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SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 RV vs weBoost Drive 4G-X RV

SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 RV vs weBoost Drive 4G-X RV
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A few days ago, I had the opportunity to compare the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 RV vs weBoost Drive 4G-X RV. We tested both RV kits at a location we found with terrible cell phone reception.

I temporarily installed both booster kits and made a series of test calls and data speed tests to see if one booster would perform better than the other. I had a friend there to help me film the results, and I was pretty surprised at the difference in performance.

Here’s a quick teaser video that gives a briefer overview of the results:

Test Procedure

We used the following procedures to compare the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 RV vs weBoost Drive 4G-X RV kits.

  • I mounted both the SureCall and the weBoost antenna to the ladder on the back of the RV.

The SureCall antenna mounting kit was better suited for the smaller diameter of the ladder rails on this particular RV. Because the nuts ran all the way to the end on the U-bolts that came with the weBoost outdoor antenna, it wasn’t quite enough to secure the antenna to the ladder. On the other hand, the U-bolts that came with the SureCall outdoor antenna had more room. I was able to firmly secure the antenna to the ladder with the SureCall U-bolts.

  • I ran the wires to a centrally-located area in the RV.

Because this was just a temporary test (I didn’t want to drill any holes into the side of the RV that I borrowed from a friend), I did a really quick, rough installation by running the wires along the top of the RV and then poking them through the kitchen window.

  • I plugged the devices in, one at a time and made a few phone calls and then ran several bandwidth tests using the “speedtest.net” app.

For the tests in this video, I made sure that the phone was the same distance away from the inside antenna for each booster. Then, I performed the download tests 5 times and the average speeds of those 5 tests are the mentioned numbers.

  • Different antennas were tried in differing configurations to see which one gave the best performance.

First, we tried both boosters with their configuration out of the box. Then, we tried differing configurations. The different tests and their results are outlined below in greater detail.

Test Results

  • Test 1: Out of the Box.

First, I tested the boosters as they come out of the box. In this test, the Fusion2Go 3.0 RV beat out the weBoost Drive 4G-X Rv with a download speed of 2.85 Mbps and completed all 5 tests. The Drive 4G-X RV failed 3 tests and came in with a download speed of 1.66.

SureCall – 2.85 Mbps Download and .18 Mbps Upload.

weBoost – 1.66 Mbps Download and .03 Mbps Upload.

  • Test 2: Optional Antennas SureCall.

Next, I tested the optional antenna that came with the Fusion2Go 3.0 RV. It actually beat the previous results with a 3.97 Mbps Download .29 Mbps Upload. The Drive 4G-X RV does not come with any additional antennas so I had nothing to compare here.

SureCall – 3.97 Mbps Download .29 Mbps Upload.

weBoost – This booster comes with only one antenna.

  • Test 3: Stationary Yagi Antenna SureCall

Finally I tested the two boosters with a higher gain Yagi antenna. Again, the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 RV beat the weBoost Drive 4G-X RV hands down with a whopping 18.7 Mbps download speed over the 3.43 Mbps down that weBoost provided.

SureCall – 18.7 Mbps Download .87 Upload.

weBoost – 3.43 Mbps Download .05 Upload.

The Full Video

Here’s the lengthier video comparison:

My Conclusions

For me, performance is the most important factor to consider when comparing cell phone signal boosters. The results of this test were very clear. When comparing the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 RV vs weBoost Drive 4G-X RV, the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 RV kit is the undisputed champion. The SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 RV Kit clearly out-performed the weBoost Drive 4G-X RV Kit.

Fusion2Go 3.0 RV Kit

So, If you are looking for a reliable cell phone signal booster for an RV, I would definitely recommend the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 RV cell phone signal booster kit. In my tests, I found that it easily outperformed the WeBoost Drive 4G-X RV booster.

If you are looking for the vehicle cell phone signal booster that I tested in this video, you can find it here in my store.

