Improving Cell Phone Reception in Remote Areas
Enjoying life in your deep woods cabin or mountain cottage? Or maybe you're tilling the earth, working hard on your farm.
Tis' the life.
But, as they say, every rose has its thorns.
Dropped calls, unresponsive internet, and spotty service are a pain when working or on vacation. Being able to connect is a necessity, especially during emergencies.
Cell phone signal boosters can help.
We fix poor cell phone signal! Find the right signal booster for you:
Why is Cell Service so Bad in Rural Areas?
Living in a remote, rural area means having limited cell phone signal.
The main culprit is cell tower distance. Thick foliage, hills, and mountains also cause cell signal to go bad.
Unfortunately, carriers don’t want to improve their network in underserved markets because it’s too expensive. They can't justify the cost without multiple users. It’s unfortunate since mobile networks tend to be the main form of communication.
How Do I Get Cell Service in Remote Areas?
It’s simple. Invest in a cell phone signal booster to boost your 5G, 4G, and LTE signal.
A booster (also called a repeater) for rural areas takes existing weak signal, amplifies it, and rebroadcasts it indoors. It’s the ultimate solution for better signal in remote homes, farms, vehicles, and offices.
Signal Booster Benefits:
- Eliminate searching for usable service.
- Reliable 4G and LTE coverage wherever you need it. 5G ready.
- Uninterrupted calls and faster internet.
- Work with all cellular devices (phones, tablets, hotspots, etc.).
- Compatible with all US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and more).
- FCC approved.
- Relatively easy to install.
- No need to connect to WiFi.
- No monthly fees.
Do Cell Phone Boosters Work in Rural Areas?
If there's a sliver of cellular signal outside, cell boosters work wonders in rural areas. They use powerful antennas and an amplifier to keep you connected.
Don’t believe us? Watch this short video to view the results of a signal booster installation in a rural East Texas home.
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Choosing the right antennas is crucial for boosting cell phone signal in rural areas.
What is the Best Cell Phone Signal Booster for Rural Areas?
With over 150,000 signal boosters provided across every state and province in the USA and Canada, we’ve compiled a list using our expertise of the best signal boosters for:
- Rural Homes and Farms
- Remote Driving
- Rural RV Camping and Living
- Rental Cabins and Remote Job Sites
- Rural Businesses
Best Cell Phone Boosters for Rural Homes and Farms
If you live in a fringe area, don't consider anything home booster less powerful than the weBoost Home MultiRoom. You’ll see minimal results. Featuring up to 65dB gain and high output powers, it can reach distant towers and cover several rooms. It’s a great option for small and mid-size rural homes, cabins, cottages, and bungalows.
The weBoost Installed Home Complete is much stronger than the Home Multiroom. It’s our top recommendation for reliable reception in medium to large remote homes and barns. Including a free professional installation, you don’t have to worry about finding your closest cell tower or running cable. Coverage is likely to range from 2,000 to 5,000 sq ft with weak outside signal. For a non-professionally installed booster with equal power, opt for the standard weBoost Home Complete.
The weBoost for Business 100 should do the trick for those with large cabins or farm complexes. Unlike the Home MultiRoom and Home Complete, this is a commercial-grade signal booster. It’s the best option for a whole large home solution in extremely poor signal areas. There are many configurations available for this unit. We recommend the Yagi/Panel kit to optimize reach and coverage.
Best Cell Phone Boosters for Remote Driving
You don’t have to put up with spotty signal while on road trips or operating agricultural machinery. Vehicle boosters are designed to communicate with towers on the go and cover most of your vehicle's cabin.
The weBoost Drive Reach is our strongest vehicle booster. Featuring high uplink power, it does a great job at communicating with far cell towers. When compared to the Drive X, it has about 74% more reach. Featuring many antenna configurations, you can customize it to fit many vehicles. Cars, trucks, SUVs, tractors, animal transporters, and more. It's our top recommendation for reliable voice and data on the go in extremely fringe areas.
