HiBoost 4K Smart Link

hiboost 4k smart link review

The Real Martian:

Now we’re kind of increasing the electronic leash, if you will but it’s for good reason. Good morning Mission Control. It is Friday, May 22nd. It is a beautiful day here on the homestead. I’m feeling good. God has blessed us. I hope God has blessed you. I hope you’re having a great day and I hope you’re all safe. Hey, I want to talk to you today about a problem that I’ve had, that I now have a solution for. We live out in the middle of nowhere. You see behind me, we’re way out here. And what does that mean? It means we have really bad cell service. In the house, I have a Wilson electronics. I’ve had it for years now. Amplifier, repeater for cell phone it’s professional grade. You can’t buy the cheap stuff when you’re out here. It just doesn’t work. I’ve tried, I’ve tried everything. You can’t use internet repeater. Some of you might be thinking, why don’t you use internet? It’s because the internet sucks. You don’t have an option. You gotta pay. If you want to play, you gotta pay. 

So today I’m headed out to the shop because the repeater that we have in house, it works, it bumps up the signal by quite a few DB, almost like 10/20 DB, which is enough to give us cell service and even LTE. So we can actually do some streaming through our phones but out the shop, the repeater only covers the house. So I have no service, no real service at the shop. And once you go in the metal building, right there, service totally sucks. In fact, it goes to zero. So I actually reached out to a company and we’re going to be talking about their stuff today because I’m going to get an install put together and actually see about solving this problem. Welcome out to the shop. And here is our solution totally up front. This product was sent to me after I reached out to them and said, Hey, I got a problem. Just like I told you guys. So this just happens to be a product that’s solving a problem I have. We’re not doing like a, here’s a random thing and there’s no point to this video other than for me doing a product review, which is what a lot of people think I do. But no I actually try to only do product reviews of products that I actually want or need like the flashlight that I did. I needed a good flashlight. So I did a product review. 

Hey, if you got it use it, and today we are going to be doing a unboxing and installation of this. First, just starting off, very well packaged very excited about getting this all set up. So we need to kind of take some measurements on the phone service before we get going. So let’s look at that real quick. This is the only place in the shop where I get service, which is right next to the door, literally like 12 inches away from the door and what we have here is a LTE discovery. It’s the app that I use previously to measure everything. And right now we’ve got basically we’re on 3G and we have a -104 DB on that and for EVDO, which is a non network type written -107 DB. We don’t have any LTE, it just went to -105. So-105 DB, -102DB. Those are going to be our baseline values for this installation. We’ll see how well it changes. I’m very, very, unhopeful of how well this is gonna work. Again, I have a Wilson electronics, which is actually, you know what I think Wilson electronics is now owned by Sorenson Capital and high boost is part of the haptic optic family of product. So these are competitors. So I’m excited to see how they do. They’re both professional grade devices as you’ll see. So one of the things that is boasted about on this particular product is it’s quality of components. Let’s open it the right way here. So they’re claiming industrial grade components and having had things that aren’t industrial grade, we should feel it pretty easily. The Wilson is a standard going forward. Here is probably what the indoor, yeah, this is probably an indoor antenna, t has good connectors on it. Not the small little guys and it feels good. It’s nice and strong. Here’s the unit itself well packaged and yeah, you can feel it’s like aluminum. Yeah. I mean, that’s really nice. That’s actually nicer than a Wilson, that’s that’s way nicer. And it has a digital display, which the Wilson doesn’t so you kinda, you don’t even really know what’s going on with the Wilson here. We got, Jeff took half the stuff over. So it’s a little messy in there, not their fault, my fault. 

Here’s the outdoor antenna, which is much larger than the Wilson one. And it’s directional, which is great. Cause the Wilson one came with an AMI, which I think they’ve upgraded. So I don’t, that’s not a slight on Wilson. I’m just saying that’s the one it came with. I think they have a directional kit now that you can get, but this is our outdoor directional, which we absolutely need in this location, power cable, Mount antenna, or adapter outdoor Mount, you’ve got some Velcro and some stickiness here, some more mounts and stuff or mounts and stuff. And then deep down, we’ve got the cable. So we got the cable, it runs 50 feet, 30 feet. So that should be enough for us to do what we need to do. Make a flat surface and just collect so much stuff. Well, there’s all of our goodies. It’s looking nice so far. I got it all organized here. So we’ve got cables, outdoor or indoor and outdoor antenna, the main unit itself, it’s antenna, power cables and all the mount stuff. And then here are the instructions, which as you can see, I’ve never opened before. So it’s time for me to read. Smart booster must be strategically placed. 

Before you really get going with everything. You really kind of got to do a site survey and figure out where the best place to Mount everything is right over to your right is our wifi extender. Now wifi operates on about the 2.4, this wifi offers and the 2.4 gigahertz frequency. This particular, the cell phone service I have is at 1900 megahertz. It’s CDMA technology. Now this particular, amplifier will work for every type of cell phone that’s out there. But I specifically am looking for that 1900 megahertz as well as the LTE frequency, which is a way from the 2.4 gigahertz, but it’s not really far away. And what that means is we don’t really want to put an antenna next to another antenna because you can get interference and it’ll screw up your wifi and it’ll screw up your cell service. So you do want to keep away from your wifi now, depending on what service you have, what frequency your phones operate on. I can tell you that for us, if we turn wifi on, we lose LTE. So I know it’s very close as far as its band goes. 

So what we’re going to do is we’re actually going to be going up here with it, which I don’t want to do, because I hate going up high. I really, really hate going up high. I really don’t like it, but before we can get that all done and we actually need to go make a pole to put it on. So let’s get inside. It is cold out here today. My goodness let’s get inside and go make a pole. I just happened to have some old tubes stuck here. Let us make it flatter. I love this vice total, this whole work bench from the neighbors. Awesome. Thank you again, Cody. So you might be wondering what we were are we trying to accomplish with this post? I think its kind of obvious, but here is our directional antenna that goes outdoors. This is the mounting bracket that goes on it. You clamp. 

