How to Boost Cell Phone Signal in Your Mobile Home

Mobile HomeA mobile home presents a number of unique challenges to receiving adequate cell phone service. The types of building materials used in construction and the location of the home can significantly impact the quality of service that you receive. Fortunately, a cell phone signal booster is designed to solve both of these problems and provide you with better service in your mobile home.

Causes of Poor Signal in Mobile Homes

There are typically two causes of poor service in mobile homes: distance from the closest cell tower and the materials that the mobile home is made of. We'll explore each in more depth.

Distance from the Closest Cell Tower

Mobile home parks are typically situated in more rural areas, which often means that the closest cell tower is a good distance away from the home. This can result in a weak signal outside of the mobile home and very weak to nonexistent inside. Additionally, rugged geography, such as hills and mountains, in between the tower and your mobile home can also significantly affect the signal strength you receive.

Construction Materials

The materials used in the construction of a mobile home vary significantly. Older mobile homes routinely used forms of sheet metal to line the outsides while new mobile homes incorporate energy saving materials, such as window tinting and new forms of insulation, all of which can cause significant problems for cell phone signal to penetrate.

The Solution

A cell phone signal booster is designed to solve both of the problems previously outlined. In order to counter a weak outside signal, a signal booster uses an amplifier to take a weak signal and make it much stronger. A signal booster is also able to bypass construction materials that make up the outside of the mobile home by using an outside antenna to send & receive cell signals and using a low-loss cable to pass those back and forth to the inside of the mobile home.

Boost Voice Calls and 3G Data

There are two main solutions that we typically recommend for mobile home owners to boost voice calls and 3G data.

zBoost SOHO ZB545 Dual Band Signal Booster

The zBoost SOHO ZB545 is designed for situations where there is moderate to strong signal outside of the mobile home and/or you need to boost the signal for multiple carriers simultaneously. It uses an omnidirectional outside antenna to be able to communicate with multiple cell towers at once. We recommend you upgrade the cable in this kit to standard RG6 coaxial cable, which is a higher quality cable that reduces signal loss between the outside antenna and base unit.

zBoost ZB560SL REACH Premium Dual Band Signal Booster Kit

The zBoost ZB560SL is for when you have a very weak signal outside the mobile home (1-2 bars) and only have to provide boosted signal for one carrier. It uses a yagi directional outside antenna to target the closest cell tower, which provides more coverage area and stronger signal inside of the mobile home, and includes upgraded cable to prevent signal loss between the outside antenna and base unit.

Installation

Installation of either one of the kits described previously is very easy. First, you need to mount the outside antenna on the roof of your mobile home, as high up as possible. The ZB545 kit uses an omnidirectional antenna, so that can be mounted to a flat, vertical surface easily. The ZB560SL kit uses a yagi directional antenna, which should be mounted to a vertical pole, again on the roof of the mobile home (we'll discuss aiming that antenna momentarily).

Once the outside antenna is mounted properly, run the included cable down and into the mobile home, attach the cable to the base unit and then plug it in to complete the installation. If you have the ZB560SL, then the last step is to aim the outside antenna in the correct direction. This can be accomplished by having someone inside taking a reading on their phone of the signal strength, and then someone on the roof rotating that directional antenna by 45 degrees, and take a reading inside after ever rotation. Once a full circle is made, then the antenna should be locked down in the direction where you get the best inside signal.

If you struggle with poor cell phone service and dropped calls in your mobile home, then one of these solutions should provide the boosted signal you need and eliminate poor cell service. If you have additional questions or want to be sure one of these solutions will work for you, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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14 thoughts on “How to Boost Cell Phone Signal in Your Mobile Home”

  • Liz

    Hi, I have a question. I recently bought a small farm in a small, rural, wooded valley. I have ZERO bars from ALL providers both inside and outside the MH. I don't want to get locked into a contract w/ a provider until I know I can get service. So I have tried prepaid options from ALL 3 major providers: AT&T, Sprint, VZW. Despite their service maps all showing I should at least have 3 if not 4G LTE, every one of them gets ZERO bars EVERYWHERE on the property. There are towers located within 2.5 miles of me, but I notice my wealthier neighbors t w/ larger farms do all seem to have private antennas. My question is though, don't all these amp/repeater solutions presuppose that you have at least SOME service SOMEWHERE outdoors? So would any of these products actually help me? Thanks!

