Last updated on January 18th, 2019.
There are many different cell signal boosters that are compatible with Verizon Wireless's network. And they all look similar.
So how can you tell them apart?
That's why we created this list. Not all Verizon signal boosters are made equal.
We tested dozens of different devices to see which perform best.
Whether you're looking to boost signal in your car, house, office, RV, truck, or boat – this list includes the best booster for amplifying your Verizon signal.
All Verizon cell signal boosters work the same way: they amplifying the signals being sent and received from your nearest Verizon tower.
Take a look at this diagram:
There are three main components to any Verizon signal booster:
Signal booster manufacturers list a lot of different technical specifications.
But here's the catch:
There's really only two specs you really need to pay attention to.
In fact, if you know whether your outdoor signal is weak or strong, only one of the two specs counts.
One of those specs is gain. Gain is the level of signal amplification the booster provides. Gain is measured in dB, and matters most when outdoor signal levels are weak.
The gain of a signal booster comes from not just the amplifier unit. It also comes from the outdoor antenna. Using a highly directional antenna with more “gain” increases the performance of the booster.
The other spec that matters is "downlink output power." This is the maximum signal that the amplifier can transmit inside. The downlink output power specification matters most when outside signal is strong.
If you're buying a Verizon cell phone signal booster for a building, this part is critical.
Before you buy, check your outdoor Verizon signal strength and signal quality.
Testing signal isn’t necessary if you’re buying a Verizon signal booster for a car, truck, RV or boat. However, if you’re choosing a Verizon booster for a building, it’s a must.
Read more about how to test your cell phone signal on Android and iOS devices.
If you’re looking for a Verizon booster, you probably have low bars. But low bars can mean one of two things: weak Verizon signal, or low signal quality.
Signal strength and quality are measured in different ways. For Verizon 4G LTE:
If you have low bars outdoors because of very weak signal (less than -80 dBm “RSRP”), then we recommend buying a provider-specific booster like the Cel-Fi GO X for Verizon. Carrier-specific boosters have more gain (up to 100 dB) and will get you the best signal and largest coverage area.
If you have low bars outdoors because of noisy signal (i.e. RSRP greater than -60 dBm, but SINR of less than 10 dB) then we recommend using a broadband booster from SureCall, Wilson, weBoost, or HiBoost, alongside a directional outdoor antenna. Broadband devices add less noise, and work better with low quality signal. Meanwhile a directional antenna helps reduce the noise by collecting signal from the direciton of the nearest tower.
Read more about how to test your cell phone signal on Verizon Android and iPhone devices here.
First off, we rigorously tested and reviewed all the boosters we sell in our lab to confirm their specs.
Specifically, we measured uplink and downlink gain and output power on all five cellular bands. That told us out which units should theoretically be the best in the field.
But theory and practice are a world apart. So in addition to lab tests, we talked to our installation team’s field technicians.
Our installation team conducts hundreds of installations in buildings between 20,000 and 500,000 sq ft. They understand these products better than almost anyone. We incorporated their feedback in making the recommendations below.
Finally, we got feedback from our team of Signal Specialists. We pride ourselves on offering cradle-to-grave support for the products we sell. That means that every year our Signal Specialists talk to thousands of customers about their installation experiences. They know exactly which products customer are most happy with.
Once you’ve tested the signal outside your building, you’ll know if you have weak or strong Verizon signal.
As a reminder:
If you have weak signal outdoors, the most important specification of the Verizon signal booster you choose is the gain.
Most boosters are limited to around 65 dB of gain by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). However, the FCC has special rules for “provider-specific” boosters, allowing for up to 100 dB gain. Provider-specific boosters only amplify signal for a single carrier at a time.
The Cel-Fi GO X is a “provider-specific” booster – and thus can amplify signal by up to 100 dB. The extra 35 dB makes a huge difference, particularly if you have weak signal outdoors. That’s why it’s at the top of our review of verizon cell phone signal booster.
Cel-Fi is the only manufacturer that makes provider-specific boosters, and the GO X is their most popular kit.
The GO X is a little bit more complicated to set up than other boosters, and we only recommend it if you have weak Verizon signal outdoors. If you have strong Verizon signal outside, we recommend checking out our other recommendations.
There are a few important caveats:
If Verizon signal outside the building is strong, you can use a “broadband” signal booster like the HiBoost Home 15K.
