Where's That Cellular Signal?
Recreational vehicles (RVs) have the advantage of being both mobile and stationary — that they are so varied in size and shapes makes them so appealing to people. But it’s what is inside that really brings it all into focus, because amenities and comforts are what turns a standard RV into a grand palace. That’s not to say that there aren’t things that can be found in pretty much every RV — surprisingly that comes not from some tech store that gets installed inside, but from the pocket of one of those who are spending time in the RV. It’s the cell phone which allows for talking to the outside world and which doesn’t require being connected to any kind of landline, as in the past when an RV was parked and needed to hook up to water and power — a landline connection was also needed if a telephone was to be had. But since a cell phone/smartphone works from a cellular signal coming from a cellular tower, it’s not a matter of cables connecting from point a to b but for the strength of that cellular signal going from the cell tower to the cell phone/smartphone (hey that is still point a to b after all).
So there’s no problem or is there? That key word above “strength” comes into play, because if the cellular signal isn’t strong enough you’re not going to be getting the signal strength needed. That means lousy phone calls and probably even lousier (and longer) data transmissions for using a web browser or Google Maps or whatever. Part of the problem comes from where the RV is at any given time, but one thing that doesn’t change is that the phone is inside the RV and so makes the cellular signal have to work even harder to get to it— signal strength dropping all the time. What’s needed is a way to capture that cellular signal and then amplify it inside the RV. So instead of crossing your fingers and hoping the cellular signal will be good the next time you go tooling around in your RV or large camper or trailer why not have weBoost’s Destination RV working for you instead?
Park For The Cellular Signal
The Destination RV is designed to do what we just talked about above — capture the cellular signal and then amplify it so that the“box” you’re inside of is ripe with a strong cellular signal. How it does this is highly sophisticated but simple to understand. And even simpler to set up and use. So here goes…
But first an important caveat — this system is designed ONLY to work with the vehicle parked. You do not use it while the vehicle is in motion, period. That’s because it’s made to really grab that signal and it’s height isn’t going to work well with overpasses and wind. So in order for this to work the vehicle can’t be in motion. That also means it had better be made to go up fast and go down even faster because otherwise why bother. Short of the initial installation of brackets and cabling and interior stuff — we’re talking about it taking about 10-15 minutes to get it up and running and even less time to reverse the process.
Get Ready For The Cellular Signal
So you would think that the taller the antenna, the better it can work at capturing a cellular signal. And you’d be right. Think of it along the lines of a broadcast TV tower which is usually set up way high so that the signal from it is going across and down without getting in the way of obstructions. The same applies here, although cell towers aren’t all that tall to being with or placed all that high either. Still, if the cellular antenna being used is taller, it will be more likely to “gather” in a cellular signal without obstructions like trees and buildings, etc. getting in the way.
Initial Setup Takes Little Time
So that’s why you’ve got a 25 foot telescoping pole holding a directional antenna. Initially you’ve placed it against the side of the vehicle it’s going to be used (a two person job, please) and secured mounting brackets that will hold it, eh, well….securely. But not permanently since the pole will only be when all is stationary. Now it’s obvious that what the antenna captures must then be transferred from the outside of the RV to the inside. That’s where cabling comes into play. But since it’s also obvious that signal strength can be lost from that cable, what’s supplied is low-loss cabling. Where this cabling ends up should be an amplification device that can take that signal and beef it up. But it must do a lot more than just that — that amplifier needs to be able to send that signal throughout the interior of the RV. So it must become its own cell tower and re-transmit the cellular signal, albeit it being amplified and so stronger. This requires that the amplifier be connected to another antenna — one that blankets the interior with the cellular signal.
Then those inside the RV can just do what they normally do with their phones as the phones take in this signal. No settings to adjust, no having to use a different cellular carrier. Just use it and get a better signal than otherwise would be possible. And for those wondering, a flat cable is provided for going through a window or such so as to avoid having to leave it open too much (although it’s possible to drill a hole in the side, keeping waterproofing afterwards in mind). How you run the cabling inside is personal choice — along the baseboard makes sense for many. Also keep in mind that the amplifier requires placement where there’s an AC outlet for power — it has colored lights to indicate whether there’s power, a good or bad signal, basically simple settings because the whole thing is about set up and use and forget about it all (you get mounting hardware for the amplifier and antenna too).
It's Cellular Party Time
Once the antenna has been pulled up to its maximum and the amplifier is turned on. — that’s it and it’s cellular party time.And when cellular party time is over, then the amplifier can be turned off and the designated outside person can go up and bring the antenna down to its smaller position, remove the cabling from it and take the pole down for stowing away until it’s needed again.
weBoost’s Destination RV works with every carrier and network we’ve got here in the U.S.A. (which includes Canada, we’re told). And 5G, well that too of course. It’s pretty powerful but using one of those apps for finding a cell tower to aim at shouldn’t be ignored. For more details on it, go to https://www.weboost.com/products/destination-rv