This allows us to rotate it so that we can change its orientation and make it beautiful. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to mount now we can mount this up top and then we can put this all in it and we need to bring some holes through the building. Well let’s go look at everything first. Make sure we do this nice. We’re also getting that 20 foot separation. Well, my wifi repeater is causing all sorts of problems here with this particular setup. No fault of the company. And by causing problems, I don’t have this thing turned on yet obviously, but that wifi repeater is in a really nice spot, which this would be good in as well. And every other spot that I could put this thing in the barn in order to get the maximum coverage of the repeater or of this thing, ll probably either one interfere with the wireless repeater or two it will have a bunch of metal between it and the wireless repeater or have a bunch of metal between, excuse me, the transmission directional antenna and the tower. 

So my particular location is a little bit tricky. So I’m deciding that I’m going to go ahead and follow the instructions. I’m going to do a soft set up. I’m actually going to set, I’m just going to go outside with this thing, get this thing all hooked up and connect the internal antenna as well, set it all up and then see how everything changes and we’ll go from there. So I have the outdoor antenna outside with the metal door shut because if you open the metal door, then you get you’ll get signal. The metal is what really stops everything. And I have the antenna indoor antenna all the way up at the top of the barn. Now this antenna can be mounted to the wall. In fact, the instructions say Mount it to the wall, but I’m having a hard time doing just that, because I really need like all this area to have coverage. The best place to accomplish that amount of coverage is to mount it all the way in the back and point it this way. But I’m not certain we have enough length to do that. So we need to play around with it. But right now it’s up there and I actually have four bars of LTE now, whereas before I had none. So as far as does it work? The answer is yes, as bandit would say, or bandit is probably just saying, feed me, let’s go play. And right now, remember before we didn’t have any LTE and I’m using LTE discovery and we’re sitting at -108DB, -107DB of LTE service.

I made a phone call. I made two phone calls actually, once I turned it on the phone rang, as you know, it’s still a [inaudible]. You want to be able to communicate with people, but sometimes you don’t want to be communicated with, you know what I’m saying? And now we’re kind of increasing the electronic leash if you will. But it’s for a good reason. Yeah. I’m standing right here underneath of it. And I’m getting a four bars of LTE. I’ve downloaded their app and it is Bluetooth. The only problem with the app is that I can’t go too far away from the receiver. So that’s tough for me, but four bars of LTE in here, let me go in the office and see what that looks like. So I made another phone call from in here as well. And here I have three bars at LTE, which makes sense because we have all this stuff in between. I’m at -109 DB, -110DB of signal strength. So that’s really not much and it just jumped up to four bars there of LTE. And what that means is I’m now able to make phone calls and not have to put everything. I can take my phone holder down and I can have a desktop phone holder if you will. 

Let’s walk around the barn a little bit more and see how it works. We’re moving away from it now, -100 DB, -101DB, I mean I’m getting I’m in the side lobes of that antenna now and I’m getting really, Oh, they’re just dropped. Okay. But either way I didn’t have service period. Remember we’re on EVDO network or the CDMA, sorry for the alphabet soup. I didn’t make it up. These are just the different network types. There was no signal here at all. And now we have signal, not just signal, but we have LTE signal. I can stream. This is how the antenna is set up. Needs to be high, way, way high. I’m already super stoked. You remember, remember I have a Wilson. This is already outperforming the Wilson. Just hands down, just in this configuration, just laying on the ground. 

It’s outperforming and the indoor antenna is superior to the Wilson indoor antenna. Just so much stronger way, better power. The unit’s way easier to use. Definitely, definitely am a fan of this so far, but now I got to get this thing mounted up and route all this cable. And honestly, that’s hurting my head right now. Cause there’s no real easy way to do it. You might be wondering, hey, this guy might be completely full of it. There is two bars of Roam here outside, zero LTE. We’re back to -92 DB on the EVDO, the CDMA network. And we have -97 DB of 3G essentially. There we go. Ran it inside here. This one piece of metal is actually loose. The wind blew it loose last winter and it needed to be fixed anyway. So I kind of killed two birds with one stone here did actually move this over next to the wifi transmitter receiver, and sure enough, it did interfere and we lost signal strength of both systems so needed to keep it as far away as I could. This is as far away as I can get it without putting a big metal building in front of it. I could have moved this all the way to the back of the barn. 

But if I would have done that, then there’d be this huge metal building out in front and that would screw up radio wave, which comes out with a giant center node in 360. I’m going to sneeze. It comes out with a big bubble that, which is, you know, like this. And then it has side lobes that go all the way around it like a flower, like a flower, right? And if I were to put that metal building right in front, it would screw up that signal. You really want your antenna to have no obstruction in front of them. We are upstairs now up above the shop, the office. I think I’m going to call it the office because it’s really, really pretty darn nice actually. All right. 

What we need to do now, I’ve decided I’m gonna mount it right here. Very clear. There we go. Look at that fanciness. Okay. Go like this. You can see this wall. A subscriber actually donated plywood. I just haven’t had time yet to come in here, because I have to move all this stuff out and finish up this wall. And then it’ll be really super nice up here. So we’ve got to get to that cause that’s awfully nice that somebody donated plywood to the project here. Thanks again. This is turning out really, really nice up here. I cannot wait to get the loading bench put in, got the bench here, but I don’t have the loading equipment. I got to learn how to use it all and get it all put up here. But the lights are great. Storage is great. It’s nice and warm up here. Heat rises. Yay. Love physics. And I got my window, man. 

If we get this set up just right. I could even be streaming video up here. I could come out here, man. Unlimited Potential! Well folks, I want to be honest. This is the part I super duper don’t like, alright, I’m going up on the ladder right now. So do not reply to this. I don’t want to be freaked out while I’m up there and have a heart attack and fall. Again, don’t reply. I’ll let you know when I’m down. My hands are super sweaty right now. I don’t like doing it, but I have to do it. It has to be done. So now what I was saying, don’t reply. Cause I’m up high on a ladder, but that didn’t matter. Anyway, With this particular antenna placement, I’m not sure we’ve we might get some interference from this guy here, the fluorescent, but I like this mounting location. 

