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The 25 Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for 2019

25 Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for 2019

Today we're going to show you the best cell phone signal boosters for every possible situation.

We've come up with this ranked list after working with tens of thousands of customers who have needed better cell signal, and have narrowed down the results to the solutions that continually work best.

In order to make it easier to browse, we've broken out the cell phone booster rankings into the following categories: Homes, Businesses, Vehicles, and Individual Devices (IoT). You may find a cell phone booster in multiple categories, since many signal boosters for businesses can be used in a home, and vice versa.

We'll give you a general overview of each signal booster and why you should consider it, without going too deep into the highly technical stuff.

If you're looking for a solution that just works, then this guide will be perfect for you.

Let's dive in.

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Homes, Cabins, Cottages & More

Cell phone boosters (also known as cell phone repeaters) for homes (and similar buildings like cottages, cabins, retreats, etc.) are designed to be permanently installed and fill up the house with strong, quality cell signal.

The following cell signal booster solutions are your best options for better cell signal in your home.

  • Wilson Pro 70 Plus for Voice, 3G & 4G LTE

    Regular Price: $1,799.99

    Now only: $1,099.99

    3G | 4G LTE All Carriers

    Estimated Coverage

    • Up to 20,000 sq ft with 5 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 7,500 sq ft with 3-4 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 2,000 sq ft with 1-2 bars of outside signal

    Why Buy

    • Can handle a stronger outside cell signal and turn that into more inside coverage.
    • Bonus: Includes 3-year manufacturer's warranty, lighting protector, and LCD display for easy installation
    Bestselling Signal Booster
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1. Wilson Pro 70 Plus

Best for Medium to Large Homes

The Wilson Pro 70 Plus is our all around best selling cell phone signal booster solution.

While it's on the pricier side of the home booster options that offer, it has the strongest boosting for multiple carriers simultaneously allowed by the FCC for weak to medium outside cell signal, a 3 year manufacturer's warranty, an LCD display for easier installation & troubleshooting, and a lightning arrestor kit to protect from static electricity surges. It also can handle a stronger existing outside cell signal than lower priced booster models, and turn that strong signal into more coverage inside.

That may seem pretty overwhelming, but basically it means that if you need to boost multiple carriers at once, then this booster will give you the largest possible coverage area in your house, the installation should be easier than other models, and your investment is protected from surges running down the outside antenna cable.

Unless you have a very small house, in which case this booster is probably too powerful for you, or have a unique situation, like you live in a canyon, then the Wilson Pro 70 Plus is going to be an excellent solution for you.

Verified Reviews of the Wilson Pro 70 Plus

"Superb. NOW we can use our cell phones IN the house, from way out in the isolated rural area we live in. AND now our hotspot data speed has exceeded satellite speeds, and with FAST ping times."

"This Wilson system was extremely easy to set up and worked flawlessly and met every one of our needs."

  • Cel-Fi GO X Smart Signal Booster System

    As low as: $999.99

    3G | 4G LTE One Carrier

    Estimated Coverage

    • Up to 15,000 sq ft with 5 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 10,000 sq ft with 3-4 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 5,000 sq ft with 1-2 bars of outside signal

    Why Buy

    • Most powerful single carrier (either Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile) booster on the market.
    • Can be configured for either stationary or mobile use.
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2. Cel-Fi GO+ X

Best for Medium to Large Homes

The Cel-Fi GO+ X is our best selling single carrier signal booster, and it's actually far more powerful than the Pro 70 Plus or any of our other booster options.

The reason for this is that the FCC created different rules for different types of signal boosters, which allow single carrier boosters to boost up to 100 dB of gain, compared to multi-carrier boosters that can only go up to 72 dB of gain.

While this may not initially sound like a drastic difference, for every additional 3 dB of gain that is added, the boosting power doubles, so the GO+ X is actually many, many times more powerful than all of our multi-carrier signal booster options.

So if you're able to get away with only boosting one carrier, then this is the obvious solution.

And the carrier that the Cel-Fi GO+ X boosts can easily be switched using an app on your smart phone, so if you change carriers down the line, you don't have to buy a new booster.

Finally, the GO+ X can be configured with many different types of antennas and cables to meet every situation, so you'll be able to create the perfect solution for your situation. You can even install multiple GO+ X boosters side by side, one for each carrier, so you get the 100 dB of boosting power AND multi-carrier support.

Verified Reviews of the Cel-Fi GO+ X

"I am very happy with my Cel-Fi GO+ X booster. Before the booster, we had 0 or 1 bar of 3G coverage in the house. Now with the booster, we have full bars of LTE in most places or just 1 bar less than full in a few places."

"I was skeptical if this would work for me. I live in a rural area with lots of hills and trees. I could not get a good phone signal in my house due to location and metal roof, so when talking I had to stay still so not to drop the call. Also I use my iPhone as a hot spot for my internet and at best I would get 1 LTE bar. After installing the Cel-Fi Go X on the outside of my deck I was amazed at the signal I received. 4 bars LTE and speeds fast enough for streaming!"

3. weBoost Connect 4G

Best for Small to Medium Homes

The weBoost Connect 4G is our best selling signal booster for small to medium homes.

The amplifier is about half as powerful as the Wilson Pro 70 Plus, so you won't cover as large of an area, but that's most likely sufficient for many small to medium size homes.

The kit comes with shorter, easier to run RG6 cable as well, which should make the installation simpler for your average home owner. It also includes a 6 inch flat cable to run the cable in under a closed window, if desired.

The outside antenna still needs to be mounted on a pole on the roof and the inside panel antenna provides different mounting options for coverage, so you can mount either on the ceiling or on the wall, depending on your situation.

If you're looking for a great solution without breaking the bank, then the weBoost Connect 4G is going to be the option for you.

Verified Reviews of the weBoost Connect 4G

"This product saved my life! I recently moved to a rural area into a block home with a metal roof--I had NO SERVICE! And my internet is a MIFI--UGG. I put up the weBoost Connect 4G in one afternoon, by myself, and WALA!! I have my cell service and internet back!! I'm a believer!!"

"Incredible. Now have full bars LTE at my cottage which allows me to work from up here. Game changer!"

4. SureCall Flare 3.0

Best for Small to Medium Homes

The SureCall Flare 3.0 signal booster is the best bang for your buck solution for small to medium homes.

The amplifier boosts up to 72 dB, so it's as strong as the most powerful multi-carrier booster options, but has a much more economical price tag.

It comes with a directional outside antenna, so it's great for weak existing outside cell signal, which the amplifier should be able to boost it up to a usable signal in your small to medium size home.

The one difference between the Flare 3.0 and other signal boosters is that the inside antenna and amplifier are built into a single unit that needs to be located in the area that requires better signal. This may be less than ideal for some people who want to completely hide the boosting equipment.

That said, if you're ok with having the Flare 3.0 unit in the room with you, then this is a fantastic option for small to medium home owners.

Verified Reviews of the SureCall Flare 3.0

"We have a place in the middle of nowhere. I could get 1x to 3g depending on where I was standing in the house or on the porch. Looked a lot of options and decided to give this a try. We have 3/4 cell bars and constant LTE. We stream Netflix from our phones on Apple TV. Works perfect. Best decision I made."

"Buying this booster has been amazing. Living in the hills of West Virginia, our home doesn't get much service at all. The little bit of service we did have, the phones had to be in the window, on speaker phone, 95% of the time, calls couldn't be made, and incoming calls, wouldn't ring in at all. We have had our SureCall Flare signal booster for about a month now and we couldn't be happier with it. We now get anywhere from 3 to 4 bars with 4G service throughout our whole house."

  • SureCall Fusion5X 2.0 Signal Booster for Voice, 3G & 4G LTE

    $1,399.00
    3G | 4G LTE All Carriers

    Estimated Coverage

    • Up to 25,000+ sq ft with 5 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 15,000 sq ft with 3-4 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 3,000 sq ft with 1-2 bars of outside signal

    Why Buy

    • Designed to handle any signal environment and give you the most signal possible inside your home or business.
    Recommended Signal Booster
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5. SureCall Fusion5X 2.0

Best for Medium to Large Homes

The SureCall Fusion5X 2.0 is the multi-carrier boosting solution designed to just work. No matter what the outside signal, the Fusion5X 2.0 will handle it and make sure you get the best coverage possible.

Multi-carrier signal boosters can encounter a situation where one of the major carriers has a tower close by and is overloading the amplifier with too much signal, which causes it to shut down. The Fusion5X 2.0 is designed so that it cannot be overloaded with too strong of a signal and will continue to operate no matter what the outside signal environment is.

