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Ep. 136: New Cell Phone Booster for Your RV | Hiboost Travel 4G 2.0 RV | Gear tips tricks how-to

Ep. 136: New Cell Phone Booster for Your RV | Hiboost Travel 4G 2.0 RV | Gear tips tricks how-to


Welcome back to Grand Adventure! I’m
your host Marc Guido. If you’re a regular RV traveler you’re probably
already familiar with the concept of a cell phone booster, and you probably know
the more famous brand with the word “boost” in its name. We’ve been using one
of those for a while, but now there’s a brand new travel booster coming out from
a company called Hiboost. This is the Hiboost Travel 4G 2.0 RV, and the
specs look almost identical to the more famous brand, so we’re going to install,
test, and review this model on this episode of Grand Adventure — and even give
you a chance to win your own! So stay tuned. So now we’re not being paid by Hiboost
to do this video, but in the interest of full disclosure they did send us this
unit to test and review for you. And we talked them into contributing another
one that we can share with you folks! We’ll tell you later on in this episode
how to enter for your chance to win your own. It’s a $450
value! So let’s spend a moment talking about what a cell phone booster does and
what it doesn’t do. It takes a weak cell phone signal and boosts it, giving you — to
put it in simple terms — more bars. So it could take a totally unusable weak cell
signal and make it completely usable for both voice and for data. Now this
particular model from Hiboost works on 4G, 3G and 2G networks, and is said to
boost the signal up to 50 dBm. This is perfect for boondockers who
tend to be camping in some fringe cell phone areas, especially if you’re folks
like us who try to work from the road. But let’s also talk about what it can’t
do. A cell phone booster cannot create signal where signal does not already
exist. It will also not work on Wi-Fi, so if you’re thinking campground Wi-Fi or
something like that, this isn’t for you. This only works with mobile cell phone
signal. Now your trailer, or your RV, if you’re like ours and it’s got, you know,
aluminum siding, it’s like being inside a Faraday cage. So it’s actually taking
that signal from outside and bringing it inside the RV at the same time that it’s
boosting it. Now the Hiboost Travel 4G 2.0 RV works through several different
components. There’s an antenna that mounts up on the roof of your RV to
communicate with the cell company tower. It routes that signal via cable down
into your RV where it encounters the booster. The booster amplifies
that signal and then sends it to an interior antenna. That interior antenna
connects to any mobile devices, multiple mobile devices inside your RV. The use is seamless for the user. There’s nothing to log into, it’s just as if
you’re using your cell phone or your mobile device without a booster. The
booster simply amplifies the signal along the pathway between your phone and
the tower. So let’s do a quick unboxing to show you what Hiboost supplies
with this booster. We have the owner’s, the user manual. This is actually the booster
itself. This is the amplifier that boosts the signal and mounts inside your RV.
This is the internal…err, interior antenna that is used to communicate
between the booster and your mobile devices. They also include some double-back sticky to be able to semi-permanently mount that in your RV.
This is a 12-volt cigarette lighter adapter and power cable to be able to
power the amplifier. They provide some velcro strips to be able to mount the
booster without actually having to drill any holes in your RV, that’s a nice touch.
Here on the second row we have a 110 power adapter, we have the cable over
here to connect the rooftop exterior antenna to the amplifier inside your RV.
This is actually the rooftop antenna. It is omnidirectional — it doesn’t matter
which way it’s pointed, it will pull in the signal. This is the bracket to be
able to mount that on your roof. We personally like mounting it right onto
our RV ladder. And here is a 110 power adapter if you’d rather go that route