So now what I need to do is go turn this all on and take our measurements. So let’s get our before measurements right here. I have no service at all. None, no CDMA, no text, no talk, nothing. We are completely without service. Which is the norm. So you can see earlier when we came out here and we had four bars of LTE, we were rocking around. Oh, it just grabbed a little bit. It grabbed -105DB on voice and then just lost it. So let’s go crank it on and see what happens. Just grabbed LTE and we’re at negative, whoa, we’ve got Holy cow, we’ve got 97 DB. Oh my goodness guys. This is the best. Look at that. That is superior. Oh, that means the mounting and everything is rocking. Let’s go in the office and check it out. Four bars of service right here, three. That makes sense, because we’re inside. And we went from that 97 DB down to -109DB, but that’s for 108DB. That’s four bars at LTE. I could not make a call from in here. It’s HD quality. Hey there, can you hear me? Hey. Wow. You are like super clear. I’ve got you. You’re on YouTube right now, by the way. And we’re calling you from my office out here where I used to not have any service. How do I sound?

Female Caller:

You are coming through really loud, but it’s a little bit fuzzy, but Oh my goodness. I can’t believe that we’re talking like this, before I couldn’t even understand the words that you were saying.

The Real Martian:

Yeah, I got HD plus call quality. I can hear you. You sound perfect.

Female Caller:

Wow. Yeah, you’re cutting out a little bit, but pretty darn good, babe. I’ll take it.

The Real Martian:

Alright. Talk to you later. Alright. Well there you have it boss approved. I don’t even know what HD calling is. Yeah. I have no idea what HD calling is, but obviously it’s a really, really good. And I’m all the way out here. Let’s walk out here. The Wilson, you basically have to be like standing right in front of the -95 back here. You have 95. Wow. I got full service here. This is unbelievable. Unbelievable. I highly recommend this product so far. I have nothing but good things to say about this product. I gotta finish that up there and get those wires all tucked in. So let’s do that and continue this conversation. Hi guys even appear at -104DB so I’m right in the side lobes of that antenna. This is really truly a game changer. Just truly amazing. Okay five bars. 

Well in this deal, I really hope that I would just get something equivalent to what we have up at the house. We got something way better than that. This system from HiBoost, I cannot recommend enough. As far as its initial install and set up and all that goes, it is the same level of complexity as any of these, really. This one does have automatic systems inside of it to where you don’t necessarily have to control the gain too much. There are ways that you can go in and edit this. It does have the ability to change some of its settings. My Wilson, you have to go in there manually change and then if you get overlap and a whole bunch of weird RF stuff that can happen where it interferes with itself and a whole bunch of issues can occur. This doesn’t have any of that. Honestly, I want one of these for my house. I do. I want to just completely remove the Wilson and put these in. 

Now what I don’t know what I mean, cause I’ve just installed it. I don’t know how long it’s going to last. The Wilson has lasted for years. You just turn it on and it goes. I presume this is going to be the same. It’s constructed very, very well it’s high grade aluminum that they use to build that frame. Really good components. I mean, as far as like the antenna, they’re the same quality as what I’ve seen in Wilson. Wilson, by the way, it’s kind of a, what do they call it. Pro-sumer type of grade, you know, almost a professional grade equipment and that’s where this is going to be at. But getting this in your house, if you live out where we live, this is almost like, you have to do it. In fact, I’m gonna go tell my other neighbor about this, you’ve got to have this. I’m not just saying that because they send it to me. 

I’m saying it because I want one up at the house because I’ve been fussing with this problem for years. For years, I’ve been playing around with how to get good cell phone service and get good internet. I’m really curious to know how our internet would play along with this. We use sprint as our cell phone provider. This works with AT & T, Verizon, US Cellular, Srint, T-Mobile, all of them, it works with all of them. It’s not just based on your carrier. Carriers like AT & T you can call them and they’ll give you a internet wifi extender. Sprint, give you an internet, wifi extender, which just uses your internet. That doesn’t work up here because we don’t have internet. This is the only way to go. And this is working so much better than the one we have at the house that I would love to see how our Sprint hotspot, which Sprint has the best deals on hotspots for $60, you get a hundred gigabytes. 

That’s un-heard of for hotspots. And we can use that. And I am really curious to see how well it performs with this system. And if I bring it out here, basically everything is served from up at the house right now. So the shop here, the site, the house, all the internet is served through the house. If I reverse that now, you know what? I still have a weak spot because I’m sending RF up there. Yeah. So we better have one of these up at the house and serve it that way. Still that’s the best way to do it, but Oh my goodness. So happy with this. The LCD screen is really nice. So you can see what’s going on there. You can immediately see the signal changes as soon as I turned it on down here and turned it on up there. You can see the signals different. The app is cool. You can go on and it helps you do the pointing. The only problem with the app is you gotta be within 20, 30 feet of the actual unit itself, which sometimes that’s difficult to do, especially when you’ve got 80 feet of wire to play with. So you should be able to be up at 80 feet. Probably if you went on wifi, you could do that but Bluetooth, it doesn’t it doesn’t work all that well. So, but I knew where to point since I already did all that work, totally lapsed time on this project was about four hours and I had two interruptions where I had to go to the neighbor’s house, take care of some stuff down there, as well as helping Mrs. Marshall out with some things just momentarily. But the majority of the time was spent going around the barn shop, trying to figure out where the best place was to mount it and knowing where I needed to point it to, and then playing around with the soft setup, which is where I just had it kind of strung out and making sure it was gonna work. 

Once I decided where to put it, it went together very, very quickly. But I spent majority of that time reading the instructions and just figuring out where to put it. So if you knew where you wanted to put yours already, or if you’re limited in where you could put it I think you could probably get this thing installed in an hour easy, but it took me a while, because those interruptions and just really thinking through everything. Totally, totally happy with it. I cannot recommend this enough. I hope this video gets out to people, tat are just like me, that, you know, you need cell phone service. Here, I’m in a big, giant metal building with five bars of LTE right now. Amazing. 

