May 27, 2024

Stay Connected with a 4G Signal Booster

If you enjoy remote camping and exploring the back roads but don’t want to miss calls. then installing a mobile signal booster in our RV can help.

We decided to go with the weboost mobile booster primarily because it claims to be the most effective in remote areas. I was a little skeptical about their claims so I took it on the road and put it to the test.

In this video you’ll see how I tested the booster in remote areas. The results were surprising.

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Reasons to stay connected

  • Safety: Having the ability to call for help, contact family, or have someone contact you in the event of an emergency or crisis.
  • Work Remotely: Many RVers these days earn a living working on the road.
  • Spotty or Poor WiFi: WiFi service in parks is often poor and unreliable. We rely on our 4G LTE as our primary source of Internet.

Registering the Booster Before Use

Some carriers may require you register your cell phone booster before using it. In most cases though, it may just work fine out of the box. It is recommended to contact your carrier just to be sure.

Verizon gives you the option to register the signal booster online. After entering some basic information (booster make/model, serial number, FCC ID) my booster was registered and ready for use.

I found the registration process to be very painless for Verizon. I’ve also heard that the same is true for AT&T.

Testing the Booster

I performed numerous tests especially in areas where signal strength was poor or non-existent. I switched my smartphone to read dBm (Decibels referenced to 1 milliwatt) during my tests so that I could get a true indication of signal strength instead of just signal bars.

I was pretty happy with the results. In fact on a recent road trip around the Southwest, we were able to stay connected in some pretty remote areas. In areas where there was already a moderate 4G signal, I was able to boost the signal all the way up to full bars.

What is considered a strong 4G signal?

The closer the dBm value is to 0, the stronger the signal. Here is a guide:

  • -100 dBm or less = Unacceptable signal level
  • -99 dBm to –90 dBm = Weak signal
  • -89 dBm to -70 dBm = Medium to high signal
  • -69 dBm or greater – Strong signal

TIP: Check the mobile 4G coverage at your camping destination before you leave

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OpenSignal Mobile App (Free for Android and iPhone)

This is a great app I use to look up the 4G coverage in an area by mobile provider and network type (3G, 4G, etc.). You can also test your current signal strength, locate cell towers and the nearest WiFi. The coverage map can also be browsed on the Open Signal website. Download it and try it out. It’s free!

Signal Booster Test Results

Here are some results from a few of my tests.

At my home
Without Booster: -113 dBm
With Booster: -76 to -60 dBm

In the California desert
Without Booster: No signal
With Booster: -79 dBm

Campground near Zion National Park
Without Booster: No signal
With Booster: -94 dBm

In Zion National Park near Visitors Center
Without Booster: -98 dBm (2 bars)
With Booster: -74 dBm (full bars)

Overall I was able to get around 40 dBm of boosted 4G LTE even in some areas where I and “no service” initially. In a couple instances, I was able get up to the advertised 50 dBm of signal boost, but usually it was closer to 40 dBm.