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Old 07-08-2019, 08:20 AM   #1
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Boosting cell signal to Verizon Jetpack 8800L

We run a Verizon Jetpack MiFi 8800l and were in a campground with a few cell towers around so the signal wasnít great (2 bars).

What do some of you do when you run into this? Iíd be interested in what you do that works in regards to an external antenna or cell signal boosters.

Thanks,

Bob
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Old 07-08-2019, 08:28 AM   #2
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We use a Weboost 4g-X RV. Works great as long as you have have a signal to boost so it can not work magic. The amp itself does get warm so should not be mounted in a very confined space.
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Old 07-08-2019, 09:53 AM   #3
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Getting an antenna out of the trailer and higher can sometimes help. There are a wide variety of omni and directional antennas available. There are also inline amplifiers that can be used with these antennas.

Some of the amplifier/boosters like the Sleek that we use and some other Weboost products actually retransmit the cellular signal so there can be a reduction in speed just as there is with any radio frequency repeater. If you connect to the Mifi by wireless, there will be a further reduction in speed. I have found that I get the best results by tethering the Mifi to the router and connecting the computers to the router by ethernet. I have found that I need to speed test with and without the Sleek at each location. Sometimes the speed using the Sleek is slower than without it.
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Old 07-08-2019, 10:16 AM   #4
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Start with this $30 Netgear MIMO antenna. It often works better than my $500 weBoost cellular booster.

https://learntorv.com/netgear-hotspot-antenna/

Itís my go-to for when I need to improve speeds on the Jetpack. You have to try it in different windows since itís a directional antenna.
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Old 07-08-2019, 01:54 PM   #5
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X2 on Weboost

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We run a Verizon Jetpack MiFi 8800l and were in a campground with a few cell towers around so the signal wasnít great (2 bars).

What do some of you do when you run into this? Iíd be interested in what you do that works in regards to an external antenna or cell signal boosters.

Thanks,

Bob
We dropped Directv. Wasn't getting strong signal to Jetpack for Internet tv. Went with Weboost because everyone remarked how great the tech support was. They are excellent. They not only got me up and running but told me how to position antenna to Jetpack to get best streaming. Price is a little high but worth it. BTW... Find a Weboost already in stock at CW. You will save $20-$30 over Internet prices.
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We use a Weboost 4g-X RV. Works great as long as you have have a signal to boost so it can not work magic. The amp itself does get warm so should not be mounted in a very confined space.
X2, Works very well for me.
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Old 07-08-2019, 03:42 PM   #7
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X2, Works very well for me.
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My DW works online teaching high school science. The WeBoost really makes it possible for us to spend weeks at a time on the road. As another poster noted it can't make a signal out of thin air, but if there is any signal at all, it can generally make it useable.


It is pricey, but a small price to pay in our situation.
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I have the MiFi 8800 and have had good luck with the Netgear MIMO.

https://www.amazon.com/Netgear-60004...gateway&sr=8-3

Although it helps there is not much you can do for the 8800. It’s like putting lipstick on a pig. Verizon has known about the multiple 8800 problems and has had the fix sent to them by the manufacturer. For whatever reason Verizon refuses to push the update to their customers. The company recently stopped offering the 8800 unlimited plan so maybe they’re hoping everyone will get discouraged and cancel.

I had some dealings with Verizon 20 years ago and left because they came across as a very misleading and dishonest company. I put them in the same category as used car dealers. It appears they haven’t changed.
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Add a MIMO ANTENNA. it's not the bars. It's quality and breadth of signal. My $29 amazon hang it in a window MIMO does better than my on the roof single channel Wilson does with my at&t
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Old 07-09-2019, 06:25 AM   #10
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My DW works online teaching high school science. The WeBoost really makes it possible for us to spend weeks at a time on the road. As another poster noted it can't make a signal out of thin air, but if there is any signal at all, it can generally make it useable.


It is pricey, but a small price to pay in our situation.
Same here. My wife teaches at a local college and she needs a good high speed internet access.

Thanks to all who replied.

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