How to Boost Cell Phone Signal in Your Mobile Home
By Jeff · June 19, 2016
A 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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
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.
Selecting the Right Mobile Home Signal Booster for Your Situation
The outside signal strength and the size of the area that needs to be covered inside of the mobile home will determine which booster kit is going to be best. Here are the best options for each situation:
1. Single Wide Mobile Home with Medium to Strong Outside Signal
The weBoost eqo Signal Booster kit with the additional add-on external yagi antenna kit is the ideal solution for a situation where you have a good signal outside of the home, but do not have adequate signal inside. The booster itself is plug and play, so it will automatically adjust to cover the largest area possible inside, and the additional external antenna ensures that you receive the best possible outside signal, so you get the best coverage inside as well.
2. Single Wide Mobile Home with Weak Outside Signal
The weBoost Connect 4G Signal Booster kit is the best solution for your single wide mobile home when you have a weak existing outside signal. The Connect 4G kit can take that weak outside signal, boost it up, and cover most, if not all, of the inside of the mobile home with boosted signal.
3. Double Wide Mobile Home with Medium to Strong Outside Signal
The weBoost Connect 4G Signal Booster kit is also the best solution for a double wide mobile home that has a medium to strong existing outside signal. The Connect 4G can take the good outside signal, route it past the construction materials of the outside of the mobile home, and then boost it up to cover the inside with good cell signal.
4. Double Wide Mobile Home with Weak Outside Signal
The SureCall Fusion5s Signal Booster kit with a yagi directional outside antenna and a panel inside antenna is the best solution for a double wide mobile home with a weak outside signal. It features the strongest boosting and best cabling that any of our kits offer, so it can take that weak existing outside signal and boost it enough to cover the inside of the mobile home with good cell phone signal.
A Note on Homemade Cell Phone Signal Boosters & DIY Cell Phone Signal Boosters
Many people have tried to build their own homemade cell phone signal boosters or DIY cell phone signal boosters, which usually consist of a homemade outside antenna connected directly to the phone. Unfortunately, at best, this may give you a decibel or two better service, not even a full bar or dot, so they are not recommended as a real signal booster solution. In addition, the failure of homemade cell phone signal boosters and DIY cell phone signal boosters, as well as cheap alternatives like stickers that are supposed to boost signal, have caused many consumers to not trust professional level cell phone signal booster systems, so the creation and use is not encouraged.
How to Install a Signal Booster in Your Mobile Home
Installation for all of the signal booster kits recommended is fairly straight forward. Each kit uses a yagi directional outside antenna that is designed to be mounted on a pole on the roof of the mobile home. If you have an existing TV antenna or similar type of pole, then that will work for you. Mount the antenna using the included U-Bolts to the pole, and run the included cable into the mobile home.
Once you have the cable inside, connect it to the amplifier, and then run the second cable to the internal antenna. For the eqo, that will be the internal coverage unit. If you are installing the eqo, then locate the coverage unit so that the glossy side is pointing towards the area that needs better signal. If you have any of the other boosters, then mount the panel internal antenna to the ceiling of the mobile home, in the center of the space that needs better signal.
Power on the system, and then the last step is to follow our directions for aiming the external yagi antenna. If you receive any warning lights on the amplifier after you aim the antenna, then consult your manual for steps to resolve that, or contact us for assistance.
If you have a mobile home that needs better signal, a cell phone signal booster can help. Simply choose the right booster for your needs based on the size of the mobile home and the strength of the outside signal. If you have any problems or need assistance while installing and running your booster, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.