As always, if you have any questions or need help in figuring out which cell phone signal booster is right for your situation, please feel free to drop me an email to rob@cellbooster.us. I love this stuff and I’m always happy to help out!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Rob

SureCall Fusion5x 2.0

Recently, SureCall released a new and improved version of their Fusion5X cell phone signal booster… creatively called the Fusion5X 2.0. The Fusion5X 2.0 is part of SureCall’s line-up of products for midsize-to-large homes and offices. The original Fusion5X has been discontinued and replaced with the Fusion5X 2.0.

The major difference between the Fusion5X 2.0 and the previous is that the newer has much higher downlink power. Because of this increased downlink power, the Fusion5X 2.0 has the ability to cover about double the area of the original. Not only does it cover more area than its predecessor, but the Fusion5X 2.0 can also cover double the area of it’s closest competitor.

What is Downlink Power Anyway?

The downlink is the signal that the cell phone receives from the cell phone tower. Now, the Fusion5X 2.0 is capable of up to +16 dBm of downlink power. Most competitor products, and the previous Fusion5X model are only capable of +10 dBm of downlink power. So, this new Fusion5X booster has +6 dBm higher downlink power than anything comparitive on the market.

So, what does an extra +6 dBm get you? In theory, it will give you about twice the coverage area. That means more of your home or office area will be swimming in great cell phone signal. Of course, like with all cell phone signal boosters, you will need to have as good an outside signal as possible to truly take advantage of all the gain and potential that the Fusion5X can provide.

Other Features

The SureCall Fusion5x 2.0 has what SureCall is now calling SureIQ technology. Basically, SureIQ technology is a fancy new version of the internal software that allows the booster to perform better in urban environments. This new technology prevents the booster from prematurely shutting down or backing off power when it’s not absolutely necessary. It uses a better method of self-adjustment that works constantly in the background to make sure that you are getting the most out of your signal booster.

Also, the Fusion5X 2.0 is compatible with the SureCall Sentry monitoring system. The Sentry system allows for remote control and monitoring of the cell phone signal booster’s performance and status.

Where to Use

SureCall Fusion5X Omni 4 Panel Diagram SC-Poly5X-72-OP4-Kit

SureCall Fusion5X Omni 4 Dome Diagram SC-Poly5X-72-OD4-Kit

The SureCall Fusion5X 2.0 is a great booster for mid-size to large offices and homes. Conveniently, this booster is available in several different kits, depending on the area that you are trying to cover. These kits come with all the antennas, splitters and cables that you will need for a complete install.

The kits come with either an Omni or a Yagi outdoor antenna, and options for either one or four indoor panel or dome antennas. While SureCall will no longer tell you a square footage that this Fusion5X kit will cover, past spec sheets have placed the amount of square footage in the range of “up to 20,000 square feet.” And with the extra +6 dBm of downlink power, it is feasible that this Fusion5X 2.0 booster could cover up to 40,000 square feet.

Different Fusion5X 2.0 Kits

 

Do you have an application that you think might be a fit for the Fusion5X 2.0? I’d be more than happy to sell you one here in my online store. If you have any questions or concerns, I would love to hear from you. Drop me an email to contact@cellbooster.us and I’m always happy to help out where I can.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

– Rob

SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 vs WeBoost Drive 4G-X

Recently, SureCall announced the release of their new Fusion2Go 3.0 mobile cell phone signal booster. Normally, a company releasing a new version of a product wouldn’t be that big of a deal. But when the Fusion2Go 3.0 came out, the folks at SureCall knew that they had really hit a home run. So, they hired an independent lab, CKC Laboratories, to run a detailed comparison of their new Fusion2Go 3.0 booster against the more popular WeBoost Drive 4G-X. The results were pretty awesome! As a nerd, I see this as a sort of virtual MMA fight. A virtual bout that I am inventively calling SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 vs WeBoost Drive 4G-X.

SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 vs WeBoost Drive 4G-X
SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 vs WeBoost Drive 4G-X

With the deep booming voice of a ring fight announcer:

“In this corner… wearing red trunks, formerly known as Wilson Electronics. Hailing from the southwest corner of the state of Utah, the WeBoost Drive 4G-X.”

