If you’re tired of consistently languishing in one to two bar territory, you might be interested in a signal booster. Did you know you can actually get a number on how strong your signal is instead of those vague bars? This is only one of the things we learned from the weBoost eqo cell booster, a device that promises to maximize reception for your phone.
Here are the step-by-step instructions for how to turn those cell signal bars into a number measured in decibels (dBm) that more precisely indicates reception strength. -50 is about the strongest you will ever see, with -100 being on the very low end of the spectrum, going as low as -115 (almost no service at all). This is the first step in setting up the weBoost eqo cell phone signal booster. Once you’ve made that change, your top bar will look something like this:
If you find yourself in high negative numbers, you probably experience a lot of dropped calls, calls that break up, and irritatingly unsent text messages. When enough is enough, you may start looking for a signal booster. You should first try to see what your cell phone carrier offers since some offer discounted cell signal boosters. You might as well do this anyway, because the law dictates that you must register a cell phone boosting product with your carrier. weBoost has a page linking to each carrier’s form for signal booster registration, and if you want more information about the law, you can check out what the FCC has to say about it. If you have trouble with any of this, weBoost’s customer service is phenomenal. They quickly answer emails with clear and precise direction.
After jumping in and buying the $349 weBoost eqo cell signal booster, registering it with your carrier, and converting your cell signal info from bars to decibels, you can go about setting the device up. Start by going around the house, switching your phone to airplane mode, then turning airplane mode off and seeing what the signal in each area is. Find the strongest signal you can find (the lowest negative number), likely where a window is. That is where you want to install the weBoost eqo.
Setup is fairly simple and based on a red light/green light system. After taking the booster and antenna out of the box and connecting the appropriate wires, place the booster wherever signal is strongest. Then, place the antenna up to six feet or more away from the booster, facing the same direction as the booster (not facing the booster). Then, plug it in. You will see it blink green/red a bit and then settle on green or red, indicating whether or not you are getting an amplified signal to the antenna correctly.
This can take some tweaking. One obstacle is that the place where your strongest signal is may not be a place where you want two conspicuous black units that clash with the decor or, worse yet, make for a tripping hazard. The booster and antenna are connected through a wire that is about 25 feet long, so it can definitely get in the way. Once you find the setup that works, you need to hide the cords so you don’t trip on them.
Did it Boost the Signal?
Yes. Normally, the area is in a nearly dead zone (-110), but once it was plugged in, that was boosted considerably to -95. That may not sound like much, but it makes a world of difference when calls don’t get dropped and messages actually get sent out. The antenna gave a boosted signal to the room it was in and a nearby room, but not the room farthest from the unit. So, in addition to finding the place in your home with the best reception, you should probably also try to keep it in the room where you will be making the most phone calls.