Truck drivers wanting to stay connected on the nation’s highways got a boost from Wilson Electronics, which just launched a 4G in-vehicle cell phone signal booster designed for knights of the road, the weBoost Drive Sleek OTR.
Priced at $279.99, the gear includes a single-phone cradle that uses coupling technology to enhance 4G LTE and 3G cellular signals for semi trucks. The exterior antenna contacts cell phone towers to receive a signal. The antenna then transmits this signal to the booster. The booster receives this outside signal and amplifies each of the frequency bands it supports using a series of low noise amplifiers and filters.
Certified by the FCC and Industry Canada, the Drive Sleek OTR is compatible with all mobile phones and wireless carriers in the U.S. and Canada.
- A side exit adapter: This adaptor allows the antenna to be used with standard citizen band (CB) antenna mounts. Trucks often have CB antenna mounting points built in, while fleet vehicles tend to add CB side mounts. The side exit adapter will allow the antenna to be mounted in either of these points. For trucks with caged mirrors or other similar setups, there is also the option to forego the side exit adaptor and simply use the bottom cable exit.
- Modularity: Different truck brands require different antenna installation locations, and the Drive Sleek OTR’s modular design allows its antenna to be configured individually for each truck. With the provided antenna mast extensions, truckers are able to extend the antenna length as necessary in order to position the antenna above the cab of the vehicle and ensure maximum cell signal boost.
“The signal is then sent to the Drive Sleek OTR cradle where the user can enjoy a stronger signal for faster data and clearer call quality,” the company said. “The cradle also receives outgoing signal from the cell phone and transmits a stronger signal back to the tower through the same process.”