“In the opposite corner… wearing teal trunks, with an amazing backstory of fulfilling the American Dream, the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0”

Then the “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” guy, who by the way, has made over $400 million for trademarking the phrase says,  “Let’s get ready to rumbllllle!!!!”

If you head over to the neat little landing page that SureCall set up, you can see a brief overview of the comparison test results. If you’re a total nerd, like me, you can enter your email address and download the complete report. I did. It’s 51 pages of complete nerdvana. Therefore, it’s interesting to only the biggest of RF nerds.

Lab Results

Independent lab testing of SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 vs WeBoost Drive 4G-X

With the right amount of caffeine, I was able to make it through all 51 pages of the report. These two amplifiers (or signal boosters) were both given the same 8 tests in identical environments. The results of each of these tests would provide real insight into the actual performance capabilities of each signal booster. You are welcome to go over the test results if you want, but I’m going to paraphrase it all below.

WARNING! Things are about to get technical!

The different tests were:
  • Downlink ripple in the pass band – which, as the name would suggest, tests the amount of ripple in the pass band. A lower ripple is desired. Lower ripple means that the booster is more evenly amplifying all frequencies in the frequency band being tested. Winner = Fusion2Go 3.0
  • Output power uplink – measures the output power for the signal from the booster back to the cell phone tower. Better uplink power means you can get a better connection further away from the cell tower. Winner = Fusion2Go 3.0
  • Downlink EVM – measures the Error Vector Magnitude of each RF path received from the cell phone tower. Basically,  the EVM is the difference between the expected signal and the received signal. A lower EVM percentage is more desirable. Winner = Fusion2Go 3.0
  • Uplink EVM – the same test as above, but it measures the EVM in the direction of the signal from the booster to the cell phone tower. Winner = Fusion2Go 3.0
  • Uplink sensitivity – measures how well the booster works at really low signal levels. The signal was turned down until the EVM reached 13.5% for each amplifier. Lower sensitivity is better. Winner = Fusion2Go 3.0
  • Uplink adjacent channel power – measures how much of the amplified signal “spills into” the neighboring channel’s path. The amplifier that can get to higher power and still remain within spec is better. Winner = Fusion2Go 3.0
  • Uplink mask emission – measures the uplink signal and verifies that it is operating within the emission limits. This is a pass/fail kind of test. But SureCall passed at at higher power level. Winner = Fusion2Go 3.0
  • Intermodulation – measures output power of the booster at two-tone input signals where the intermodulation products of those tones are operating at the FCC consumer limit. Higher power at limit is better. Winner = Fusion2Go 3.0

Real World Results

Clearly, test results in a lab don’t always equate to better results in real-world applications. I know that a while ago I tested the Fusion2Go 2.0 booster at a remote cabin location and I was greatly impressed with the results. It would seem logical that with much better test results, the Fusion2Go 3.0 amplifier would do even better, right?

I have every intention to create a comparison video of my own to compare the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 vs WeBoost Drive 4G-X as soon as I get some free time. But for now, I found a SureCall comparison video that beat me to it. Check it out!

 

My Thoughts

Fusion2Go 3.0 winner in Fusion2Go 3.0 vs WeBoost Drive 4G-X matchup
Fusion2Go 3.0 winner in Fusion2Go 3.0 vs WeBoost Drive 4G-X matchup

So, who wins in this virtual matchup of the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 vs WeBoost Drive 4G-X? Clearly, looking at all the evidence above, the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 is the unanimous winner. I was pretty impressed by the test results. I’m super excited to break out my fancy network analyzer and do some independent testing of my own.

If you’re sick of dropped calls, dead zones and terrible data speeds and you’d like to stay connected while on the road, the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 Kit is the best mobile cell phone signal booster on the market. Don’t forget that I am always happy to sell one to you in my online store here!

