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Verizon Signal Booster Guide: Only The Best Products

Verizon Signal Booster Guide: Only The Best Products

Problem

Verizon consistently ranks among the best networks in the nation. However, no matter how strong Verizon's signals may be, it is possible for them to weaken due to factors beyond their control.

Obstructions both manmade and natural can lead to disruptions to your service, impeding your access to the cellular service needed to get through the day. These include, but are certainly not limited to, the following factors:

  • Inside interference: Glass, metal, bricks, concrete, etc.
  • Outside interference: Buildings, tall trees, mountains and hills, etc.

At their worst, these obstacles can even lower your bars to zero! This happens with pretty much any service provider, though, due to the way signals work, so consumers shouldn’t be too hard on their carriers when it happens.

For moments like these, it’s a good idea to get a third party signal booster. Don’t lose bars because of nearby structural issues blocking your ability to access your texts and emails or make phone calls. There are plenty of signal boosters out there to meet your home, office, or vehicle needs.

Solution/How It Works

There’s no magic to a signal booster. They work by amplifying existing signals, making it easier for you to take care of everything you need to do with little worry. The strongest devices are carrier-specific, however, all-carrier models provide flexibility.

We’ve done all the research needed to find the best of the best signal boosters to help keep your Verizon service running smoothly. What follows is a listing of our recommendations for home, office, and vehicles.


Verizon Signal Booster for Home

Our Pick: Cel-Fi Duo for Verizon

  • Boosts 3G & 4G LTE indoors for Verizon
  • Up to 13,000 sq ft coverage
  • Up to +100 dB Gain

Easily the strongest Verizon signal booster available for your home.

Cel-Fi is the ONLY manufacturer that has carrier-specific models, which makes their devices provide the best and biggest coverage, with gains of +100 dB versus the +70 dB gains from their nearest competitors. A +30 dB gain difference is exponential in the world of radio frequency with power at 1000x!

One of the best features of the Cel-Fi is its lack of cables and wires, which makes setting up the two involved wireless units a breeze. Place one near a window for bringing in the signal, and the other on the opposite side of the house for broadcasting throughout the home.

As mentioned earlier, this device only works with the Verizon network. If you think you might change carriers at any point, you’ll need to pick up a Cel-Fi unit for the new provider. Alternately, you can also get a less-powerful model that works with any carrier.

Also Good: SureCall Fusion4Home

  • Boosts 3G & 4G LTE indoors for all carriers
  • Up to 4,000 sq ft coverage
  • Up to +72 dB Gain

Under best conditions, this model can boost signals inside your whole house. It’s possible to see gains of up to 4,000 square foot!

If you’re looking for an all-carrier signal booster rather than a carrier-specific one, SureCall offers among the best devices. It’s the best investment if you think you might be changing providers.

For Smaller Spaces: weBoost Home 4G

  • Boosts 3G & 4G LTE indoors for all carriers
  • Up to 1,500 sq ft coverage
  • Up to +60 dB Gain

The weBoost Home 4G is a good choice for smaller areas in your home that might need a little help with signal boosting.

It provides assistance with all carriers, and can reach a range of about 1,500 square feet. We recommend it for home offices - the device sits right there on your desk - and single-room use.


Verizon Signal Booster for Vehicle

Our Pick: Cel-Fi Go-M Verizon

  • Boosts 3G & 4G LTE for Verizon
  • For any car, truck, RV, and boat
  • Up to +70 dB Gain

Easily the strongest Verizon car signal booster on the market available today, providing gains of up to +70 dB. By contrast, the competitors usually only hit around +50 dB. With the download of an app, you’re able to switch to another carrier such as AT&T, so you don’t have to worry about replacing this device if you ever leave Verizon.

Thanks to a weatherproof NEMA 4-rated enclosure, you can also install this car signal booster on the outside of your vehicle. That makes it a unique option in its class.

Also Good: SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0

  • Boosts 3G & 4G LTE for all carriers
  • For any car, truck, RV, and boat
  • Up to +50 dB Gain

With a durable, all-metal build making heat dissipation a snap, this is one of the top all-carrier car signal boosters available to consumers. It also comes with internal and external antennas capable of being upgraded for enhanced service.

SureCell is committed to consistently improving its Fusion2Go model - this is the third - so you know this is a good one..

For Cradle Mounts: weBoost Drive Sleek

  • Boosts 3G & 4G LTE for all carriers
  • For any car, truck, and RV
  • Up to +23 dB Gain

When you’re on the road, you definitely want to be as hands-free as possible if you have to communicate via smartphone. The weBoost Drive Sleek comes with a cradle mount, and it’s capable of holding a variety of devices, including some tablets. In general, you should see gains of about +23 dB, so you can use this in most cars, trucks, and even RVs.

In general, you’re going to see the best results when you use this signal booster in urban areas, but it’ll still get the job done if you need to drive somewhere rural.


Verizon Signal Booster for Commercial Buildings

Our Pick: Cel-Fi Quatra for Verizon

  • Boosts 3G & 4G LTE indoors for Verizon
  • Up to 200,000 sq ft coverage
  • Up to +100 dB Gain

The best, strongest Verizon signal booster for commercial buildings is roughly 1000x more powerful than the comparative leading all-carrier booster - a difference from +70 dB to +100 dB, in fact.

