Review: 4G-OTR Trucker Antenna by weBoost (Cellular Antennas)

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The new 17" OTR antenna, with included mast extensions and spring mount

weBoosts OTR Truck 4G cellular antenna is a classic omnidirectional shaft-mounted design that does not require a ground plane.

In summer 2018, weBoost has discontinued selling two versions of this antenna and have replaced it with a singular kit that provides multiple installation options. The new version is only 17" tall (the former options were 19" and 24"), and includes two extension poles and both the rigid & spring mount.

The antenna itself remains identical - with a 14' antenna cable (with SMA ends) and 2.5dBi to 3.5dBi rated overall gain across all the key cellular frequency bands. They also include a three-way mounting bracket that can be bolted to a wall, or clamped onto a horizontal or vertical pipe.

This antenna is available separately, or kitted with the weBoost Drive 4G-X or weBoost Sleek OTR cellular boosters.

TIP: Do be aware that at even at the shorter 17" length - this antenna will be a challenge to mount on many RV roofs, but it should be a good match for rear ladders, clamping to a flagpole or on retractable mounts.

Specifications

  • Model: 304415
  • Type: Omni-Directional
  • Impedance: 50 Ohms
  • Cable Type & Length: RG-58 / 14'
  • Connector: SMA Male
  • Internal Ground Plane: Yes
  • Dimensions: 17"  (original versions were 19" and 24")
  • Mounting: 3-way Bracket, spring or rigid base.
  • Frequency / Gain:
    700-800 Mhz: 2.5 - 3.5 dBi
    824 - 894 Mhz: 2.5 - 3.5 dBi
    880 - 960 Mhz: 2.5 - 3.5 dBi
    1710 - 1880 Mhz: 2.5 - 3.5 dBi
    1850 - 1990 Mhz: 2.5 - 3.5 dBi
    2110 - 2170 Mhz: 2.5 - 3.5 dBi
    2.3 - 2.5 GHz: ??
  • Retail Price:  $99.99 Retail (Frequently found for ~$70)

Testing Status: We have had the original 24" rigid version in testing since release in 2016.

This Antenna is actively in our testing: We have included it in several testing rounds since, and it continues to outperform all other weBoost omnidirectional antenna options we've tried:

Installation Challenge:

RV Geeks 4G-OTR Installation

In our testing, this antenna shows increased gains over other options - particularly over the 4" magnetic mount antenna and even the new weBoost 4G-X RV kit. And even over the building omni-directional antenna that weBoost includes with their 4G-X RV Kit.

However, this antenna does present some installation challenges on RVs due to it's height. It was really meant for installing on a semi-trucks rear view mirror - not the roof of an RV.

If you have a rear ladder or retractable batwing antenna on your rig, those do present options that can keep the antenna at a lower profile while in motion. As does using this antenna in a temporary installation on a flagpole/mast or using a suction cup mount.

Some other ideas shared by others include:

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Purchasing Options

The new 17" kit as a stand alone is not yet available, but is now shipping in new OTR boosters ordered. The 19" and 24" stand alone antennas are in short supply during this transition.

Amazon - 19" Spring Mount | Amazon - 24" Rigid

weBoost | WilsonAmplifiers | 3GStore

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weBoost's antenna for semi-trucks, but also a great choice for RVs!

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