700-2700 MHz multi-band outdoor pole mount panel antenna for cell phone signal boosters with n-female connector. 50 Ohms Built-in ground plane. Includes mounting hardware.
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Works FineI suspect other bad reviews on this device may have poor installation, you need to do your research and know what you are doing for a successful building-based cellular Internet service.That being said -No, this isn’t the same thing as a “repeater”, this is for an endpoint, you need to connect this to a cellular router.1.) use your smart phone (with the same carrier) and download a cellular antenna / signal app to get an inkling of where your nearest antennas are. Note, the closest one may not be the best (if there is a concrete high-rise between you for example).2.) Make sure you impedance match the antenna and cabling to the device you are using. This is a 50 ohm device, you will need 50 ohm coax, and a 50 ohm interface on your device. If other, buy something else.3.) Make sure you know which interface to connect to on the device.. My MOFI4500 has two ports for cellular antennas, it came with a couple of $2.00 Chinese paddle things connected. One of them is the primary, one is the secondary, they are not “load balanced” or whatever you may have in your head. If not marked on the device, look on the manufacturer’s website for a schematic or search their technical support forums (or email them).4.) I saw some garbage comments about obsession with U-bolts. Buy the installation kit. It comes with those, it’s an extra $15, you get a nice aluminum mounting pole, the right hardware, and the right ubolt. Having a single ubolt isn’t a problem if you follow the directions and use the backing plate correctly. If days of your time is less valuable than just spending $15 on the right parts, so be it, but don’t gripe about the device when not using the right parts.5.) Use the correct lossless cable, people seem to have problems going more than 5 or 10 feet – great, if you are sticking it next to your window and mounting it on the rain gutter. Whatever. Most of us have more complex installations, I had no problem installing 2 antennas with 2 lengths of 49.2 foot low-loss 50 ohm coax with pre-installed N adapter (about $20 on Amazon each).6.) Don’t yank on that cheap coax, that isn’t mil-spec, it’s made-in-China. Carefully pull it through the nooks and crannies, carefully tape up the end and use a wire-feeder rod, don’t just shove it through the drill hole and don’t yank it through to show off your manly strength by “clearing” the coils with brute strength. Get your butt off the ladder, walk over, clear the snags, pull it through smoothly.7.) Once installed, I used my smart phone connected to the interior Wifi and monitored the signal status on the MOFI. I moved this about 5 degrees each time, and basically went in a 360 degree circle and marked the points where the signal was the strongest, and kept notes of my findings. Of the best signals, I did some speed testing and picked the most stable one for up & download, then locked down all the hardware. If this doesn’t take you about an hour, you are probably doing it wrong. Don’t assume the pointy-end of this device is the best for lobing and signal gathering, while that is the case in theory, I had much better real-world performance about 15 degrees off-target, probably because the right direction is pointed straight at the neighbor’s house, and I cant’ do anything about that.8.) Make sure you are subscribing to the best carrier in your area, generally AT&T is a little better in rural areas like where I live, but we are a thoroughfare for two population centers and during commute hours the AT&T network is saturated. LTE is extremely sensitive to network congestion, so even if your signal strength is good, performance will suffer with a lot of users. In my case, AT&T = about 7 mbps, best case, I switched to Sprint and hit 80 mpbs off-peak performance and it’s never under 15 (up and down). Your results will vary, not every tower has every carrier – in fact, most of them don’t. Your smart phone app above will tell you that.9.) Once you lock your target, assuming you have gone this far, you are not using the NETGEAR or Linksys cellular router either. My MOFI 4500 allows me to view and test all carriers available, and individually test each frequency band on each one. In my case, even though “Sprint High Speed” was available, it’s performance was pretty bad. I have the best and most stable connection on Band 26, 700 mhz. Kind of a bummer, as my iPad Pro with a Sprint chip hits 80-125 mbps all day long.. but that’s also a $1400 device, not a $49 flag antenna. It is what it is.10.) Select the best option with various compromises for bandlock, and lock the channel. If you can aggregate carrier channels, all the better, my MOFI supports that, but it doesn’t appear as though the local towers do from my testing, or my firmware on the router isn’t ideal. Difficult to tell, but it didn’t work in my case.11.) Repeat for antenna #2. For the second antenna, I chose to use a Wilson pole-style one with radial arms on it and did a simple mounting at the end of the garage eave so that it was far away from the primary. The router won’t rely on it, and to be honest, I saw no difference in performance adding the second, but it does smooth out the intermittent signal loss from rain, storms, etc. Using the omni-directional one, it’s a plain plastic white and blends in with the architecture versus another flag that would stick out like a sore thumb at the front of the house.The negatives…I get decent performance, but the mounting hardware itself could be better designed. I realize it’s for adaptability, but selling a few options for vertical versus horizontal flat surfaces, etc., would take out the reliance on nuts & bolts (which will ultimately loosen). That being said, if you follow the directions, it’s generally fine.