For those non-extreme cases, the weBoost Drive X will do. It’s slightly less powerful than the Drive Reach, but still effective. Anything with less gain and output power may result in insufficient amplification. Like the Drive Reach, it also has numerous antenna options for easy install on any vehicle.
Best Cell Phone Boosters for Rural RV Camping and Living
The best RV booster will depend on whether you want enhanced signal while driving or camping.
If you tend to stay parked for long periods, we recommend the weBoost Destination RV. It’s like the Home Multiroom, but optimized for stationary RVs, campers, and mobile homes. It uses a powerful Yagi antenna to capture weak signal and a panel antenna for maximum coverage. When you’re ready to move to a new location, the 25’ telescoping pole allows for quick setup and takedown.
On the other hand, if you’re constantly on the go, the weBoost Drive Reach RV is a much better choice. It can reach distant cell towers and keep you connected while driving or camping in remote locations. Since it’s designed for mobile use, you can set it and forget it.
In incredibly poor signal areas, the Destination RV will outperform the Drive Reach RV.
Best Portable Cell Phone Booster for Rental Cabins and Remote Job Sites
Many rely on vehicle boosters to reduce reception issues when staying in a secluded cabin or visiting remote job sites. However, it’s not feasible to constantly run to your vehicle to make a call or surf the web.
The Bolton Technical Portable Signal Unit (PSU) allows you to enjoy reliable cell signal and WiFi anywhere. In the woods, off-the-grid, on the mountains, and other fringe areas. It’s a portable, battery powered box that includes a signal booster and LTE router.
Equipped with a Yagi, the booster captures signals from miles away and delivers reliable service for all cellular devices. This includes the LTE router. You and the family will be able to receive calls, send texts, stream movies, or work without interruptions. That’s with or without electricity.
You can get up to 18 hours of operation with the two included batteries. To save battery juice, use the built-in plug socket to power the unit when electricity is available. An extension cord will be needed.
For optimal results, use the PSU in enclosed areas with the lid open.
Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Rural Business
Businesses need robust repeaters designed to cover large spaces and handle more capacity. The weBoost for Business line ensures reliable connectivity for customers and employees alike.
The weBoost for Business Office 100 is perfect for small rural business buildings. It’s important to choose the right configuration for optimal results. We recommend the Yagi antenna bundle for remote areas. To maximize your coverage, additional antennas are required. While it can cover up to 25,000 sq ft, you may get up to 8,000 sq ft with weak outdoor signal.
If you need more than 8,000 sq ft of coverage, go with the weBoost for Business 200 Yagi bundle. It’s more powerful, and it’s capable of covering up to 35,000 sq ft under perfect conditions. Realistically, you may get up to 14,000 sq ft.
There is also a professionally installed Office 200 version. Though, it comes with an omnidirectional outdoor antenna and two dome antennas. Depending on your signal environment, this configuration may not be ideal for you. Call us at 1-800-919-7442 to discuss which version will yield the best results for your small to medium remote business.
For commercial buildings over 50,000 sq ft, the WilsonPro line by Wilson Electronics is the way to go. Contact our signal experts at 1-800-887-1961 for a free consultation. These require a site survey and a professional installation.
Best Cell Phone Booster Antennas for Rural Areas
The two types of outdoor signal booster antennas are omnidirectional and directional.
If you live in a rural area with faraway cell towers, don't bother with an omnidirectional antenna. Even though it’s easier to install, it will provide less gain for your system. This is critical when you live far away from a cell tower.
LPDA antennas are more powerful than Yagis. They should be used in very rural areas to provide more powerful signal. However, they're expensive and harder to install. Yagi antennas, on the other hand, are easier to use and tend to work well if you live within 3 miles of a tower.
