on July 21, 2016 James N
They amplify weak 3G & 4G LTE signals on the road, ending dropped calls, poor talk & text, and slow internet. By boosting your signal, you get better coverage, reliable service, and faster data speeds. Basically, everything you need your cell phone to do.
Both signal boosters are very popular units and are similar in terms of signal boosting performance.
However, there is one MAJOR difference between the two models.
The Drive 4G-X has maximum uplink power legally allowed by the FCC. Let's take a quick look:
As you've noticed, both models have the exact same downlink (download) speeds. However, the Drive 4G-X has a +3 dB (decibel) uplink on all 5 cellular frequency bands.
What does this mean?
Cell phone boosters reach in the distance in search of existing cell signal, pull them in, amplify them, then rebroadcast the enhanced signal inside your car.
The Drive 4G-X has double the uplink output compared to the Drive 4G-M.
In theory, it means it should have 2x the reach from outside antenna to the nearest cell tower. Real world results put it somewhere between 30-60% more reach than the Drive 4G-M. But remember, all results vary depending on outside signal and other outside factors.
Although both models download & amplify at the same power, if nearby cell towers are scarce in your area, then the Drive 4G-X is the better performer.
FYI, decibels are measured exponentially. So a +/- 1 dB gain or loss is quite a big deal. Here's a quick chart showing dB & power increase:
While both models are very good performers, the weBoost Drive 4G-X (Model: 470510) is best used for people living in the countryside, remote, rural or fringe areas, because cell tower distance is usually the biggest problem out there.
For people in the city and other urban & developed areas, the weBoost Drive 4G-M is more than enough to get a boosted signal. Learn more about both products below:
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