Robert Jones –
Missing connector in boxBox was missing the type N connector..
Scott Markmann –
Speed and Stability.I live pretty rural. I added the wide directional 75 Ohm wifi antenna to my AT&T hotspot. Pointed directly to the tower 3 mi. away. 9.5 MB/s from 2.5 MB/s. I was having problems with staying connected to a server I was working on. My ping would be 45 ms, but would spike to over 400 ms. No more. Added the stability, and no more intermittent signaling. I had a heck of a time finding the proper cable attachment to hook it up. I finally used these 2 items to hook it up:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07J62BQRL/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071RTKGYN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1Worked perfect. I do not know much technical info on coaxial cable. After reading up on the difference between F and N type ends, it helped.
Perfect if you live in the middle of nowhereSo we live out in the middle of the country with garbage internet. Our phone service with ATT is pretty decent and we get two bars around our house and on our land for the most part. We decided to get a hotspot SIM card from ATT for our WiFi since it was the smartest option. The pics I uploaded are before/after speedtests of with/without the antenna. This effectively quadrupled our download speed when aimed right and mounted. Pretty impressed but I do wish I had my old speed of 80mbps in town with Armstrong… This system does work and it’s the cheapest I’ve come across for the amount of speed increase you do get though, just can’t watch 4K videos yet until I get more boost out of it. The only pain is you have ito source your own chords which I didn’t know about until the antenna arrived
Worked for meI bought two of these to use with a Nighthawk M1 router on AT&T. They helped increase and stabilize my speeds. Previously, my Nighthawk would fluctuate often between 3 and 4 bars and sometimes down to 2. With the antennas hooked up I am fluctuating between 4 and 5(max) bars. Previously, my upload speed would be decent between 5 and 8 or so Mbps but they would fluctuate a lot and dip into the 1.5Mbps territory which was a problem for me and live streaming video. Dipping below my set upload speed will cause buffering and lost frames for other viewers. With these antennas my upload speeds have increased slightly to around 8-11Mbps but more importantly they are stable so there aren’t large, momentary dips in upload speed which means no buffering or lost frames when live streaming. Download speeds also benefited and went anywhere from 15-20ish Mbps to over 30Mbps. Though, I care less about download speeds as they were fine for me before so I haven’t tested them thoroughly since getting the antennas. I bought these specifically hoping they would help stabilize my upload speed and they seem to have done that. I am not using an amplifier or booster. I am using two of these antennas pointed in the direction of the tower along with 30ft of Wilson400 cable for each antenna finished off with a pair of MPD N female to TS-9 adapters into my Nighthawk. I do not have the antennas in any sort of MIMO configuration I have seen people talk about as Wilson themselves say “They are polarity antennas which are strictly vertical” which comes directly from the Q&A’s of this product. There are even drain holes for water which are meant to be facing down. I simply mounted two of them in a vertical position pointed in the direction that gave me the best signal strength. Maybe one would have worked but I didn’t want to go through the trouble of installing one and testing. The cost was not that much to just install two and be done with it.
