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Cell Phone Repeater Guide: A Solution For Every Situation

on October 23, 2018

Wilson Amplifiers, the leading provider of Wilson Electronics and weBoost, has been boosting cell phone signal since 2011. With over 10,000,000 sq ft+ of cellular & RF coverage provided across USA and Canada, we provide cell phone repeaters for any home, vehicle, and building– a system for every situation.

Cell phone repeaters (also known as cell phone boosters) amplify weak 3G & 4G cellular signals, giving you back strong signals for better talk, text, and fast internet for home, vehicles, and commercial buildings.

However, there are dozens of models and options, so it can get very confusing. If you have no idea which repeater you need, no problem.

  1. Home Solutions
    1. Whole Home Coverage
    2. Large Home Coverage
    3. Room Coverage
  1. Vehicle Solutions
    1. Cars and Trucks
    2. RV
    3. Commercial Truck
    4. Boats & Yachts
  1. Business and Office Solutions
    1. Commercial
      1. Small Business: Up to 25,000 sq ft
      2. Enterprise: Up to 100,000 sq ft
    2. M2M

Feel free to skip to the section of the guide most relevant to your needs.

Product recommendations are based on data and feedback from over 100,000+ repeaters tested, reviewed, and sold.

Best Cell Phone Repeaters for Home

Cell phone repeaters for home range from desktop/1-room coverage to whole home. Manufacturers love to list best case scenarios with their sq ft coverage; however, based on real-world results, we report what customers are most likely get which is dependent on the outside signal and internal building material and layout.

Your guarantees:

  1. Works for all 3G and 4G LTE cellular phones, any model.
  2. Works for all US and Canadian carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, etc.
  3. No monthly fees, no need to be connected to WiFi.
  4. Your complete satisfaction: 30 days to see if there’s better signal or money back guarantee.
  5. Two year warranty: anything happens, it gets fixed. No questions asked.


Whole Home Coverage (From 1,000 to 5,000 sq ft)

weboost connect 4g signal booster

weBoost Connect 4G

The weBoost Connect 4G (Model: 470103) has been the best selling home cell phone repeater for several years in row. Over 1 out of every 2 weBoost home repeaters sold is a Connect 4G.

With up to +65 dB of gain, it can cover up to 5,000 sq ft in a best case scenario. Real-world results based on customer feedback show about 2,000 to 3,000 sq ft realistically in most urban/city areas and about 1,000 to 2,500 sq ft in remote rural areas. This is all dependent on your outside signal and you may get more or less coverage.

The average sized home in America is 2,600 square feet, and when set up in location with strong outdoor signal, the weBoost Connect 4G can cover this. Even with weak outdoor signal, the repeater is usually up to the task of covering a smaller home.


Number of Bars Estimated Coverage
With 5 bars (-80 dB) of outside signal 5,000 sq ft
With 3-4 bars (-90 dB) of outside signal 3,000 sq ft
With 1-2 bars (-100 dB) of outside signal 1,000 sq ft


Large Home Coverage (From 1,500 to 7,500 sq ft)

weboost connect 4g-x commercial signal booster

weBoost Connect 4G-X

The weBoost Connect 4G-X (Model: 471104) is the most powerful consumer-level repeater in the market. Period.

With up to +70 dB of gain, it can cover up to 7,500 sq ft in a best case scenario. Real-world results show about 3,000 to 4,000 sq ft realistically in most urban/city areas and about 1,500 to 3,000 sq ft in remote rural areas. This all depends on your outside signal and you may get more or less coverage.

The biggest difference between the weBoost Connect 4G and the Connect 4G-X is +5 dB gain which amounts to 3X the power increase.

This is a highly recommended model for urban areas needing more coverage and rural mountainous areas with extremely poor signal to get any coverage.


Number of Bars Estimated Coverage
With 5 bars (-80 dB) of outside signal 7,500 sq ft
With 3-4 bars (-90 dB) of outside signal 5,000 sq ft
With 1-2 bars (-100 dB) of outside signal 1,500 sq ft


1 Room Coverage (From 200 to 1,500 sq ft)

weboost home 4g signal booster

weBoost Home 4G

The weBoost Home 4G (Model: 470101) is the the cheapest home repeater option and an entry-level unit for people looking for a low-cost solution.

With up to +60 dB of gain, it can cover up to 1,500 sq ft under best conditions. Real-world results show about 500 to 1,000 sq ft realistically in most urban/city areas and about 200 to 500 sq ft in remote rural areas. This is all dependent on your outside signal and you may get more or less coverage.