While it's on the pricier side of solutions for your home, the Fusion5X 2.0 is our go to signal booster for anyone who has a strong outside signal from any of the major carriers and runs the risk of overload from a lesser amplifier.

If you want the best multi-carrier booster solution that just works, then the SureCall Fusion5X 2.0 is the solution for you.

Verified Reviews of the SureCall Fusion5X 2.0

"Easy to install. I put the indoor antenna in the attic and just have it pointed down to the floor below without cutting any holes. Signal went from -100dbm to -78dbm. Good product."

"The SureCall booster gave us an extra 2 bars which made all the difference in call quality and texting."

  • SureCall Flare Signal Booster Kit - Voice, 3G & 4G LTE

    $299.99
    3G | 4G LTE All Carriers

    Estimated Coverage

    • Up to 2,500 sq ft with 5 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 1,500 sq ft with 3-4 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 250 sq ft with 1-2 bars of outside signal

    Why Buy

    • Best for large or multiple rooms where you can mount an antenna outside on the roof.
    Bestselling Signal Booster for Homes - Small Spaces
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6. SureCall Flare

Best for Small Homes

The SureCall Flare is the sibbling to the SureCall Flare 3.0. It has the same combination amplifier and inside antenna unit, but it comes with an omni outside antenna instead of a yagi directional.

This means that the Flare is very easy to install, since the outside omni antenna works in all directions, so there is no aiming involved, but it won't perform as well as the Flare 3.0 if you have a very weak existing outside signal.

If you need an economical, yet powerful, signal booster and have a medium strength or stronger outside signal, then the SureCall Flare is going to be a great option for your small to medium home.

Verified Reviews of the SureCall Flare

"We live in a large valley and only have one net provider. If we have family staying with us, then the bill gets higher for the usage. This is an answer to prayer. We installed it and getting 3-4 bars and sometimes full."

"We purchased a new home and we could not make phone calls or use 4G in the house. We get a good signal outside but not inside. The SureCall Flare has solved that problem and now we can stop paying for home phone service."

  • SureCall Fusion4Home Yagi Signal Booster Kit

    $399.99
    3G | 4G LTE All Carriers

    Estimated Coverage

    • Up to 3,000 sq ft with 5 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 2,000 sq ft with 3-4 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 500 sq ft with 1-2 bars of outside signal

    Why Buy

    • Powerful midsize system with multiple inside antenna options.
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7. SureCall Fusion4Home

Best for Small to Medium Homes

The SureCall Fusion4Home signal booster is a great alternative to both the weBoost Connect 4G and the SureCall Flare signal boosters.

It has multiple antenna combinations at different price points, so the SureCall Fusion4Home Yagi kit can provide more boosting than the weBoost Connect 4G at a better price or the SureCall Fusion4Home Omni kit comes with an omni antenna like the SureCall Flare, but you can choose a separate panel inside antenna for more versatility.

The weBoost Connect 4G may be more popular because of the better known brand name, but if you want better performance at a more affordable price, then the SureCall Fusion4Home is going to be the signal booster for you.

Verified Reviews of the SureCall Fusion4Home

"Went from 2 bars to 5 bars extremely a Happy Camper"

"Works great. Went from 1-2 bars to a solid 4 bars in my house."

8. SureCall Fusion5s

Best for Medium to Large Homes

The SureCall Fusion5s signal booster is an affordable option for boosting cell signal in a medium to large home.

It has the same boosting power as the Wilson Pro 70 Plus for weak to medium existing out side cell signal and a matching 3 year warranty, but does not include the lightning protector or LCD display.

It does have more antenna options and less cable, which is typically good for a home, and the price is cheaper.

Overall, if you want a great signal booster with less bells and whistles and a more affordable price, then the SureCall Fusion5s is the signal booster for you.

Verified Reviews of the SureCall Fusion5s

"The system was easy to install, a buddy of mine and myself did it one Saturday afternoon. Now I get twice as many bars as I do outside the building. I should have done it years ago."

"Works like a champ! I now have five bars in my office, where before I had none or a weak one."

9. WilsonPro 1100

Best for Large Homes

The WilsonPro 1100 is a professional level signal booster that is best for large houses that require a custom system designed to adequately cover the entire area with boosted signal.

It's the next level up from the Wilson Pro 70 Plus, so it can handle any type of outside signal environment, has a color LCD display for easy installation and troubleshooting, comes with a lightning protector and a 3 year warranty.

Since the booster is meant to be used in a professionally designed system, we're not able to sell it online, so please contact us at 800-590-3564 to have a custom system designed for your home with the WilsonPro 1100.

  • SureCall Force5 2.0 Enterprise Signal Booster for Voice, 3G & 4G LTE

    $3,510.00
    3G | 4G LTE All Carriers

    Estimated Coverage

    • Up to 25,000 sq ft with 5 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 12,000 sq ft with 3-4 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 3,000 sq ft with 1-2 bars of outside signal

    Why Buy

    • The new and improved version of the original 5-Band amplifier.
    • Features stronger downlink, SureCall IQ gain technology and remote monitoring.
    Bestselling Signal Booster
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10. SureCall Force5 2.0

Best for Large Homes

The SureCall Force5 2.0 is the big brother to the previously mentioned Fusion5X 2.0.

The biggest difference between the two is that the Force5 2.0 uses better filters, so you get a much cleaner signal that is able to support significantly more simultaneous users.

The Force5 2.0 is typically used in very large buildings with many people (such as office buildings), but it's also a great option for homeowners who are looking for the best multi-carrier signal booster solution on the market, irrespective of the price.

The Force5 2.0 is also an ideal candidate for use in a custom system design. If you have a large home that you're looking to cover with boosted signal and are interested in the Force5 2.0, let us know and we can work with you to design a custom system that will work perfectly for your needs.

  • Cel-Fi QUATRA Active DAS Hybrid Signal Booster System

    3G | 4G LTE One Carrier

    Estimated Coverage

    • Up to 500,000+ sq ft with Professional Installation

    Why Buy

    • 100 dB of gain for maximum performance in an Active DAS hybrid system

11. Cel-Fi QUATRA Active DAS Hybrid

Best for Large Homes

The Cel-Fi QUATRA Active DAS Hybrid solution is much different than the other signal booster solutions we offer. It's designed to be an enterprise solution that can be powered with either a donor antenna on the roof of the building or with an enterprise network extender from your carrier with a high quality broadband connection.

The Cel-Fi QUATRA is classified as a single carrier system, so it can boost up to 100 dB of gain, though there is a version that can boost two carriers simultaneously and still be classified as single carrier.

The QUATRA is also different in that the coverage units (the inside antennas in a typical booster system) contain powered amplifiers, rather than just being passive antennas, so the signal is processed and amplified at each coverage unit location, for maximum coverage and signal quality.

The entire system is connected by ethernet cable (except for the outside antenna runs), rather than coax, which is easier to run and you can achieve much longer distances between components, so it's a more robust system in general.

Overall, the QUATRA is in a class of it's own, but that means it also comes with a heftier price tag than a traditional booster system.

If you're looking for the absolute best solution for your home, no matter the price, then the Cel-Fi QUATRA is it.

  • weBoost 470101 Home 4G Signal Booster Kit

    $399.99
    3G | 4G LTE All Carriers

    Estimated Coverage

    • Up to 1,500 sq ft with 5 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 1,000 sq ft with 3-4 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 150 sq ft with 1-2 bars of outside signal

    Why Buy

    • Best for single rooms and small spaces.
    Bestselling Signal Booster for Homes - Small Spaces
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12. weBoost Home 4G

Best for Small Homes

The weBoost Home 4G signal booster is an entry level solution that is best for boosting signal in a single room in your house.

If you're partial to the weBoost or Wilson Electronics brand, and are looking for an entry level signal booster, then this is a good solution for you, otherwise a solution like the SureCall Flare is going to be a more economical and powerful solution.

Otherwise, we recommend paying a little bit more and going with the weBoost Connect 4G signal booster over the weboost Home 4G, as you'll have a much better experience and get significantly more coverage.

Verified Reviews of the weBoost Home 4G

"It is awesome I have 4g service all in the house and even outside. Before I put the booster in all I could get 1 or sometimes 2g. "

"Buying the weBoost 470101 4G signal booster kit from UberSignal was the best decision we ever made! Now I can actually make calls anywhere in my house! No more keeping the phone in the window so it will ring or going outside to talk. I highly recommend this product!"

