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May 17, 2017 — by EMILY FISHERSHARE ARTICLE
Originally posted on RVMobileInternet.com
When weBoost first announced the Drive 4G-X cellular booster in February 2015, they also announced a special weBoost Drive 4G-XR bundle “coming soon” that was intended specifically for RVers.
For the longest time – this upcoming kit was even featured prominently on the weBoost website.
But then in April 2015, weBoost removed the Drive 4G-XR from their website, and in June 2015 we were told:
“The Drive 4G-XR is a kit that could take another year to launch, but it will be very similar to the Drive 4G-X just added antenna accessories.”
When weBoost launched the 4G-X OTR kit intended for semi-trucks (with a hefty 24″ tall antenna!) last summer, they marketed it to RVers as well. But the tall antenna made it a tough fit for many RV installations.
But was it worth waiting for?
weBoost sent us a kit to preview a few weeks ago, and here are the details.
At the heart of the 4G-X RV kit is the same tried-and-true 4G-X booster we have recommended for over a year.
But weBoost replaces the 4″ stubby mag-mount antenna in the base kit (originally intended for mounting onto metal vehicle roofs) with a new outdoor antenna, the weBoost 4G Omni antenna (normally $79) that is 7.5″ tall.
This isn’t actually a new antenna – this has been available as an option with weBoost’s residential boosters for a while now. It should be able to more easily mount to an RV ladder, exterior wall, or to a flagpole – and it does not require a metal ground plane.
To provide indoor coverage, weBoost is now including a 4G Desktop Antenna – which theoretically should provide a bit more interior coverage area than the stock small paddle antenna included in the other 4G-X kits.
This new indoor antenna is directional and broadcasts out in a 120-degree slice to better focus the interior coverage area. A similar antenna has been used before in the weBoost RV 4G kit (built around a much less capable booster).
To complete the kit, weBoost includes 20′ of RG-6 antenna cable, AC and DC power supplies, and even zip ties and a cable entry cover designed to waterproof any hole you may need to drill in your RV.
Here’s our unboxing video and first impressions:
The Drive 4G-X remains our top pick booster – but there are now three “official” versions available from weBoost. Though the antennas included vary – the core amplifier is identical between all these packages.
Here is how they compare: