The weBoost Drive 4G-M is the original mobile booster offered by weBoost and pre-dates the Drive 4G-X released in 2015 with several antenna combinations available, and the Drive Reach debuted in May 2019. With the launch of the Reach, weBoost has discontinued the 4G-M.
It is more powerful than the cradle style weBoost Drive Sleek with a full 50db of gain, and supports multiple devices connected on multiple networks at once. However while it has the same 50db gain as the 4G-X, it has less uplink transmit power - which is most noticeable in upload data speed performance.
The 4G-M is encased in a hefty metal case, and comes with a DC power supply brick, a small magnetic roof antenna (that requires a ground plane if you don't have a metal roof), and an interior patch antenna with a long flexible cord to increase your placement options.
Note: Before Wilson Electronics re-branded as weBoost, the weBoost Drive 4G-M was known as the Wilson Mobile 4G. We've been told by weBoost that other than the change to the external case color, the new and old version are identical.
- Model: 470121
- Max Downlink Gain: 50dB
- Max Uplink Gain: 21.4 dBm
- Impedance: 50 Ohm
- # of Devices Boosted: Multiple
- LTE Bands Supported: 12 (17), 13, 5, 4, 2, 25
- Exterior Antenna: 4.175" Magnetic Mount - 12.5' Cable (301126)
- Internal Antenna: 4G Slim Low Profile - 10' Cable (314401)
- Range of Interior Coverage: 6" - 4'
- In Motion Usage: Yes
- Power: 12v
- Connectors: SMA Female
- Booster Dimensions: 4.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 in
- Warranty: 2 Year
- List Price: $379
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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- weBoost Booster Performance Comparison - RV-65, 4G-M, and 4G-X
- LTE Bands & Network Compatibility
- Wall Mounting Tips
- Insider Interview Series Video: weBoost & Cellular Boosters
Review & Testing Status
We've had the original Wilson Mobile 4G in our testing arsenal since it was originally released in the Summer of 2014, and we have extensive hands-on experience with it in a range of testing locations.
Summary recap review: The 4G-M is a solid performing all around booster. For those who consider upload speeds to be critical, we do recommend paying the premium price for the 4G-X or Reach - as this is where the higher transmit power can shine. But if upload speeds are not a focus, the 4G-M is a solid choice - and while it's still available at retailer, it's a great price point.
We brought the 4G-M back into active testing in 2018 for comparison to several new booster options on the market.
Members can access our raw field testing results here:
- Cellular Signal Field Testing – SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 | weBoost 4G-X OTR | weBoost 4G-M | HiBoost OTR | MIMO Antennas (3rd Quarter 2018)
- Cellular Signal Field Testing – SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 | weBoost Connect RV 65 | HiBoost OTR | MIMO Antennas (2nd Quarter 2018)
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Note, the 4G-M comes standard with a 6v power supply that plugs in to a DC socket (ie. auto / cigarette lighter style). If you won't have a DC socket available and prefer to run this off of 110 AC power, you will also need to obtain a certified AC/DC power supply.
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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