Let’s watch Star Trek Enterprise. It’s been a long road getting from there to here. Oh, there it is. Advertisements up. It just keeps giving me advertisements every time. But anyway, I was even streaming YouTube. Look at this YouTube. You guys don’t, you don’t understand because 10 ADP, I don’t get to watch videos in 10 ADP. Amazing. I have to have one of these. Wow. What I really want to ask them is if I could get an outdoor antenna and extend outdoor between the house and here. Oh my goodness gracious. Would that be fantastic! Because we have our family reunion here every year. And if I could get coverage out there, everyone can be on LTE service, which, hey, let’s face it. That’s a big deal these days, kids, they want to be on the phone and all the devices and stuff. So, Oh my goodness. I want to say thank you to HiBoost for sending this to us. I am, I am extremely grateful. I am. You don’t understand. You’ve enabled my business out here. You’ve enabled me to do business. So thank you. 

I think that means something to everybody. You’ve made a good product. Very good product. That’s working extremely well and time will tell how great it is, but I have no reason to expect that your product is going to be anything but a superb. It’s all mounted up. Everything’s out of sight, out of mind and should never have to touch it again. So, Im very excited about this. I hear my five o’clock alarm is going off. So it is five o’clock somewhere. And that is here. Before I forget, we have one last thing to do. Come with me. I’m going to need this. No need for my cell phone holder anymore. I think I need a 3D print, a new cell phone holder out here, but it doesn’t have to go there. It gets to go on the desk now. So thanks again for following along. Really appreciate it. Thanks again for HiBoost for sending us this kit. So that we could put it together and make everything better out here. Thank you so much for that. You guys know where to follow us at. You can follow us on Patreon and feel like support what we’re doing in the meantime. This is The Real Martian. Out.

WeBoost Home Complete Review – 2020

Transcribed from this video

Hey everybody, it’s Craig here and I’m here today to talk about the, We Boost Home Complete. It’s a new product from We Boost, it’s a cell phone booster and I’ve used their products before and they’re wonderful. And they asked me to test their product here in Gunnison, Colorado. So, where I am is in the middle of nowhere on a hundred-acre ranch. And the property that you see behind me is a little bit over 5,000 square feet. And if you can see in the background over there, I have a power shed. And so, the reason why I’m excited to try out the Home Complete is because though we have a cell phone booster for the bulk of the property, one area that we really need it is in the power shed. We had a lightning strike; we’ve had a system failure and it’s a complicated system that you need phone support in order to really get the job done right.

We’re not going to get any service techs out here without four-wheel drive and without a big set of cajones. So, the best option that we have is to do the work ourselves, while we’re on the phone with our service techs walking us through the process. And so, the biggest problem that we’ve had thus far is that we don’t get cell service in that power shed. So what we want to try with this Home Complete with an expanded footprint as to how it works and where it works is install it in the main house and expand the coverage into the power shed to really boost our ability to live and survive out here. So, we’re excited to try the product and excited to show you how we do the install. How we test the product and then just give you some raw feedback as to how it actually works. So, let’s go in, I’ll give you a couple different vantage points of what we’re actually working with there. And then we’ll get to the install.

I wanted to give everybody just a 360-degree view of the property to truly give a sense that we are in the middle of nowhere. And at present, if I were to put on my phone, I would probably only have one bar of 3G oscillating to one bar of 1X. So, we’re truly in the middle of nowhere. We’ve got very few neighbors, we’ve got no year-round neighbors, so there’s no incentive for any significant cell phone tower development. So, the We Boost is really our only option to get the service that we need in order to do the work that we need to do.

This is an important angle for me to show you because this is actually what got me excited about the new product, the Home Complete from We Boost. So, you can see that I have a power shed, I have solar panels that are rotating and then you have the house in the background. So, the challenge that we have for example, is that right now the rotating solar panels, which track are supposed to track with the sun, they’re not operating. We’ve got a capable crew here that are able to fix those things. But we do need guidance from the service techs that manufactured the rotation system. So, we need to be able to call them and act in real time with their instructions. Also, I need to be able to get into that power shed and manage some of the operations in there under the guidance of the service techs, the phone techs And I can’t do that right now, even with the We Boost 4G connect that we have in the main house, we’ve got zero signal here. So, it’s going to be really, really exciting to see when we install the Home Complete, whether we have access to phone signal here and it will be a game changer for us.

Right now, I’m inside the power shed. We’ve got a charge controller, we’ve got inverters. We have a control panel right here that allows us to do the programming and we have a whole mess of other hardware issues in here. So this is where I need to be able to be on the phone with a service tech to make sure that I’m routing the 1.21 gigawatts of power that we got going through this baby, in the right way to not blow things up or to just properly operate. And this is a complicated, menu driven system, which is a rabbit hole and challenging to really figure out what the options are. So, having phone support here is absolutely critical to being able to stay out here all year round, which is what we are trying to do, which is what we are doing. But we’d like to be able to do it in more comfort than less comfort.

This is another important angle to take in. So right now, I am facing the power shed, my back is to where the signal is actually coming from. So, what we need to do when we’re installing this, is install the antenna on the other side of this work shed, which is attached to the main house. So, the key is to install the antenna in the best location where you’re going to capture a signal, and then you run the other machinery to create the circumference essentially of the cell phone boosted area. So, the goal will be to install the antenna on top of this shed, to capture the best signal possible and then route the equipment into the power shed to give us cell signal within the work shed. And then all the way into the power shed. And just as a side note, you could see some snowmobiles over here. 

This is a snowmobile only in and out location. You can’t get here five months out of the year if you don’t have a snowmobile. We’ve got a razor right back there because there’s definitely a lot of locations, even with some nice trucks, you’re not going to get to where you need to go. So, can’t emphasize enough that we are in the middle of nowhere. This is the kind of product that we absolutely need. We Boost, hasn’t let us down before and so we’re excited to try the We Boost Home Complete product here, and let you know how it works out.

