Should I Get the weBoost Office 100 or Office 200?
weBoost has two specialized signal boosters for small and medium businesses (SMBs): the Office 100 and Office 200. They significantly enhance in-building cell coverage across all carriers, ensuring reliable cellular connectivity for all devices. Understanding their differences will help you choose the right unit for your unique business needs.
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First Things First, How are the Office 100 and Office 200 the Same?
Cellular devices and cell towers communicate using 5G/4G/LTE cellular frequency bands. Cell phone signal boosters are designed to boost certain frequencies for improved reception. Both weBoost for Business Office units work with major 4G/LTE and some 5G bands. If supported 5G frequencies aren't available in your area, you won’t experience improved 5G inside your office.
|Frequency Bands||Band 12 & 17||Band 13||Band 5||Band 25 & 2||Band 4|
|Uplink Frequencies||687-716 MHz||729-787 MHz||824-849 MHz||1850-1915 MHz||1710-1755 MHz|
|Downlink Frequencies||728-746 MHz||746-757 MHz||869-894 MHz||1930-1995 MHz||2110-2155 MHz|
We’ll discuss uplink and downlink later.
Impedance refers to how much resistance there is to the flow of electrical energy, measured in Ohms. Signal boosters come in 50 and 75 Ohms. Typically, 50 Ohm units are used in commercial spaces, while 75 Ohm units are used in homes. Though, this can vary. Depending on your business building, you have the option to choose between 50 and 75 Ohm across both Office units.
To ensure you receive the strongest signal for optimal coverage, a quality coaxial cable is a must. They feature lower signal loss when transmitting signals. Low-quality cable can result in unnecessary signal loss, which leads to unsatisfactory results.
The connectors on the amplifiers correlate with the type of coaxial cable needed to maintain the integrity of the system. 50 Ohm Office units are equipped with N-Female connectors and 75 Ohm units with F-Female connectors.
Both weBoost for Business Office signal boosters, like all other weBoost units, are FCC-certified.
|Office Signal Booster||FCC ID|
Office 100 and Office 200 Differences
The most noticeable difference is price. The Office 100 is $400 less than the Office 200. If you just want the most affordable SMB signal booster to improve your in-building cell coverage, the Office 100 is for you. However, there are reasons to justify the price difference.
The Office 100 and Office 200 are self-installed units. If you prefer a professionally installed signal booster, consider the Office 200 Installed. Though, it is much pricier and only available in 75 Ohms.
Upon receiving the unit, you’ll be able to schedule your installation as soon as the next day. A certified installer will take care of everything and ensure you get the most out of your unit.
Looking at the products side by side, it's obvious they look different. The only similarity is the location of the antenna connectors and the black color scheme.
The Office 100 is smaller, more simplistic, and has metal and plastic casing. Lightweight, you can easily mount the amplifier’s mounting bracket to the wall with command strips. For more security, you can also use screws. It has LED lights that allow you to monitor each supported frequency band’s performance.
The Office 200 is bulkier and has a metal casing with heat sink. Whether it be due to increased power or warm environments, it’s less likely to overheat. Triple the weight, the Office 200 amplifier needs a more secure installation. The exposed mounting flange at each corner allows you to easily secure it on any wall with screws. The LCD touch screen simplifies management, troubleshooting, and offers manual frequency band control.
|Unit||Dimensions||Weight||Amp Mounting Options||Management|
|Office 100||6 x 6 x 1.8 in||2.1 lbs||Wall Install with Command Strips or Screws||LED Light Indicators|
|Office 200||14.25 x 10.75 x 2.25 in||6.2 lbs||Wall Install with Screws||LCD Touch Screen|
Gain, measured in dB, represents up to how much the unit can boost your existing cell signal. The larger the number, the more boost your signal will receive.
Both the Office 100 and Office 200 feature up to +72 dB gain. It's the maximum allowed by the FCC for multi-carrier signal boosters. Though, gain varies across uplink and downlink bands.
- Uplink Frequency Bands – The frequencies used to transmit signals to a cell tower.
- Downlink Frequency Bands – The frequencies used to receive signals from a cell tower.
