weBoost is a division of Wilson Electronics, a leading manufacturer of cellular signal booster technology. weBoost was introduced in 2014 as their consumer-market brand, and WilsonPro is their commercial division.
weBoost manufactures both home and mobile boosters, as well as cellular antennas that can be purchased bundled with their boosters or a la carte.
This guide runs down the key options in the weBoost lineup that are of interest to the nomad community.
weBoost Product Lineup
weBoost produces mobile boosters for cars, RVs, and trucks, as well as boosters for the home. They also manufacturer several different antennas that are bundled with the boosters or can also be purchased separately.
Here are the boosters for RVs and boats by weBoost that we are tracking in our Gear Center (click through for reviews and details):
- Drive Reach - Vehicle, RV, OTR, Fleet, and OTR Fleet - weBoost's current flagship booster, described as "weBoost’s most powerful, in-vehicle cell signal booster yet" with substantially more uplink power than any of weBoost's prior mobile boosters. In our extensive hand-on testing we confirmed this and it has earned a Top Pick designation from us. It comes in five different antenna kits.
- Drive X / 4G-X - Vehicle, OTR, and RV - Formerly the 4G-X, the Drive X was weBoost's flagship until the introduction of the Drive Reach. It is a top-performing booster and earned its top pick status with our staff as a tried and true option, though the Reach has demonstrated superior performance in our testing.
- Destination RV - Released in March 2021, this weBoost booster kit primarily targets stationary RVers in remote locations. It is based on the weBoost Home Multiroom booster with a rated 65 dB gain, well above the 50 dB gain legally allowed for mobile boosters. And comes with a directional antenna that needs to be aimed at each location. It replaces the Connect RV 65.
- Drive Sleek & Drive Sleek OTR - Simple and easy cradle-style cellular booster kits designed for use with just one device at a time. They're lower powered and lower cost than other mobile boosters.
- WilsonPro IoT 5-Band - A M2M booster typically intended for fixed installations with just 15 dB of gain, the Signal 4G has an antenna that goes on the roof, an amplifying unit that is kept indoors, and the interior output cable plugs directly into a single target device with an antenna port.
Here are the antennas for RVs and boats by weBoost that we are tracking in our Gear Center (click through for reviews and details):
- Drive RV / Drive OTR Antenna - Omnidirectional shaft-mounted cellular antennas that do not require a ground plane. They are based on the original X RV and 4G OTR Trucker but with some stylistic, installation and performance improvements. These antennas come kitted with weBoost's current line-up of mobile cellular boosters, such as the Drive Reach and Drive Sleek.
- X RV Outside/4G-OTR Trucker - A original omnidirectional shaft-mounted design that does not require a ground plane. It came in two different form factors for semi-truck and RV installation. This antenna is available separately or kitted with the older weBoost Drive 4G-X OTR or weBoost Drive X RV cellular boosters.
- 4G NMO Fleet - An outdoor omnidirectional antenna designed to attach to a vehicle with an NMO mount more typically found on fleets of vehicles. It is available separately or as part of the weBoost Drive 4G-X and Drive Reach Fleet kits. This antenna does not require a ground plane.
- Drive Magnetic Antenna - A relatively new antenna, designed for use on vehicles with a magnetic mount installation. It replaces the former classic 4" Mini Magnet Mount 'stubby' antenna included in many of their cellular booster kits.
- Mini Magnet - The classic 4" tall magnet mount mini antenna that requires a metal ground plane, that comes bundled with most weBoost vehicle kits. It is actually an overall relatively solid performer. We lovingly refer to it as 'the stubby'.
- 12" Magnet Mount - weBoost's taller omni-directional magnetic mounted antenna. It is sold by itself and is not currently bundled with any of weBoosts's boosters.
- 4G Marine - The weBoost 4G antenna is marine durable and omni-directional certified for use with weBoost cellular boosters, or as a stand-alone antenna.
- 4G Omni Building - This omni-directional antenna has been available as an option with weBoost's residential boosters. It was also kitted as the 'outdoor antenna' with the original weBoost Drive 4X RV cellular booster kit.
- Wideband Yagi Directional - A directional antenna that must be aimed for optimal performance. This form factor of antenna is also referred to as a Yagi. This antenna is best considered a speciality antenna, to be brought out when far away from a tower. It's higher gain can work miracles in some locations, but it can also overwhelm cellular towers when it is not needed.
- Panel - A directional outdoor panel antenna for mounting to windows or poles, or on a wall for interior use. This antenna panel is not conducive to operation while in motion, requiring setup and rough aiming at every new location.
