In our modern communication era, many of our daily routines require connectivity.
In cities, suburbs, and even small towns, staying connected poses no problem. But get just a little outside the web of cell towers that surround our cities and towns and service quality can dip into unusable levels.
Fortunately, there are ways to boost digital signals for our cell phones and other connected devices. One leader in the category, weBoost, proved itself well-named during a recent test of services.
The folks at weBoost claim their Home Complete system can gather in an existing cell signal from outside, amplify it, then broadcast it throughout the home. We tried this in a semi-rural setting mid-way between Seattle and Portland, Oregon. The homeowner dealt with frequent dropped calls and broken conversations on his phone prior to installation. He frequently had to walk a few hundred yards away from his house to make calls from around the mailbox at the end of his access lane. Not a bad solution in the balmy days of summer, but far from ideal during a wet winter day in the Pacific Northwest.
On the day of installation, we checked our phones for service. My iPhone on Verizon service recorded a dismal one bar of 1x service! A couple of hours later, the professional installer (more on that later) turned on the booster and, viola, 2 bars of 4G-LTE service. This level of service occasionally shifted to 3 bars of 3G service, but the overall gain in connectivity was astounding.
The weBoost Home Complete system includes professional installation in the purchase price, so homeowners won’t have to futz with figuring out where the nearest cell tower stands or where to position the exterior antennae for best gain. WeBoost contracts with the same network of installers used by satellite companies such as Dish and DirectTV, so the crews are well trained in signal acquisition, as well as safe, weather-tight mounting of hardware to roofs and walls.
The local service company found that the cell signal at our target home was right at the edge of usability – any worse, and the weBoost device wouldn’t be functional. In their own language, the existing signal showed a “minus-125 signal loss.” After the weBoost kit was installed and turned on, that “dropped to a minus-90 signal loss.”
In other words, the homeowner saw around 28-percent improvement in signal strength!
That proved enough that he can now sit in his living room and chat with his far-flung family members at leisure. At $1,199, the weBoost Home Complete isn’t cheap, but considering that includes professional installation, and proven signal enhancement, it could be a great investment for folks with poor cell coverage. And the company’s 30-day money-back guarantee makes the investment even more secure. Homeowners should check out weBoost’s instructional videos and demos online to figure out if the system is right for their personal situations. https://www.weboost.com/products/weboost-installed-home-complete