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Businesses & Large Buildings

When looking at the best signal boosters for businesses, we focus more on the amplifier capabilities than we do on the components (antennas & cables) that are included, since most businesses will require a custom system to ensure maximum coverage, and the design is based on the capabilities of the amplifier.

The following cell phone booster solutions are your best options for better cell signal in any size businesss.

1. WilsonPro 1100

Best for Medium to Large Businesses

The WilsonPro 1100 is our highest rated business signal booster because of its versatility.

The Pro 1100 can be used in a small or medium size business with one or multiple inside antennas and provide sufficient coverage throughout.

On the other hand, a custom system design with WilsonPro 1100s placed in strategic locations throughout a very large facility can provide great cell coverage at a very affordable price (compared to Active DAS or legacy solutions).

The only thing that the WilsonPro 1100 does not offer is remote monitoring, so if that is a requirement for your facility, then you'll want to look at the WilsonPro 1300 or WilsonPro 4300.

Otherwise, the WilsonPro 1100 is a great all around solution for any size business.

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  • SureCall Fusion5X 2.0 Signal Booster for Voice, 3G & 4G LTE

    $1,399.00
    3G | 4G LTE All Carriers

    Estimated Coverage

    • Up to 25,000+ sq ft with 5 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 15,000 sq ft with 3-4 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 3,000 sq ft with 1-2 bars of outside signal

    Why Buy

    • Designed to handle any signal environment and give you the most signal possible inside your home or business.
    Recommended Signal Booster
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2. SureCall Fusion5X 2.0

Best for Medium to Large Businesses

The SureCall Fusion5X 2.0 comes in a close 2nd for the best business signal booster.

It's also a fantastic option for any size business, but it does not have the LCD display that the WilsonPro 1100 does. That said, the ability to purchase online and the affordable price does make up for the lack of LCD display in most situations.

The Fusion5X 2.0 is a great standalone solution for small businesses, especially with the different antenna options that can be chosen online.

For anything larger than a small business, a custom system design is recommended for maximum efficiency and coverage.

The Fusion5X 2.0 can also be paired with the SureCall sentry device to provide monitoring and remote administration capabilities.

If you're looking for a great solution for your business and are ok with trading the LCD display for a more affordable solution, then the SureCall Fusion5X 2.0 is the right option for you.

Verified Reviews of the SureCall Fusion5X 2.0

"Easy to install. I put the indoor antenna in the attic and just have it pointed down to the floor below without cutting any holes. Signal went from -100dbm to -78dbm. Good product."

"The SureCall booster gave us an extra 2 bars which made all the difference in call quality and texting."

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  • Cel-Fi QUATRA Active DAS Hybrid Signal Booster System

    3G | 4G LTE One Carrier

    Estimated Coverage

    • Up to 500,000+ sq ft with Professional Installation

    Why Buy

    • 100 dB of gain for maximum performance in an Active DAS hybrid system

3. Cel-Fi QUATRA Active DAS Hybrid

Best for Large Businesses

The Cel-Fi QUATRA Active DAS Hybrid is a much different type of cellular amplification system than any of the other solutions available.

It is classified as a single carrier booster system, so it can boost up to 100 dB of gain, unlike multi-carrier boosters that are limited to 72 dB.

Even though it's classified as a single carrier booster, there is a version of QUATRA that can boost two carriers simultaneously, and multiple QUATRA systems can be run side by side to fully support of all of the major cell carriers.

The Cel-Fi QUATRA can use either a donor antenna on the roof or an enterprise network extender as a signal source, so the QUATRA can be used in any type of environment, even if there is no existing outside signal.

All of the internal components are connected with CAT5e or better ethernet cable, rather than coax, so the cable runs can be much longer and existing ethernet cable runs can be used without having to pull more cable.

The coverage units that distribute the signal are powered amplifiers, unlike traditional systems that use passive antennas, so the cell signal is at maximum strength when it is broadcast to the space that needs it.

The Cel-Fi QUATRA has monitoring built in, so you can keep track of everything that the system is doing, and be alerted for any changed so the system or the signal environment at any point.

A QUATRA system can scale up into the hundreds of thousands of square feet, if not larger, so it's an ideal solution for any size business that needs better cell signal, and especially if only one or two carriers need to be boosted.

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  • Wilson Pro 70 Plus for Voice, 3G & 4G LTE

    Regular Price: $1,799.99

    Now only: $1,099.99

    3G | 4G LTE All Carriers

    Estimated Coverage

    • Up to 20,000 sq ft with 5 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 7,500 sq ft with 3-4 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 2,000 sq ft with 1-2 bars of outside signal

    Why Buy

    • Can handle a stronger outside cell signal and turn that into more inside coverage.
    • Bonus: Includes 3-year manufacturer's warranty, lighting protector, and LCD display for easy installation
    Bestselling Signal Booster
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4. Wilson Pro 70 Plus

Best for Small to Medium Businesses

The Wilson Pro 70 Plus is a great and affordable multi-carrier solution for small to medium businesses that need better signal but don't require the additional functionality of overload protection, remote monitoring, or increased downlink for strong existing outside signal.

The Pro 70 Plus has multiple antenna options and can be easily used as a standard kit, though for larger installations you'll want to have a custom system designed for maximum efficiency and coverage.

If you have a weak to medium existing outside cell signal and are looking for an affordable solution without the bells and whistles of more expensive amplifiers, then the Wilson Pro 70 Plus is going to be a great option for you.

Verified Reviews of the Wilson Pro 70 Plus

"This Wilson system was extremely easy to set up and worked flawlessly and met every one of our needs."

"Extremely satisfied with this equipment. We went from no service to 4G full bars with AT&T and my employees has T-Mobile and they have the same results. This was my third purchase and have the same results with all three! One of the units are well off the grid at the ranch."

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  • Cel-Fi GO X Smart Signal Booster System

    As low as: $999.99

    3G | 4G LTE One Carrier

    Estimated Coverage

    • Up to 15,000 sq ft with 5 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 10,000 sq ft with 3-4 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 5,000 sq ft with 1-2 bars of outside signal

    Why Buy

    • Most powerful single carrier (either Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile) booster on the market.
    • Can be configured for either stationary or mobile use.
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5. Cel-Fi GO+ X

Best for Small to Medium Businesses

The Cel-Fi GO+ X is a single carrier solution that has a max boosting of up to 100 dB of gain, but is not as complex or scalable as the Cel-Fi QUATRA discussed above.

It is an ideal signal booster for small to medium businesses that need to boost only one carrier and want to take advantage of the 100 dB of gain for maximum coverage and signal distribution. A second GO+ X system can be installed next to the first if support is required for a second carrier.

The Cel-Fi GO+ X has built-in remote monitoring, antenna aiming capabilities, and provides significant visibility into the outside signal environment, so installation, tweaking and troubleshooting are much easier than a standard multi-carrier solution.

The GO+ X has many different antenna options, so it can be easily configured and purchased as a kit, or a custom system can be designed to maximize coverage and effectiveness throughout the business.

The Cel-Fi GO+ X is a great solution for a small to medium business thats needs maximum boosting for any type of outside signal and only needs to support one carrier.

Verified Reviews of the Cel-Fi GO+ X

"I have been fighting cellular signal for years in my area, especially inside our plant. I have spent 10k on Verizon network extenders in the last 5 years with little success. I contacted UberSignal, told them what our situation was. They told me if I had 2 bars outside the building they would supply a unit that would get us full signal inside. 3 days later, after a very easy install we have excellent service inside our plant. 4G full bars at anytime. I rate the customer service as well as the product excellent ten stars."

"Best cell booster we have used to date. Both mobile and office."

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  • WilsonPro Enterprise 1300 Signal Booster

    3G | 4G LTE All Carriers

    Estimated Coverage

    • Up to 40,000 sq ft with 5 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 12,000 sq ft with 3-4 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 2,000 sq ft with 1-2 bars of outside signal

    Why Buy

    • Multi-Tower Targeting (MTT) allows you to independently target the different towers for the best possible donor signal.
    • Cloud based remote monitoring and notifications for visibility into system performance from anywhere.
    • WilsonPro amplifier with the most powerful uplink and downlink for maximum coverage and performance.

6. WilsonPro Enterprise 1300

Best for Medium to Large Businesses

The WilsonPro Enterprise 1300 signal booster solution is a one of the newest multi-carrier amplifiers from WilsonPro and, along with the 4300, is considered the top of the WilsonPro line of boosters.