instead of the 12-volt 5 amp USB through the cigarette lighter
adapter. So now, installation of the Hiboost is exactly the same as the
installation of the weBoost, and we covered it in our Episode 39 on the
weBoost travel booster. We’re going to put a link right up here on the screen so
you can go back and check out how we installed our cell phone booster in our
trailer, but for now we’re simply going to connect the Hiboost and check its
performance. Now here you can see the weBoost that we have installed from our
Episode 39. We’re just going to lay the Hiboost right here for the moment, and
we’re going to take the cable that’s coming in from our outside antenna and
attach it right here. Now we’re going to take the interior antenna and attach it
to the other end of the amplifier. Now the last thing we’re going to do is
plug in the power to the amplifier and it starts powering up. There are three
LED status indicators on the Hiboost amplifier. The top one shows your signal
strength. The middle one is Bluetooth and that’s for connecting to the app, which
we’ll talk about in a moment. Because it’s flashing that means that it’s not
presently connected to Bluetooth. And then you have an alarm indicator which
shows the output power. So here’s the SignalSupervisor app that
works with this booster, and connects with the booster via Bluetooth. It’s
available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store. We’re going to simply
install it here. Once we’re into the app we simply add our new device. The device
name is simply the serial number of the booster, and it will connect to your
booster. Once your device is connected you can
actually see your signal gain on each band that the booster is connected to
from your mobile provider. You also have access to the quick install guide and
the user’s manual, and a support contact all at the bottom of the screen. Now here
in our Android settings we can see the signal strength without the booster
powered on, and you see we’ve got -122 dBm…well, hovering between
-121 and -123. That’s a horrible signal. That’s barely
usable. And here you can see our signal strength with the booster powered on.
We’re right around – 91 dBm, which is a huge improvement in the
signal. We’ve gone from an almost unworkable signal to a perfectly valid
and usable cellphone signal with the booster. Now this Hiboost comes with a
30-day money back guarantee, and also a very impressive three-year warranty on
the booster. It’s not yet available on Amazon, but it will be later this month,
and when that does happen we’ll put it in the Grand Adventure Shop on Amazon
and also in the video description down below. For now, though, we’ll put a link in
the video description to the booster for sale on Hiboost’s own website directly
for $449.99. Now that’s a $50 savings over the price of the weBoost. And now
for the moment that we know many of you have been waiting for! We’re going to
share the way that you can win one of these Hiboost boosters for your own
RV. When we were approached by Hiboost about doing this video, we convinced them
to contribute a second Hiboost booster for our viewers, So all you have
to do is go down in the video description down below. You’ll find a
link to the contest entry. There are multiple ways that you can enter this
contest, so enter now, enter early, enter often! We’re going to be drawing a winner
at random through our contest partner gleam.io on February 15th (note: extended to March 3rd) and we will
announce the winner on social media. So good luck to you!
Get out there and get one of these $450-value boosters
for your own RV. Now we hope this video has been useful to you in your planning
for your RV travels, and enabling the best cell service that you can have
while you’re traveling in your RV. If you like this video please give us a big
“thumbs up” down below! Also down below you’ll find the comment section where we
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67 thoughts on “Ep. 136: New Cell Phone Booster for Your RV | Hiboost Travel 4G 2.0 RV | Gear tips tricks how-to”