One more vantage point that I wanted to give you, I’m on the deck of the house, the main house right now. And right now, I have the camera pointed in the direction of where the signal is coming from. And so, our goal is to get signal from the apex of the work shed, the garage, which you can see up there. So, we are going to install the antenna approximately in that location where I’m confident we’ll be capturing the strongest cell phone signal possible from that point. And then we’ll route all the other hardware, the cell phone booster and the inside antenna down toward the power shed. So, this is one more interesting angle, as you’re evaluating your own situation and trying to learn from how we did it. Again, if I turn 90 degrees, I’m looking in the direction of where our strongest signal comes from. I know that that point up there is going to grab that signal well and that’s the signal that’s going to be boosted and hopefully generate a strong signal between within the space of the work shed down to that power shed.

All right, I want to show you what’s actually in the box when you receive the Home Complete system from, We Boost. There’s a nice installation overview on the side of the box and it also gives you the list of the package content, so as you pull it out you can check that which is a really nice service. So, you’ve got a 60-foot coaxial cable, you’ve got a 75-foot coaxial cable, installation guide and other associated paperwork. Right here, I have the indoor antenna, so this’ll go on the inside with the corresponding hardware cords and the corresponding cables in order to attach it to the different gear. You also have nice stickers that correspond to the step of the process. So, this is the outside antenna which they indicate is step two, and then you open it up and a nicely packaged antenna with the corresponding hardware as well as the cables inside. Miscellaneous cable clips and other gear that you might need in order to fix the various components, to the sides of the house or the inside walls.

And then you actually have the booster itself. So, you have the two antennas which have the booster connecting in between them. So, the outside antenna will go on the outside, you’ll have one of the coaxial cables running into the booster, and then you’ll have the other coaxial cable running out of the booster to the inside antenna. And that creates the circumference if you will, of your area of cell phone boosting. And again when I used their products before and I’ve both their vehicle products as well as a smaller home product, I saw my signal increase from one bar 3G one bar of 1X, um, all the way up to a consistent two to three, if not four bars of LTE. So very, very excited to get this installed. Show you how it is installed and show you how it works.

All right, I had to call an Audible and record one more clip, and I’m doing that for my car, so excuse the low quality. But before moving into showing you our install, it was important to let you guys know a few things. So first, the process and the instructions laid out by We Boost is really clear, straightforward and foolproof. When followed step by step. I needed to say that up front because the install I’m about to show you is not conventional or by the book. When one lives off grid with unique circumstances and goals, one often needs to improvise. Also, my partner in crime, my MacGyver is not a follow the instructions kind of guy. So that said, what you’re going to see in both process and results is really how robust the We Boost Home Complete System is. We pushed this product far beyond what the specifications indicate, and the results are outstanding. So, I have absolute confidence if your situation is more conventional than ours and you follow the step by step instructions, the Home Complete will really satisfy all your phone boosting needs. But again, what you’re going to see from us is something a little bit different. We had to improvise, but the results are outstanding. We’re really psyched with the product; we’re really psyched for the results. So, onto the install.

That’s amazing. I mean that much juice; I have solid signal. I wonder how far we can go with it. I mean it’s ringing perfectly. Hey dad, how are you? I’m calling you from my generator shed. We just finished putting in a signal booster. So, I’m literally standing inside of my generator shed at the panels. The We Boost Home Complete. I’m using the We Boost Home Complete System and it works flawlessly. You should tell all of his friends to use it to, yes just wanted to actually make a phone call off from here and have it connected with you.

This is stunning. No ringing. This is absolutely stunning that we have cell phone signal. So, here’s the power shed, the initial antenna, the outside antenna is on the other side of that work shed, which is huge power shed, and we’ve got full signal out here. This is absolutely, absolutely stunning. We Boost, We Boost Home Complete, cannot speak highly enough of it.

Quick Easy Tricks To Improve Your Cell Phone Signal

Cell phone signal is something that almost all of us take for granted, but nothing is more frustrating than losing that signal. When your phone doesn’t have that signal it becomes an extremely expensive selfie machine.

Unfortunately, you can’t even post that selfie because you can’t connect without 3G or 4G coverage.

 

Woman frustrated by a cell phone.

 

Not only are you not connected to the internet, but you’re also unable to send texts, take calls, shoot out emails, and getting more frustrated by the second.

While this can maddening when you’re on the go it is absolutely unacceptable when you’re at home. There’s nothing worse than paying for a service and receiving a subpar product.

So let’s get down to a few suggestions for improving your service and make sure you can get reception wherever you are.

 

1. Get to Higher Ground

One of the best ways to get a better cell phone signal is to get above everything else. I’m sure you’ve noticed this in passing before but maybe didn’t piece this together. The radio waves that your phone uses to communicate are much easier to access the higher you are, even if that is just going up to the second floor of the building you’re in. This allows you to get above the obstructions that block cell signal and allows you to access it without the problems they would normally cause.

2. Finding the Nearest Cell Phone Tower

You can do this in a few ways, first and perhaps easiest is to go online to CellReception.com, once you’re there you can simply put in your ZIP code or city and you will see the towers in your area. This is a quick and easy way to find the nearest tower, however, it doesn’t provide as much information as others.

If you want to learn some comprehensive information about the towers in your area you can use an app such as OpenSignal. This app provides some information you can’t find on CellReception.com. This isn’t strictly necessary to follow this tip but some people are just interested in things like that.

Now that you know where the nearest cell towers are you can position yourself both nearest to one and also try and avoid any obstructions in between yourself and the tower.

3. Move Away From Other Electronics

Other electronics can interfere with the signals your phone uses to communicate. Simply getting away from other devices can reduce the interference that is impeding your device.