The WilsonPro 1300 has the most powerful uplink and downlink of any WilsonPro amplifier, includes monitoring through a cellular modem, so it doesn't touch the network, has Extended Dynamic Range (XDR) technology to handle any type of outside signal environment, and has the ability to have multiple outside donor antennas target different towers for specific frequency bands.

The WilsonPro Enterprise 1300 is intended for use in a custom designed system and can cover buildings that are hundreds of thousands of square feet with many strategically placed 1300 amplifiers.

The WilsonPro 1300 is the right solution for any medium to large business that requires remote monitoring or have a complex outside signal environment and need the ability to target different cell towers.

  • WilsonPro Enterprise 4300 Signal Booster

    3G | 4G LTE All Carriers

    Estimated Coverage

    • Up to 100,000 sq ft with 5 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 37,500 sq ft with 3-4 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 10,000 sq ft with 1-2 bars of outside signal

    Why Buy

    • Multi-Tower Targeting (MTT) allows you to independently target the different towers for the best possible donor signal.
    • Cloud based remote monitoring and notifications for visibility into system performance from anywhere.
    • WilsonPro amplifier with the most powerful uplink and downlink for maximum coverage and performance.

7. WilsonPro Enterprise 4300

Best for Large Businesses

The WilsonPro Enterprise 4300 has the same features and capabilities as the WilsonPro Enterprise 1300, but has four times the boosting capacity and four indoor antenna outputs.

The WilsonPro 4300 is the ideal solution when you have a custom system with a centralized location to place the amplifier(s) and can run cable outwards in all directions to locate internal antennas.

The WilsonPro 4300 is not for situations where the building footprint prevents amplifiers from being centralized, as the extra boosting capacity that the 4300 provides will not be utilized. In such a situation, using multiple WilsonPro 1300 amplifiers in strategic locations will be a better system design.

  • SureCall Force5 2.0 Enterprise Signal Booster for Voice, 3G & 4G LTE

    $3,510.00
    3G | 4G LTE All Carriers

    Estimated Coverage

    • Up to 25,000 sq ft with 5 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 12,000 sq ft with 3-4 bars of outside signal
    • Up to 3,000 sq ft with 1-2 bars of outside signal

    Why Buy

    • The new and improved version of the original 5-Band amplifier.
    • Features stronger downlink, SureCall IQ gain technology and remote monitoring.
    Bestselling Signal Booster
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8. SureCall Force5 2.0

Best for Large Businesses

The SureCall Force5 2.0 competes directly with the WilsonPro 1300 and comes in just behind in the ranking due to the lack of LCD display and the lack of ability to target different cell towers.

That said, the Force5 2.0 is an excellent multi-carrier amplifier with the best filters on the market, so it produces the cleanest boosted signal of any multi-carrier amplifier.

If you don't need the ability to target multiple cell towers and you're ok without the LCD display, then the Force5 2.0 is a very attractive option that will be a bit more economical than the WilsonPro 1300.

As with all of the other large building signal boosters, the SureCall Force5 2.0 operates best when it is part of a custom system design, though it can be purchased and installed as a kit with different combinations & quantities of antennas.

If you need a high quality, multi-carrier amplifier with the best filters on the market, then the SureCall Force5 2.0 is the right solution for you.

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Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Cars, Trucks, RVs, Boats and more

Mobile signal boosters fall under a different set of rules than building boosters, which are intended to prevent interference between devices while in motion. These rules limit how much a mobile booster can amplify a signal, so the coverage areas created are fairly small.

Instead of focusing on the size of the coverage area, our main focus for mobile boosters is on uplink power back to the towers. The stronger the uplink, the further the booster (and vehicle) can be from the cell towers and still have quality calls & fast data.

The following cell phone booster solutions are the best options for better cell signal in your car, truck, RV, boat, etc.

  • SureCall Fusion2Go Max Mobile Signal Booster Kit

    $499.99
    3G | 4G LTE All Carriers

    Why Buy

    • Strongest multi-carrier vehicle signal booster on the market
    • Most powerful uplink on the market allows you to be as far as possible from your carrier's cell tower.
    • Revolutionary Extended Range Technology (ERT) and distributed amplification eliminates signal loss from the outside cable for maximum performance.
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1. SureCall Fusion2Go Max

Best for Cars & Trucks

The SureCall Fusion2Go Max is the best vehicle signal booster on the market.

It allows you to be as far from the cell towers as possible and still have fast data & good voice calls.

The Fusion2Go Max achieves this by actually having an amplifier built into the outside antenna in addition to the main one that all traditional signal boosters have. The amplifier in the outside antenna compensates for any signal loss along the antenna cable, so you get the strongest possible signal coming in and going back to the distant cell towers.

If you travel in very rural areas and need the absolute best vehicle signal booster, then the SureCall Fusion2Go Max is the solution for you.

2. weBoost Drive Reach

Best for Cars & Trucks

The weBoost Drive Reach is the best vehicle signal booster from weBoost (Wilson Electronics).

It has the strongest uplink of any vehicle booster has Wilson has ever released, so it can be extremely far from the towers, but the additional amplifier in the outside antenna of the Max gives it the edge over the Reach.

That said, if you're partial to the weBoost brand of signal boosters, then the weBoost Drive Reach is the right option for you.

If you want to squeeze even more performance out of the weBoost Drive Reach, then take a look at the Drive Reach OTR kit, which pairs the Reach amplifier with a powerful outdoor trucker antenna to allow you to be even further from the towers.

3. weBoost Drive Reach OTR

Best for Trucks

The weBoost Drive Reach OTR kit takes the most powerful vehicle amplifier from weBoost, the Drive Reach, and pairs it with the most powerful vehicle antenna, the OTR trucker antenna.

The stronger outside antenna enables you to be even further from the cell towers than the standard Drive Reach kit.

The challenge is that the OTR antenna is fairly large and not easy to install, so it's really best for trucks, semis, RVs, and other large vehicles that have mounting points for the antenna.

If you're able to mount the OTR antenna on your vehicle and need a powerful mobile booster system, then the weBoost Drive Reach OTR kit will be perfect for you.

4. SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 4G RV

Best for RVs & Large Vehicles

The SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 4G RV Kit is our best solution for boosting signal in an RV while both in motion or stopped.

In order to be used while in motion, the Fusion2Go 3.0 4G RV kit is limited in the maximum boosting it can provide, so the size of the coverage area is fairly small in the RV, but it should be more than sufficient if you're planning to use it to power a hotspot or MiFi device for Internet access.

The Fusion2Go 3.0 RV kit is our most affordable RV kit while also having the best performance of a mobile booster.

The only downsides are you need to locate the amplifier and whip antenna inside the RV in the area that you need better signal, so it may not be the prettiest addition to your interior, and the outside antenna is not spring mounted, which may be an issue for taller RVs.

Other than that, if you're ok with the trade off of a smaller coverage area for the ability to use the booster while driving, then the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 4G RV Kit is the solution for you.

Verified Reviews of the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 4G RV

"With the SureCall, I mounted it, plugged it in, and immediately went from no signal to three bars and 4GLTE. It was crazy! I am very impressed by the SureCall system and confident that I can make calls when there is no signal."

"Pre boost speed 1.19 MBS download, 0.23 MBS upload. Post boost speed up to 5.34 MBS download and up to 0.97 MBS. These are speeds of first day of use in a national park. Bumped 3G 2 bars to 4G 2 bars."

5. Drive Reach Extreme RV

Best for RVS & Large Vehicles

Following closely at the heels of the Fusion2Go 3.0 RV is the Drive Reach Extreme RV kit for boosting signal in an RV while in motion and stopped.

The Drive Reach Extreme RV has roughly the same boosting power and uplink as the Fusion2Go 3.0, but it comes with a spring mount outside antenna and a separate panel inside antenna, instead of the attached whip antenna.

With these alternative antenna types comes a higher price tag, but that may be worth it to some RV owners who want to hide the amplifier and locate the more aesthetically pleasing panel antenna in the area that needs better cell signal.

If you're an RV owner and want a solution with a spring mount outside antenna and/or panel inside antenna, then the Drive Reach Extreme RV kit is the right solution for you.

6. Drive Reach Extreme Marine

Best for Boats & Marine Craft

The Drive Reach Extreme Marine kit is the best signal booster solution for use in your boat or marine craft.

It can be used while in motion or stopped and has a powerful uplink to get the cell signal back to the distant cell towers.

The outside marine antenna can be fitted into a standard marine fitting or installed with the included mount.