The following charts show uplink and downlink gain test results provided by weBoost. Testing was done under mostly optimal conditions. Actual results will vary depending on your signal environment.
|Uplink & Downlink Frequency Bands||Office 100 Uplink Gain(dB)||Office 200 Uplink Gain (dB)||Uplink Test Difference (dB)||Office 100 Downlink Gain (dB)||Office 200 Downlink Gain (dB)||Downlink Test Difference(dB)|
|700 MHz (Band 12, 17)||61||63.5||2.5||61.1||60.7||.4|
|700 MHz (Band 13)||62||61.8||.2||59.6||60.8||1.2|
|850 MHz (Band 5)||60.4||61.9||1.5||62.3||62.7||.4|
|1700 MHz (Band 4)||70.2||71.2||1||65.2||65.9||.7|
|1900 MHz (Band 2, 25)||69.5||69.9||.4||62.3||63.5||1.2|
|Uplink & Downlink Frequency Bands||Office 100 Max Uplink Gain (dB)||Office 200 Max Uplink Gain (dB)||Max Uplink Difference (dB)||Office 100 Max Downlink Gain (dB)||Office 200 Max Downlink Gain (dB)||Max Downlink Difference (dB)|
|700 MHz (Band 12, 17)||63.5||63.5||0||63.5||63.8||.3|
|700 MHz (Band 13)||64.4||64.4||0||64.4||64||.4|
|850 MHz (Band 5)||64.9||64.9||0||64.9||65.4||.5|
|1700 MHz (Band 4)||71||71.3||.3||71||72.4||1.4|
|1900 MHz (Band 2, 25)||72||72||0||72||73.1||1.1|
From the charts, we can see that the Office 200 offers more gain across most uplink and downlink bands. While small, dB is a logarithmic unit, meaning that the difference is significant, especially if your signal is weak. For example, a 3 dB gain means twice the signal amplification.
Uplink and downlink output powers, measured in dBm, denote the amount of power the booster uses to deliver signals.
- Uplink Output Power – Expresses the amount of power used to communicate with your nearest cell tower. A higher uplink means the booster can reach cell towers located farther.
- Downlink Output Power – Expresses the amount of power used to communicate with cellular devices inside your business. A higher downlink means the booster can provide wider coverage.
The Office 100 features up to 25.8 dBm uplink and 12.9 dBm downlink. The Office 200, on the other hand, has a max uplink of 25 dBm and downlink of 15.3 dBm. Just like gain, power will vary across bands.
|Frequency Band||Office 100 Uplink Power (dBm)||Office 200 Uplink Power (dBm)||Uplink Difference (dBm)||Office 100 Downlink Power (dBm)||Office 200 Downlink Power (dBm)||Downlink Power Difference (dBm)|
|700 MHz (Band 12, 17)||25.6||24||1.6||13.6||15.1||1.5|
|700 MHz (Band 13)||25.2||24||1.2||13.3||15.1||1.8|
|850 MHz (Band 5)||25.8||25||.8||12.7||15.3||2.8|
|1700 MHz (Band 4)||25.2||25||.2||12.9||15.2||2.3|
|1900 MHz (Band 2, 25)||25.2||25||.2||12.5||15.2||2.7|
The Office 100 slightly outperformed the Office 200 in uplink power. So, the Office 100 may be a better option for businesses who need a little bit more reach to the nearest tower. Though, pairing the Office 200 with a more powerful outdoor antenna can help yield better uplink results for more reach.
The Office 200 is more powerful when it comes to downlink power. This makes it a better option for businesses wanting a larger coverage area. Using a directional indoor antenna with the Office 100 might slightly improve downlink.
Actual uplink and downlink output powers will vary depending on your signal situation and antennas used.
It's no surprise the Office 200 offers more coverage than the Office 100. Under optimal conditions, with a single indoor antenna, the Office 200 can cover up to 12,000 sq ft, and the Office 100 up to 8,000 sq ft.
To maximize coverage, each unit can support up to four indoor antennas. With such a setup, you can get up to 35,000 sq ft of coverage with the Office 200 and up to 25,000 sq ft with the Office 100.
