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Boost MiFi (WiFi) Hotspot Data Speed w/Signal Booster for Cell Router

Mar 19, 2018

Boost MiFi (WiFi) Hotspot Data Speed w/Signal Booster for Cell Router

Use Mobile Hotspot Signal Boosters to Boost MiFi (WiFi) Signals.

Empowering Portability: How Hotspot Boosters Strengthen Mi-Fi (Wi-Fi) Signals.

Do you use a mobile hotspot to empower your devices? Use Mifi signal booster (which is same as a cell signal booster) to improve strength of mobile connections. You can use External Antenna that Connects to External Antenna Port of your Cellular Hotspot or Use DC / AC Powered Mobile Hotspot Signal Booster.

In a world where mobile devices have crossed the 7 billion mark, the answer to the above question is most likely a yes. We need internet in every corner of the world to breathe life into the mobile devices that would otherwise be impotent without the internet feeding them every second. Not just any sluggish internet. We need the bars to be fast, quick, and easily-accessible.

No wonder hotspot devices are gaining popularity. Be it a Mi-Fi, and AirCard or even a USB Internet Stick, more and more people seek their advantage to create a portable network. Please note there's a difference between mobile hotspot (MiFi) that use cell towers for originating service, and broadband Internet hotspot (WiFi) that uses cable or DSL Internet service from local ISP for originating service.

The latter uses landline phone and cable networking that sends data eventually to a wireless router that provides WiFi hotspot. Cell boosters boost range and coverage of mobile hotspots (MiFis). Wifi boosters extend coverage/range of wifi hotspots (WiFis). For more detailed explanation, see our blog post detailing differences between Wi-Fi and Mi-Fi

I am using a portable device. Do I need a Hostpot Booster?

Perfect cellular signals exist only in utopian world. More often than not, every one of us has had a brush with poor cellular signals, be it indoors or on-the-go. Did you know some of the most common reasons for poor signal strength on your devices?

  • Geographic features such as lofty mountains and trees result in spotty signals in rural and isolated areas.
  • This problem is further blown-out of proportion if your carrier's cellular towers happen to be outside a respectable distance of your location. If you have opted for a Wi-Fi device to meet your internet demands in an area where there is no cable or DSL service, it can get especially frustrating since you are paying for internet and are not getting quality service at the same time.
  • Structural components such as metal bars, window glasses, and concrete can diminish signal strengths penetrating a building even if the cellular tower is erected right next to it.  Of course, the very first set of troubleshooting options is to hold your hotspot device/phone near an opening as close in the direction of the cellular tower as possible. But if portability is really what you’re looking for, how long can you sustain with this option?

Are you a victim of poor signal strength from a Mi-Fi device ("Mi-Fi" where, "M" stands for "Mobile" - the mobile version of traditional broadband "Wi-Fi" where "W" stands for "Wireless")? If yes, then an external magnet mount antenna could come to your aid. It extends and complements the much smaller and less powerful built-in antenna inside your mobile hot-spot device.

How do I use an External Antenna to boost signal?

Quickly deployable than most other powered options, attaching a premium external antenna to the hotspot is a non-powered and an easy way to boost mobile Mi-Fi (Wi-Fi) signals in your vicinity. Unlike AC or DC powered signal boosters, connecting one of our vehicle exterior antennas to your mobile hotspot does not require registration with your cellular service provider.

Most mobile routers or hotspot come equipped with an external antenna port. Simply connect the connector on the cable that comes attached to external antennae to that antenna port on your hotspot device. You may need a connector depending upon the connector of your hotspot antenna port such as a SMA Male external antenna port connector. Antennas can be directly connected to a hotspot device if it has a set of common connectors such as the SMA, TNC, N or Mini-UHF crimped into its cable, as is the case with routers. If your choice of an external antenna with cable does not have your hotspot antenna port compatible connector, you can purchase a screw-on adapter to make it compatible.

In case an external antenna fails to bring about a significant change in the Mi-Fi (Wi-Fi) signal strength, a DC or AC hotspot booster is the ultimate answer to all your woes. They are much more powerful than a non-powered external antenna solution.

What is a Hotspot Booster?

