Cel-Fi boosters are created by Nextivity - a telecommunications manufacturer which is headquartered in San Diego, California with global offices in Europe, Asia and Australia. They have been in the residential booster market for years, and in 2017 introduced their first booster designed for mobile use - the Cel-Fi GO-M.
Cel-Fi boosters are digital boosters that interact with a cellular network actively, rather than analog boosters. This distinction makes Cel-Fi boosters stand out from previous cellular boosters we had tested.
This technology theoretically opens the door for increased gain and indoor coverage, since the booster is actively repeating and recreating the digital signals from the tower - not just amplifying an analog signal along with all the accompanying signal noise.
Cel-Fi describes their technology this way:
"Cel-Fi is the most sophisticated signal booster in the market. It is completely digital and powered by two custom-made system-on-a-chip processors with 38 digital signal processors. Integrated smart antenna technology tirelessly analyzes the indoor environment and automatically adjusts in real time to provide the best coverage and overall value. Cel-Fi ensures optimal cellular coverage – even with only one bar of signal from the mobile operator."
This is why the Cel-Fi boosters are allowed by the FCC to deliver 70dB of gain, well above the 50dB max legal limit of conventional mobile boosters.
The booster is controlled by the Cel-Fi Wave app connected via Bluetooth to the booster. The app will show you the carrier and LTE band that you are connected to, the signal strength, and the amount of boost - directly on your iOS or Android device.
There is a downside to all this technological magic however.
Because the Cel-Fi booster is working interactively with the carriers network, it can only be boosting one carrier at a time. For example - if it is in Verizon mode, AT&T devices will not see any benefits at all.
Analog boosters on the other hand work with all carriers at once.
In July 2019, Cel-Fi rebranded the GO-M to Cel-Fi GO/GO+. This product line includes four different bundles. The bundles all include the same core booster and indoor antenna, but with different outdoor antennas.
- GO+ Vehicle
- GO+ RV/Trucker
- GO+ Marine
- GO+ X (stationary use only)
Cel-Fi also makes a Cel-Fi GO Mobile booster, however we do not consider this antenna appropriate for our audience as it only covers 3 bands (3, 5, and 28).
- Model: GO/GO+
- Gain: 70dB
- Max Uplink Power: 20-22 dBm
- Impedence: 50 Ohm
- # of Devices Boosted Simultaneously: Multiple
- LTE Bands Supported: 12 (17), 13, 5, 4, 2
- Exterior Antenna:
- GO+ Vehicle: Screw mount with SMA Male Connector (dimensions: 3.2" x 2.4" x 2.4")
- GO+ RV/Trucker: Mirror mount with SMA Male connector (dimensions: 2' tall)
- GO+ Marine: Standard marine mount with SMA Male connector (dimensions: 2.5" x 9.8")
- Internal Antenna: Patch antenna with 3.77' integrated cable SMA Male connector.
- Range of Interior Coverage: "large coverage area" (self claimed)
- In Motion Usage: Yes
- Power: 9.6 – 16.5V DC
- Power Consumption: 16w nominal
- Booster Dimensions: 1.71" x 3.79" x 10.73"
- Warranty: 2 Year
- Retail Price: $599.99
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Review & Testing Status
We have been in communication with Nextivity about the development of this product since summer 2016, and received a pre-production unit for evaluation in May 2017.
We performed one extensive round of testing in mid-2017 with this booster head-to-head against other booster options, and overall we were underwhelmed and sent back a list of concerns.
But the booster was promising enough in many ways - so we held off drawing any definitive conclusions.
In 2019 Cel-Fi released brand new firmware claiming to enable some new features and address some of our concerns - demonstrating how the Go M is the only booster that can get smarter over time via software updates.
As of November 2019 we completed our initial and extensive rounds of testing of the updated Go M, and our results are summarized in the member area below.
The unit still has some firmware issues, but we consider testing with the Cel-Fi to be complete for now. We may revisit in the future should there be substantial firmware updates that can improve performance and usability.
Members can also follow our testing activity in our forum, where we'll post updates and our latest insights and information.
Members can also dive deeper and access our raw and ongoing results as we conduct our testing in our Testing Lab:
- Cellular Booster Intensive – weBoost Drive Reach, SolidRF RV Pro, Cel-Fi Go-M (Summer/Fall 2019)
- Booster Bonanza – weBoost Drive Reach, SolidRF RV Pro, Cel-Fi Go-M, Poynting 402 vs 4G-X (Summer 2019)
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