The coverage area provided will not be very large, due to boosting restrictions on mobile amplifiers, but it will allow you to have fast 4G LTE data and voice calls for miles further offshore after the signal would have cut out without a booster.

If you need better cell signal on your boat, then the Drive Reach Extreme Marine kit is the solution for you.

  • SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 Fleet Signal Booster Kit

    $439.99
    3G | 4G LTE All Carriers

    Why Buy

    • Strongest multi-carrier vehicle signal booster on the market
    • Increased uplink allows you to be as far as possible from your carrier's cell tower.
    • Designed to be permanently installed - perfect for fleet & commercial vehicles.
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7. SureCall Fusion2Go Fleet

Best for Fleet Vehicles

The SureCall Fusion2Go Fleet is the best solution for better cell signal in your fleet vehicle (such as police cars, delivery vans, service vehicles, etc.).

It's designed to be permanently mounted in a vehicle, unlike standard signal boosters that use magnet mount antennas and cigarette light power adapters, and the price is more affordable than the weBoost version for the same performance.

We also offer bulk pricing if you need to deploy a booster solution to a fleet of vehicles.

If you need the best fleet solution for the best price, then the SureCall Fusion2Go Fleet booster is the solution for you.

8. weBoost Drive Reach Fleet

Best for Fleet Vehicles

The weBoost Drive Reach Fleet signal booster offers the same performance as the SureCall Fusion2Go Fleet, but at a higher price.

If you prefer the weBoost (Wilson Electronics) brand of signal boosters over others, then this is the solution for your fleet of vehicles, otherwise the SureCall Fusion2Go Fleet is the better option.

Verified Reviews of the weBoost Drive Reach Fleet

"Very good and reliable product our cell phone service is very questionable in our area. After installing the cellphone booster we can make clear calls in areas we could not send out before."

9. weBoost Drive Sleek

Best for Cars & Trucks

The weBoost Drive Sleek signal booster is the best vehicle booster for a single device.

If you're looking for an affordable solution to provide better cell signal to one device at a time, and you don't mind that the device has to sit in a cradle to receive boosted signal, then the Drive Sleek is the right solution for you.

It won't allow you to be as far from the cell towers as the SureCall Fusion2Go Max or the weBoost Drive Reach, but it should minimize or eliminate dead zones and dropped calls during your daily commute.

Verified Reviews of the weBoost Drive Sleek

"Without one bar, with four to five bars"

10. weBoost RV 65

Best for Stationary RVs

The weBoost RV 65 signal booster is the best solution for better cell signal in RVs that are parked.

Unlike all of the other solutions we've covered for vehicles, the RV 65 falls under the rules for stationary boosters, so it's much more powerful, but also must be set up when your RV reaches it's destination.

The weBoost RV 65 comes with a telescoping pole that must be set up and a directional outside antenna that must be aimed, which could take 10 to 15 minutes to do, but once it's in place, it should fill the whole RV with boosted cell signal.

If you want a great solution that covers the entire RV only while it's parked, and you don't mind setting up the outside antenna & pole, then the weBoost RV 65 is the right solution for you.

Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Individual Devices, Internet of Things (IoT), and Machine to Machine (M2M)

Unlike the rest of the signal boosters that boost cell phones and mobile devices, M2M boosters are designed to be connected directly to a device that needs better cellular data. They enable devices like ATMs, cellular modems, security systems, and more connect to the outside world and work.

The following cell phone booster solutions are the best options for providing better cell signal to a device or machine.

1. Wilson Signal 4G

Best for IoT, M2M & Individual Devices

The weBoost Signal 4G is the best solution for boosting cellular data directly to a device.

It will work for any network on any of the major carriers and comes with everything you need to connect to a device and start boosting signal.

If you find that the included magnet mount external antenna is not sufficient or needs a better antenna mounted up or outside of a building, then an omni or yagi directional with better grade cable can be easily added to the system.

The weBoost Signal 4G is the best solution for providing better cellular signal to IoT devices or cellular modems.

2. Why You have Bad Cell Signal

Why you have bad cell signal

Before we talk about solutions, we need to cover the reasons why you’re experiencing bad cell phone signal.

There are three main causes bad cell phone signal:

We’ll cover each of these in more depth.

Distance from the Cell Tower

Signal Problems - Distance from Tower

Cellular signal is broadcast from towers that are installed by your carrier (AT&T, Verizon, etc.). The closer you are to a tower, the stronger the cell signal is going to be. As you move further away from the tower, the signal becomes weaker, which we call attenuation, until at some point it’s too weak to hold a call or transfer data.

How cell signal attenuates over distance

Being too far away from a cell tower is the most common reason for weak cell signal, and the one you’ll often experience if you live or travel in very rural areas.

Obstacles in the Way

Signal Problems - Obstacles in the Way

The second cause of poor or erratic cell signal is the presence of obstacles between you and the nearest cell tower, like a mountain, hill, or building. You may also experience this cell signal problems if you’re at the bottom of a valley or underground and don’t have line of sight to a nearby tower.

Signal is not usually able to penetrate through large obstacles, so it's not able to reach you. The cell signal may bounce off of other hills or buildings and reach you through reflection, in which case you’ll notice that your signal is weaker and may fluctuate up & down, otherwise you’ll most likely end up with no signal in your location.

Construction Materials

Signal Problems - Construction Materials

That last major cause of cellular signal problems is the construction materials that make up the building or vehicle that you’re in.

Brick, block, concrete, sheet metal and wire mesh construction materials are some well-known and obvious blockers of cell service, but things like energy efficient window coatings, tile or metal roofs, and water fixtures can also cause major signal issues.

If you find that you have a usable cell signal outside of the building or vehicle, but it drops significantly once you step inside, then construction materials are the most likely culprit.

Combinations of Causes

Unfortunately, these causes of bad cell signal frequently work in combination, so you'll find a rural warehouse with weak outside signal and sheet metal walls that completely block the signal from entering the building, or a house in a valley without a clear line of sight to the nearest cell tower, and no other nearby cell towers with which to receive a signal.

When we're looking at solutions to solve your cell phone signal issues, it's good to have an idea of what combination of causes is creating the problem that you're facing, so that the right solution can be put into place.

3. How a Signal Booster Works

How a Signal Booster Works

Now that we have an idea of what causes bad cell signal, it's time to look at what we can do to fix it.

First, we'll cover whether cell phone boosters really work, then discuss the basics of how a signal booster works, and finally go into more depth on the two main types of signal boosters:

Lastly, we'll cover how signal strength affects coverage and 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks.

Do Cell Phone Signal Boosters Work?

One of the biggest questions that we get, apart from "what is a signal booster (repeater)?" is "do they really work?". This is a fair question, with all of the scammy products that have been released in the past claiming to give you better signal.

Fortunately, you don't have to take our word on whether these solutions work. The FCC and the major cellular carriers have all independently tested every cell phone repeater (signal booster) that is sold on the market today, and have not only approved them for use, but recommend them as a preferred solution for getting better cell signal in your home, office or vehicle.

We'll cover how cell phone signal boosters work in the next section, so you'll see that it's not a magic solution, but rather a combination of high grade cable, antennas and a powerful signal amplifier that receives, boosts and distributes cell signal where you most need it.

Cell Phone Signal Booster Basics

A cell phone signal booster (also known as a cell phone repeater) is a system made up of an outside antenna (called a donor antenna), a cell phone signal amplifier, one or more inside antennas, and cable to connect them all together.

The outside antenna receives cellular signal from the nearby cell towers and passes it over a cable to the signal amplifier. The signal amplifier boosts the strength of the signal, and then passes it over another cable to the inside antenna (or multiple antennas), which broadcast the strong cell signal to the area that needs it.

The signal booster also works in reverse, so when a phone call is made or data is used by a mobile device, it passes through the system, is amplified, and then broadcast to the nearby cell towers.

A cell phone signal booster is designed to solve the three main causes of poor cell phone signal in the following ways:

  • Distance from the Cell Tower - The signal booster amplifies the weak outside cell signal, both to and from the nearby cell towers, to compensate for the distance.
  • Obstacles in the Way - An omni outside antenna can receive and broadcast strong cell signal in all directions to maximize the chance that the signal will make it around the obstacles in the way.
  • Construction Materials - The signal booster uses high quality cable to route cell signal around the construction materials that are blocking signal and then distribute it to the areas that need better reception.

As long as you have some usable cell signal outside, a cell phone signal booster should be able to solve your signal problems and provide you with much better service in your home, business or vehicle.

