Can you upgrade an old cell booster system with a new booster?

If you were early to the cell booster game, well first, good on ya! A lot of folks didn’t realize until very recently that you don’t have to live with bad cell reception. We see study after study saying that 95% of people could benefit from cell boosters, and yet only 5% of people have them. So it’s a great thing if you put in a cell booster to try to make sure your home or office has great cell reception.

There’s been a silent revolution in cell boosters in the last year. Instead of using commercial-grade RG58 50 Ohm cable, newer cell boosters use the same RG6 cable that’s used in cable and satellite TV. That’s good for everyone — it’s easier to extend your cable runs and it makes cell boosters less expensive. It’s a big win for new cell booster users.

What if you’re a longtime cell booster user and you’re looking to upgrade to a new booster? Maybe you’re craving an LTE booster, or maybe the old booster stopped working because … things stop working. New cell boosters are sold as kits now, so you can’t get just the booster, but there’s a problem if you’re trying to use the old antenna and old wire so that you don’t have to rewire everything.

Problem, meet solution. Luckily our friends over at weBoost have come up with this 971151 adapter that lets you connect any RG6 cable to your existing 50 ohm cable. You do incur a tiny amount of loss as the signal is transformed from 75 ohm to 50 ohm, but it’s a small price to pay to make sure you can leave all your cable in place and just run a small length of RG6 to a new booster.

Yes I’ll admit it’s a little expensive for an adapter, because it’s not just changing the connection point but actually changing the impedance. That takes a little more work and a few more electronic doodads. But the price still won’t break the bank and it’s the thing you need unless you plan on just running all new cable — remember you can’t just put new ends on and have it work because of that impedance problem.

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Stuart Sweet
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