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3 Things you need to know before getting a signal booster:

1

The effectiveness of any booster depends on your outdoor signal strength. A cell phone signal booster 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 amplifier is.

Poor signal areas like off-the-grid and remote places might need a more powerful booster 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 amplifier.

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 booster you need will change depending on your square footage.

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

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

Best Cell Phone Boosters for Home

Cell phone boosters 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 to get, which is dependent on the outside signal and internal building material and layout.

Your guarantees:

Works for all 3G and 4G LTE cellular phones, any model.

Works for all US and Canadian carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, etc.

No monthly fees, no need to be connected to WiFi.

Your complete satisfaction: 30 days to see if there's better signal or money back guarantee.

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

Whole home

3G | 4G LTE 1,500 - 5,000 sq. ft.
$549.99
Number of Bars
Estimated Coverage
With 5 bars (-80dB) of outside signal
5,000 sq ft
With 3-4 bars (-90dB) of outside signal
3,000 sq ft
With 1-2 bars (-100 dB) of outside signal
1,000 sq ft

The weBoost Connect 4G (Model: 470103) has been the best selling home cell phone signal booster for several years in row. Over 1 out of every 2 weBoost home signal booster 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 booster is usually up to the task of covering a smaller home.

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Large Home Coverage (From 1,500 to 7,500 sq ft)
Up to 15,000 sq ft

Wilson Pro 70

Large Home

3G | 4G LTE 1,500 - 15,000 sq. ft.
$899. 99
Number of Bars
Estimated Coverage
With 5 bars (-80dB) of outside signal
15,000 sq ft
With 3-4 bars (-90dB) of outside signal
5,000 sq ft
With 1-2 bars (-100 dB) of outside signal
1,500 sq ft

The WilsonPro 70 is a commercial signal booster, but is currently deeply discounted by Wilson and is highly recommended for large homes.

For reference, the weBoost Connect 4G-X is the most powerful consumer home booster, but it only covers up to 7,500 sq ft while the WilsonPro 70 does 15,000 sq ft for the same price. Twice the coverage, same price. Yes, upgrade now.

It’ll provide 15,000 sq ft under optimal conditions. However, 5,000 sq ft to 10,000 sq ft sounds about right depending on the outside signal.

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

weBoost Home 4G

One room

3G | 4G LTE 200 - 1,500 sq. ft.
$399. 99
Number of Bars
Estimated Coverage
With 5 bars (-80dB) of outside signal
1,500 sq ft
With 3-4 bars (-90dB) of outside signal
750 sq ft
With 1-2 bars (-100 dB) of outside signal
200 sq ft

The weBoost Home 4G (Model: 470101) is the the cheapest home signal booster 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.

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Compare Popular Kits

Wilson weBoost Home 4G Cell Phone Booster Kit470101 Wilson weBoost Connect 4G Cell Phone Booster Kit470103 Wilson weBoost Connect 4G-X Cell Phone Booster Kit471104
$399. 99
$549. 99
$899. 99
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Ratings
Warranty
2 Years
2 Years
2 Years
- Boosting Performance
Coverage Area
1,500 sq. ft.
5,000 sq. ft.
7,500 sq. ft.
Max Gain (dB)
60
65
70

Best Cell Phone Boosters for Vehicles

Cell phone boosters for vehicles range from cars, trucks, RVs, boats to specialty vehicles. Vehicle signal boosters aren't as powerful as home boosters 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:

Works for all 3G and 4G LTE cellular phones, any model.

Works for all US and Canadian carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, etc.

No monthly fees, no need to be connected to WiFi.

Your complete satisfaction: 30 days to see if there's better signal or money back guarantee.

Two year warranty: anything happens, it gets fixed. No questions asked.

For Cars and Trucks
Our Pick

weBoost Drive 4G-X

Multiple users

The weBoost Drive 4G-X (Model: 470510) is the most powerful car signal booster 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-M 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.

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Good for Urban Areas

weBoost Drive 4G-M

Multiple users

The weBoost Drive 4G-M (Model: 470121 / Formerly: 470108) is a mid-level car signal booster 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 more cost-efficient performer in the city.