Peter Dewdney –
Works well and inexpensive.Used this directional antenna with a hotspot. It improved reception from 1 bar to 4 bars.
Tremendous signal improvementQuick outline of my rural home setup – 1. Netgear M1 Nighthawk for my router. 2. Using AT&T tower ( 4G LTE ) that is appx 3 miles away on a hilltop but clear line of sight with no obstructions. 3. Mounted this Wilson directional antenna on upper eave of the house, pointed toward tower. 4. Spent the extra money ( although it’s not a whole lot more and well worth the slight extra expense ) and ran 50 feet of LMR400 coax cable from antenna to the Nighthawk.I had over the course of 3 weeks tried various homemade and also purchased indoor antennas; none of these improved the signal and thus the speed very much. Speeds would average around 20 Mbps and throughout the day I would have to move the Nighthawk to another location within the house to keep this speed going; don’t ask me why it would drop at times in one particular spot – that’s a question for the techies. After connecting this antenna to the Nighthawk, the speeds instantly jumped dramatically. I am now averaging 42 Mbps and the family is happy that we can stream 3 movies simultaneously with no issues. To those of you wrestling with a slow internet, you know too well what those issues are as 2 or 3 people try to stream a movie or show. For some reason ( again, this would be a techie question ) my speeds occasionally will now jump up to 50 or 60 Mbps and I have seen a couple 80’s.I was prepared to spend triple the price of this antenna, which is currently at $49 ; I have even seen this antenna for $89 on other websites. I was also considering that I may have to buy a booster/amplifier ( those run some $300 and up ) but with this Wilson antenna by itself, my speeds are more than enough to keep a 3 person family happy. For the money, this was an extraordinary purchase. Sometimes a product actually exceeds the advertising – this is one of those cases. I am totally satisfied with this Wilson antenna.
Aunt B –
Boosts signal strength in the country for AT&TAs an AT&T user who lives out in the country, I have been having problems with my cell phone reception inside my house. I purchased this item to help boost my signal. Relatively easy to install: my brother-in-law climbed up on my roof and attached it to my antenna. I believe he said he only needed a wrench and a screwdriver. For securing it onto the antenna, take your time to point in the direction of the nearest cell phone tower from your provider; I walked around in my yard and then inside my house to test signal strength on my phone, while he used a “field test” device on the roof to determine the strongest signal.One thing to note, this device uses the F female connector. Make sure you have the correct cable and male connector that will work with this device. Otherwise, you are making a trip to a store.The signal strength around the exterior of my house is considerably stronger inside. I used to only have one to three bars, now I have an average of three bars and sometimes four. I am still having an issue inside my house. I do have another internal omnidirectional antenna and my brother-in-law believes that may be causing interference. Unfortunately, when I disable the Omni directional antenna I still have no service in the majority at my house.Overall, I believe this device does help boost the cellphone signal. For myself, I believe I’m having other issues that complicates my situation. For example, my iPhone 5 I’ll have no service or a periodic one bar in the center of my house, while my sister’s iPhone 5S has signal all day long wherever she walks around in my house. Yet, when we both go outside, we both have about three bars. Thus, I believe I am having more issues than just needing a wide band Signal booster; However, the booster does make a noticeable increase in the signal strength.UPDATE:I installed the Connect 4G-X by Weboost inside my house and now I have great cell coverage inside my home. I credit the combination both for me finally getting a 4 and at times 5 signal strength for my AT&T phone.
High QualityWe have used several of these on some commercial applications. in every case the antenna tested out perfectly. the included hardware is top notch with captured lock washers and stainless hardware. it’s clear they took the extra time with the hardware the angle piece has formed gussets in it making it very strong. They have put attention to detail in every area.
Steve Paz –
Purchased for remote hog trapI could not get single in a remote location for my cell trip hog gate trap. I found the locations of surrounding towers and to my surprise it wasn’t the tower closest that worked. Pointed it towards the correct tower and now it trips the gate every time I call vs. not working at all. Very happy with this buy. The same antenna sold on the website that I bought my cell trip for the gate was twice as much.