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Booster Antenna Works for Verizon & AT&T 4G LTE!

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Monday, 21 May 2012

Booster Antenna Works for Verizon & AT&T 4G LTE!

booster antenna with uml290
the booster antenna connected to the Verizon 3G/4G Pantech UML290

The 6" Booster Antenna has been one of 3Gstore's top-selling items year after year (in fact, it was the product that "started it all" for 3Gstore - the very first item we stocked seven years ago!), and for good reason: it's affordable, compact, portable, and it works very well at improving signal in fringe areas.

Since Verizon and then AT&T began rolling out their LTE networks a couple of years ago, the one downside to the Booster Antenna was that it didn't cover the 700mhz frequency band and therefore unfortunately wasn't suitable for users needing to boost signal to an LTE device... or so we thought!

We recently did some tests, and we confirmed that despite the fact that the manufacturer's specs list the supported frequencies as starting at 800mhz, the Booster Antenna does indeed work for both Verizon and AT&T! We then confirmed with the manufacturer, who also confirmed that there was indeed gain on the 700mhz frequency; they had just never had any reason to test or confirm its effectiveness on that band before LTE devices came into existence in the USA!

Our tests showed slightly better gain for Verizon LTE devices versus AT&T LTE (this makes sense since Verizon uses the upper portion of the 700mhz band while AT&T uses the lower part), but the Booster Antenna was effective for both and provided similar results as the Wilson 12" Magnetic Mount Antenna (which is known to support the 700mhz band). Here is a sampling of our test results:

Device

Initial RSSI (no antenna)

Initial speedtest (no antenna)

RSSI with Booster Antenna

Speedtest with Booster Antenna

RSSI with MagMount Antenna

Speedtest with MagMount antenna

Verizon Pantech UML290

-66dbm

13.19 down, 9.57 up

-64dbm

14.12 down, 9.69 up

-64dbm

13.41 down, 8.46 up

Verizon Novatel USB551L

-71dbm

11.01 down, 7.94 up

-58dbm

15.81 down, 8.41 up

-57dmb

11.52 down, 8.35 up

AT&T Elevate Hotspot

-105dbm

9.34 down, 2.86 up

-96dbm

11.49 down, 2.99 up

-95dbm

9.52 down, 2.87 up

The Booster Antenna consistently provided increased signal and speeds when compared to using no antenna at all, and the amount of improvement was similar to the Wilson 12" Magnetic Mount Antenna - ideal for situations where just a slight signal boost is needed to take with you while traveling so you can improve your signal when you encounter weaker areas.

Here is a video demonstrating the Booster Antenna's impact on an LTE device:


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