How To: Wilson Cell Phone Booster Installation Home Guide
During this guide we will lead you through a Wilson cell phone booster installation for a pain free install. If you have minimal experience with installations or electric this guide should help. We’ll cover the basic install, most people can do it without much issue. When installing it in your home it takes a bit of planning before hand which we will cover below.
Whole Home Cell Booster Installation
A whole home install is quite possibly the hardest install we’ll talk about. A Wilson cell phone booster installation in a home has many challenges. These difficulties are the same if you have a Weboost branded booster, or Wilson Electronics branded booster (same company). Kits provide all the basic items needed for an install, except hand tools and a pole to mount it on.
Items you will need:
- Crescent Wrench(or properly sized wrench)
- A Mounting object, J pole, TV tower, Fence post etc. with proper mounting materials such as screws, caulking, etc. if using a new mount.
- Electric drill with drill bit large enough to run wire through.
- Two or three people to assist in aiming the antenna and overall install.
First and foremost when starting a Wilson cell phone booster installation you need to take inventory. Check the paperwork supplied with your booster to ensure all provided materials are in the kit.
This should consist of:
- Various lengths of RG6 Cable
- Adapter fitting
- Inside & outside antenna
- Cell booster unit
- Power cord
Each booster may have a slightly different variation of supplied items, see paperwork for up to date list.
Finding where your nearest cell tower is the next step, I recommend looking over at our cell tower location guide for a quick analysis. This will allow you to better adjust your layout to avoid the inside and outside antennas causing issues. The recommended spacing for your antennas is 50 feet horizontal facing in different directions, or vertically which requires less spacing generally.
You can freely experiment with what works best for you, it won’t hurt the booster while finding the perfect spot.
We’ll call this the mock Wilson cell phone booster installation. We need to figure out where we want to hook everything up before drilling holes. Mounting the outside antenna properly is the main cause for a mock install.
- Find where you want the indoor & outdoor antenna to be
- Face the outdoor antenna in the proper direction
- Run coax to the proper locations and hook antennas up to booster unit, running it through doors or windows is acceptable for now.
- Power the system up and check for any flashing lights.
- Check coverage using Dbm readings throughout your home to ensure satisfactory results
- If everything is satisfactory move onto the next step for a permanent install.
As unimportant as this step sounds, it can cause trouble is forgotten about. So this will at least be a reminder.
- Make sure you have all required tools for the install, I recommend
putting them all in a pouch for easy access. This can help a lot if climbing onto a roof top.
- Once you have the required tools, be sure to check the weather, you want a nice day to get the best install if doing a roof mount.
The weather can play a vital part during an install. If you’re drilling new holes in your roof for a mount. If not done properly before bad weather, you could have a leaky roof. This can cause thousands in damage, so be sure you have plenty of time before moving forward.
Once you have chosen where you want everything mounted, and verified it works we can begin the real install. If you’re uncomfortable, bring a friend with minor handy experience, that should get you through it. You can install these in any order but I prefer to do it the way listed below for time reasons.
- Take the supplied coax and run it through its permanent path to ensure it’s long enough. Then run it into the home, this can be through the floor or however you wish to run it. The mock install can take care of this, but if you ran it through a door or window (as I would) the distance can change a little.
- Install the outdoor antenna with mount if a new mount is being used,be sure to seal around new holes if drilling into roof with caulking or sealer of some sort.
- Once your outside antenna coax is ran inside the house, sit your booster box in its permanent spot. I don’t recommend permanently drilling it to anything, it should sit fine by itself. Just don’t sit it anywhere too important where it can fall.
- Test run your coax from the inside booster to the inside antenna permanent mounting location, again it may have fit in the mock install, but double check.
- Plug power into booster and ensure everything is operational.
- Check for flashing lights again, if issues check “flashing lights” under step 3 above for troubleshooting.
- Test your phones coverage to get to know your booster
- Check roof for any leaks after the first rain
- Ensure everything is going to stay in it’s proper location if disaster strikes.
Tips and Tricks:
- An inline outdoor lightning Surge protector can be purchased to protect your devices from a lighting strike near your antenna. This will not protect you from a direct strike.
- An indoor Surge protector is a wise investment, but not required. You must check the joule rating on them. The higher the better for protection, we recommend at least 3000 joules. This could help from a more direct strike.
- If you have flashing lights, please read our link in step 3
A Weboost or Wilson cell phone booster installation should be fairly easy for most. You may need to take a couple minor risks such as drilling a hole here or there. If you’re unsure on how to properly do this, ask around or find a handyman (relatives who work for free?). They will help you and take some of the anxiety out of the install.
Once the booster is installed you should get many years out of it with great service. The further away you go from the inside antenna the worse your service will get, just like a cell tower. During the preliminary mock install you should check this for satisfaction as mentioned above. If you want maximum signal just stay close to the indoor antenna.
If you are using this to boost a device which you tether laptops to from your phone there is a best way. I always sit my phone directly onto the indoor antenna. This offers the best signal boost possible and really helps.
Choose your mounting locations wisely, and double check the booster will work where you place it. A mount which doesn’t drill holes in the top of your roof is not a bad idea. Some people mount them on the end caps of their homes, under the overhang. I prefer a steel pole, or tower style personally.
Last but not least, we hope you enjoyed our Wilson Cell Phone Booster Installation guide, I trust you won’t need all of it as the install goes pretty easy,