I still remember when my kids were small, probably around the year 2000, that we first brought the internet and a computer into our home. Back then, I struggled with the decision. I didn’t know exactly what the internet did and why in the world would I want it. We lived in Alaska at that time, and I quickly learned to appreciate how close the internet could bring me to my family in Florida. One November day, I took my three kids to stand in front of a web camera that faced into downtown Fairbanks. The temperature was well under freezing. However, I made a special effort so my family could see us online almost 5000 miles away. Fast forward to today and my story seems a bit ridiculous. My phone can allow me to facetime from pretty much anywhere. “Pretty much” being the keyword. While people in urban areas enjoy practically flawless internet. Those in rural areas struggle to find quality rural internet to access basic applications. In our quest to find quality internet, we discovered the weboost signal boosters, here is our full review.
Rural Internet on Kowalski Mountain
We travel to the homestead frequently, while we enjoy the disconnect somewhat, we still need to access the internet for a variety of reasons. Searching the internet for needed supplies has become standard practice. As we grow the blog and our online presence, reliable internet is a necessity to make that happen. Not to mention after a long day, we like to stream a little tv to relax and wind down. The most reliable internet seems to be on the mountain, I always get the best service sitting high in a tree stand. However, wandering around our 68 acres chasing just one more bar of internet strength is impractical and annoying.
LTE Connection: Quality Rural Internet Solution?
Since we sold the house, we have changed to an LTE internet connection. It works similarly to a cell phone, in that the box receives the signal and then acts as a router for it to be shared among devices in our home. We tried a couple of different LTE providers before we found one that worked acceptably, even in our suburban area.
One of the “leading” providers of rural and nomadic users (like full-time RVer’s) was a disastrous experience. We tried three different systems and price points that couldn’t provide basic service of 25Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload speeds. I became an internet stalker, searching for free WiFi where ever I could find it! I’d sit outside of coffee shops trying to get enough signal to take care of everyday business. It left me really discouraged that if we couldn’t get sufficient internet here in Florida in a very suburban area, we were in big trouble when it came to finding quality rural internet on the homestead.
Satisfactory Connection in Suburbia
We finally found an LTE provider that provides adequate service here in Florida. When we travel to Kentucky, we simply take our LTE device with us and plug it in. It works sometimes. The first time we took it, it was awesome, we could stream and do some basic functions. However, the wind must have been blowing just right, because, since that time, we have gotten very subpar internet on the homestead. We’d sit to watch a movie and I’d tell Philip I’m going to watch the spinning circle. All that would happen was the device would show it was trying to connect but would inevitably fail. We’d end up watching an old DVD that we had left in a cupboard.
WeBoost Signal Booster Review
I watched a few reviews by other homesteaders and was encouraged that even content creators were satisfied by the internet service they can get using their phones as a hot spot using a signal booster. We opted to give it a try.
I researched the different types of signal boosters and we settled on the WeBoost Destination RV Signal booster. This signal booster boasts the most powerful cell signal boosting that you can get for a stationary RV. We knew we were dealing with terrain issues and also the distance from the cell towers as multiple obstacles that would interfere with our ability to get sufficient signal. They sell less expensive boosters that are not as powerful of a signal booster. Considering we want to be able to grow the online presence of Kowalski Mountain. We want a good signal to have access to the best internet speeds we can possibly get.
Initial WeBoost Review
We hooked up the Weboost Destination RV Signal Booster when we arrived. Surprisingly we were having pretty good internet connection without it. I was able to load a short video to YouTube, something I have never been able to do before. However, the winds must have shifted, because that window of wonderful internet was short-lived. Even after we hooked up the Weboost, my speed test results have been declining. The best I have had was at about 13.3 Mbps download speed with the worst under 5 Mbps. That is far from the recommended 25 Mbps.
I’ve been on the phone with customer service which has been very good. They gave me a lot of tips and ideas, so we’re trying them out. One of the most important things we need to do is aim the antenna at the cell towers. I downloaded an app to help find them but it won’t pick up any towers. We used a website to locate the direction to the towers and are aiming the antennae in that direction.
I am able to do some basic internet work and was able to upload this video to YouTube, but it took several hours and slowed the system down significantly that we couldn’t do anything else on the internet. All other devices would just spin trying to load.
Weboost has only a 30-day money-back guarantee and we are well outside of that window. I am quite disappointed in our results. We have a taller pole we can try and we can also keep adjusting the aim of the antenna.
Installation Video and Problem Solving
Update: WeBoost Review Months Later
After using the WeBoost Destination RV signal booster for many trips to Kowalski Mountain, I wanted to update the status of this Weboost review. We still find the booster to be inadequate for our internet needs. So much so, that I actually just unplugged it and started chasing bars on my cell phone again for my social media needs.
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About the Author: Barbra-Sue Kowalski grew up on a small hobby farm. She was always drawn to farm life, however, she was stuck in an urban life far from her roots. Barbra-Sue was a single mom for 13 years, raising her 3 children on her own. She met Philip in 2018 and they married in 2021. Between the two of them, they have 5 grown children and 4 grandchildren. These empty nesters are following their dreams! As they both turn 50, they are building their off-grid homestead to live the life that they dream about. Learn more about Philip and Barbra-Sue here. Contact them here. To leave a comment on this post, please scroll down.