If you have any questions about any of the products that we sell, I’m always happy to help out. Just drop me an email to contact@cellbooster.us and I’ll get back to you as soon as I am able.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

– Rob

Mail-in Rebate for SureCall Discount

Every once in a while, the stars align. When you turn on the music in your car and notice that your blinker is clicking in perfect beat with the music. Or maybe you might hit every single stoplight green on your way to work. It’s days like those that you take a deep breath and thank the Lord for life. You realize that life is actually pretty great, and things will be just fine. SureCall’s recent announcement that they are offering a mail-in rebate on a few of their products is like one of those great days. Mail-in rebates from SureCall equates to a SureCall discount. Discounts are good!

Up to 100 dollar mail-in rebate for SureCall discount

What’s the catch? What are the details of this so-called rebate? Let me break it down for you.

For a limited time only, you can take advantage of this mail-in rebate on select SureCall products. You’ll get the awesomeness of SureCall cell phone signal boosting with a side dish of money back!

Until March 15, SureCall is offering a mail-in rebate on the Flare and the Fusion5S signal booster kits.

SureCall Flare Mail-in Rebate

The following product qualifies for the Flare mail-in rebate:

SureCall Flare Booster Kit

The Flare signal booster is great for locations where you want to cover 1 – 2 rooms of a home or office, up to 2,500 square feet. Its unique design combines the amplifier and the indoor antenna into one unit that is good-looking enough to place on a centrally located counter or desktop. You will only need to run a single cable outside for the outside receiving antenna.

Rebate Rules:

  1. Purchase a SureCall Flare booster kit between now and March 15, 2018.
  2. Complete the SureCall Flare Mail-in Rebate form.
  3. Include the original receipt/proof of purchase.
  4. Cut out and include the original UPC/bar code from the product packaging.
  5. Mail the completed form along with receipt and UPC to the address below:

SureCall – Flare Rebate Program

48346 Milmont Drive

Fremont, CA 94538

 

SureCall Fusion5S Mail-in Rebate

Any of the following products will qualify for theFusion5S mail-in rebate:

SureCall Fusion5s Booster Front

  1. Purchase a SureCall Flare booster kit between now and March 15, 2018.
  2. Complete the SureCall Fusion5s Mail-in Rebate form.
  3. Include the original receipt/proof of purchase.
  4. Cut out and include the original UPC/bar code from the product packaging.
  5. Mail the completed form along with receipt and UPC to the address below:

SureCall – Flare Rebate Program

48346 Milmont Drive

Fremont, CA 94538

 

If you have any questions about this rebate or anything, I’m always happy to help!

Drop me an email to contact@cellbooster.us and I’ll get right back to you as soon as I can. As always, thanks for stopping by!

– Rob

What is a Public Safety Signal Booster?

Chances are that you’ve never heard of a public safety signal booster. Or even less an in-building public safety radio enhancement system, like NIST calls them. But for the millions of people in the US brave enough to be counted as “First Responders” a public safety signal booster could be the difference between life and death.

some large buildings need to be served by a public safety signal booster

Lessons Learned From the 911 Tragedy

I clearly remember where I was and what I was doing on the morning of September 11, 2001. I was a student at Weber State University. My wife was getting ready for work. She was working as an Ophthalmic Assistant to help put me through school. She was watching Fox 13 News that morning while getting ready for work. I had been up most of the night doing homework, so I was still asleep. She woke me up to tell me that a plane or something had just crashed into a skyscraper in New York.

Perplexed, I stumbled into the living room and laid on the couch in front of the television. I had just wiped the sleep from my eyes when the second plane hit its target. Right away I knew that this wasn’t just a random accident like the commentators were initially reporting, this had to be something much more sinister.

Reports started filtering in about other plane crashes. A plane hitting the Pentagon, and another hitting the ground somewhere in Pennsylvania. I was shocked. I skipped school and stayed glued to my television for the next 48 hours. As the reports later began to call this a terrorist attack, I wanted to enlist in the military and ‘return the favor’ to those terrorists that had ended so many thousands of innocent lives. My wife was vehemently opposed to me enlisting in the military. I was too madly in love with her to risk losing my marriage over the fight. So I sat and I watched the television, and listened to the radio, and did nothing.

