A "direct connect" or M2M (machine-to-machine) booster skips over the interior antenna, and connects directly to the input antenna jack of a single target device - which means that phones and tablets without an antenna port will not be able to benefit.
The Pro IoT 5-Band has an antenna that goes on the roof, an amplifying unit that is kept indoors, and then the interior output cable plugs directly into a single target device with an antenna port.
Of particular interest to RVers is the potential for using two of these in a dual-booster configuration to go into a device with MIMO antenna ports, such as many cellular routers and some mobile hotspot (like the Verizon AC791L and AT&T UnitePro).
More Information on MIMO and boosters: Understanding MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) – LTE Speed & Cell Booster Implications
NOTE: This product was previously made by weBoost as the Signal 4G, but it was discontinued and replaced by the identical IoT 5-Band, only now with a blue casing to better fit into weBoost's commercial focused sister company WilsonPro.
- Model: 460119
- Gain: 15dB
- Max Uplink Power: 24 dBm
- Impedence: 50 ohm
- # of Devices Boosted Simultaneously: One
- LTE Bands Supported: 5, 12, 4, 13, 25/2
- Exterior Antenna: 4" Magnetic Mount - 15' Cable
- Internal Antenna: None - Direct Wired
- Range of Interior Coverage: Direct Wired
- In Motion Usage: No
- Power: AC/DC 5V/2A
- Connectors: SMA Female
- Dimensions: 1.25" x 3.5" x 6.25"
- Warranty: 3 Year
- List Price: $249
News, Videos & Status
weBoost sent us two Signal 4Gs (now Wilson Pro IoT), and we conducted extensive testing with the pair as part of our Spring 2016 round of Cellular Antenna Testing.
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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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