Tech Tip Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!
We often get people who call in asking if a booster will work for their situation. Each situation is unique in its own right. In this article we will discuss some common misconceptions and situations that we come across.

First let’s go over the basics of a signal booster and some of its capabilities. A cellular signal booster is a device used for boosting the cell phone reception to the local area by the usage of a reception antenna, a signal amplifier (booster), and an internal rebroadcast antenna. These systems use signal available from the tower and enhance it for inside a building or vehicle. There are different sized of boosters for different coverage areas and applications.

One misconception about our boosters is that they create signal. This is not true. There has to be a signal available in order to boost it. Zero multiplied by any number will still give you zero. Now, this does not mean that if you don’t have signal in your house/building that a signal booster will not help. Our system uses the signal from the outside antenna which usually placed on the roof where it can access a stronger signal. You will need to determine if there is accessible signal (usually enough to make a call) outside or on the roof (if you can do it safely).

Some individuals do not have access to the roof but can still get a signal from a window. Fortunately there are still solutions for these situations. We currently offer the DT (463105) and the DT 4G (460101) which include a receiving antenna that can be suctioned cupped to a window. Both of these products will cover a small area (usually one room depending on the starting signal strength) inside of your structure. Small area boosters must be used in these types of situations because a larger booster would cause feedback (receiving antenna picking up your own boosted signal).

We often have customers tell us that they have a hill 500 feet away from their house that if they climb to the top they can get good signal. They often ask if they can mount an antenna on the hill and run a cable to their building. Unfortunately they are not aware of line loss. Line loss, or attenuation, is the gradual loss of the intensity of the signal caused by the resistance of the cable. Running cables long distances renders the signal useless by the time that it reaches the signal booster. The general rule is that you have to have a signal in the immediate area to use a booster.

These are just a few examples of situations that a booster may or may not work. When in doubt call our Customer Support Department at 866-294-9234 or chat with us online through our website. We are more than happy to help you figure out what will work for you.

Have a question you’d like to see featured on our Tech Tip? Let us know in the comments section below, or on Facebook/Twitter.


Happy Thursday! Want to win a free cell phone signal booster? Just tell us what this is in the comments below!

We will randomly select one lucky winner. Happy guessing!

Wireless Wednesday–Are you a nomophobe?

Do you become anxious when you can’t get a good cell phone signal?
Do you panic when your phone begins dropping calls?
Are signal inconsistencies so frustrating for you, you’ve often thought about taking a cell phone sabbatical?

Over half of today’s cell phone users admit to having a smartphone addiction so strong, they suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, and distress when they are unable to use their phone.
Does this sound like you?
You’re not alone!

Check out to take our quiz and see what nomophobe you are, and of course, win FREE stuff!

Tech Tip Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!

This week for our special tech tip post, we asked our Technical Support department what one question they get in their department. See what they had to say below–

One question that we run into is “Will this booster work on GSM and CDMA?” or “What is the difference between CDMA and GSM?”

The easy answer to the first question is yes, our boosters work with both. The easiest way that I choose to describe all of this is the following: they are different languages that are spoken through the same megaphone. The megaphone will amplify whatever is being said because it doesn’t care if you are speaking French, Spanish, or English. All it knows is that you are talking through it. The same thing happens with our boosters. As long as the signal is “speaking” on a channel the booster can see, the voice will be amplified. So, in a nutshell, the booster doesn’t care what “language” your phone speaks (CDMA or GSM), it just cares that it can hear your carrier’s voice.

As always, if you have any specific questions, feel free to comment below, leave us a tweet or Facebook message, or you can even contact our Technical Support at (866)294-1660 or

Wireless Wednesday–”Wilson Electronics to Feature New Product at InfoComm 2014″

ST. GEORGE, Utah–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wilson Electronics, LLC (, manufacturer of North America’s top-selling line of cellular signal boosters, to feature two new boosters for its Custom Installer (WCI) lineup at InfoComm 2014, booth C4726.

The Pro 70 and the Pro 70X are high performance cellular signal boosters designed specifically for custom integration applications in larger venues where weak cell reception is a problem indoors. Both cellular signal boosters detect and amplify weak outside cellular signals which are then redistributed inside structures, resulting in reliable voice and data coverage (including 4G) inside today’s energy efficient – but cellular challenged – buildings.

The Pro 70 booster is designed for installations where one inside antenna is sufficient for improved indoor signal coverage and ships as a complete kit including outdoor and indoor antennas, lightning surge protector and RG-11 cable. The Pro 70X booster is designed for wider indoor distribution of the cell signals in applications where four or more inside antennas are required.

