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Old 04-15-2019, 01:04 PM   #1
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Has anyone used the trucker Weboost antenna with the magnetic base on their van while driving? Did it get blown down/off?
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If you’re referring to the 4.5” one, it’s been on our roof about 3 years. Branch dislodged it one time, but it just moved to another spot. Put a piece of tape under it. The magnet collects metal bits that could promote rust if left there. It is marginally effective.
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It is marginally effective.
That is the key point here.

Consider a WiFi hotspot that accepts MiMo antennas, instead.
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My magnetic antenna is very secure on the roof. The magnet is certainly strong enough. I am satisfied with the Weboost unit. We have had plenty of campsites where we could only get a useful cell signal with the unit on. The only downside is that the unit gets fairly warm and probably has a fairly high amp draw. I am careful to monitor my battery when I am using it but it has never been a problem.
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Has anyone used the trucker Weboost antenna with the magnetic base on their van while driving? Did it get blown down/off?
The suggestion to get a hotspot and mimo antenna is likely to give better results than the weboost but if you do use a weboost then I found that the standard short stubby magnetic mount works better in a small RV than the trucker. Too hard to avoid the amp shutting down due to feedback with the trucker antenna. Less feedback issues with the stubby. If you want to cover a larger area inside you can try one of the small directional indoor antennas but still need to be careful about feedback from the external antenna to the internal antenna.
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The suggestion to get a hotspot and mimo antenna is likely to give better results than the weboost but if you do use a weboost then I found that the standard short stubby magnetic mount works better in a small RV than the trucker. Too hard to avoid the amp shutting down due to feedback with the trucker antenna. Less feedback issues with the stubby. If you want to cover a larger area inside you can try one of the small directional indoor antennas but still need to be careful about feedback from the external antenna to the internal antenna.
Yes. Feedback is one of several fundamental problems with this technology. If you insist on going this route, consider using a unit with an inside cradle for a single device, rather than trying to rebroadcast within the van. You can then put a WiFi hotspot in the cradle, and use your cell phones in WiFi mode.

Really, though, I wouldn't bother. I speak from a great deal of sad experience and a lot of systematic testing.
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That is the key point here.

Consider a WiFi hotspot that accepts MiMo antennas, instead.
This is the route I chose and it seems to be working well....It has to because I drilled a 1 inch hole in my roof to mount the antenna Avanti suggested.

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It is more difficult to provide the proper separation between the outside and inside antennas. That is a major factor in not getting good performance out of the WeBoost. It seems counterintuitive to use the lower power model and smaller antenna, but the system has to match the shorter distance between the two antennas in a van versus a big class A. When installed correctly and the model appropriate for the situation, the WeBoost can make a dramatic difference in cell reception. When not properly installed/matched, it can turn into an expensive paperweight and cause you to think the system is garbage. Moderate power output and moderate antenna is key. In my opinion, the trucker antenna will actually hurt more than help. The magnet mini or shorter plastic omnidirectional one is about all that can be used for optimal performance in van life. Opinions will vary on this naturally.
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It is more difficult to provide the proper separation between the outside and inside antennas. That is a major factor in not getting good performance out of the WeBoost. It seems counterintuitive to use the lower power model and smaller antenna, but the system has to match the shorter distance between the two antennas in a van versus a big class A. When installed correctly and the model appropriate for the situation, the WeBoost can make a dramatic difference in cell reception. When not properly installed/matched, it can turn into an expensive paperweight and cause you to think the system is garbage. Moderate power output and moderate antenna is key. In my opinion, the trucker antenna will actually hurt more than help. The magnet mini or shorter plastic omnidirectional one is about all that can be used for optimal performance in van life. Opinions will vary on this naturally.

I agree with this. I use the small outside antenna and have it mounted on my Sprinter roof towards the back of the van. I spent at least an hour playing with the position of the outside and inside antennas while I was carefully measuring my cell signal strength with the technique linked below. The position of the antennas made a big difference in the final result. If someone didn't install the Weboost properly, they would claim that it is worthless.

Again, I think mine works pretty well although it can only boost an existing signal. It can't create a cell signal where there isn't one.


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