  1. Looking forward to this. My weBoost Drive 4G-X RV unit has been a disappointment; even with a replacement 12v power supply from the vendor my download speed improvements are consistently less than 20% of the attainable speed with no boost. Not worth the hassle of setting up the antenna mast. I suspect there is something else malfunctioning in the unit but I can't seem to convince their customer support folks.

  2. Marc, are you aware of any "shootouts" or comparison tests of cellular signal boosters?

    We have a booster made by Wilson but it only works on 3G (still plenty fast for most uses). I've been very happy with Wilson's customer service, but I'd be willing to consider another mfr when we upgrade.

  3. Marc, I have been trying to enter the contest for the cell phone booster, but no luck. I can find my way around a computer but I think you hid the entry form. Lol. I keep looking and I cant find it anywhere. Got a map cause I'm lost. Please help.

  4. How close to the the indoor antenna does your phone have to be to pick up the amplified signal? Does it perform any better than your Weboost? How long is the outside and inside cables?

  5. I'm already paying AT&T for unlimited wifi in my truck. The only problem is it goes off when we shut off the truck. Anyone know what I have to do so I can keep the truck's wifi to remain on after we turn the ignition off? The range is supposed to be up to 50 feet so it should reach into our trailer. Is there a 12 volt booster someone may know of just in case? Thanks, happy n safe travels!

  6. I purchased a 4G LTE Booster from WeBoost. I have a camp in a remote area with 1 bar from time to time. I mounted the DIRECTIONAL PANEL ANTENNA on a telephone pole that I own. I can rotate the mast from the ground to aim it for optimal signal strength. I now have 4 bars inside and can make calls and work the internet at the same time. They do work very well…………….

  7. Been watching your videos for awhile now. Thanks for the review, and the opportunity to win one. Just started living fulltime in my RV and this would come in handy.

  8. Would really love to enter this contest I've tweeted about 20 times and watched about 10 videos and still have zero entries!

  9. Was looking on your Amazon site at creature comforts and wondered if you had heard about the Joolca HOTTAP and if so what you thought about it? Thanks for all the technical reviews. I have found them very helpful.

  10. Thanks Marc… Very informative. I gather the performance is the same as Weboost.

    I've been down with the virus for over a week now and haven't read any of the comments. Still not feeling very good.

    Gord

  11. Hi Marc, thanks for the video. I will be buying a booster within two months. Can you compare the Weboost to this hiboost? Which is better? Also you told use about Visible hot spot with use of the HooToo Wireless Travel Router a few months ago. I got both yesterday (the HooToo is not available so I got the RavPower Filehub, maybe it is not the same thing) and I am having a hard time trying to figure out how to set the router up to use it the way you use it. Please think about doing a video on that setup. Thank you. Don

  12. I really enjoy your video's Marc! As a camper vanner who goes off road, the Hiboost would be a huge asset to help keep me connected.

  13. Seen them in the shops , but got to confess never really needed one only a few times has the signal dropped out which has never been a problem but then I not a uploading films ……….but the places you go I would think it’s a great piece of kit

  14. I just saw this video. Somehow, I missed it even though we are subscribed. It is intriguing if it is less expensive than the major competitor

  15. Awesome. I am watching learning trying to get ready all I can hope one got there one day soon looking at solor and everything for RV got my attention

  16. Nice video Marc! Thanks,,, Just out of curiosity. how would you attach this to a PC so as to improve the speed of its input… Is such a thing possible? I was considering picking up a WeBoost, but wanted to make sure that it was compatible with a regular Win10 desktop first, my main office machine while I'm on the road…

  17. The field to add your birthday is red and it wont let us enter. The birthday is correct. Any idea how to fix this. Thanks, Don

  18. Alternative option for any of you working remote full-time is a directional yagi LTE antenna connected to the antenna ports on your hotspot. 150 dollars and you have incredible gain and lower latency for video calls.

  19. We work in nonprofit organizations and do lots of volunteer work. We need this for our camper to be able to do even more!! Great product and as always amazing video. I went through all of the entries but the green +1 button doesn't change?? Hope I am entered 🤞🤞🤞

  20. Hi Marc, Patricia and pups! The Hiboost would be great to support my travels into BLM lands and National Forest Campsites! Thanks for all the great content on your channel. Be safe out there!

  21. Mark: Long Time Subscriber here—-Yours are the BEST Camping Videos !!! Now for my complaint have been trying to enter contest 4+ times for what ever reason it wont let me—any help you might be able to give me would be appreciated ! Thanks Greg

  22. We just went full time so we are looking for a good booster. I like that comparison of a faraday cage. Very cool you set up this give away. Thanks. Alice

  23. I am having alot of difficulty trying to subscribe. If any entries got in great, if not I'll try next time. Good luck to all who did enter.

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