It has earned its top pick status with our staff as a tried and true option, though the Reach has demonstrated superior performance in our testing.
Late 2019 note: weBoost rebranded the "Drive 4G-X" amplifier to "Drive X", but the amplifier itself has not changed.
- Model: Varies based on kit selected
- Max Downlink Gain: 50dB
- Max Uplink Gain: 24.8 dBm
- # of Devices Boosted Simultaneously: Multiple
- LTE Bands Supported: 12 (17), 13, 5, 4, 2, 25 (partial)
- Exterior Antenna: Bundled antenna varies by kit. SMA antenna jack.
- Internal Antenna: Bundled antenna varies by kit. SMA antenna jack.
- Range of Interior Coverage: 6" - 4'
- In Motion Usage: Yes
- Booster Dimensions: 6.375 x 1.125 x 4.35 in
- Warranty: 2 Year
- List Price: $399.99 (Vehicle Kit) | $499.99 (OTR and RV Kits)
In May 2019 weBoost released the Drive Reach with even more uplink power. If you're in the market for a booster of this form factor, you may want to consider it as well as it outperformed the 4G-X in our testing.
Also the Drive Reach offers full Band 25 support, whereas the Drive X only offers partial support for it, as noted above.
The details of our extensive head to head testing of the Drive X versus Reach and other boosters are available to our members.
weBoost states their products are "5G ready." Which is a bit misleading. What they mean is that even with the roll-out of 5G, their products will continue to work because 4G isn't going away. Their boosters do not work on the new 5G spectrum being deployed, and the carriers have not yet overlayed 5G on the frequency bands that current day boosters support.
Included in this Review
- Antenna Kit Overview
- Review & Testing Status
- News & Videos
- Unboxing & First Impression Videos
- Potential Alternatives To Consider
- Purchasing Options (Including special savings!)
- Related Reading & Research
Member Exclusive Content / Review:
- Thoughts & Analysis
- Hands on Testing Notes
- LTE Bands & Network Compatibility
- weBoost Drive 4G-X Kits Compared
- Antenna Alternatives
- Changes over the Years
- Wall Mounting Tips
Official Antenna Kit Overview
The X amplifier comes in 3 different kits. The Drive X amplifier is identical between all these packages, as is any lingering 4G-X branded devices.
The difference in each of these kits is the exterior and interior antennas included, as well as the mounting hardware and included accessories. The kits are put together for different use cases - cars, semi-trucks, and RV's.
But don't feel constrained by the picture on the box - all the kits can be appropriate for RV and marine use depending on your installation options.
Here is what is included in each:
Antenna Kit Quick Comparison:
- Drive X (Original/Vehicle): Includes a 4" mag-mount roof antenna at the end of a 12.5' cable, and a small interior patch antenna - also on a 12.5" cable. Intended for installation on a metal vehicle roof, with the installation of a ground plane, it can be made to work quite well on an RV roof. $399.99.
- Drive 4G-X OTR: Marketed to the "over the road" big-rig truck market, this kit (announced June 2016) swaps the 4" stubby antenna for the 4G-OTR "trucker" antenna (it's a pretty tall antenna, click for some install ideas). The interior antenna remains the small patch antenna. This combo continues to outperform all other mobile boosters we test and is our top recommendation if you can manage the antenna installation. $499.99.
- Drive X RV: Replaced the Drive 4G-X RV kit in July 2019 and is targeted explicitly for mobile RV installations. It combines a shorter OTR style antenna with longer cabling with more mounting options along with the directional indoor desktop antenna and a robust set of hardware to allow for many different mounting options. $499.99.
For further details and hands-on testing notes of these kits, members can check our further analysis below. weBoost certifies all of their branded antennas for use with their boosters - so if they have other antennas you want to try, you are safe to do so.
Review & Testing Status
We have had this booster, and many of the official kits, in our testing arsenal since August 2015.
The 4G-X OTR kits earned its place as our reference standard that we continue to test all competing boosters against it, however, this booster has been eclipsed by the new Drive Reach in terms of overall performance.
We completed our 2019 rounds of head to head testing of the Drive Reach and multiple other new boosters (including the 4G-X/Drive X), and our results are summarized in the member area below.
We have featured the Drive 4G-X with a variety of antenna combinations in the following testing rounds, and our members have access to the raw field testing data and field notes:
- Cellular Booster Intensive – weBoost Drive Reach, 4G-X, 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)
- 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.
Our detailed hands-on review and analysis of the weBoost Drive 4G-X is featured in our members-only section below, including some member-exclusive videos.
Related News Articles & Videos:
The Drive X RV Kit (August 2019):
The Drive 4G-X OTR Kit (June 2016):
- 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
Potential Alternatives to Consider:
For other booster options on the market worth comparing this model to - here are our featured options:
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!
For more on this:
Consider the Netgear MIMO Antenna for devices with dual antenna ports. This little $27.49 antenna is worth having in your setup. It our extensive testing, it often beats out boosters for data performance in Jetpacks, MiFis and other hotspot devices.
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Accessories & Kits
- Power Supply Note: The X Vehicle and OTR kits 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 or prefer to run this off of 110 AC power, you will also need to obtain a certified AC/DC supply (weBoost part 850011). The RV kit comes with both a direct wired 12v option and the plug-in AC adapter.
- Unofficial RV Kits: You'll also find some resellers who sell this unit as part of their own 'RV Kit'. These are not specifically put together by weBoost, however they are using official weBoost components - such as different exterior & interior antennas, adapters, etc.
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