Types Of Cell Phone Signal Boosters

There are two main types of signal boosters:

  • Vehicle signal boosters are designed for use while moving (like while driving in a car) and stopped.
  • Building signal boosters are designed to be used in one location only and provide significantly more boosting and coverage than a vehicle signal booster.

We'll cover both in more depth below.

Vehicle Signal Boosters

Vehicle signal boosters are engineered to be used in a car, truck, RV, or boat, and thus need to be able to handle the constantly changing signal environment outside.

Vehicle signal boosters typically have a small outside antenna, that is usually magnetic for cars and trucks, and permanent for RVs and boats. That antenna is connected by a cable to the vehicle signal amplifier, and then another cable is run to a small inside antenna, to broadcast the boosted signal to the mobile devices.

Cell Phone Signal Booster for Car Diagram

The automatic gain control (or ability to adjust the boosting power of the amplifier) is designed to constantly adjust the strength of the amplifier based on the changing outside cell signal and maximize the amount of coverage that the booster can provide inside of the vehicle.

Multi-carrier vehicle signal boosters are limited to a maximum of 50 decibels of boosting power by the FCC, so the size of the coverage area that you'll receive from a vehicle signal booster is going to be much smaller than you would receive from a booster designed for a building, but every carrier will be boosted simultaneously.

Single-carrier vehicle signal boosters have a higher limit of 65 decibels of boosting power, so you'll receive a larger coverage area inside, but will only work with the carrier that the equipment was designed for.

There is a class of vehicle signal boosters that are designed to boost the signal for a single mobile device at a time. They are lower powered and also lower cost, so they'll work well for situations where only you need your phone boosted and you have occasional dead zones outside, but are not going to be the best solution for extremely rural areas or if you need to boost multiple devices.

A vehicle signal booster can make a huge difference in keeping you connected while traveling in areas with dead spots or weak cell signal, so if you spend any amount of time in a car, truck, RV or boat, and need fast data and voice calls, then a vehicle signal booster is going to be a great option.

We'll cover how to choose the best vehicle signal booster below.

Building Signal Boosters

Signal boosters for use in buildings, like a home or business, are designed to be permanently installed in one location and provide coverage to the inside area of the building.

A building signal booster works by mounting a powerful antenna outside on the roof of the building that receives the existing outside cell signal, and then passes it over a low loss cable to a signal amplifier located inside of the building. The signal amplifier will boost the existing cell signal, and then pass it over a cable to one, or many, internal antennas that will broadcast the boosted signal to the inside area that needs the coverage.

Cell Phone Signal Booster for Home or Office Diagram

The booster also works in reverse, receiving the signal coming from your phone, amplifying it, and then broadcast it to the nearby cell towers through the outside antenna.

There are a different levels of building boosters, from entry level units that cover a few feet of space, to enterprise systems designed to cover vast areas with better cell phone signal. As you move up from the entry level to enterprise, the boosting power of the amplifier goes up and the quality of the components (cables, antennas, connectors) improves.

The boosting power of a building signal booster can range from around 55 decibels for entry level boosters, all the way up to the FCC maximum of 72 decibels for amplifiers designed to boost multiple carriers in a large building. If the amplifier is designed to only boost a single carrier, then the FCC allows the maximum amplifier gain to be 100 decibels.

If you find that one signal booster kit cannot provide the necessary coverage for a large space, then multiple amplifiers and a network of antennas can be used to scale up the system and cover areas of 500,000 sq ft or more in size.

We'll cover how to choose the best signal booster for your home or business below.

Signal Strength & Coverage

The most important thing to understand with cell phone signal boosters is that the strength of the outside signal has a major impact on how much coverage you're going to receive from a booster.

If you have a weak existing outside signal, you're only going to receive a small amount of coverage from a signal booster, since the booster does not have much existing signal to actually boost. If the outside signal becomes stronger, then the size of the coverage area inside of the home, business or vehicle would also grow.

If the outside cell signal remained at the same weak level, then the next best way to provide more coverage inside would be to purchase a signal booster with a more powerful amplifier.

If you're already at the maximum boosting power that the FCC allows, then the only option would be to install a second signal booster system.

For this reason, it's very important to know what your existing outside cell signal is, since that will determine what size booster you should purchase to adequately cover your inside area with boosted signal, or whether you need to install multiple systems.

2G, 3G and 4G LTE

You've probably heard the terms 2G, 3G and 4G LTE mentioned before and wonder how those fit in when improving your cell phone signal.

  • 2G was the second generation of cellular technology and was used for allowing people to make and receive voice calls using their cell phone, as well as send text (SMS) and picture (MMS) messages. 2G is in the process of being decommissioned and the frequency bands repurposed for new technologies, like 4G LTE and 5G in the future.
  • 3G was the next generation of cellular networks and allowed data to be sent over the cellular networks, in addition to voice calls and text/picture messages.
  • 4G LTE is the newest generation of cellular technology and is characterized by significantly faster data rates, as well as allowing voice calls to be sent over the data network, called VoLTE. All cell phones and mobile devices sold in the past few years support 4G LTE and prioritize this network for calls and data.
  • 5G is currently in development, but we won't see any widespread deployment for another couple of years. It will be characterized by significantly faster data rates than 4G LTE.

Even if you are only interested in boosting voice calls and not fast data, we still recommend that you purchase a signal booster that amplifies 4G LTE. With all modern phones supporting and prioritizing 4G LTE, getting a 4G LTE capable booster is the best way to future-proof yourself and ensure that your booster will continue to work even as the carriers decommission their older 2G and 3G networks. Every signal booster that supports 4G LTE should also support the 2G and 3G networks, so you've covered all of your bases.

4. The Best Signal Booster Accessories

The Best Signal Booster Accessories

While every booster kit includes everything that you need to get started boosting signal, there are some accessories that can improve the effectiveness of your system or provide added protection against failure.

In this chapter, we'll review the accessories that we recommend you take a look at, including:

Lightning Protectors

After purchasing a high quality signal booster system, the last thing you want is anything to happen to the amplifier. This is where a lightning protector comes in.

Contrary to its name, a lightning protector (also known as a lightning surge suppressor or arrester) does not protect specifically against a lightning strike, as that would physically destroy the building that the amplifier is in, but rather it prevents against the build up of static electricity in the air caused by storms or other atmospheric conditions that can travel down the antenna cable and electrify the amplifier.

The lightning protector prevents this by connecting directly to the outside antenna cable between the outside antenna and the amplifier. The protector acts as a fuse, so if there is too much current running down the line, the fuse will blow and prevent the surge from reaching the amplifier.

If your building signal booster did not come with a lightning protector, we highly recommend that you purchase one to protect your amplifier. Electrical surges are not covered under any manufacturers equipment warranty, so it's worth the investment to protect your signal booster.

Cables

Cables are an important part of any signal booster system, as the quality and length of each cable determines how much signal will be lost between the amplifier and the antenna(s). The less signal you lose in transit, the larger the inside coverage area will be, so it's good to understand the types of cable available.

Quality and Length

In theory, you would want to use the lowest loss cable possible, but there are tradeoffs to consider.

The lower the loss of the cable, the larger it is in diameter with extra insulation and shielding, making it less flexible and harder to work with. Extremely low loss cable can be as thick as a garden hose and very difficult to run in anything but a straight line. In addition, the lower loss the cable, the more expensive it is, so long cable runs can dramatically increase the cost of a system.

Each cable type will lose a certain amount of signal over a distance, with lower loss cable obviously losing less signal. Depending on how much signal you have to begin with, a long cable run can result in all of your signal being lost, with none left when you get to the end of the cable.

It's important then to use the shortest length cable possible, and use the highest grade (lowest loss) cable that you can afford and that you're able to run from the amplifier to the antenna(s).