“The Pro 70 and Pro 70X are optimized to provide solid coverage in larger venues,” said Joe Banos, managing director, strategic market development. “Signal boosters like the Pro 70 and Pro 70X represent a tangible new revenue opportunity for contractors and custom installers. They are a perfect opportunity to circle back to an existing customer with a new product that can demonstrably improve their cellular communications, while boosting integrators’ bottom line.”

Like the Pro 70, the Pro 70X ships as a complete kit except it includes four indoor antennas and splitters. Expansion kits consisting of additional splitters and indoor antennas are available for even wider indoor signal distribution. Like all Wilson Electronics signal boosters, these units are designed to work with all U.S. carrier networks and technologies, feature numerous network protection techniques, and are FCC certified to the most up-to-date technical specifications.

Additionally, the Wilson Electronics team will be showing the newly redesigned RF Signal Meter, a portable, multi carrier signal detector that measures signal strength of available cellular signals at any location, and displays actual signal levels on the device’s LCD screen.

The RF Signal Detector is typically used to map the outdoor cellular signal strengths around a building for proper outside antenna placement as well as orientation. It can also be used to verify indoor signal improvement results. Cellular signal booster systems are typically no more difficult to install than a satellite TV system.

The RF Signal Meter’s new features include an internal rechargeable battery that provides up to 30 days of stand-by power and up to three hours of continuous use, a new ergonomic case for easier handheld operation and a larger, more high definition screen.

Tech Tip Tuesday

Happy Tech Tip Tuesday! We hope your week is going great! This week we’re looking at an in-depth question from one of our readers. See below!–

Q:  I have purchased and used the Sleek 4G signal booster along with the Mini Magnet antenna and I installed the antenna on the roof of my Class B RV. The whole system works really well. Amazing what happens when I attach my Sprint phone to the cradle. Have gone from 3g and 3 bars to 4g and all bars many times. My question is–
1. The cable from the antenna to the cradle is too short. The cradle is kind of hanging in the middle between the seats because I need more line. If I purchase longer cable – say 10′, would the reception go down appreciably?
2. What would be the difference in reception if I were to purchase the longer magnetic mount?

A:  The cable that comes on the magnet mount antenna is 12.5 feet long, and it is RG174. Due to the amount of loss within a smaller cable, we do not recommend using an extension cable without an extremely strong signal outside of the RV/Vehicle. When you add 10 feet of RG174 you will lose all the gain that the antenna adds to the system. However, adding 10 feet of RG58 will only cause a loss of half that of the RG174.

There is the suction cup window bracket, which will allow you to place the magnet mount antenna on the inside of the window while you are driving, or on the outside of the window when you are stopped. That bracket is part number 901128, and can be seen at the following link:

As Always, Customer Support and Technical Support are always here to help. We are happy to discuss any situation to make sure you have the best for your personal situation. You can reach us by leaving us a comment below, or on our Facebook/Twitter, or by calling/emailing us at (866)294-1660

Wilson Electronics Expands Custom Installer Group

InfoComm 2014

ST. GEORGE, Utah–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wilson Electronics, LLC (, manufacturer of North America’s top-selling line of cellular signal boosters, is pleased to announce personnel changes to the Wilson Electronics Custom Installer (WCI) team.

Blake Seese, who helped launch the company WCI program, was promoted to national training manager. In his new role, he will create and implement Wilson’s national training program for resellers and distributors, as well as continue to support WCI certification training and trade shows. In addition, he will also develop a sales associate training program for Wilson’s consumer products and retailers.

To help with the continued growth and direction of the WCI program, two new regional sales managers will join the company. Eric Mercil, who most recently managed Monster Cable’s Distribution and Regional/Independent Channel, in addition to driving sales rep management in the U.S., will oversee the WCI efforts for the Eastern Region. Joe Wood, who most recently worked as a Sales Manager with the manufacturer’s rep firm Momentum Group and also worked as the VP of Sales for RevelTV, will manage the WCI efforts for the Western Region.

“We’ve been working for almost two years growing and training our extensive network of custom installers, and we’re poised to help take this program to the next level,” said Joe Banos, Wilson Electronics managing director of strategic markets who oversees the WCI team. “Bringing on Joe and Eric, who are both seasoned experts in the field, and freeing up Blake to focus on training our existing and future installers and resellers, allows us to continue to expand at a rapid rate to better serve our integrators and customers.”

Mercil and Wood bring years of experience working with reps, as well as customers in the custom installer and integrator space, and both are excited to join the Wilson team and driving the many opportunities lying ahead for Wilson and the expanding product category. The team will be on hand at InfoComm 2014, at Wilson Electronics booth, #C4726.