4. Get to the Window

Radio signals have a hard time traveling through most solid building materials such as concrete, wood, brick, and other materials that are typically used in construction. Windows, however, are both typically thinner and provide less resistance to the cell signal. This is another phenomenon you might have noticed in passing but didn’t realize the cause of the better signal.

This isn’t always the case though as some buildings are made with Low-E glass for energy efficiency. This increased efficiency that saves money on insulation does also provide increased resistance to the radio signals.

5. Make Sure Your Phone is Well Charged

Making a call or sending a text requires a lot of battery. If your phone isn’t well charged it isn’t able to communicate as efficiently.

If you can’t keep your phone charged throughout the day you can always try putting it into a power saving mode.

6. Don’t Block Your Phone’s Internal Antenna

This is extremely easy to do and provides a pretty good signal boost. Unfortunately your body can also obstruct radio signals similarly to construction materials. This leads to people inadvertently worsening their signal. To fix this simply look up where the internal antenna of your phone is located online and make sure you don’t block it with your hand when you’re making calls or texting.

7. Change Cell Phone Carriers

This is easily the most extreme option but at the end of the day, it just might be necessary. Not all carriers cover each region similarly so you might need to make a change to receive good service. To check to see if this is the reason why your signal is spotty check the coverage maps of all the carriers and see if one has better service in your area.

8. Install A Cell Phone Signal Booster

Of course one of the best ways to improve your cell phone signal is to install a signal booster. A signal booster is an easy to install solution that provides you with quite a bit of flexibility. You won’t have to worry about sticking near a window, or trying to get to a higher position.

Do You Need Professional Installation For Your Signal Booster?

One of the first things that people consider when they open up their cell phone signal booster kit is, can I install this myself? Well, this depends on a few things and hopefully, we can clear up whether you think you can make this project a DIY one or if you should get a professional installer.

 

Professional signal booster installation.

 

 

What Kind of Booster Are You Installing?

There are four kinds of signal booster kits that most manufacturers sell. Of these four two typically require a professional installer.

Commercial boosters are the first of these two and it should be noted that it is not required to have a professional installer. However, there are many situations when you will need to get an installer for a commercial booster. First is when roof access is either difficult to get to or dangerous for a non-professional to be on top of. Secondly, many commercial signal booster users are business owners that are attempting to improve their ability to do business. They typically expect maximum effectiveness from their booster and this is best done by an installation professional.

The other kind of booster that will definitely require an installation service is the industrial booster. These provide such a high signal gain that they can actually disrupt major cellular carriers networks. For this reason, you will need a professional to properly attenuate your booster.

Residential and vehicle boosters are essentially the same to install however they typically are much more scaled down. This goes hand in hand with most manufacturers that try and market these booster kits as easy to install, DIY solutions.

 

Other Reasons to Look For Professional Installation

There are of course other reasons to get a professional installation. One of these is simply time. Time is one of the most valuable of anyone’s resources and we understand that everyone wants to save it. If you look for a professional installer it will almost certainly save you time. Another common reason for many that seek out professional installation is that the professional simply does a better job. Not only do they install the boosters quicker but they are able to clean up the wiring and make the installation look better at the end. They also are able to more accurately pinpoint the installation of antennas and your booster meaning you’ll be getting the most bang for your buck.

If all of this makes you feel as though you need professional installation for your cell phone signal booster let us know and we’d be happy to put you in touch with a member of our nationwide network of installation professionals.

Understanding Dead Zones, What Causes Them and How To Fix Them

With the advent of smartphones, we have grown accustomed to increased connectivity throughout our lives.Because of this, it’s no surprise that the dreaded dead zone is one of the most frustrating problems reported by cell phone users as reported by the Pew Research Center. This impacts not just our ability to make calls, but also things we expect from our smartphones such as texting, streaming videos, browsing the web, and sending important emails.

 

The Causes of Dead Zones

 

Cell phone dead zone.

 

Building Materials

The construction materials of your building is one of the leading causes of dead zones. Materials such as concrete, sheet metal, insulation, lumber, and high-efficiency glass can all block cell signal. This is because radio waves are easily obstructed by obstacles. This is only compounded when the obstructions are thick, which building materials often are. When the signal has to pass through all of these layers of material it often weakens and can lead to poor signal or full dead zones.

Distance From Cell Towers

Another reason that can cause dead zones is the distance from you to the cell tower you are connected to. As distance increases signal strength decreases. This can be compounded with issues such as obstructions as you will tend to have more of them as you increase distance. Most of the time this issue occurs because you are in a rural area. As there are fewer customers in these areas, carriers are not able to afford the infrastructure to widely cover them with comprehensive service.

The problems that arise from distant towers is often coupled with issues that occur during handoffs as you switch between towers. Typically when you are on the move and you leave the range of a tower it is able to patch you onto the next one relatively easily. However, sometimes this switch can be interrupted leading to your call dropping and other temporary losses in service. This type of issue is usually an error on your carriers side, so you are typically able to reconnect easily.

Problems With Your Device

Unfortunately, as your device ages, there are a few issues that can arise from simple wear and tear and daily use. One important component of your phone, the internal radio, can be damaged or weakened with age. This will cause your device to struggle to connect.

You can also experience issues if your phone’s software has not been updated with recent fixes. These software updates can provide crucial bug fixes to roaming software and will fix other bugged software if it exists.

Lastly, it is important to ensure that your phone has a proper charge when being used. The charge in the battery is important, as the charge of the battery decreases the chances of a dropped call increase.

Solutions to Dead Zones

A cell phone signal booster is a great way to solve problems such as dead zones or poor reception. They are able to extend networks and patch up dead zones. If you consistently get bad signal or have dead zones at your home or office a cell phone signal booster could be the solution to your problems.

Coaxial Cable: How to Choose The Right Kind For You

Understanding Coaxial Cables

There are many different kinds of coaxial cables and they are an integral part of many electronic systems. But with all these options it can be hard to decide which are best for you. There are a few important factors that can help you decide. First, the quality of the materials and secondly the impedance of the cable.