This model is made up of two parts:

  • A network unit (NU), which boosts existing signals for up to four coverage units.
  • A coverage unit (CU), which broadcasts these boosted signals signals in an area of up to 50,000 square feet. If you fully stack your Quatra, you’re looking at a possible coverage of around 200,000 square feet.

Also of note, rather than coax cables, the Cel-Fi Quatara instead requires power of ethernet (PoE) Cat5e cables to enhance the quality of digital signals, as well as keep them running for longer than they would with analog equipment. Cable runs are about 3x the size of RG-6, LMR400, and similar cables.

Also Good: WilsonPro 70 Plus (50 Ohm)

  • Boosts 3G & 4G LTE indoors for all carriers
  • Up to 35,000 sq ft coverage
  • Up to +72 dB Gain

Wilson Electronics, who leads the North American market in consumer and commercial signal booster sales, consistently ends up with the all-carrier WilsonPro 70 Plus on its bestseller list. It can hit a range of around 35,000 square feet with maximum outdoor signal quality.

Budget: HiBoost Commercial 20K

  • Boosts 3G & 4G LTE indoors for all carriers
  • Up to 20,000 sq ft coverage
  • Up to +72 dB Gain

One of the most budget-friendly models available for commercial buildings. It’s ideal for smaller spaces between 5,000 and 15,000 square feet.


Why It’s Not 100% Verizon’s Fault, It’s Also Your Building Material

Indoor cell phone use accounts for the highest rate of dropped calls, given that 80% of all calls are made indoors. In fact, over 72% of instances of smartphone use indoors contends with some form of dropped calls, issues with voice quality, and/or slowed down internet.

The reason why?

Pretty much any network, Verizon included, can take a dip in quality because of the materials making up your home or commercial building. Distance between you and a cell tower will always be a factor in call, text, and internet quality, but outside obstructions like trees, tall buildings, mountains, and others can also lead to issues. The top reason why your calls are dropping is building materials and the layout of the building you’re in, though.

The following are the 7 most common materials that can compromise your cellular access’ quality:

  1. Metal: Most types of metal will be problematic to your signal. The most common metals used in building - in no particular order - are brass, copper, aluminum, steel, iron, tin, etc.
  2. Low-E- Glass: Although a great choice for making a building energy efficient and eco-friendly, it’s also a major reason why you might deal with signal issues indoors.
  3. Brick/Concrete: The thickness and durability of brick and concrete are capable of weakening - if not outright blocking - your service.
  4. Plaster /Drywall: Although less of an issue than brick and concrete, plaster and drywall can still dampen your ability to make calls and texts.
  5. Wood: Thicker plans of wood can function similarly to plaster and drywall when interacting with cell signals.
  6. Thick Walls: Thick walls are at their most annoying nearest the center of the building.
  7. Electromagnetic Interference: Standing too close to wireless machines, TVs, computers, and other devices that emit RF noise may also cause disrupts.

You could be standing immediately next to a cell tower and still experience some hiccups on your service due to these and other building materials. A signal booster is a worthwhile investment in most situations.

Verizon Frequency Bands

The following are the major Verizon frequency bands. Understand that local and statewide service can be updated.

Verizon Frequency Bands
Band 17700 MHz
Band 13700 MHz
Band 5850 MHz
Band 41700-2100 MHz
Band 251900 MHz

Finding Your Verizon Cell Phone Signal Strength & Cell Tower Location

Bars are often your first indicator of cell phone signal strength, but they aren’t always the most reliable. But they aren’t the exclusive way to gauge access.

dBm is actually your best bet in seeing just how strong your cell phone is; this is the metric by which signals are measured. -50 dBm is the ideal, and should show up as full bars, and -120 dBm is the poorest possible signal.

Use the following methods to find your dBm :

Field Test Mode (Using Your Cell Phone)

For iPhone Users:

Thanks to Apple’s removal of easy access to your dBm in Field Test Mode, it’s a little harder to get a reading - especially since there’s two different chipsets, Intel and Qualcomm.

This is how to find the dBm of your iPhone with the Qualcomm chipset for Verizon customers:

  • On phone mode, call: *3001#12345#*.
  • If you see the following options: 1x EV-DO and 1x, congrats, you can find your dBm.
  • Tap on 1x EV-DO.
  • The number next to RX AGC0 is your dBm reading.

Don’t fret if you’re unable to find your dBm this way. There are plenty of smartphone apps that can reliably give you all the info. Scroll below for a list.

For Android Users

Thanks to Android’s open system, it’s a little easier to find your dBm. Keep in mind that, despite these being general instructions, the details can vary based on who manufactured your phone. Luckily, hewing closely to these will still get you to where you need to be.

  • Access your Settings.
  • Tap on About phone.
  • Tap on Status.
  • Tap on SIM status.
  • Your dBm reading should be under Signal strength.

Smartphone Apps

Apps are extremely beneficial when you need information about the closest cell phone tower and dBm readings. Which ones to pick is another story, though. We have our favorites, though. You can’t go wrong with any of the following apps to test your cell phone or smartphone signal speeds:

For iPhone Users:

For Android Users:


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Meredith Nudo & James N
18th Jun 2018

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