What is a Signal Booster, and Do You Need One?

by | Jan 5, 2021 | Digital Nomads, Work from Anywhere | 0 comments

Signal Boosters

When traveling and working in an RV with WiFi that utilizes cell service, a cellphone signal booster can be a lifesaver. Last summer, we were in Georgia, staying at a campground that didn’t have WiFi, so we went out and bought a signal booster to connect. 

If you’re planning to get a signal booster, something to consider is if you want to use the booster while driving – not all allow you to do this. After doing some research, we decided to purchase the weBoost Drive X RV, which would boost while moving. Unfortunately, when we tried to buy the booster, it wasn’t available in any retail stores, and the delivery time was 4+ weeks. After checking out other boosters and stores in the area, we purchased the KING Extend Cellular Booster. The KING uses weBoost technology, and it’s available at Camping World, so we could get it immediately. 

The device is relatively simple, but it does require a bit of installation. The booster consists of three parts – an exterior antenna, the amplifier, and an interior antenna. 

The exterior antenna needs to be mounted to the roof. The amplifier and internal antenna both go inside the coach. For ease of installation, we mounted our exterior antenna to the ladder. We utilized an existing cable port on the roof to connect the external antenna to the amplifier, intended to connect a satellite. The satellite hookup comes out next to our TV, so we plugged the amplifier into the port and attached it to the internal antenna. 

Once the device is connected, you’ll have to sit within 3 feet of the internal antenna to notice any impressive signal boost. As we wanted the booster to improve our WiFi within the RV, we decided to put our antenna next to our T-Mobile and AT&T routers. This meant giving up any signal boost on our cellphones, but as long as we have WiFi, that’s not an issue we cared about. 

Overall, a signal booster is pricey, but we think it’s worth it – especially if you’re working from your RV. Let us know in the comments if you have a signal booster and what you think of it. 


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