Why Is that Cell Tower So Far Away?
Cell phones/Smartphones have pretty much taken over when it comes to having a telephone conversation or for going online. But what people have seemed to forget is that it’s not the make or kind of cell phone that is important — it’s how close they are to the cell towers that transmit/receive the signals that the phones rely on. That’s why there are those bars on the phone’s screen to indicate signal strength. So that might be the first problem and reason why people look around for different service providers if given the choice. But the real problem comes from motion — when there’s interference from buildings and mountains and all kinds of physical objects that are getting in the way between the cell tower signal and the phone. And if you’re traveling in an RV, the odds of having your phone call signal interfered with is massive, due to not only this but signal loss from being inside a moving/parked “house.” So this means that you have two choices: one is to keep driving till you get a good signal and then stop while you’re making a call (or looking at the Internet, which don’t forget is a thing now), or find a way to amplify that signal. The second choice is better, and so that’s why there’s the Drive Reach RV Cell Phone Signal Booster For RVs
Let's Get To That RV
But before we head over to our friend Bob’s RV and install Drive Reach RV, let’s point out a couple of things quick: the first is that you when you’ve opened the box inside will be everything needed. The second is that there’s no monthly subscription or any of that nonsense. And the third and fourth and fifth is that it will work whether the RV is stationary or moving along and it doesn’t matter who the cell carrier is as it will work on any network. So that’s all good stuff, just as is the fact that Drive Reach RV expects that there’s going to be multiple users hammering in on that cell signal, and that the towers aren’t going to be close at all (hence having “Reach” in the name).Oh and it’s ready for 5G so no obsolesce planned in either.
We also do a few “bar” readings and make a note that we’re barely getting 2 bars inside the RV. Granted that might improve once we start driving around, but we know that service isn’t so hot within about 15 minutes in any direction from our “ground zero.”
So we knock on Bob’s door and he tosses us the keys and goes back inside. Good thing Drive’s designed so that a single person can handle the entire installation without concerns. We unlock the RV’s door, open the Drive’s box and place the parts down. Having installed other weBoost amplifiers before, ignoring the instructions might seem warranted but we know better.
So We're Going To Do An Installation
What we’re looking at isn’t odd so here’s a few bits: there’s an omnidirectional antenna which is a new thing for weBoost that can be elevated to 20 1/2”; there’s a spring antenna base so that the antenna can handle bending due to wind and low branches; there’s an amplifier unit and cabling and some other needed bits. Keep in mind that the outdoor antenna is made really tough because it has to be.
Installation is simple but needs to be done patiently and deliberately, What needs to happen is that the outdoor antenna gets positioned against the ladder going up to the roof and clears it. We route the cabling down and inside through a window (because this is a temporary installation) and down to the baseboard inside the back and across the wall closer to the RV's center. Here we install the booster amplifier and then connect the inside antenna to the booster. This antenna is small enough to fit on a table, so that's where we place it. Of course there was a lot of time spent positioning everything, including all the cabling, so that it would stay safe and not move. If this all sounds a bit simplistic, it should because the procedure is definitely DIY and not complex. Again, just follow the instructions, be patient and take your time. weBoost says 30 minutes and we didn’t go much over that, even though it was known from the outset that it would be removed after the testing was done.
Installation Done Means It's Time To Drive
Now that it’s done, what will be happening is that the outside antenna will be pulling in the signal, sending it to the booster to amplify it and then the inside antenna will distribute the wireless signal to all inside. LEDs on the booster indicate how it’s functioning. We fire up the RV and head out, but keep the Drive off for now. We use our not-new iPhone 6s to see how good a signal we’re getting and yes, it’s the 2 bars as noted earlier. We drive around, then park and the bars don’t change — why should they? But now we turn Drive Reach X on and the signal jumps all the way up. We repeat the circuit we drove before and the bars never go down. That’s pretty cool. But even more so is that over a few days of driving, including some highways and rural areas, that 4 bar signal continued to stay with us which it had never done before. Only once did it dip down to 3 bars, but that was still more than good enough to let us do all the nonsense on the iPhone that the Internet brings because the speed was realistically good. And yes, incoming/outgoing calls didn’t drop off or sound incomprehensible.
weBoost says that towers can be 74% farther away than their earlier model and still work fine. We don’t know about that but we do know we didn’t lose any calls or have any stuttering or problems with slowdowns loading web pages or viewing videos online during the entire time we were driving around. FCC approved, Drive Reach RV Cell Phone Signal Booster For RVs retails for $499.99, with further details found at https://www.weboost.com/products/drive-reach-rv