Do you need a cell phone signal booster for your home? If you answered yes to that question, you have come to the right place. In this blog post, I will be reviewing the WeBoost Eqo Cell Phone Signal Booster.
If you live in a neighborhood where there’s weak cell phone service you know exactly how inconvenient it is. It’s difficult when you’re trying to have a conversation with someone on the phone and the other person is having a hard time hearing you or vice versa.
WeBoost Eqo Cell Phone Signal Booster:
The WeBoost Eqo Cell Phone Signal Booster works by improving your network connectivity and performance. If you have a weak signal the Signal Booster is supposed to make the signal stronger.
The WeBoost Eqo is relatively easy for anyone to setup, but does it actually work the way it’s supposed to? In this blog post I will answer that very question.
Hardware And Setup:
The WeBoost Eqo weighs 2.4 pounds and its dimensions are 12 x 9 x 4 inches (HWD) the WeBoost Eqo logo and a status LED is located at the front.
The WeBoost Eqo is made of plastic and it comes with an antenna, a 25 foot coaxial cable, and a power supply. On the left side of the WeBoost Eqo there’s an input for a coaxial cable, a charting port, and a connector for an external antenna (which is not included).
The WeBoost Eqo’s antenna is shaped very similar to the WeBoost Eqo but it’s smaller and it’s made from the same type of plastic.
The antenna has a stand and it weighs 1.9 pounds and its dimensions are 9 x 8 x 3 inches. The antenna comes equipped with built in mounting brackets which gives you the option of hanging it on a wall.
The unit of measure for signal strength is dB (decibel) or dBm (decibel-milliwatts) and the lower the dB the better the reception. So a dB of -100 or higher is considered a weak signal, and a dB of -60 to -80 is considered a strong signal.
To use the WeBoost Eqo you must find the place with the strongest cell phone signal in your home.
To find the signal strength on an Android phone you must do the following: On your phone, go to Settings + About Phone + Network + SIM Status then you’ll see a display of your signal strength in dB or dBm.
For iPhone users it’s a little more complex, if you have an iPhone you must launch the phone dialer and call *3001#12345#* this will allow you to enter the Field Test Mode.
Then you must pull down the notification shade, and you will see the signal strength in the upper left-hand corner.
Once you have a signal that’s good enough to use your phone, the WeBoost Eqo should be able to improve it.
WeBoost Eqo has stated that you must have a signal that is strong enough to make a call in order for the booster to work effectively.
If the reception is too weak to make a call or you have absolutely no reception in your home, the WeBoost Eqo will not work for you.
Put the WeBoost Eqo wherever you get the strongest signal and connect it to the power supply.
Then you must make sure that the part with the LED is not turned towards the window or the wall, it must be turned into the room so you can see it.
At this stage, the LED should be red because the antenna hasn’t been connected as yet.
To setup the antenna you must put it in a place where you use your cell phone the most, and the WeBoost Eqo and the antenna must be facing each other.
In order for this to work effectively the minimum distance between the two devices should be 6 feet and the maximum distance should be 25 feet because that’s the maximum length of the coaxial cable.
If you would prefer to have the devices further apart you can buy a longer coaxial cable and replace it with the 25 feet coaxial cable.
When the WeBoost Eqo and the antenna has been connected, the LED light on the WeBoost Eqo will turn green, this means that everything is working the way it is supposed to.
However, if the LED light is orange after you’ve connected it, this means that the WeBoost Eqo is too close to an external signal and therefore you must change its location.
Once you’ve followed these steps and you have seen the green light you should have a stronger cell phone signal in your home.
However, if you would really like to get the most out of the WeBoost Eqo you can get an external antenna and attach it to improve the overall performance.
The setup really isn’t very difficult and once you have everything setup you will not have to pay any monthly fees with the WeBoost Eqo.
Performance And Functionality:
The WeBoost Eqo is compatible with all the major U.S. cell phone service providers. I tested the the WeBoost Eqo with my Droid DNA with the Verizon Wireless service.
Prior to installing the WeBoost Eqo my reception was -99 dBm, after installing the WeBoost Eqo my reception was -87 dBm.
I noticed an improvement in my upload speeds, download speeds, call quality, and clarity.
The WeBoost Eqo can effectively cover up to 1,500 square feet, I performed this test with the Verizon Wireless service and it worked well for me.
However, I don’t know if the WeBoost Eqo will perform as well with the other major U.S. cell phone service providers.
My Final Thought:
The WeBoost Eqo worked well for me, it definitely did what it was supposed to. The network performance and signal strength were enhanced with the use of this device. However, if your home is bigger than 1,500 square feet you should not get the WeBoost Eqo.
It would be better to get a more powerful signal booster such as the weBoost Connect 4G-X.
The WeBoost Eqo Cell Phone Signal Booster is available at Amazon.com for $349.99, please let me know about your experiences with the WebBoost Eqo in the comment section below.