The weBoost Drive 4G-X has been the 'gold standard' of mobile cellular boosters since it came out in 2015, and it has earned its top pick status with our staff.
July 2019 note: weBoost rebranded the "Drive 4G-X" amplifier to "Drive X" for the new Drive X RV Kit, 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
- 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: $449 (Vehicle Kit) | $499 (OTR and RV Kits)
We have integrated it into testing for Summer 2019 with comparative head to head analysis available to our members.
Included in this Review
- Antenna Kit Overview
- Review & Testing Status
- Unboxing & First Impression Videos
- Potential Alternatives To Consider
- Purchasing Options (Including special savings!)
- Related Reading & Research - News & Guides
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 4G-X amplifier comes in 3 different kits. The core Drive 4G-X / Drive X amplifier is identical between all these packages.
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 4G-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. $449 (dropped from $479 after the release of the new Drive Reach).
- 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
- 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 more mounting options along with the directional indoor desktop antenna and a robust set of hardware to allow for many different mounting options. $499
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, as of May 2019 there are some intriguing new mobile boosters that may sway our recommendation - including the new Drive Reach.
We've completed our initial round of testing of the Drive Reach and two other new boosters along with the 4G-X/Drive X, and our results are summarized in the member area below.
We have now entered a more intensive testing round in a variety of signal conditions. Stay tuned for our updated guidance.
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, 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.
First Look Videos
The Drive X RV Kit (August 2019):
The Drive 4G-X OTR Kit (June 2016):
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 4G-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.: Amazon: Unofficial weBoost Drive 4G-X RV Kit | Wilson Amplifiers | Powerful Signal | TechnoRV WeBoost Drive 4G-X RV Bundle
Related News Articles:
- KING Extend - KING Licenses the weBoost 4G-X RV Cellular Booster Kit Posted on: September 13, 2019
- weBoost Announces Drive X RV Kit with OTR Antenna - Replacing Drive 4G-X RV Posted on: July 25, 2019
- weBoost Announces the Drive Reach - "Most Powerful In-Vehicle Cell Signal Booster Yet" Posted on: May 21, 2019
- 2018 Mobile Internet Year in Review & Looking Forward Into 2019 Posted on: December 31, 2018
- weBoost and HiBoost Release New OTR Trucker Cellular Antenna Kits Posted on: August 3, 2018
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