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September 23, 2014 — by WEBOOST

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This week we’re talking about using a home/office building booster in a vehicle. We often have customers inquire if they can use one of our building boosters for their vehicle. Today we will explore the reasons why you cannot do this and some options that might be available instead.

Building boosters cannot be used in vehicles for a few reasons:

1) Our smallest building is a 60 dB gain booster. The Federal Communication Commission does not allow anything stronger than a 50 dB gain booster for vehicles.

2) Our building boosters do not have the same programing as the vehicle boosters. A vehicle booster is programed to lessen the amount of signal you are boosting for strong signal areas whereas the building boosters do not have this same programing. If you tried to drive around with a building booster it would oscillate (create feedback) and shut down.

3) Building boosters require much more separation between external and internal antennas to prevent oscillation. Most vehicles would not be able to accommodate the amount of separation required.

Now, just because you cannot use a building booster inside a vehicle that does not mean you cannot use a vehicle booster in building. You do need to keep in mind that the vehicle boosters will only cover a limited area. They are designed for the cab of a vehicle or in the case of the Sleek cradle boosters your phone needs to sit in the cradle.
You can use a building booster in a RV or a travel trailer if you can get the amount of distance required between antennas and it will only be used while stationary.

Typically it is best to get the right booster for your application for best performance and satisfaction. This will mean getting a separate booster for your home/building and vehicle. If you need help selecting the right product, please call our Customer Support line at 866-294-9234 or by email at sales@wilsonelectronics.com.

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