This unit is generally recommended for spot coverage usually in one room so a good compliment to apartments and small homes. People with very poor outside signal might get desktop area boosting range, so we generally recommend going with the weBoost Connect 4G unless you’re ok with being very close to the inside antenna.

Good budget starter unit for people with decent outside signal. People with very poor outside signal should look to upgrade.



Number of Bars Estimated Coverage
With 5 bars (-80 dB) of outside signal 1,500 sq ft
With 3-4 bars (-90 dB) of outside signal 750 sq ft
With 1-2 bars (-100 dB) of outside signal 200 sq ft


Best Cell Phone Repeaters for Vehicles

Cell phone repeaters for vehicles range from cars, trucks, RVs, boats to specialty vehicles. Vehicle repeaters aren’t as powerful as home repeaters due to limits imposed by the FCC and also the nature of constantly moving while driving.

However, they are generally much easier to install and are non-permanent installations except for special scenarios such as permanent mounts for RVs, commercial trucks, and ambulances.

Your guarantees:

  1. Works for all 3G and 4G LTE cellular phones, any model.
  2. Works for all US and Canadian carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, etc.
  3. No monthly fees, no need to be connected to WiFi.
  4. Your complete satisfaction: 30 days to see if there’s better signal or money back guarantee.
  5. Two year warranty: anything happens, it gets fixed. No questions asked.

For Cars and Trucks

weboost drive 4g-x signal booster

Our Pick: weBoost Drive 4G-X

The weBoost Drive 4G-X (Model: 470510) is the most powerful car repeater in the market capable of boosting up to 4 cellular devices.

We recommend the Drive 4G-X primarily to those who live or drive frequently in rural areas, where distance to and from cell towers is the biggest problem.

It features up to +3 dB gain compared to the weBoost Drive 4G on the uplink, which technically translates to 2x the power increase or about 30-60% more reach to the cell tower in real-world results.

People in urban areas may get away with a less expensive model, but for people who live off the grid, this is the first unit we recommend.


weboost drive 4g-m signal booster

Good for Urban Areas: weBoost Drive 4G-M

The weBoost Drive 4G-M (Model: 470121 / Formerly: 470108) is a mid-level car repeater that is very good for city and suburban use, capable of boosting up to 4 cellular devices.

We recommend the weBoost Drive 4G-M for urban areas, where there’s the occasional drop-off due to building interference or network congestion but nothing too drastic such as far distance from the cell tower.

Its beefier cousin, the weBoost Drive 4G-X (our top pick) features up to +3 dB gain compared to the weBoost Drive 4G on the uplink, which technically translates to 2x the power increase or about 30-60% more reach to the cell tower.

So people in countryside should look to getting the Drive 4G-X while the Drive 4G-M is a cheaper and efficient performer in the city.


weboost drive sleek 4g signal booster

Cradle Option: weBoost Drive Sleek

The weBoost Drive Sleek (Model: 470135) is an entry-level cradle-mount repeater capable of boosting one phone at the time.

It comes with a magnetic vent mount to allow for a hands-free experience, so it’s perfect for people with their phones already paired to Bluetooth headphones or speakers.

The phone has to be sitting in the mount to receive signal.


For RVs and Campers

For Stationary: weBoost Connect RV 65

The weBoost Connect RV 65 (Model: 471203) is your best bet for 5th wheelers, towable RVs, and stationary campers.

It’s essentially a home unit retrofitted for RV use which makes it much more powerful than other vehicle repeaters. It comes with a telescoping pole and mount–with reach up to 25 feet to overcome trees, foliage, and obstructions–for easy installation and disassembly, so when you’re ready to get up and go, it isn’t too big of an issue.

So whether parked at the campsite or on the road, this is the unit you’ll need to get reliable consistent signal inside the whole cabin.


For the Wanderers: weBoost Drive 4G-X RV

The weBoost Connect Drive 4G-X RV (Model: 470410) is most powerful in-vehicle repeater while driving.

This kit pairs the weBoost Drive 4G-X with best-in-class indoor and outdoor antennas for improved coverage while moving.

Great for those who have a Class A or B RV, as it should cover most of the interior space boosting signal up to 4 phones. It works fairly well for Class C vehicles as well, although depending on whether you put it in the living area itself of the driver’s cabin will restrict which area is being boosted.