Types of Cables

There are a few different types of cables that are used with signal booster systems. We'll cover them in depth below:

  • RG174: This is the cable type that comes attached to the magnetic mount antennas included in the vehicle kits. It is the most flexible, so it can be run through a closed car door, but that also means it has the most signal loss of all of the cables we'll cover. The length for this type of cable is typically limited to about 10 ft to ensure minimal signal loss.
  • RG58: This cable has less signal loss than RG174, but is still fairly flexible. RG58 is usually limited to about 20 ft in length and is used in situations where a short but flexible cable is needed, such cable runs in an RV or boat.
  • RG6: This is the standard coax cable that you get with cable TV. RG6 is low loss and flexible enough to run throughout a house or small business, with cable lengths kept to a maximum of 50ft.
  • RG11: This is the lower loss, more shielded cousin of RG6. It can be used for longer cable runs than 50 ft, or for less loss during shorter cable runs. RG11 is less flexible than RG6, so it's a bit more difficult to install.
  • LMR400: This is the ultra low loss cable included with our large building signal booster kits. LMR400 is very shielded, so it is challenging to run the cable during an installation, but the cable runs can be up to 100ft in length.
  • LMR600 and above: This and any higher grade cable types have even more shielding than LMR400 and are used in professional installations for either very long cable runs or to prevent as much signal loss as possible for maximum coverage. This cable is typically sold in rolls and a cable expert uses special tools to terminate the desired cable length. You will typically find this cable our commercial installations.
  • Plenum: This is a special type of cable that is required in plenum spaces in buildings in the United States by the National Fire Protection Association for fire safety. It is available in different grades of cable.

The cables that are included in the signal booster that you purchase will usually be sufficient for your situation, but if you have a unique floor plan, very large area, or require professional installation, then it may be worth taking a look at other cable options.

Antennas

The performance, gain and distribution pattern of your antennas can greatly affect the performance of your booster system. We'll cover the different building antenna and mobile antenna options available, and discuss the pros and cons of each.

Building Antennas

Building antennas are designed to be permanently mounted in one location and handle a signal environment that is fairly consistent (unlike mobile antennas that are constantly in motion). These antennas are typically larger and more powerful than their mobile equivalents.

While most signal booster kits come with a single inside antenna, in many cases adding an additional antenna(s) can help to increase the inside coverage area, or to craft the way that the signal is distributed in uniquely shaped areas. If you have a medium to strong outside signal and aren't getting full coverage throughout your space, then you an additional antenna could be a good option for you. Please note: adding an additional antenna also requires a splitter or tapper and additional cable, so please feel free to contact us for assistance selecting the right components.

We'll cover the different types of antennas for both outside and inside the building.

Building Outside Antenna Options

There are two main types of outside antennas for buildings: omnidirectional and yagi directional:

Omnidirectional (Omni) Antenna

This type of antenna is designed to send and receive in all directions simultaneously, so cell towers from different carriers can be in opposite directions and the booster will still be able to communicate with them. An omni antenna is a great option for situations where you have a medium to strong outside signal and need to boost multiple carriers at the same time, or if you have fluctuating outside signal due to the signal bouncing off other objects and need to be able to receive the signal from any direction. The downside of an omni antenna is that it is not as strong as a yagi directional antenna, because it's sending in all directions, and not focused on one direction.

Yagi Directional Antenna

This type of antenna is designed to send and receive in one direction, so it is ideal for targeting distant cell towers in weak signal areas. If you have a weak outside signal and need too boost one carrier, or multiple carriers with towers in the same general direction, then a yagi antenna is a great option. They are not recommended if you have a fluctuating outside signal, as the bouncing signal will not be received by the yagi antenna if it's not coming from the direction in which it is aimed.

Building Inside Antenna Options

There are three types of inside antennas for buildings: dome, panel and whip:

Dome Antenna

This type of antenna is designed to be mounted to a drop ceiling tile or a location where you can run a cable to the back of the antenna, and broadcast signal in all directions on the same floor. Dome antennas typically should not be mounted higher than 15 ft above though floor, though some dome designs may allow for up to 20 ft. Domes are most often used in professional installations.

Panel Antenna

This type of antenna is shaped like a square and is directional, with the signal being broadcast in one direction from the front of the antenna. It can be used to penetrate and cover multiple floors with signal when mounted facing downwards or to cover a long, narrow space if mounted on a wall and facing across the space. A panel antenna is most often found in signal booster kits designed for residential use, because it is so versatile and can handle many different situations. In some entry level kits, the panel antenna is used as a directional outside antenna, instead of the inside antenna.

Whip Antenna
Whip Antenna

This type of antenna is designed to attach directly to the "inside antenna" port on an amplifier and broadcast signal in all directions, similar to a WiFi access point. While it is less powerful than other types of antennas, it compensates by having no signal loss between the amplifier and the whip antenna. This type of antenna is typically found with entry level signal booster systems.

Mobile Antennas

Mobile antennas are typically designed to be easy to install in a vehicle, like a car or truck, though they are sometimes more permanently installed, like with an RV, semi-truck or boat. All need to be able to handle a constantly changing outside signal and to be able to efficiently deliver signal to the mobile devices in the vehicle. We'll cover the different types of antennas for outside and inside the vehicle.

Mobile Outside Antenna Options

There are three main types of outside antennas for vehicles: magnet mount, spring or fixed, and marine:

Magnet Mount Antenna

This type of antenna is designed to easily attached to the roof of a vehicle using a strong magnet as the base of the antenna, and then have a flexible cable run inside to the amplifier. Magnet mount antennas are typically either 4 inches tall for multi-band systems or 12 inches tall for dual band, and are omnidirectional, so they send and receive in all directions while you're on the move.

Spring or Fixed Antenna

This type of antenna is more of a permanent mount and is designed for use on larger vehicles, like semi-trucks, RVs, delivery trucks, and more. It comes with either a spring mount, which can handle an impact with a low clearance object, or a fixed mount, which is not able to handle an impact. Each type comes with a 3-way mount to allow for flexible mounting options, and both types are omnidirectional antennas, so they send and receive in all directions at the same time.

Marine Antenna

This type of antenna is designed to be permanently installed on a boat in marine environments, and the included marine mount will attach to any standard marine fixture. The marine antenna is omnidirectional, so it sends and receives in all directions while you're on the water or at the dock, and can withstand the elements during any type of weather. It also has no exposed elements, so is safe for use on a sailboat.

Mobile Inside Antenna Options

There are three types of inside antennas for vehicles: low profile, cradle and panel:

Low Profile Antenna

This type of antenna is designed to be a balance between size and broadcasting power. The low profile antenna is the standard antenna included in most of the mobile signal booster kits, and is omnidirectional, so it will send and receive signal in all directions from where it is located. The low profile antenna is typically mounted on the dashboard of the vehicle or on the side of a seat to provide boosted signal to the driver and passenger of the car or truck.

Cradle

This type of antenna is typically connected to a mobile amplifier (or the amplifier is built into the back of the cradle) and funnels all boosted signal to the mobile device that sits in the cradle. If you are in a very weak signal area or need to ensure that all of the boosted signal is passed to your mobile device, then a cradle is a good option for you. Please note: with a cradle, the phone or mobile device must sit in the cradle at all times, so you would need to use speaker phone or a headset to make and receive calls.

Panel Antenna

This type of antenna is meant for larger vehicles that have extra room to fit a building level antenna. The panel antenna is the same that is found in our building kits and is directional, so the signal comes out of one side of the antenna. It is more powerful than the low profile inside antenna, so should provide more coverage, but its size makes it challenging to use in a smaller vehicle, like a car or truck.

Splitters & Tappers

Splitters and tappers are important components of any signal booster system, as they allow you to split the signal being passed over a cable so you can create a network of inside antennas to distribute boosted signal throughout a location. They can also be used to combine signal coming from multiple antennas into one input for an amplifier. We'll cover both in more depth below.

Splitters

A splitter is a component that evenly splits signal from one input to multiple outputs, and vice versa. Splitters typically come in two, three and four-way versions, so you can split a single signal into up to four evenly split outputs. There is typically a small amount of loss when you use a splitter, so you should take that into account when designing an efficient signal booster system.

Tappers

A tapper, otherwise known as a coupler, is like a splitter, but it splits a signal unevenly, rather than evenly distributing the signal across multiple outputs. It is a critical component and is used when designing signal booster systems for situations where you need to split a signal, but send more signal in one direction and less in another. Tappers come in different ratios of splitting, depending on how much signal you need to send in each direction.

Pole Mounts

The yagi directional antenna that comes with most building signal boosters is designed to be mounted to a vertical pole or mast on the roof of the building and then aimed at the nearest cell tower. A pole mount is an accessory that includes the vertical pole and mounting hard to make it easy to install a pole on the roof and mount the external antenna.

Pole mounts vary in length, width and functionality, with some being a very basic one foot pole with an L bracket, to more complex units that use angled poles and mounting hardware with multiple installation options to precisely situate the pole in the best possible location. Choose the one that will solve your specific situation the best.

5. Tips to Improve Your Signal Booster's Performance

Tips to Improve Your Signal Booster's Performance

Every situation is a little different, so you may encounter some challenges while installing and using your cell phone signal booster.