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Cradle Option

weBoost Drive Sleek

The weBoost Drive Sleek (Model: 470135) is an entry-level cradle-mount signal booster capable of boosting one phone at a 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.

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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 boosters. 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.

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For the Wanderers

weBoost Drive 4G-X RV

The weBoost Drive 4G-X RV (Model: 470410) is the most powerful in-vehicle signal booster 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 C or B RV, as it should cover most of the interior space boosting signal up to 4 phones. It works fairly well for Class A 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 booster 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.

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For Commercial Trucks
Our Pick

weBoost Drive 4G-X OTR

Truck edition

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

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.

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Cradle Option

weBoost Drive Sleek OTR

Commercial Truck

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

This kit pairs the weBoost Drive Sleek with a rugged, all-weather 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 in the driver or passenger seat while on the road.

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For Boats & Yachts
Our Pick

weBoost Drive 4G-X Marine Kit

Marine

The weBoost Drive 4G-X Marine Kit (Model: 470510-M) is the most powerful marine signal booster 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.

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Best Cell Phone Boosters for Business & Office

Cell phone boosters 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 signal booster provides depending on the outside signal.

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

Works for all 3G and 4G LTE cellular phones, any model.

Works for all US and Canadian carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, etc.

No monthly fees, no need to be connected to WiFi.

Remote monitoring available

Three year warranty

Commercial: Small Business
Up to 15,000 sq ft

Wilson Pro 70

Small Business

3G | 4G LTE 1,500 - 15,000 sq. ft.
$899. 99
Number of Bars
Estimated Coverage
With 5 bars (-80dB) of outside signal
15,000 sq ft
With 3-4 bars (-90dB) of outside signal
5,000 sq ft
With 1-2 bars (-100 dB) of outside signal
1,500 sq ft

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

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).

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Up to 25,000 sq ft

Wilson Pro 70 Plus

Business

3G | 4G LTE 5,000 - 25,000 sq. ft.
$1299. 99
Number of Bars
Estimated Coverage
With 5 bars (-80dB) of outside signal
25,000 sq ft
With 3-4 bars (-90dB) of outside signal
15,000 sq ft
With 1-2 bars (-100 dB) of outside signal
5,000 sq ft

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 amplifier. 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 booster does not overload. So we highly recommend this unit for city and urban centers rather than the Wilson Pro 70.

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Commercial: Enterprise
Up to 35,000 sq ft

Wilson Pro 1000/R

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

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

With a gain of up to +70 dB and +15 dB on the downlink –the highest available of any pre-approved cell phone booster 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 (rack model: 460237). It also comes in different customizations for different uses.

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

Wilson Pro 1000C (460242):A Wilson Pro 1000 with remote monitoring capabilities.

Wilson Pro 1050 (460230): A Wilson Pro 1000 with an in-line booster for longer cable runs.

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Up to 100,000 sq ft

Wilson Pro 4000/R

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

The Wilson Pro 4000 (Model: 460223) is the most powerful commercial signal booster on the market.

It is not just one signal booster but 4 boosters in a single unit capable of providing up to 100,000 sq ft under best conditions. Our Installers regularly see coverage ranging from 40,000 to 60,000 sq ft with customized plans and 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.

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M2M

Wilson Pro Signal 4G

The Wilson Pro Signal 4G (Model: 460119) is a signal booster 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.

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Venues

When it comes to venues 500,000 sq ft & up, it’s best to speak to a professional about design & installation options. Wilson Amplifiers provides free Floor Plan Analysis up to 75,000 sq ft and Turnkey Installation Service. Call 1-800-919-7442 to get in touch with one of our experts.

Public Safety

Public safety radio for first responders is a growing topic and a local requirement as more municipalities adopt NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) and IFC (International Fire Code) model codes requiring up to 95% two-way radio coverage for first responders during times of emergency.

Wilson Amplifiers Pro Install team are leading experts in public safety signal booster solutions and offer turnkey installations of public safety systems. Contact us at 1-800-919-7442 or email: pro@wilsonamplifiers.com for details.

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