This repeater will still work while stationary, but it’s not as powerful as the weBoost Connect RV 65 which features +15 dB gain. But if you’re always moving and needing signal in the driver or passenger seat, the weBoost Drive 4G-X RV is the easy choice.


For Commercial Trucks

Our Pick: weBoost Drive 4G-X OTR

The weBoost Connect Drive 4G-X OTR (Model: 470210) is the most powerful over-the-road truck repeater.

This kit pairs the weBoost Drive 4G-X with best-in-class durable and rugged outside omnidirectional antenna to withstand all elements while driving on the road. This unit is a fixed installation for the outside antenna which includes a 3-way mount, so great for fleet services needing cellular boost in the field.


Cradle Option: weBoost Drive Sleek OTR

The weBoost Drive Sleek OTR (Model: 470235) is a cradle-mount over-the-road truck repeater.

This kit pairs the weBoost Drive Sleek with an all-weather ruggedized outside omnidirectional antenna to withstand harsh elements while on the road. The outside antenna is a fixed installation featuring a 3-way mount for installation flexibility.

Great option for truck drivers and those constantly at the driver or passenger seat while on the road.


For Boats & Yachts

weBoost Drive 4G-X + Marine Essentials

The weBoost Drive 4G-X Marine Kit (Model: 470510-M) is the most powerful marine repeater for sailing on the lake or docked at the pier.

This kit pairs the weBoost Drive 4G-X with an all-weather antenna to withstand all the sea elements. The outside antenna is a fixed installation, so placement is important.

Boosts signal inside the cabin only.


Best Cell Phone Repeaters for Business and Office

Cell phone repeaters for commercial buildings range from 5,000 to 100,000 sq ft. Manufacturers love to list best case scenarios with their sq ft coverage; however, factors such as outside signal, internal building material, layout, and customization affect final sq ft coverage.

Real-world results vary greatly; however, we’ve compiled data from our top installers to give a rough estimate of how much coverage a commercial repeater provides depending on the outside signal.

While the most powerful commercial repeater has a 100,000 sq ft limit, multiple units can be stacked together to achieve coverage beyond that range.

  1. Works for all 3G and 4G LTE cellular phones, any model.
  2. Works for all US and Canadian carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, etc.
  3. No monthly fees, no need to be connected to WiFi.
  4. Remote monitoring available.
  5. Three year warranty

Commercial: Small Business

Wilson Pro 70 Signal Booster

Up to 15,000 sq ft: Wilson Pro 70

The Wilson Pro 70 (Models: 465131 - 50 Ohm and 463134 - 75 Ohm) is the most popular commercial repeater.

With a gain of up to +70 dB, it can cover up to 15,000 sq ft under best conditions. Installers say on average they see around 5,000 to 8,000 sq ft. However, poor signal areas and other factors such as internal building material and layout could see much less.

Nearly 73% of commercial buildings in the USA are 10,000 sq ft or less, so the Wilson Pro 70 is a good basic kit. Many owners of large homes also select this kit when they need something more robust than the residential units.

Great for rural areas. Commercialized areas, however, should to the Wilson Pro 70 Plus due to possible attenuation issues (see next).

Number of Bars Estimated Coverage
With 5 bars (-80 dB) of outside signal 15,000 sq ft
With 3-4 bars (-90 dB) of outside signal 5,000 sq ft
With 1-2 bars (-100 dB) of outside signal 1,500 sq ft


wilson pro 70 plus signal booster

Up to 25,000 sq ft: Wilson Pro 70 Plus

The Wilson Pro 70 Plus (Models: 463127 - 50 Ohm and 460127 - 75 Ohm) is an upgrade to the Wilson Pro 70.

With a gain of up to +70 dB, it can cover up to 25,000 sq ft under best conditions. Installers say on average they see around 10,000 to 14,000 sq ft with customized plans & additional antennas. However, poor signal areas and other factors such as internal building material and layout could see much less.

The Wilson Pro 70 Plus features the same technology like the Wilson Pro 70 with one key difference: better attenuation.

What does this mean? A key downside to the Wilson Pro 70 is that it can be overwhelmed by powerful signal such as being too close to the cell tower that it’s pulling in too much and overloading the repeater. However, the Pro 70 Plus comes with superior attenuation processes which manages to put on the ear plugs as the cell site screams into the microphone.