Public safety signal boosters protect the life of first responders

Communications are Vital

As I worthlessly sat in front of the television, 70,000 first responders sprang into action at ground zero. Firefighters were running into burning buildings! They were sacrificing their own lives to try to save the lives of whomever they could… strangers.

As firefighters rushed into the smoke-filled stairwells of the burning towers, they noticed that visibility wasn’t the only thing that they were missing. They had also lost reliable radio communication. They were blind, and they had also lost the ability to receive help from their colleagues calling out the shots from the vantage point of the command post.

My brother is a police officer. For him, there is nothing scarier than being out of radio contact. Radio provides a life line. Eyes where you have none. Information that is critical to the successful completion of your job. Without radio contact, you lose all advantage and the balance tips in favor of the bad guys… or the disaster.

Hindsight is Always 20-20

After the 911 tragedy, as with every tragedy, there was a call for answers. People wanted to know WHY so many people had died? Why weren’t the fire suppression systems sufficient to put out the blaze? Why weren’t first responders able to get reliable communications?

The government commissioned NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) to answer some of those questions. NIST conducted a very thorough review of the tragedy. One of the many NIST recommendations was recommendation 22:

NIST recommends the installation, inspection, and testing of emergency communications systems, radio communications, and associated operating protocols to ensure that the systems and protocols: (1) are effective for large-scale emergencies in buildings with challenging radio frequency propagation environments; and (2) can be used to identify, locate, and track emergency responders within indoor building environments and in the field.

Do I need a Public Safety Signal Booster?

Great question! A question that isn’t really easy to answer. Chances are that if you are searching the internet for a public safety signal booster, most likely, you already know you need one. ( I am happy to sell you one here ) If you aren’t sure if you need one, there are a few determining factors to figure out if you have to have one.

Generally speaking, in most cases, newly constructed buildings with an area of at least 10,000 square feet per floor, and at least three floors high are required to have signal strength of -95 dBm or better in designated critical areas – elevators, stairwells, etc. – in order to receive a certificate of occupancy.

If you are the owner or architect of a new building under construction, you really should engage the services of an RF engineer to determine if you will need a public safety signal booster. There is a long, long complicated list of requirements that really make it difficult to say “yes” or “no” for any particular situation. As with most things dealing with RF (radio frequency), it depends.

If you are the “Authority Having Jurisdiction”, or the fire chief signing off on a new building so it can receive it’s Certificate of Occupancy, it might be worth your while to spend some time exploring the building and making sure that there’s a reliable signal throughout the property. Check the stairwells, elevator shafts, basements and other areas that you’d really not enjoy being without a signal. If it leaves you nervous, you might want to request that the owner provide a public safety signal booster.

Guardian3 QR Public Safety Signal Booster

Why SureCall?

SureCall’s in-building public safety radio enhancement system (or public safety band signal booster) adequately amplifies FirstNet signals for crucial communications. It delivers consistent signal for First Responders and other public safety officials that rely on two-way radio communication inside large buildings.

  • The SureCall Guardian3 QR meets the code for Chapter 24 Emergency Communications System of NFPA72, 1221 and IFC 510.
  • It includes a NEMA-4 rated housing, eliminating the need for an additional NEMA enclosure.
  • The SureCall Guardian QR can provide reliable coverage of up to 80,000 square feet.
  • It supports more than 100 simultaneous users per band on 700 MHz (FirstNet ready), 800 MHz, 900 MHz (SMRS)
  • Boosts all public safety bands
  • 3-year warranty

At an affordable price point of $6,669.00 MSRP (drop me an email contact@cellbooster.us for better pricing), it’s really a small investment to ensure the peace of mind and safety of the First Responders that put their life on the line for us on a daily basis.

If you have questions about the SureCall Guardian3 QR (SC-TriPSBS-80-QR) or any other SureCall signal booster, I am always happy to help. Please drop me an email: contact@cellbooster.us and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

– Rob