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If you need to upgrade your Yagi or LPDA, it’s important to keep impedance in mind. Antennas, cables, and signal boosters all have impedance ratings of 50 Ohm or 75 Ohm. Mixing and matching impedance can lead to signal loss. It’s best to stay consistent. In some cases, however, we need to connect a 50 Ohm antenna to a 75 Ohm system for the extra power. This can be done with an adapter. To connect our 50 Ohm antennas to our 75 Ohm booster, we recommend an N-Male to F-Female adapter.
For indoor antennas, avoid whips. Try and get a panel antenna or a dome antenna if possible.
Rural Area Signal Booster FAQs
1. How well do cell phone boosters work in rural areas?
If you have a sliver of signal, they work well.
Cell boosters were made for people in low-service areas. You won't have to head into town or beg for a bar anymore. They reach to AND from the cell tower to deliver reliable reception.
2. How do signal boosters boost cell phone reception in remote areas?
A cell phone signal booster works by doing 3 main things:
The outside antenna pulls in existing 5G, 4G and LTE signals.
The amplifier boosts cell signals.
The inside antenna broadcasts the boosted signal inside your cabin, office, or vehicle.
It's important to note that cell phone booster ENHANCES signal. They do not create it. Think of it as healing the injured and not raising the dead.
Usually, if you can get some signal near your home, a cell phone booster will work for you.
There are areas where cell signal doesn't exist or is spotty, including:
- The Ozark Plateau
- Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee
- White Pocket, Arizona
- Certain Areas in Upstate New York
- No Return Wilderness, Idaho
- Steens Mountain, Oregon
- Wasatch Mountains, Utah
- Haleakala National Park, Hawaii
- Texas Hill Country
- The Great American Southwest
If you live or travel to one of these areas, you might see very limited results, even with a booster. But something is still better than nothing.
3. I have a farm out in the country, will this work for me?
The best cell phone signal booster for farms depends on a few factors:
- How far away you are from your nearest cell tower.
- Where you need coverage (buildings or vehicles).
- The strength of your outside signal.
If your signal strength is very weak, you’ll need to invest in a strong booster to get decent results.
As a general rule, you should buy the strongest booster possible if you live far away from a cell tower. However, if you live pretty close to one, you can get away with a weaker booster.
4. Does a cell phone signal booster work for camping?
RV and residential boosters work great when camping inside a building with electricity. If you’re camping outside without electricity, the PSU can keep you connected for up to 18 hours.
5. How to get cell service in the woods?
Reliable cellular reception is a bit tricky in the woods. With so many trees, cell signal is easily blocked.
Whether you live or camp in the woods, as long there is an ounce of signal, you’ll be able to get decent service with a signal booster. You may need to upgrade the included Yagi antenna for a stronger one. If you don’t have access to electricity, we recommend the Portable Signal Unit.
6. Does a cell phone booster work on mountains?
If signal can reach the mountain or close enough to it, a booster will work. That is unless you're on something like Mount Everest. If you don’t have access to electricity, consider the PSU.
7. Will a cell phone booster work with my phone?
Cell boosters work with all CELLULAR DEVICES. Smartphones, tablets, hotspots, cellular routers, etc.
8. What if I switch carriers in the future?
The booster will continue to improve your signal.
Our Wilson Electronics units (weBoost & WilsonPro) are multi-carrier systems. This means they’re compatible with Verizon, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and all other carriers.
They are future-proof!
9. What about 5G service?
Signal boosters are 5G ready, meaning they work with 5G.
10. Will 5G make my signal booster obsolete?
4G LTE is the backbone of the nation's wireless service. It's not going anywhere anytime soon, AND it's getting faster. These boosters are also 5G ready.
4G LTE is expected to peak in 2030-2035. So... come back in a decade and ask the same question. We might have a different answer.
Need Help Finding the Right Signal Booster for Remote Areas?
Wilson Amplifiers is the leading provider of cell phone signal boosters. We hate dropped calls and poor coverage. It’s our goal to eliminate spotty signal, especially in remote, rural areas. If you have questions about our products or need help choosing the right one, call us at 1-800-568-2723 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
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