Actual coverage will vary depending on your existing signal strength.
|Outside Signal Strength||Office 100 Estimated Coverage with 1 Antenna||Office 100 Estimated Coverage with 4 Antennas|
|5 Bars (-40 to –70 dB)||Up to 8,000 Sq. Ft.||Up to 25,000 Sq. Ft.|
|4-5 Bars (-70 to –80 dB)||Up to 6,400 Sq. Ft.||Up to 20,000 Sq. Ft.|
|3-4 Bars (-85 to –95 dB)||Up to 4,800 Sq. Ft.||Up to 15,000 Sq. Ft.|
|2-3 Bars (-95 to –105 dB)||Up to 3,200 Sq. Ft.||Up to 10,000 Sq. Ft.|
|1-2 Bars (-105 to –115 dB)||Up to 1,600 Sq. Ft.||Up to 5,000 Sq. Ft.|
|No Signal (-120 dB)||No Coverage||No Coverage|
|Outside Signal Strength||Office 200 Estimated Coverage with 1 Antenna||Office 200 Estimated Coverage with 4 Antennas|
|5 Bars (-40 to –70 dB)||Up to 12,000 Sq. Ft.||Up to 35,000 Sq. Ft.|
|4-5 Bars (-70 to –80 dB)||Up to 9,600 Sq. Ft.||Up to 28,000 Sq. Ft.|
|3-4 Bars (-85 to –95 dB)||Up to 7,200 Sq. Ft.||Up to 21,000 Sq. Ft.|
|2-3 Bars (-95 to –105 dB)||Up to 4,800 Sq. Ft.||Up to 14,000 Sq. Ft.|
|1-2 Bars (-105 to –115 dB)||Up to 2,400 Sq. Ft.||Up to 7,000 Sq. Ft.|
|No Signal (-120 dB)||No Coverage||No Coverage|
The Office 200 is ideal for mid-size businesses who want wall-to-wall coverage and have strong outside signal. It’s also a great option for small businesses who also want wall-to-wall coverage but have weaker outside signal. For small offices with strong outside signal and large homes with weak outside signal, the Office 100 may be a better choice.
If your business has strong outside signal, but terrible indoor signal, boosters may pick up too much signal and overload. Depending on the severity, the Office 100 will automatically reduce gain or shut down across some or all bands. This leads to interrupted connectivity, which isn’t ideal. To resolve overload issues, you’d have to adjust your outside antenna or integrate an attenuator. The latter decreases the amount of signal received across all bands. So, if only one band is overloading, you risk decreasing performance.
The Office 200 features Extended Dynamic Range (XDR) Technology. It automatically adjusts the unit's gain when any change in outside signal is detected without shutting down. On a clear day when the signal is strong, some bands may operate with reduced gain. When it’s raining or there’s a lot of interference affecting signal strength, the booster instantly adds gain to the affected bands. With XDR tech, your business will continuously receive the best signal and coverage.
All signal booster kits include one outdoor antenna and at least one indoor antenna. We have Omni-Directional/Dome antenna bundle as well as a Yagi/Panel antenna bundle for both units.
- Omni-Directional/Dome Bundle – Includes an omni-directional outdoor antenna and an indoor dome antenna. This setup receives and rebroadcasts signal in every direction. These antennas aren’t as powerful as directional ones. We recommend this kit for businesses with strong outside signal.
- Yagi/ Panel Bundle – Includes a Yagi outdoor antenna and an indoor panel antenna. Both antennas are directional, meaning they send and receive signal in one direction. With this setup, the booster can reach further towers and rebroadcast a stronger signal where you need it most. We recommended this kit for businesses with moderate to weak signal. If used in strong, good-quality signal environments, the booster may operate at reduced gain.
The Yagi/Panel bundles are identical. However, the dome antennas included in the kits are different. The Office 200 comes with a low-profile dome antenna, while the one included with the Office 100 is a standard model.
The advantage of the low-profile dome is that it's stronger by 2 dBi (gain for antennas), and more discreet. Using the hard ceiling mounting bracket, it can be installed on almost any ceiling. With the standard dome, you’d need access to the space above the ceiling.
weBoost Office 100 or weBoost Office 200? Which is Best for My Business?
Which Office unit is best for you is the golden question. It all depends on your existing signal, signal coverage goals, and budget. Here is a side-by-side of each unit's advantages to help you make an educated decision.
|weBoost for Business Office 100||weBoost for Business Office 200|
With higher gain, better downlink power, more coverage, and XDR technology, the Office 200 is the best option for small to medium businesses. You’ll be able to cover most of your office with reliable signal without worrying about interruptions due to signal overload. For more coverage, see how the Office 200 compares to the WilsonPro 1300 and 4300. If you don’t need as much coverage, or just want something more affordable, the Office 100 is still a great option.
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