What’s the best cell booster for days in lockdown?

You’re working from home, again. Yes, friends, I don’t have to tell you what kind of world we live in at this point. You might have had a few weeks of time in the office before you transitioned back to working from home at least a few days a week. The good news: technology makes it possible to keep working and keep connected. The bad news: if your cell reception isn’t that good at home you could be in trouble.

Is bad cell reception really a big deal?

You bet it is. If you’re going to work from home, a good cell connection is a must. Phone calls are still a critical part of business. Skype and WhatsApp are going to help, but your phone number is going to be how people contact you. Think about it. Maybe the last time you got a voice call from a friend was 2013, but business still relies on voice. Maybe that’s going to change at some point, but in the meantime you need a good cell signal.

Yeah, but what about Wi-Fi Calling?

Wi-Fi Calling was one of the biggest changes to the voice calling landscape about half a decade ago. With most iPhones and Androids, you can automatically make phone calls over Wi-Fi if your indoor cell service isn’t that good.

Wi-Fi Calling is great, but it does have its problems. I personally have noticed problems with Wi-Fi calls if my phone is too close to another device (like a computer) that also uses Wi-Fi. And of course, if you’re working from home, your phone and your computers are going to be close to each other. I’m not saying Wi-Fi Calling doesn’t work. You know it does. But there can be problems.

A cell booster is a better solution

With a cellular signal booster, cell signals are captured from an outdoor antenna, amplified, and rebroadcast inside. You can enjoy great service on your phone which means great voice quality when you need it. It also means you’ll get smooth and fast data transfers. And… if you’re asking why you need fast data on your phone when working on your laptop… well obviously your employer doesn’t block Netflix traffic. A lot of employers do.

With a cell booster, everyone in your home benefits, 24/7. And, when you get back to the point where you can have visitors again, they’ll benefit too. You’ll never have to share your Wi-Fi password with them just so they can stay connected.

OK, enough already – what’s the best booster?

I’m a big fan of the weBoost Home Multiroom cell booster. It’s not the only excellent booster on the market, and it’s true one size doesn’t fit all. There may be a better fit for your specific circumstances, and you should shop for a booster at Solid Signal if you want to see the many options you have.

But in general, I end up suggesting the Home Multiroom more than any other booster. It’s a good device for large apartments and small-to-medium-sized homes. It’s easier to install than practically any other booster. It even comes with an innovative adapter that lets you feed the cable through the space between the window and frame and still close the window.

Once you install this booster, you’ll see improved cell service and that’s what you need right now: once less thing to worry about.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.