While we don't focus on stationary boosters for residential use, weBoost does offer some consumer level boosters for just this purpose. For mobile use, these are too powerful for smaller spaces like RVs and boats. But if you're setting up for a rural or stationary residential lifestyle, some of them may make sense.
- weBoost Home Complete - $1199.00 - The strongest consumer booster weBoost makes, and is rated to provided an amplified signal to an entire residential home. This kit also includes professional installation, and does not come with cabling or parts to do it yourself. The exterior gear is intended to be permanently installed to a fixed home, and is a directional antenna.
- weBoost Home MultiRoom - $549.00 - Designed for covering 2-3 standard sized rooms in a home (and area of up to 5000 sq ft), this option is ideal for smaller homes or homes that just need a boost to some areas.
- weBoost Home Room - $399.00 - Designed to provide an amplified signal to a single standard sized room up to 1500 sq ft, this booster is ideal for apartments and smaller sized dwellings.
What Does 5G Ready Mean?
Booster manufacturers may state their products are "5G ready." Which is a bit misleading. 5G is being deployed on a myriad of low, mid and high frequency bands. Current boosters only cover a handful of frequency bands in the low range spectrum (12, 13, 5, 4, 2 and sometimes 25). Where 5G is being deployed on those bands, they will work. But they will not work on the newer bands, thus only offering relatively limited 5G support.
This is a complicated topic, for more:
News, Videos & Status
We have done testing with nearly all of the currently available boosters and antennas from weBoost.
In our testing thus far, the Drive Reach has been the top performer booster and we will continue use it as the mobile booster we compare all others to in terms of performance.
Members can dive deeper and look at raw results from our testing rounds:
- Cellular Booster Intensive – weBoost Drive Reach, SolidRF RV Pro, Cel-Fi Go-M (Summer/Fall 2019)
- Forum Testing Notes: weBoost Drive Reach (Cellular Booster)
- Booster Bonanza – weBoost Drive Reach, SolidRF RV Pro, Cel-Fi Go-M, Poynting 402 vs 4G-X (Summer 2019)
- Cellular Signal Field Testing – SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 | weBoost 4G-X OTR | weBoost 4G-M | HiBoost OTR | MIMO Antennas (Late 2018)
- Cellular Signal Field Testing – SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 | weBoost Connect RV 65 | MIMO Antennas (2nd Quarter 2018)
- Cellular Signal & Embedded Router Field Testing (1st Quarter 2018) - Featuring the new Drive Sleek and Cel-Fi Go M
- Cellular Signal Enhancing Field Testing Results (Mid 2017) - Featuring the Drive 4G-X RV Kit vs OTR and vehicle.
- Cellular Signal & Embedded Router Field Testing – IBR900 | MAX-BR1 | Drive Sleek | MIMO Antennas (1st Quarter 2018)
- Cellular Signal MIMO Antenna Field Testing (Spring 2019)
Recent News Stories & Videos
The Drive X RV Kit (August 2019):
- weBoost Introduces Destination RV Cellular Booster Kit For Stationary RVers Posted on: March 31, 2021
- KING Extend Pro & Extend Go Cellular Booster Kits Released - Based on weBoost Drive Reach Posted on: February 11, 2021
- Product Release: weBoost Drive Reach RV & OTR Kits Finally Are Here! Posted on: November 11, 2020
- 5G Industry Update: Verizon's 5G Laptop, AT&T Unleashes DSS, T-Mobile Serves Cake, And More! Posted on: June 29, 2020
- weBoost Introduces New Drive Magnetic Exterior Antenna Posted on: June 17, 2020
- weBoost X RV Outside Antenna Available Separately - 4G OTR Antenna for RVs Posted on: April 28, 2020
- Industry Analysis: New Cellular Boosters Launched In 2019 Posted on: December 17, 2019
- weBoost Rebrands Drive 4G-X Cellular Booster to Drive X - and Lowers the Price Posted on: November 12, 2019
Boosters are NOT the right choice for all applications.
They make the most sense for devices without antenna ports (like smartphones and tablets), or when in weak signal areas. However, for devices with antenna ports in mild to moderate signal areas - a direct-connected antenna can outperform a booster. And boosters can actually DECREASE data speeds in some conditions - never assume you need a booster on all the time - always test at each location!
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Cellular boosters can be quite useful for boosting the signal to a smartphone to get a more solid phone call. But when it comes to enhancing cellular data performance, things get more complicated.
Because of a technology called MIMO (multiple in multiple out) that is essential to LTE and 5G data, often times the internal antennas on a smartphone or hotspot don't benefit from an amplified signal. Boosters also only cover a handful of the frequency bands the carries use for data.
But a booster can play a role in a mobile internet arsenal - as they excel during times when you are really far from a tower, or where upload speeds are important (such as video broadcasting).
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