Folks, I’ve been reviewing cell phone signal boosters for about a decade. The very first review I did for SolidSignal.com was a cell booster. The product is long since obsolete but the review’s still out there, because the internet never forgets.
This time I’m looking at weBoost’s Fusion4Home MAX. I reviewed the original Fusion4Home five years ago and it was a super-capable booster with performance that really surprised me. It was on par with some commercial boosters I’d seen. Now, with the MAX, they’ve taken it up a step.
Like other manufacturers, SureCall has sort of given up on retail-ready packaging. I don’t blame them, and I have to say that I never thought Best Buy or those sorts of places would feature cell boosters on their shelves. This sort of packaging, nice and study corrugated cardboard, is just fine for us at Solid Signal.
You get two amplifier units, which makes this really unique. The first is this base unit which looks a lot like the Fusion4Home except one end has a 50-ohm N-connector.
You also get this white device, which is a preamp for the outdoor antenna. It lets you get 75 feet of distance with the included cable and probably gives you even better performance if you need to go further.
Unlike the Fusion4Home which had a paddle antenna, you get a proper panel antenna for indoors:
and a very nice Yagi for outdoors, which I believe is the same one that comes with the Fusion4Home.
Here’s where it gets a little weird. For whatever reason, the connection between the outdoor amp and the base amp is done with RG6 cable, even though the antennas use 50-Ohm N-connectors. Normally I’d be worried about this because you do see some signal loss when you change impedances. I’m guessing that big preamp covers that nicely.
I’ve narrowed down my suspicions to three potential reasons for this cable mismatch:
- RG6 cable with a solid copper core is designed to carry current. Perhaps SureCall’s SC240 cable isn’t.
- It could be that including 75 feet of 50-ohm cable that’s designed to carry current is way too expensive.
- It could be that SureCall is thinking of the consumer here. 50-ohm cable is harder to get through walls and RG6 cable is easier to find if 75 feet isn’t enough. Just make sure to get cable with a solid copper core.
This is the RG6 cable, you get 75 feet.
This is the 50-ohm cable, you get 20 feet which is intended for indoors, but you could use it outdoors if you needed to separate the antenna from the amplifier.
The other stuff
You get some very nice mounting hardware that will let you mount the outdoor amplifier near the outdoor antenna, and you also get a fairly generic power supply.
If videos are more your style, here’s one that will give you all the details:
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