 

A diagram of a coaxial cable.

 

 

Cable Materials

There are three materials that most coaxial cables are made of; copper, aluminum, and silver.

Copper is the most common of these and is the second highest quality. It is the second best conductor and is fairly cheap. Copper can be difficult to use even when soldered because using most common fluxes will leave behind corrosive residues.Despite this, it has become the standard metal used for electrical conductors.

Aluminum is the cheapest metal used and it was extremely common decades ago when copper was in short supply. While aluminum is not as conductive as copper or silver it actually conducts better than copper on a per pound basis making it an ideal choice for wiring in weight constrained situations such as aircraft. Aluminum is also very susceptible to corrosion especially in the presence of moisture. Many older residences with aluminum wiring and connections often need to be switched over to copper because of this corrosion.

Silver is the third metal that you often encounter in wiring. While silver is the best conductor of the three it is the least common. This is for purely economic reasons as it is significantly more expensive than both copper and aluminum. Despite this, if you can find silver wiring it will provide superior conductivity and is easily soldered.

 

Cable Impedance

Cable impedance is directly related to the materials that the cable uses. This is measured in Ohms (Ω) and it can be described as the resistance that electricity or signals experiences as it travels through the wire. This means that the lower the impedance the higher quality the cable is. For coaxial cable there are two common impedances used in household electronics, 50 Ohm and 75 Ohm.

75 Ohm cable is the most common coaxial cable. It is the cheaper option and is commonly used for televisions and internet routers.This kind of wiring is often built into homes and electronics unless customers specify they need the higher grade connections. While 75 Ohm is not as fast as the 50 Ohm cables it is still perfectly capable of transmitting information across small distances (50 feet or less) before any serious loss occurs. So if you’re in a small use scenario you can easily save some money using the cheaper cable.

50 Ohm cable is not as common as it’s 75 Ohm counterpart however it offers considerable benefits. It is able to run over a hundred feet before it starts to experience data loss which makes it ideal for larger scale commercial applications. This does come with the drawback of having to install thicker cables and larger connectors to accommodate the superior data transfer. This can be a difficult constraint to overcome especially if the building was not originally designed to have these thicker wires running through it.

To provide a concrete example for you a 75 Ohm cable will lose about 1.6 times the amount of signal every 10 feet. This ends up being about -2 dB at 50 feet and this is where the affect can start to become visible.

A Brief Summary

The quality of metal used in cables can make a big difference in the end result of not just your cell phone signal booster system, but in any electronics. When price is not an issue it is best to get cables that have silver or copper in them and to only get aluminum cables when you are constrained by budget.

When comparing impedances of cables it is important to remember that as a rule of thumb lower is better. That being said common cables such as 75 Ohm cabling will not provide much benefits in situations where you are running cable less than 50 feet. After that distance though you will notice that the higher quality cables will begin to make big impacts in the end result of your projects.

5G Edges Closer to Reality

After an exciting week in Barcelona we are seeing new plans shaping up for a 5G network to be implemented in the United States. We saw keynote speeches from key players in this development such as Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC, and executives from major United States carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. There were two big 5G announcements and we’ll outline them for you real quick.

 

5g logo

 

The 5G Auction

During the conference Pai expressed his desire to take the first steps in creating our nations 5G network. This first step is deciding who will be using the radio waves. This will be done with an auction that the carriers will all participate in. During this, each carrier will have the opportunity to purchase different spectrums of the wavelength. They will be bidding on the mmSpectrum, which has been previously unused.

This auction can’t take place unless Congress passes a bill, H. R. 4986, which would remove a requirement for auction payments to be placed in an interest-bearing account before the auction occurs. This is problematic as most banks and other financial institutions prefer to not open accounts like these. This bill has bipartisan support and is expected to pass on March 6th.

 

How Carriers are Proceeding

The Chief Technology Officers of Sprint and T-Mobile criticized their competitors AT&T for their zealous goals of launching their first 5G network this year. Both CTO’s expressed that they would rather launch their first 5G devices that are “more meaningful” as opposed to the 5G internet router that AT&T plans to launch. Both executives also shared that they would be planning on rolling out the 5G networks first in “places that matter” such as New York City, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. But they believe that their networks will have expanded into at least 30 cities by the end of 2018.

All of these announcements show that we are moving forward with 5G within 2018 and 2019 depending on what you consider a true 5G network entails.

5G: The Future is Closer Than You Think

As 2017 was wrapping up the major players in the telecommunications industry were finalizing their plans for the first 5G standard. This is exciting for everyone, the expanded capabilities will allow for boundless growth in technology. 5G will allow for faster communication not only between our mobile devices but all machinery. This will allow scientists and engineers to push the boundaries of what we thought machines were capable of doing.

 

5G network globe.

 

What’s The Difference Between 5G and the Other Generations?

As many people know, the number before the G merely refers to the generation of technology being referred to. There are many ways to define the differences between each generation. Most people simply use transmission speed as an easy measure. However, one can also differentiate them by ways they are encoded and transmitted.

1G was the analog technology of 1980’s.

2G marked the time when radio waves began to be transmitted digitally.

We transferred to 3G when the speeds we were transmitting data on increased considerably. This is also the time when most modern smartphones were launched.

4G LTE was the most recent iteration and it further increased data speeds and allowed us to use the new smartphone technology to its fullest potential. Because of 4G, we were able to carry small computers that accessed an extremely fast network. 4G LTE will continue to see evolutions (LTE stands for Long Term Evolution) even after 5G is released.

5G will bring a few new improvements to the table. First and foremost, more speed. As we always expect and want our data will be even faster on the 5G networks. Secondly, it will have less lag time as it transmits data between devices. This is different from data speed in that it affects how machines talk to each other more than it affects upload and download speeds. Finally, it will allow for devices to connect to more devices at once. This more efficient machine to machine communication will allow your devices to pair with more devices such as smart TVs, laptops, tablets, and sensors.

When Can You Expect 5G?