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    • Dan

      Hello Liz,

      Unfortunately, if you truly get no reception at all anywhere on your property, then it's not very likely that a signal booster would help. Our boosters do use antennas that are much more powerful than the one in your cell phone, so there's a slight chance with the right setup, it may work, but the only want to find out for sure is to try one. Give us a call at (800) 590-3564 and we'll help you decide which system will give you the best chance of success.

      Dan

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  • Eric Lee

    Hey Dan,

    My name is Eric and I would like some prices on cell phone signal boosters? I live in a mobile home and as long as I am near or in front of a window the signal is just fine but if I move around I lose the call! I'm looking for something affordable since my mobile home is only 14' x 40' ?

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    • Dan

      Hello Eric,

      Thanks for your question. It sounds like our entry level YX545 kit may be a great option for your home. The YX545 will boost the 2G and 3G networks from most major carriers giving you boosted phone calls and 3G data. As long as you locate the inside amplifier near the center of the home, you should get coverage over all or just about all of the space.

      Take a look and let me know if you have any questions. Dan

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  • Debbie

    I have a tracfone and I get 1 bar in certain places in my Mobil home . I live in the mountains of NC and would love to have a signal would you recommend some thing like that here. Thanks

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    • Dan

      Hi Debbie,

      Is the signal any stronger when you're outside? Tracfone uses the standard dual-band frequencies so any of our dual-band signal boosters will work. Take a look at this page for some options: http://www.ubersignal.com/signal-boosters-repeaters-for-dual-band-carriers

      Dan

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  • Amy Platt

    I did not renew my contract with Verizon instead got a straight talk phone . I had perfect service n my mobile home when i was on Verizon now Im lucky if I get one bar. Straight talk told me this phone was on the verizon network. im going to buy one of your boosters just to see if it helps before i go back to verizon and lock into another contract. Does it matter if its prepaid or not?

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    • Dan

      Hello Amy, If your signal strength now is significantly different then when you had Verizon, then it's likely that your new phone is not on the Verizon network. I would call StraightTalk and ask them which carrier your phone uses and see what they say. It should not matter if it's prepaid or not.

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  • janice

    I have a note3 and my cell signal is weak. Dropping calls and frequent no moble network available and out of service area. I'm a Verizon customer. A cell phone signal booster was suggested for these issues. Is there a possibility that a booster will improve or solve these issues.

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    • Dan

      If you can stand on the roof of your house and get at least 1 bar of service, then a signal booster will work for you. To recommend the best booster for your situation, we would need to know the size of your house and how strong the existing outside signal is on the roof. Use our Contact Us page to send us that information and we'd be happy to recommend a system for you to try.

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      • walter patrick

        live in a 12x60 mobile home with metal roof and siding

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        • Dan

          Hello Walter,

          Thanks for contacting us. To recommend a product, I need some more information. Please answer the following questions when you have a chance:

          - What carrier(s) do you need to cover with a boosted signal?
          - How strong is the existing signal where you would mount the outside antenna, typically on the roof (See http://www.ubersignal.com/field-test-mode)?
          - Do you use you cell phone for Internet, or are you mostly concerned with Voice calls and texts?

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  • Kim Cornett

    We have verizon wireless cell phones and we live off the main road in a wooded area. We get 1-2 bars in our two story house. The only way we have to connect the the internet is our hotspots on our phones. Needless to say we cannot get good connection due to low signal strength. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. When we go outside our signal strength is usually up to 3 bars

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    • Dan

      Hello Kim,

      We have a few options that may work for you ranging from a Wilson Sleek 4G that would boost only a single hotspot to larger kits that can cover the entire house. Let me know if you're looking for something small for just one device or if you want to have boosted wireless coverage inside for the hotspot plus cell phones.

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