If you have strong outdoor signal, a Pro 70 Plus is better equipped to handle it, ensuring your repeater does not overload. So we highly recommend this unit for city and urban centers rather than the Wilson Pro 70.


Number of Bars Estimated Coverage
With 5 bars (-80 dB) of outside signal 25,000 sq ft
With 3-4 bars (-90 dB) of outside signal 15,000 sq ft
With 1-2 bars (-100 dB) of outside signal 5,000 sq ft


Commercial: Enterprise

Wilson Pro 1000 Signal Booster

Up to 35,000 sq ft: Wilson Pro 1000/R

The Wilson Pro 1000 (Model: 460236) is a leader in the space of efficient and cost-effective enterprise repeaters.

With a gain of up to +70 dB and +15 dB on the downlink –the highest available of any pre-approved cell phone repeater in the market–it can cover up to 35,000 sq ft under best conditions. Installers say on average they see around 15,000 to 25,000 sq ft with customized plans & additional antennas. However, poor signal areas and other factors such as internal building material and layout could see much less.

The Wilson Pro 1000 comes in either wall-mount or rack-mount format. It also comes in different customizations for different uses.

Comes with XDR technology, which ensures the repeater will never shut down. It also has a color LCD screen, which shows the status of your coverage.

Wilson Pro 1000C: A Wilson Pro 1000 with remote monitoring capabilities.

Wilson Pro 1050: A Wilson Pro 1000 with an in-line repeater for longer cable runs.



Number of Bars Estimated Coverage
With 5 bars (-80 dB) of outside signal 35,000 sq ft
With 3-4 bars (-90 dB) of outside signal 20,000 sq ft
With 1-2 bars (-100 dB)of outside signal 10,000 sq ft


Wilson Pro 4000 Signal Booster

Up to 100,000 sq ft: Wilson Pro 4000/R

The Wilson Pro 4000 (Model: 460236) is a the most power commercial repeater in the market.

It is not just one repeater but 4 repeaters in a single unit capable of providing up to 100,000 sq ft under best conditions. Our Installers say they’ve seen coverage ranging from 40,000 to 60,000 sq ft with customized plans & additional antennas. However, poor signal areas and other factors such as internal building material and layout could see much less.

It also features XDR technology to prevent shutdown due to incoming hot signal and has color LCD for easy antenna set up.

The Wilson Pro 4000 comes in either wall or rack mount form factor.


Number of Bars Estimated Coverage
With 5 bars (-80 dB) of outside signal 100,000 sq ft
With 3-4 bars (-90 dB) of outside signal 60,000 sq ft
With 1-2 bars (-100 dB) of outside signal 20,000 sq ft


M2M (Machine to Machine)

Wilson Pro Signal 4G

The Wilson Pro Signal 4G (Model: 460119) is a repeater specially designed for M2M and IoT solutions.

Cellular M2M applications such as remote monitoring, long-distance product control, fleet management, and real-time device-to-device communications depend on quality signal.

The Pro Signal 4G features up to +15 dB gain improving data transmission speeds on all bands and all carriers for any M2M device.

Unit comes with wall outlet power supply or hardwire power supply.


Three Things You Need to Know Before Getting a Repeater:

1) The effectiveness of any repeater is dependent on your outdoor signal strength. A cell phone repeater is like a megaphone, it takes an existing signal and amplifies it. How much coverage you can expect depends on how “loud” the outside signal is, and how powerful your repeater is.

Poor signal areas like off-the-grid and remote places might need a more powerful repeater to get any significant boost. Areas with strong signal may get away with a cheaper option, but your coverage can be greatly expanded with a more powerful repeater.

2) Know what area you’re trying to cover. If you’re only interested in better signal in a single room, great. If you want it in your entire house, that’s also great. However, the repeater you need will change depending on your square footage.

Also, repeater performance varies depending on the inside layout of your home. Open spaces generally have better repeater coverage, while multi-walled & thick-material homes may have reduced repeater coverage.

3) Ditch the bar talk. Cell phone signal strength is actually measured in decibels (dBm). Cell phone bars are subjective to the phone manufacturer so what may be 1 bar of service on Verizon could be 2 bars on AT&T or 3 bars on T-Mobile despite getting the exact same signal and performance!

-50 is considered great signal (full bars) and -120 is considered poor signal (dead zone). Most repeaters work very well with -95 dBm or better outside signal. From -95 dBm to -120 dBm, a repeater can work but results vary.


Want to learn more about cell phone boosters? Read more with our definitive guide:


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