Review: weBoost Signal 4G (Cellular Booster)

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A "direct connect" 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 Signal-4G is weBoost's direct connect booster - typically intended for fixed installations like providing connectivity to the modem located in an ATM or a RedBox.

The Signal-4G 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: The weBoost Signal 4G has been discontinued and replaced by the seemingly identical WilsonPro Signal 4G, only now with a blue casing to better fit into weBoost's commercial focused sister company WilsonPro.

Specifications

  • Gain: 15dB
  • # of Devices Boosted: One
  • LTE Bands Supported: 12 (17), 13, 5, 4, 2, 25
  • Exterior Antenna: 4" Magnetic Mount - 15' Cable
  • Internal Antenna: Direct Plug In
  • Range of Interior Coverage: Direct Wired
  • In Motion Usage: Not Certified
  • List Price: $249

Testing Status: weBoost has sent us two Signal 4Gs, and we conducted extensive testing with the pair as part of our Spring 2016 round of Cellular Antenna Testing.

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NOTE: The weBoost Signal 4G has been discontinued and replaced by the seemingly identical WilsonPro Signal 4G, only now with a blue casing to better fit into weBoost's commercial focused sister company WilsonPro.

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Quick Take

A direct-wired amplifier eliminates concerns of signal oscillation, and delivers a boosted signal to a single cellular device with an antenna port.

But overall - we just haven't seen much advantage to using the Signal 4G booster versus other alternative options.

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