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WeBoost Eqo review: This cellular signal booster couldn't improve our in-home coverage

Florence Ion | July 7, 2016
Unless you have strong reception to begin with, the weBoost Eqo can't do much for your smartphone experience at home.

Your home is your castle. A personal sanctuary. A safe retreat where you can gab on the phone for as long as you please. At least, that’s what I loved about my home until spotty cell service and frequent dropped calls started driving me mad. 

I was hoping the weBoost Eqo ($349.99 on Amazon) could come to the rescue. The Eqo is a cellular signal booster that works with all smartphones on all the major carriers. It’s supposed to improve network performance and call quality inside your house the minute you plug it in, but I found the set-up process to be finicky, and the signal-boosting to be inconsistent to downright non-existent.

And I wasn’t the only one: A co-worker tested the weBoost Eqo and experienced similarly poor results in his home. The bottom line is that unless you’re starting with a strong enough cellular signal at the edges of your house, this product won’t do anything for you.

Setting up the weBoost Eqo

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Set up requires that you tether the booster unit (rear) to the antenna (front) with a coaxial cable. Once connected, the two pieces must be separated by at least six feet of distance.

The Eqo comes in two pieces: a booster unit that sits on your windowsill and wirelessly connects to the nearest cell tower, and an antenna that must be placed at least six feet away. Both units are light enough to lug around the house, but they’re also eyesores that don’t easily blend with home decor. The upshot is you’ll have to get creative about how you integrate them into your home—and that could be a challenge if the best window for the big, black, blocky booster unit is in your otherwise posh living room. 

The power cable for the booster unit is inexplicably short. As a result, you may have to run an extension cord to get power to just the right windowsill. The booster connects to the antenna via a 25-foot coaxial cable, and there’s no escaping the fact that the cable is just another eyesore junking up the house.

How to set it up

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The main booster unit features three ports: one for charging, and two inputs for antennas. You can buy a second antenna separately if you so please. 

At first glance, the Eqo units are easy to set up. All you have to do is connect the two pieces with the bundled coaxial cable, and then plug in the booster. The hard part is actually figuring out where to place the two devices in your house.

 

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