In stronger signal situations, you don’t need a lot of gain. The limiting factor for the performance of your system will be the “downlink output power” of the system you choose.
As a result, we recommend using a broadband booster. There are two main advantages to broadband signal boosters like the HiBoost Home 15K over provider-specific boosters like the Cel-Fi GO X for Verizon:
While there are many manufacturers of broadband boosters, we’ve received great feedback on HiBoost’s products. HiBoost is a relatively new entrant into the space, and are offering unmatched prices for the level of performance of their devices.
In our testing, the HiBoost Home 15K has 10 dBm of downlink output power, which is comparable to more expensive units like SureCall’s Fusion5s and Wilson’s Pro 70 Plus. The Home 15K also has a helpful LCD that shows gain and signal strength levels. Our support team notes that the LCD screen to be quite helpful for troubleshooting issues.
If you’re budget-conscious, we recommend using the SureCall Fusion4Home with Yagi and Panel Antennas, which is currently priced at $549.99.
We recommend the Fusion4Home if:
While the Fusion4Home is simple to set up, you shouldn’t expect a large coverage area. And it doesn’t include an LCD screen for troubleshooting.
An alternative for budget-conscious users is the weBoost Home 4G. This is the lowest-cost booster we sell, and while you’ll see some boost we only recommend it for users with strong outdoor signal who need a very limited coverage area.
With just 1 dBm downlink output power, this is the least powerful signal booster that made this list.
Ever since it was released in 2015, the Wilson Pro 70 Plus has been one of our top-selling kits. And it’s for good reason: the Wilson Pro brand is one of the best in the industry, and this kit performed excellently in our testing.
Like other broadband boosters, the Wilson Pro 70 Plus won’t just amplify Verizon’s signal: it’ll amplify signal for all carriers. And since it’s limited to around 65 dB gain by the FCC, it works best when you have strong signal outside the building.
With around 10 dBm of downlink output power, you can expect a relatively large coverage area of up to 10,000 square feet if you use the Wilson Pro 70 Plus with 4 indoor antennas. The intuitive LCD screen makes troubleshooting much simpler.
If you’re looking to improve Verizon signal in a larger building of up to 35,000 sq. ft. the SureCall Force5 2.0 is an excellent choice.
The previous-generation SureCall Force5 (now discontinued) was one of our most popular enterprise boosters for many years. Our own enterprise installation team has installed hundreds of them in buildings across the country.
This updated version offers even higher downlink output power (up to 15 dBm) and includes a built-in remote monitoring solution. If you’re looking for a Verizon signal booster for enterprise applications, the Force5 is an excellent choice.
The one downside compared to competing devices from Wilson (below) is an LCD screen. While it’s not a huge loss, you may want to consider the similarly-spec’d Wilson Pro 1000.
The team at Wilson Pro have spent a great deal of time and effort crafting an excellent lineup of signal boosters for enterprise applications. Almost every product is available in two formats: rack-mount and wall-mount. If you suffer from poor Verizon Wireless coverage in a larger building, their products are worth looking into.
The base model in the lineup is the Wilson Pro 1000, which has very similar specifications to the SureCall Force5 2.0. With 15 dBm of downlink output power, it can amplify Verizon signal to cover up to 35,000 sq ft. The rack-mountable version of the Wilson Pro 1000 is the Wilson Pro 1000R.
The Wilson Pro 1050 includes an “inline amplifier” that allows you to use considerably longer runs of coax without suffering loss of signal. If your outdoor antenna location with good Verizon Wireless signal is far away from the area you need to cover, the Wilson Pro 1050 is the right choice.
Unlike most boosters, the Wilson Pro 4000 has four indoor antenna ports. Each port offers 12 dBm downlink output power, which makes the Wilson Pro 4000 equivalent to installing four boosters. With just one amplifier, it’s possible to cover up to 100,000 square feet with improved Verizon connectivity.
The Wilson Pro 4000 also has a rack-mountable sibling, the Wilson Pro 4000R.
If you’re looking to cover an office space of up to 50,000 square feet, but don’t have strong, good quality signal outside your building, a signal booster won’t work. The Verizon Enterprise LTE Network Extender, also known as “Verizon eFemto,” is a great choice instead. The network extender is built by Samsung, and our installation team strongly recommends it for situations where there’s no outdoor signal.
Unlike most of our Verizon signal boosters, the eFemto doesn’t rely on outdoor signal. Instead, it connects back to Verizon’s core network over the Internet. The eFemto requires an Internet connection (with at least 30 Mbps up/down) in order to work correctly.
