Obviously this product isn't for everyone, some like to greet the outdoors to get away from technology. Disconnect from their cellular devices and enjoy mother nature in all its glory. If you're one of those people you can probably stop reading because this product isn't for you. If you love going out to exploring the hard to reach areas of the US where service can be spotty and less than ideal for you while still being able to stay connected to share your moments with others then this might be something that's right up your alley.
The question I get asked now is what's that antenna for?
The Drive 4G-X OTR is a signal booster certified in the US, and that antenna is a Wilson Electronics rugged all weather OTR Truck Omni-Directional Antenna for maximum connection range. The Drive 4G-X OTR boosts voice and data with max FCC-allowed 50 dB system gain, enhancing 4G LTE, as well as 3G and 2G network signals, up to 32x. Getting fewer lost connections and dead zone, an increase in better audio quality, faster data uploads and downloads with this all in package signal booster.
- Boosts signal for all U.S. cell carriers
- Friendly, U.S.-based customer support
- All components needed for installation in one package
- Simple instructions and DIY installation
- Multiple User Wireless booster
- FCC Certified
- Assembled in USA – 2-year warranty
- Extends cellular signal range
- Boosts voice & data on all networks up to 32x
- Fewer lost connections and better audio quality
- Faster data uploads & downloads
- Up to 2 hours additional talk time in weak-signal areas
Your next question might be how exactly does this work ? I'll share with you an illustration from their website.
Depending on your vehicle it might be different but this is the route I took when installing the Weboost 4G-X OTR on my Jeep. Out of the box installation is straight forward, External Tower Antenna with 14ft wire connects to 4G-X unit on one side and internal Device Antenna on other as well as power to 4G-X unit via plug in lighter. The kit came with a mirror mount for the external OTR antenna but unfortunately it wasn't something I could use on my jeep. I ordered a RB-400 style mount that can be mounted between hood, door or gaps on vehicle. My mounting decision was based on the fact that the instructions say you should try to keep the external antenna and internal antenna at least 8ft from each other to reduce to likelihood of signal interference. I opted to mount my internal antenna in the dash and my external antenna on the passenger rear corner of my jeep.
As for the interior antenna, I chose to hide the device under my dash right where my 67 Design holder would sit. Please note that for optimal results its best to hold your device right against the Interior antenna. My reason for not doing so is I wanted a clean look on my dash with no visible wires shown. I knew I'd loose some signal boosting strength but I was willing to sacrifice some performance to please my OCD.
The unit itself found a home under my Goose Gear Platform right next to my blue sea terminal. I tucked all the wires for a clean look, you can see the wires from the external antenna and power cord on one side as well as the internal on the other.
But Does it Work?
I've been testing the Weboost during my trips and in urban areas around town where I'm certain I'll experience terrible service. Beside just saying "I have more bars" when people ask if it works, I decided to test out the built in iPhone Field test mode for myself to see if this product actually worked or just a placebo effect.
Here's a video on How-To Test your own service. (Strongly Recommend watching) >> Field Test Mode for iPhone
Also a breakdown on how bar don't actually directly correlate to your signal strength. >> How to tell if Your Signal Booster is Working
Here are screenshots of my Signal Decibel Measure, rsrp0 is the decibel strength, the closer the reading is to -50 the stronger your cell signal is, once you drop into the -120 decibel range you will have no signal or unusable service. The top two images image are with the 4G-X turned OFF and the bottom two are with the 4G-X turned ON. I was in the same location and my phone was in the same spot while I ran the field test, all I did was unplug power to Weboost unit to test between the two. My location during the test was near Trona Pinnacles, service where I was parked was spotty to say the least as I wanted to do a real field test.
I first ran the field test with the Weboost 4G-X OFF, the RSRP0 would read anywhere from (-120) - (-127), in terms of bars you can see I had 1 maybe 2 bar of LTE at the most. I then turned the Weboost 4G-X ON waited a few minutes and field tested my service strength again. I got a RSRP0 reading of (-80) - (-88) range, I had full bars of LTE as you can see from the photos. Beside just seeing a visual increase of bars the signal strength in terms of Signal Decibel reading show a noticeable improvement of service. An increase of 39 to 43db points that made a difference in loading data like social media content to text massages. The product did work and the field test I ran showed the data to back up the visual improvement of signal bars on my screen.
Overall I'm very happy with the 4G-X unit, during Overland Expo West I was still able to load my social media pages and send/ receive text messages to communicate with friends. I even used my phone as a Mobile Hot Spot device to send service to my laptop to upload images from camp the night before. I've also noticed consistent full bars of service when driving around town. If you're freelance worker or work remotely, I'd strongly suggest looking into this product as it might help increase your workflow and mobility when out exploring. Do your research as to what unit would work best for your application but I found the 4G-X with OTR antenna to best suit my needs. You can visit their website for more products and information. Weboost Cell Phone Booster
If you have any other questions feel free to send me a message or leave a comment below, Thanks Again.