A Hotspot Booster (also known as a signal booster or a repeater) will strengthen the signal delivered from your Wi-Fi or your Hotspot device, thereby improving connectivity on all the devices that feed-off it.

A Hotspot Booster is basically an assembly of an outside antenna, an amplifier, and an inside antenna.

  1. Outside Antenna takes weak outside signals and feeds them to the amplifier within the boosting device.
  2. Amplifier strengthens the signal up to 32x and delivers it to the inside antenna.
  3. Inside antenna broadcasts the amplified signal to your hotspot device.

Because a hotspot device is only as good as the cellular signal it receives, hotspot boosters perfectly fill the shoes of a cellular amplifier. Except, the signals they amplify will strengthen the signal on your hotspot device that eventually improves connectivity and data speeds on all the devices connected to it: be it a tablet, a laptop, or a smartphone. This is the exact difference that a hotspot booster brings on the table as compared to a regular cellular amplifier.

Which Hotspot Booster is right for me?

Hotspot boosters come in a wide variety:

If you need a direct-connect antenna booster to connect directly to your mobile modem antenna port, the Signal 4G would work as long as there's a way to place antenna in an area of strong signal within a short distance of a few feet. For example, this antenna signal booster works great for Machine to Machine (M2M) applications. Examples include vending machines, ATM's, etc. that have weak signal inside the machine where the wireless router is located, but good signal outside on top of the machine where magnetic antenna can be placed.

If you're looking to boost Wi-Fi signals within a large building on an industrial grade scale, the Force 5 2.0 is the one stop solution to cater to all those multiple hotspots scattered within the building up to a range of 25K to 100K sq. ft.

On a smaller, yet commercial scale - the Fusion 5X boosts speed of all voice & data on cell phones and mobile hotspots or cellular routers within areas up to 20,000 square feet.

On a smaller consumer scale, the Fusion 5s consumer grade signal booster is the perfect choice to meet the needs of an entire home or a small building spanning up to 7000 sq ft.

If you're just looking to satisfy cellular modem signal requirements for only a single office, a small home office, or even a small room or an apartment, you need not look further than the Fusion4Home, perfect for serving limited areas up to 4000 sq. ft.

For on-the-go solutions, a single device cradle booster such as the FusionTrek will cater to all your one device boosting problems. If your hotspot boosting needs are limited to single cell phone, or MiFi cell modem in your car, go for a cradle booster. But if frequent group travels with multiple devices cooped within a single vehicle is your thing, you need to upgrade to the wireless in-vehicle signal booster. With In-vehicle wireless signal booster, multiple devices such as laptops, tablets, and cell phones will easily see 2-3 bar improvement.

For wheels meandering through areas with very poor and spotty signal strengths such as RVs, consider the Fusion2Go 3.0 RV with improved cellular tower reach capacity as compared to other hotspot boosters in this category. With its large omni-directional antenna, it works very well for a larger moving area such as an RV or a truck.

Pro-Tips.

  1. In case of buildings, you might want to place the Wi-Fi device as close to the indoor antenna as possible for maximum signal strength void of any dissipation.
  2. In case of cars, locate both the hotspot and the booster towards the centre of your vehicle to ensure maximum throughput across all the devices nestled inside.

No matter which one of above you choose, all of these hotspot boosters are designed to support all major carrier hotspots, including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. Further, these devices need no connection to a landline internet in order to work. Just install the booster in an appropriate location within the building or your vehicle and you are good to go!

List of hotspot models (not complete) that will benefit from faster data speed:


AirLink Raven XE AirLink Raven XT AirLink RV50 Alcatel LinkZone TMobile AT&T Elevate 4G Mobile Hotspot
AT&T Netgear Nighthawk Hot Spot AT&T Unite Explore AC815s AT&T Unite Express 779S AT&T Unite Mobile Hot Spot AT&T Unite Pro Netgear 781S
AT&T Velocity ZTE MF923 Clear Hub Express Ericsson W35 Rocket Hub Netgear LG2200D Gateway Netgear Nighthawk M1 MR1100
Netgear Zing 771S Hot Spot Netgear AC 778S 779S Fuse NetGear 6100D Sprint Data Gateway NETGEAR MBR1210 Novatel MiFi 4510L
Novatel MiFi 4620L Jetpack Novatel MiFi 4620LE Jetpack Novatel Verizon Jetpack 5510L Verizon Jetpack 7730L Verizon AC791L Netgear
Verizon Jetpack MiFi 6620L Verizon 4G LTE Broadband Router T1114 with Voice Verizon LTE Internet and Home Phone NOVT1114V Verizon Pantech MHS291L Verizon MHS800L Ellipsis Jetpack
Verizon SmartHub Samsung LTE Mobile HotSpot PRO Sierra Wireless Airlink LS300 Gateway Sierra Wireless Airlink GX 400/440/450 Gateway Sierra Wireless Elevate 4G
Sierra Wireless 754S Hotspot Sierra Wireless 770s Sierra Wireless AC 801s Sierra Wireless AC 802s Sierra Wireless Overdrive
Sierra Wireless Overdrive Pro T-Mobile 4G LTE HotSpot Z915 Straight Talk ZTE 288C LTE Hot Spot ZTE 289L StraightTalk Straight Talk ZTE Z288L
ZTE MF61

Will MiFi signal boosters help with dual wired Ethernet + 3G & 4G?

Our cell signal boosters can only boost 3G/4G LTE portion of functionality for devices that primarily work on broadband Internet but feature 3G/4G failover such as Verizon Cradlepoint MBR1200B. Many Cradlepoint Wireless 3G/4G routers for home such as Cradle Point MBR1200B easily install wireless connectivity in your small business or remote office location. They are ideal for temporary command centers, home offices, recreational vehicles and mobile networks. Cradlepoint 3G & 4G LTE routers provide wired Ethernet as well as 3G + 4G wireless WAN connectivity to keep you and your business up and running. Such dual broadband ethernet plus mobile wireless routers offer plug-and-play support for more than 125 of the most-advanced broadband data modems.

To stay connected always, use the Cradlepoint as your primary connection to the Internet with wired or wireless broadband. However, they help guard against loss of productivity and business opportunity with automatic failover to 3G/4G when the wired connection is disrupted. Such devices are secure and reliable. Their advanced WiFi encryption protects your LAN connections. Main office access and business transactions are protected by VPN capability and other security features. Our MiFi signal boosters help provide strong 3G, 4G. LTE mobile data for high speed wireless data transfers when broadband Internet connection is disrupted so you can seamlessly enjoy fast Internet access.


Frequently asked questions:

  • How to boost Verizon Mifi Signal?
    Answer: Improve Verizon Wireless signal to your Mi-Fi indoors by using any of our indoor signal boosters. You can do so outdoors using any of our in-vehicle signal boosters.
  • How to boost AT&T Mifi Signal?
    Answer: Improve AT&T Wireless signal to your Mi-Fi indoors by using any of our indoor signal boosters. You can do so outdoors using any of our in-vehicle signal boosters.
  • How to boost T-Mobile Mifi Signal?
    Answer: Improve T-Mobile signal to your Mi-Fi indoors by using any of our indoor signal boosters. You can do so outdoors using any of our in-vehicle signal boosters.

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  • In regards to whether or not you can leave a cell phone signal booster on at all times, the answer is yes. You might think a cell phone booster is dangerous, but it’s not. In fact, it may help reduce any harmful radiation (if such a thing exists) from a cell phone because cell phones give off more radiation when they have a weak signal and try to get a strong one. Thus, a booster removes this situation. You should leave your booster on so you always have the best signal possible. Now, if you have a booster in your car, you can leave it on all the time, but check with your car booster’s power source so it isn’t draining the battery when you turn the car off.

    Alvin Norris on
  • When it comes to things like these devices, I have to wonder can you leave a cell phone signal booster on at all times? Are there any drawbacks or concerns?

    T.J. Summers on
  • I plan on being away from home a lot this summer and am considering purchasing a hotspot so I can do my work wherever I happen to be. The problem is the hotspot is useless if I am away from a cell tower, right? So I have to find a way how to increase my mobile hotspot speed. Now I that I know how I can boost my mobile hotspot signal, there’s a greater likelihood of me getting the hotspot. Not sure if I should go with an AT&T hotspot signal booster or a Weboost hotspot signal booster, but I will get one of them.

    Denny Hall on

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