The eFemto also requires a GPS signal in order to work correctly. The device comes with a small GPS antenna that can be installed near a window, or you can also use a higher-grade outdoor GPS antenna if needed.
A couple of caveats:
The new weBoost Drive Reach offers the maximum 50 dB of in-vehicle gain permitted by the FCC for broadband mobile boosters, along with an additional up to 5 dBm of increased uplink and downlink power. The Drive Reach includes handy accessories for attaching the antenna to non-magnetic vehicles (e.g. aluminum and fiber-glass), and a clear installation manual.
As far as vehicle boosters go, the Drive Reach is the gold-standard. One important note though: you’ll see best performance when the Drive Reach’s in-vehicle antenna is directly next to your phone. So while the unit is technically “wireless” – you’ll still want to keep the in-vehicle antenna very near your phone.
While the Drive Reach is by far the best-performing Verizon vehicle booster, it’s not cheap. If budget is a concern, we recommend the weBoost Drive Sleek.
The Drive Sleek is a “cradle booster” – a unique format that’s patented by weBoost. The cradle expands vertically, making it compatible with any-sized device, and the device also offers a charging output for your device. The cradle can be mounted on your vehicle’s dash, or can also easily be detached so you can hold and use your device.
In our testing, we loved the Drive Sleek’s format. It’s easy to install and use, and the small, slim amplifier is easy to hide.
The FCC limits the gain that these cradle-style boosters can have. However, in our testing it still performed very well. While it won’t boost your Verizon signal nearly as much as the Reach, the cradle format ensures that your device always receives the best possible, amplified signal.
The weBoost Drive 4G-X OTR kit includes the same excellent amplifier as the Drive 4G-X. But instead of a magnetic mount antenna, it includes a OTR “trucker” antenna with a clamp mount.
While weBoost also offer a variant of the Drive 4G-X specifically for RVs (the weBoost Drive 4G-X RV), in our testing we found that the 4G-X OTR both performs better and is easier to install. The clamp-mount of the OTR kit can easily be attached to the exterior of most RVs. We particularly recommend attaching it to the rear ladder of your RV, if it has one.
As with almost all of our mobile booster kits, you’ll see best performance when your device is directly next to the 4G-X’s in-vehicle antenna. If you need true wireless coverage, we recommend using a Verizon hotspot to create a Wi-Fi network.
If you need better Verizon coverage when parked at RV parks and campgrounds, we recommend the weBoost Connect RV 65.
Unlike the Drive 4G-X, the Connect RV 65 is not classified as a “mobile” booster by the FCC. That means that instead of 50 dB gain, the Connect RV 65 is able to offer the same 65 dB level of amplification as in-home boosters.
The Connect RV 65 also includes a 25 ft mast, which allows the system’s outdoor antenna to rise above any obstacles (including your RV!) to get the best Verizon signal possible.
The Drive Reach is the same excellent performer that we describe above, while the 4G Marine Antenna is weather proof and salt water resistant, and made of stainless steel and fiberglass.
Since the Drive Reach is a “mobile” booster, it’s limited by the FCC to 50 dB of gain. For best performance, we recommend keeping your Verizon phone or tablet directly next to the booster’s indoor antenna. If you want true wireless coverage, we recommend using a Verizon hotspot instead.17
We know, it’s frustrating.
Verizon has perhaps the best cell phone service in the country. And you pay thousands of dollars every month for cell service.
But often, cell service can be less than ideal.
There’s a few reason why signal problems can happen:
Unfortunatley at this time there is no way to get a free Verizon Signal Booster. Years ago, Verizon used to offer free signal boosters to customers, however that practice was discontinued.
We've tried to keep these reviews as unbiased as possible. While the different kits do cost different amounts, and we do make different profits on them, one of our company's values is to do what's best for our customers. We'll never try to upsell you to something more expensive than you really need.
All of the kits that we sell for home users are designed to be easy to install. But while that's the case, they do involve installing an antenna on your roof. If you don't feel comfortable doing that yourself, any local handyman or electrician can perform the antenna installation for you.
Unfortunately not. No apps are able to give you better Verizon signal. While some apps may claim to do so, they are generally snake oil.
Even if you have a PhD in electrical engineering, making your own signal booster isn't a good idea. Use of signal boosters is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, and signal boosters must be certified in order to be used in the US.
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