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What's The Difference Between The weBoost Drive 4G-M & Drive 4G-X?

on 2017 Aug 10th

The Town and Country Options

Living in a rural, remote or countryside area with limited cell phone signal requires a slightly different boost than their urban counterparts. We have two contenders to solve our problems but let’s investigate to see which of the two will give optimal performance in those areas. 

These two extremely popular cell phone signal boosters, for cars, trucks, RV’s and boats, are the weBoost Drive 4G-M (Model: 470108) and weBoost Drive 4G-X (Model: 470510).

The End of the World?

When you are traveling in your vehicle, you can frequently experience weak 3G and 4G LTE signals. That translates to frustrating dropped calls, snail pace internet and the inability to download from the net or send texts. The modern day waking nightmare. 

When you invest in a signal booster you can immediately get improved coverage. 

Your data speeds start accelerating again and you can finish a conversation with this more reliable service. Your cell phone is fully operational again and able to keep you connected. 

The end of the world has been diverted!

Sensational Similarities

Our two options both offer exceptional signal boosting performance. They both boost talk, text, internet speed and 3G & 4G LTE data for use in cars, trucks, RV’s and boats. 

Fantastic! 

Up to 4 cellular devices can utilize the booster at any given time. It also works for all Canadian cell phone carriers. They offer up to +50dB gain. I know you are probably wondering why they have different model names if they do exactly the same thing.

Defining Difference

But there is actually a key difference between these two superb models that ensures specific targeting for either the urban or rural setting. They both have the exact same downlink (download) speeds, as you can see from the specs below. 

But when it comes to uplink power, The Drive 4G-X is the hands down winner. It’s uplink power is the maximum amount allowed by the FFC regulations with s +3 dB uplink on all 5 cellular frequency bands.

As you can see the key differentiator is in the uplink department.

weBoost Drive 4G-M (470108) Upload & Download Specs:

weBoost Drive 4G-X (470510) Upload & Download Specs:

Uplink Power Benefits

What benefit will a 24+ uplink power boost give me? 

Well, as you are driving along in either an urban or rural environment you might lose signal from your nearest cell tower. It could be too far away and be just too weak to give your cell phone the juice it needs to keep operational. Your cell phone booster goes to work extending its reach and looking for the nearest, best cell signal. It then pulls the signal into your orbit, amplifies it considerably and then rebroadcasts the enhanced signal inside your car so you can keep on talking and texting (well if you’re the passenger or have come to a complete stop).

Now when you look at the double uplink output of the Drive 4G-X it means that, in theory, it should offer 2x the reach from its outside antenna to the closest cell tower. This gives it about 30-60% more reach than its good friend the Drive 4G-M. Of course there are also always other factors at play like natural (mountains) or manmade (concrete, glass, metal) obstructions that always play a role in weakened signal.

Best Option for Remote and Urban Areas?

So which is the better choice for remote rural areas? 

Definitely the Drive 4G-X because of its increased uplink power. Both models download and amplify at the same power but if there is a scarcity of cell towers in a particular area, the Drive 4G-X is going to give you the best boost.

In city and other urban areas, the weBoost Drive 4G-M is ideal for delivering great signal.

Heading out into the middle of nowhere –go with the weBoost Drive 4G-X.

A Last word on Power Increases

Decibels (dB) are measured exponentially. What this means is that a +/- 1 dB gain or loss is epic. Here's a quick chart showing dB & power increase:

dB Power Amplified
+1 1.3x
+2 1.6x
+3 2.0x
+4 2.5x
+5 3.1x
+6 4.0x

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