be ran also. I personally just followed where my satellite cable ran, you may go for a more custom install.

Weboost Cell Phone Booster for Home 4G overview:

The home 4G is similar to the other ones we’ll list, it sports a 60 Db max gain. With a flat panel style outdoor antenna, and a small cylindrical desktop indoor antenna. This indoor antenna claims to get up to 1,500 sq ft. That is providing you have a strong signal at the outside antenna. You can expect to lose signal the further away from the antenna you get. This includes objects blocking the signal like walls. You also will drop out of 4G, and into 3G, then 1x (verizon) the further away you get. This works just like a normal cell tower does with signal.

In a real world case, if you need 1,500 sq ft of strong signal it may be best to get a different booster. However with a super strong outside signal it may work well for a couple rooms. You can also upgrade the indoor and outdoor antenna down the road. This will bring in a stronger signal and put out a stronger signal inside the home. This particular cell phone booster for home would work well in a dead zone. Such as a back room that lacks signal that you’re in a lot. Unfortunately at my house that’s the bathroom, I figure it is for others also.

Pros:

  • Cheapest cell phone booster for home
  • Indoor antenna sits on desk
  • A tiny bit easier to install due to the indoor antenna sitting on a desk
  • Boosts multiple phones at once
  • Can cover multiple rooms

Cons:

  • Minimal distance from inside antenna
  • Outdoor antenna is a flat panel design instead of a Yagi design
  • Indoor antenna doesn’t put signal out to entire home generally

WeBoost Connect Cell Phone Booster for Home 4G:

The WeBoost Connect 4G is kind of a Swiss army knife when it comes to yagi-close-upcell phone booster for home. It has a maximum gain of 65 Db for an improvement of 5 Db over the WeBoost Home 4G. It also offers an improved indoor panel antenna. With an advertised coverage of up to 5,000 sq feet it can cover a home. The typical home is about 1,500 sq ft so the extra range should help a lot. Walls etc. will block signal but it should be able to penetrate obstacles better.

The added outdoor Yagi antenna is a directional antenna and must be aimed at your nearest cell phone tower. As you install it you will need to fine tune the direction. Once the optimal direction is set you can then move onto the rest of the install. You can find out which direction gives you the maximum boost from your phone. You can do this on android phones from settings/about phone/ status. You’ll be looking for a reading such as -100 Db, -90 Db, etc. If it’s not there, it will be in the about phone section somewhere. You may need to look around for it briefly.

On Iphones you need to dial the number *3001#12345#* (exactly as typed), this will tell you the Db reading. When working with db readings -50 Db is considered perfect, and -120 or so is a total loss of signal for phones. So your goal is to get your phone at as close to -50 or closer to zero as you can. You will need to have your phone touching the indoor antenna for this. You can change signal in other rooms also of course for adjustments. I recommend our review of the Weboost connect 4G for more in depth testing.

Pros:

  • 5,000 sq ft coverage
  • Directional antenna
  • Penetrates walls better
  • Strong inside antenna

Cons:

  • A little pricier
  • Antenna must be roughly aimed at tower
  • indoor antenna should be mounted somewhere on a wall, etc.

WeBoost Connect Cell Phone Booster for Home 4G-X:

The king of all cell phone booster for home and office. The 4G-X boasts a 70 Db gain, and 7,500 sq ft coverage. At this point I hope you need this for an office, or you have a massive home. Much like the WeBoost Connect 4G this comes with a directional yagi antenna, and an indoor panel antenna. The main difference is possibly a higher quality cable, and a stronger output from the indoor antenna. This is for the extreme user who needs range across several thousand feet.

Pros:

 

  • 7,500 sq ft coverage
  • Boosts multiple devices
  • Directional antenna
  • Low loss cable

Cons:

  • Price
  • Outdoor antenna must be pointed at tower
  • Indoor antenna should be mounted

 

Conclusion:

Each device listed above can work in multiple situations, if you’re a die hard to data though it’s advised to go one size up, if you’re in a truly extreme situation I would also choose one size up. If you have signal outside your home already, and lose it or nearly lose it inside your home, any booster above will greatly increase your calling ability. Then it’s just a matter of deciding how much indoor coverage you wish to have, the home 4G would work great if you primarily needed it in an office area. While the larger boosters would work far better for an entire home.

The mobile boosters will increase signal noticeably if you already have signal, even the cheaper cradle version. If you’re more demanding or do a lot of traveling it may be in your best interest to opt for the more power models, such as the M, or X models. These devices are heavily used in the oil fields and by people who remote camp. One other use I found for them is saving money, it may sound weird but if you increase your signal enough to go to a cheaper cell provider (with worse coverage without the booster) then you can cut your bill. I personally prefer to have excellent coverage without the device, and even better with it for those hard to reach places.

 

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