In this chapter, we'll cover the most common issues you may run into with your booster and how to fix them, and then discuss some tips for getting the best performance from your system.

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Troubleshooting

While there are many different issues that can arise when boosting cell signal, most fall into one of two buckets: oscillation and overload. We'll cover both of these below and discuss the steps on how to fix each.

If your problem does not fall into either of these buckets, then contact us and our team of signal experts can talk through your situation and recommend ways to remedy it.

Oscillation

Oscillation occurs when the boosted signal that is being broadcast from the inside antenna(s) reaches the outside antenna and causes a feedback loop, similar to a high pitched sound you hear if you take a microphone too close to an amplified speaker.

About Oscillation

The signal booster amplifier will try to mitigate this issue by reducing the boosting power on the band that is causing the oscillation, which shrinks the coverage area so that it doesn't get back to the outside antenna.

This works a lot of the time, and because it does it automatically, you typically would not notice that it even happened. If you're seeing warning indicators on the amplifier that it is experiencing oscillation, then that means that the amplifier has tried to fix the problem and has reached it's limitations, so we need to do other things to fix the problem.

One other thing to note: If the carriers that you need to boost all have roughly the same outside signal strength, then having the amplifier adjust the boosting power to fix oscillation is a good solution. If one carrier is strong and others are weak, then the strong carrier is going to have a much larger coverage area inside of the building, but the amplifier will reduce all boosting by the same amount, and shrink the weak carrier signals to almost nothing while it's trying to fix the strong signal causing the large coverage area. In this case we'll want to try and fix the problem in another way and let the amplifier work at full power.

Fixing Oscillation

The very first thing to check when dealing with oscillation is whether the directional antenna is pointed across the roof or away from the roof (if you're using an omni antenna, then this does not apply). If the directional antenna is pointed across the roof, then there is a high likelihood that it is picking up boosted signal radiating out, so you should move the antenna to the other side, so that it is facing away from the building.

Once you've confirmed that the outside antenna is facing away from the building, then the main way to fix oscillation is to move the antennas further apart. Typically this means moving the inside antenna further from the outside antenna, but if there is an opportunity to move the outside antenna further away, and potentially higher, while still receiving the same outside signal strength, then that is a good option.

How to fix oscillation

When moving antennas, vertical separation is more important than horizontal, though a combination of both are good. We also recommend powering down the amplifier before moving the antennas. Once the antennas are in the new positions, power up the amplifier and see if you're still experiencing oscillation. Keep moving the antennas if so.

If you've moved the antennas as much as possible and are still experiencing oscillation, one last thing to try is to introduce shielding for the outside antenna. If the antenna is outside on the roof, then moving it so that an object, like the chimney or air conditioning unit, is between the antenna on the roof and the rest of the building. If the outside antenna is installed inside, then placing metal, like foil or a metal filing cabinet, behind the antenna to block the boosted signal is an option as well.

Overload

Overload occurs when the outside signal from one or multiple carriers is very strong and is overloading the amplifier with too much cell signal. The amplifier will attempt to compensate for this by reducing the boosting power, but frequently the signal is too strong and the amplifier reaches its limitations before the problem is solved.

About Overload
Fixing Overload

If you're using a yagi directional antenna for the outside, then the best way to mitigate overload is to change the direction of the outside antenna to receive less signal, and allow the amplifier work to at full capacity to boost and distribute the signal.

Follow the instructions in the How to Aim a Yagi Directional Antenna guide to incrementally change the direction of the yagi antenna, and then check the amplifier for overload indicators and take signal readings inside with cell phones on each carrier you need to boost.

If it turns out that you're in an urban area and have multiple towers nearby that are overloading your antenna with strong signal from every direction, then the next best option is to use an attenuator, which is a component that sits on the antenna cable and cuts out a set amount of decibels from the signal coming in. An attenuator will cut back the cell signal across all carriers and bands, irrespective of if they are strong or weak, so it's not an ideal solution and should only be used if re-aiming the outside antenna does not help, as it may cause carriers with weak cell signal to have sub-part coverage and performance inside.

Finally, if re-aiming the outside antenna and cutting back the existing cell signal with an attenuator does not provide you with adequate coverage, the last option is to move to a more advanced amplifier that can handle a much stronger outside signal, like the Wilson Pro 70 Plus, and/or scale it's boosting power significantly all the way down to 0, so it can handle any outside signal environment, like the WilsonPro 1000.

Tips to Improve Performance

While most standard signal booster installations should provide you with sufficient coverage for quality voice calls and fast data, if you're looking to tweak your system to provide even more performance, here are some things that you can do:

  • Reduce cable lengths: If the cables that you received with your system are longer than you really need, then purchasing a shorter cable will reduce the amount of signal loss and increase the amount of coverage that your system will be able to provide. Also, be sure that your excess cable is NOT coiled, but rather laid out in a back and forth pattern, as coils can cause interference.
  • Upgrade to a lower loss cable: In addition to shortening cable lengths, you can upgrade your cable to a lower loss version (more shielded), so your system has more signal to work with and provide more coverage inside.
  • Add more antennas: If you're using one inside antenna, and have a medium to strong outside signal along with a powerful amplifier, then you may have excess boosting capacity that is not being used by the single antenna. Adding another antenna can take advantage of this excess capacity and increase your total inside coverage area. You'll need to add additional cable and a splitter to add the second antenna to the system.
  • Upgrade your antennas: We offer higher performance antennas that can replace the existing antennas that come with your signal booster system, for more coverage and a better looking installation.
  • Increase the separation between your antennas: Amplifiers automatically reduce their boosting power if there is any oscillation (feedback) from the inside antenna(s) to the outside antenna. If your amplifier shows any indicator lights or readings that there is oscillation and it's working at reduced capacity, then increase the distance between antennas to allow the amp to work at full boosting power.

6. Additional Resources

Additional Resources

While this guide should address most situations that you'll encounter when choosing and installing a booster, especially for residential or vehicle use, we wanted to provide you with a list of resources for continued reading and to reference for further assistance.

You can also always contact us at any point with questions and we'll be happy to help.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We've put together a list of questions we get the most and answered each one for you.

Let's jump right in.

Do Cell Phone Signal Boosters Work?

One of the biggest questions that we get, apart from "what is a signal booster?" is "do they really work?". This is a fair question, with all of the scammy products that have been released in the past claiming to give you better signal.

Fortunately, you don't have to take our word on whether these solutions work. The FCC and the major cellular carriers have all independently tested every signal booster that is sold on the market today, and have not only approved them for use, but recommend them as a preferred solution for getting better cell signal in your home, office or vehicle.

We'll cover how cell phone signal boosters work in the next section, so you'll see that it's not a magic solution, but rather a combination of high grade cable, antennas and a powerful signal amplifier that receives, boosts and distributes cell signal where you most need it.

How can I boost my cell phone signal at home?

A cell phone signal booster will boost the existing outside cell signal and distribute it throughout your home. We ranked the best cell phone signal boosters for your home to make it as easy as possible to select the right one for you.

What is the best cell phone booster?

We've ranked the top 25 best cell phone signal boosters based on real world tests and working with thousands of customers so you can find the right signal booster for your situation.

Are cell phone signal boosters worth it?

Absolutely. If you're currently paying for a cell phone plan and aren't getting good cell signal in your home, vehicle or business, then paying a one time fee for a cell phone signal booster to actually be able to use your cell phone is definitely worth it.

Will AT&T give you a signal booster?

Unfortunately, no, AT&T will not give you a cell phone signal booster. Signal boosters can only be purchased from an authorized dealer. All of the cell phone signal boosters we sell have been certified for use by AT&T on their network.

Can you boost cell phone signal?

Yes. A cell phone signal booster will boost cell signal and distribute the strong signal in the area that you need it most.

Do LTE signal boosters work?

Yes. All modern cell phone signal boosters will boost LTE for all of the major cell phone carriers and distribute it to the areas that you need it most.

Do Verizon signal boosters work?

Yes. Cell phone signal boosters will boost all of the networks on Verizon Wireless.

Will a cell phone booster work with no signal?

No. A cell phone signal booster needs a small amount of cell signal to boost, otherwise it will not work.

Do signal boosters apps work?

No. The apps that claim to boost cell signal are not actually able to do that. They typically just toggle airplane mode on your cell phone and attempt to have the phone re-connect to a better cell tower. Only a hardware cell phone signal booster can boost cell signal.

Further Reading

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