AT&T and Verizon, with their more established infrastructure, believe they can begin to implement 5G by the end of this year. They won’t be offering any 5G smartphones until 2019, however, AT&T has described the device they will be launching later this year as a “puck”. This has lead many to speculate it will be a kind of hotspot device and enable users to connect to the 5G network. Verizon will be entering the 5G market not with phone’s first either. They plan on offering a 5G home internet package to compete with local internet providers. It has been speculated that it will work similar to hotspot Wi-Fi however because of the increased efficiency of 5G it will be much cheaper to offer than 4G hotspots currently are.

T-Mobile has said that they are taking a more conservative approach. They plan on offering limited 5G services starting in 2019 with a nationwide service launching in 2020.

Sprint has spoken the least about their 5G plans however they have said that they plan to launch a 5G service in 2019 similarly to T-Mobile.

Interestingly enough the Department of Defense actually called for the construction of a federal nationwide 5G network similar to how the highway system was implemented for defensive purposes. This was quickly denied by the FCC though as they stated they would prefer to keep the network privately owned.

 

No matter who your carrier is it is exciting to know that the next generation of mobile technology is just around the corner.

Project Fi: How Google is Disrupting the Mobile Market

Project Fi: Google’s Mobile Phone Service Revolutionized

Project Fi is Google’s new(ish) project designed to shake up the telecom market. While this is the first time Google has attempted to break into the cellular service industry they currently compete in phone manufacturing and fiber internet. This new idea combines three carriers; Sprint, T-Mobile, and US-Cellular, to provide comprehensive service that they wouldn’t be able to provide alone. The Project was invite only when it was launched in April of 2015 however as of March 2016 it was opened to the public, and by October 2016 they added their new Pixel phones to their list of usable devices.

 

Project Fi logo

 

Interested?

Does this service intrigue you? Because it intrigue’s us. Plans start at just $20 for unlimited calls and texts for a single person and data rates are just $10 per GB. Also when purchasing data they are very forgiving. If you use less data then you are refunded. If you use more than you originally paid for they just charge you $10 on your next bill. You also never pay for more than $60 for data unless you opt for speeds that aren’t slowed after that 6th GB.

Of course, you’re thinking that with a plan this cheap the coverage must be abysmal. But check for yourself on their interactive coverage map. Because they use three providers networks they are able to provide comprehensive 4G coverage throughout most of the continental United States.

By now you’re probably wondering what the catch is. For some, it won’t seem like anything but I know that many will rail against this one requirement. They only offer a small selection of phones that can be used, none of them being iPhones or Samsung products. This leaves a large amount of the market disenfranchised but many that are indifferent can capitalize on this new and exciting opportunity.

If you are interested in seeing if Project Fi would be a good option for your mobile carrier check out their Fi Fit quiz.

 

Benefits of Project Fi

Project Fi’s unique model has opened the door for cooperation among some of the smaller competitor’s against the giants of the industry, Verizon and AT&T. This helps out the average consumer. Their low price that many would associate with poor service is offset by the multiple providers covering each other’s weaknesses. This allows Google to provide the service for such a bargain because the infrastructure investment is lower. This revolutionary service could open the door for many more consumer-friendly service packages in an industry that seems to grow less consumer-friendly every day.

 

Using Project Fi

Project Fi while it provides comprehensive coverage in most metro areas. There will, of course, be the usual dead spots in buildings or near materials or equipment that interferes with radio waves. However, the largest obstacle is the lack of coverage outside of the city. The carriers that make up the providers for Project Fi do not have quite a large enough rural infrastructure to provide comprehensive 4G coverage. If you are still interested or are a current Project Fi user and struggle with poor signal a signal booster or amplifier could be the best way to fix the issues. They can help you connect to distant towers in rural areas or pull signals into your home or office.

Hotspots: How to Use Your Phone to Make Wi-Fi

How Hotspots Work

Hotspots are a unique innovation that creates Wi-Fi signal from your cell phone. Both technologies rely on radio waves so it’s a matter of simply changing them slightly to make them usable for Wi-Fi. These are a ton of reasons why this can be helpful, it allows you to connect to the internet while traveling and you can connect multiple devices. While this can be useful for some quick fixes not many people can rely on hotspots as a primary source of broadband.

 

 

Hotspots Explained

Most smartphones offer an option to use hotspots just by enabling a setting, but this is usually fairly limited. Most carriers that allow you to use this simple enabling feature will also throttle your data after a limit. Even on unlimited plans At&T and Sprint will throttle after around 22 – 23 GB of data and T-Mobile after 500 GB. This can be an issue as the average user consumes about 190 GB of data a month. So if you want to stream TV or videos you would be out of luck as these are the major data pits today.

If your phone doesn’t have a setting to enable a hotspot you can always purchase a device to get your hotspot enabled. But expect to pay quite a bit for them. Not only will you have to purchase the initial hardware but also for the data you’ll be using along with them. If you plan on heavily relying on your hotspot one helpful trick is to add your hotspot as a new line on your phone plan. That will usually net you the most data per dollar.

Comparing Hotspots

Not all hotspots are created equal. You have to watch out for a few key things when shopping around for the right one. We recommend looking for models that use the Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 or X16 modems. These are the top of the line and will make sure that you are getting the fastest internet. Another important feature to look for is 5GHz support, this technology is significantly faster than its 2.4Ghz predecessor. If you can’t get a model with these features you could end up having slower internet than some of the nicer new phones. You can also find models that have convenient LCD displays to help with setup and monitoring of the device.

Weak Hotspots and How to Fix Them

If you already have a hotpot and aren’t getting the speeds you want a cell phone signal booster is the best way to fix that. Like we talked about earlier the hotspot uses cell phone signal to create the Wi-Fi signal. So the Wi-Fi can only be as strong as the cell phone signal coming in. If you’re using a hotspot while traveling and need steady signal a vehicle signal booster is something to think about as well for when you simply have to be connected. If your home or office has both bad Wi-Fi and cell reception a signal booster could be a solution to both of those problems.