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Hotspot Booster: Improving Your Portable Wifi & Mifi Device

on April 06, 2017

Call them what you want: Jetpack, Mifi, AirCard, Cradlepoint router, usb internet stick, mobile wifi... these are all essentially the same technology.

They are mobile hotspot devices that use cellular signals & data (3G & 4G LTE) to create a personal wifi for your cell phone, tablet, and laptop.

While the ability to connect anywhere and everywhere is the biggest highlight of using a hotspot, there is a big limitation.

When the incoming cellular signal is good, then yes, your hotspot wifi performs as fast as any broadband landline internet.

But when your signal is poor?

  • Spotty wifi connection
  • Slow internet speeds
  • Dropped VoIP (Voice over IP) calls
  • Several minutes to load a single page
  • Limited streaming range

Lucky for you, there's a solution.

It's called a hotspot booster.

What is a Hotspot Booster?

A hotspot signal booster (also known as cell phone signal booster or cellular repeater) takes the incoming 3G & 4G LTE signal, amplifies it multiple times up to 32x, and then rebroadcasts the signal to an area in need (i.e. your hotspot router).  

It does this with 3 components:

  1. The Outside Antenna pulls in cellular signal.
  2. The Amplifiers boosts 3G & 4G LTE signal up to 32x.
  3. The Inside Antenna rebroadcasts the stronger signal to an area in need.

Stronger 3G & 4G LTE means better internet connection, faster streaming data, reliable & consistent service, and wider coverage area.

And the leader of all things cellular signal boosters is weBoost by Wilson Electronics. 

Powering over millions of cellular devices with decades of industry experience, people across America depend on Wilson to improve their hotspot service. 

So what are the guarantees? 

  1. Works for all carrier hotspots (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc.)
  2. Works for all cellular devices (MiFi, cell phones, tablets, notebook, etc.)
  3. One time purchase, no monthly fees
  4. Independent device, does not need to be connected to landline internet
  5. Better signal or money back guarantee

Below are our top choices for improving hotspots ranging from home to car to commercial use. Start boosting your wifi hotspot signal instantly:



Hotspot Booster For Home

Good

Hotspot signal booster weBoost Home 4G

weBoost Home 4G (Model #: 470101)

  • Boosts 3G & 4G LTE Cellular Data
  • For 1 Room Coverage
  • Up to +60 dB Gain

Our review: 

This is a good starter kit depending on two conditions: 1) You have good signal outside, but poor signal inside because of home building interference and 2) You only want coverage for a small area inside your home. 

Depending on the quality of your outside signal, you may get up to 1-2 rooms of hotspot boosting coverage. But it's more likely to say a desktop range of 5-8 feet from the inside antenna.

Decent option for single office, home office (SOHO) and small areas like cabins and apartments. The weBoost Home 4G gets the job done.

If bad signal outdoors is big problem however, then it's recommended to step up with the next model: weBoost Connect 4G


Better

Verizon signal booster weBoost Connect 4G

weBoost Connect 4G (Model #: 470103)

  • Boosts 3G & 4G LTE Cellular Data
  • For Whole Home Coverage
  • Up to +65 dB Gain

Our Review:

This is the kit we often recommend to a majority of our customers and has been a top seller year in and year out.

As the "middle child" of the hotspot boosters, it's right fit of price & performance.

It's possible to get up to 5,000 sq ft under best conditions. Our customer data puts it at an average of 2,500 to 3,000 sq ft of coverage, which is the average size of most homes in America & Canada.  

Great choice for homes, small offices, rural areas, and buildings under 5,000 sq ft wide. 


Best

Verizon signal booster weboost connect 4g-x

weBoost Connect 4G-X (Model #: 471104)

  • Boosts 3G & 4G LTE Cellular Data
  • For Large Building Coverage
  • Up to +70 dB Gain

Our Review:

The Showstopper.

With a potential range up to 7,500 sq ft, it's the most powerful consumer hotspot booster.

People with below average to average signal, people can expect 4,000 to 5,500 sq ft of coverage. Rural areas should expect a bit less if cell tower distance is the biggest problem.

If you have poor signal outside and want to cover a large area inside, then this is the best option to go with. Also good for small commercial buildings under 5,000 sq ft. 


Hotspot Booster For Car

Good

Verizon signal booster weboost drive 4g-s

weBoost Drive 4G-S (Model # 470107)

  • Boosts 3G & 4G LTE Cellular Data
  • For a single hotspot or cell phone
  • Up to +23 dB Gain

Our review:

Solid entry-level car signal booster. 

While this is made for smartphones and needs to be nested inside the cradle to get better signal, a small enough hotspot can slide in and get boosted signal. 

If your portable hotspot device is bigger than an iPhone 6 & 7 Plus, then step up to the next model: the weBoost Drive 4G-M.


Better

Verizon signal booster weboost drive 4g-m

weBoost Drive 4G-M (Model # 470108)

  • Boosts 3G & 4G LTE Cellular Data
  • For a multiple hotspots and/or cell devices
  • Up to +50 dB Gain

Our Review:

The Mr. & Ms. Popular.  

Boosts up to 4 cellular devices inside the car. Many customers see a 2-3 bar improvement. Range from the inside antenna is about 2 to 3 feet away for consistently good signal, so this works for most sedans & SUVs. 

RV, camper owners, and semi-trucks will need a specialized kit made for big vehicles if you want whole big vehicle coverage.  


Best

Verizon weBoost Drive 4G-X

weBoost Drive 4G-X (Model #: 470510)

  • Boosts 3G & 4G LTE Cellular Data
  • Up to +50 dB Gain
  • Pro Model: 60% More reach from and to cell tower

Our Review:

If you live in a remote area or countryside with few cell towers, this is the one.

With about 2x the uplink power compared to most car boosters, this leads to around 30 to 60% more reach to the cell tower

When paired with a trucker antenna (optional), it's the one stop shop. 


Hotspot Booster For Commercial Buildings

TMobile Commercial Signal Booster

WilsonPro 70 Plus (Model # 463127)

  • Boosts 3G & 4G LTE Cellular Data
  • For Commercial Building
  • Up to +70 dB Gain

Our Review:

Cellular boosting solutions for a building ranges from 25K to 100K sq ft. 

The WilsonPro 70 Plus hits the sweet spot with coverage up to 50,000 sq ft. Our customer & real-world data puts it at 25,000 to 35,000 sq ft with spot coverage for priority areas. 

If your office building uses multiple hotspots scattered across different locations, the WilsonPro 70 Plus will work wonders.


How We Can Help:

Wilson Amplifiers is here to help you select the right signal boosting solutions for your hotspot. There's absolutely no risk to you:

  • Free consultation (ask us anything) with our US-based customer support (sales@wilsonamplifiers.com).
  • Free shipping.
  • 30-day test drive.
  • 2-year manufacturer's warranty
  • Made in the USA
  • Better signal or money-back guaranteed.

If you are satisfied, we provide lifetime technical support and a 2-year warranty. And again, our US-based customer support is second to none. There's no one-size-fits-all strategy and we listen to all the details before suggesting ways to get you better signal.

We offer best and realistic outcomes from years of experience dealing with weak reception and serving over 33,000 satisfied customers.

Our motto: "Provide solutions. Don't sell boxes."

Read real reviews from our customers. It's because of our goal to provide the best cellular solutions that have led us to the Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Companies List multiple years.

Just ask us anything and we'll be glad to help.


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


Need help? Email us today ( sales@wilsonamplifiers.com) or give us a call at 1-800-568-2723. A cell phone signal expert will gladly assist you in getting better signal instantly.

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