Released in April 2018, this weBoost booster kit primarily targets stationary RVers in remote locations.
The kit avoids needing to comply with the mobile gain limitations because it is not suitable for use while in motion. Instead - the directional wideband external antenna included requires aiming and set up at each stop.
Included in the kit is a telescoping pole which allows the outside antenna to get above local clutter for a better direct line of sight to the nearest cell tower.
As of March 2021, the Connect RV 65 has been replaced by the weBoost Destination RV kit. It is no longer for sale from weBoost, but you may be able to find it for sale at some retailers.
- Model: 471203
- Max Uplink Gain:24.6 dBm
- Max Downlink Gain: 65dBm
- Impedance: 75 Ohm
- # of Devices Boosted Simultaneously: Multiple
- LTE Bands Supported: 12/17, 13, 5, 4, 2
- Exterior Antenna: weBoost Wideband Directional
- Internal Antenna: weBoost Panel
- Range of Interior Coverage: Room
- In Motion Usage: No
- Power: 110-240 V AC, 50-60 Hz
- Connecters: F-Female
- Booster Dimensions: 6.5'' x 4.25'' x 1.25''
- Warranty: 2 Year
- List Price: $649.99
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.
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We tested the RV-65 head-to-head against the weBoost 4G-X, SureCall Fusion2GO 3.0, the HiBoost OTR and a collection of MIMO antennas in our 2nd Quarter 2018 testing round:
- [Complete] Cellular Signal Field Testing – SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 | weBoost Connect RV 65 | HiBoost OTR | MIMO Antennas (2nd Quarter 2018)
- 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
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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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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