Updated April 21, 2021
Rural areas have unique challenges with cellular reception. Homes and businesses in outlying areas are often more distant from cell towers, receiving less signal and experiencing slower data rates. Cellular signal of low strength have a harder time penetrating building materials, so many rural homes and commercial buildings have no usable indoor cell signal.
Fortunately, there are solutions to the problem of poor cell signal in homes, metal buildings, farm operations, and other remote structures.
Cell signal boosters for rural homes
The Rural Cel-Fi GO X (TS559120) cell signal booster system combines the Cel-Fi GO—the highest-gain consumer cellular amplifier available—with Wilson Electronics’ high-gain outdoor directional antenna to achieve the best possible signal reception in distant locations with weak outdoor cell signal. The Cel-Fi GO X booster provides up to 100 dB of gain and can cover homes up to around 3,000 square feet. The GO X boosts signal for one carrier at a time (your choice of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, UScellular, or GCI Alaska).
The Rural Top Signal (TS115728-HG) also uses the Wilson high-gain outdoor antenna and an indoor panel antenna. It has twice the maximum gain (up to 68 dB) of other boosters in its class at a lower price. The Signal Plus can cover about 1,500 square feet—half the area of the Rural Cel-Fi GO X—so it may be better-suited for your small home or cabin.
The Rural SureCall Fusion5s (TS569011) is a powerful multi-carrier booster for homes up to around 2,000 square feet. It has automatic gain control with optional manual controls for selecting specific cellular bands to amplify. It also uses the Wilson high-gain outoor antenna and an indoor panel antenna.
The Rural weBoost Home Complete (470145-HG) has a coverage area similar to the SureCall Fusion5s—up to 2,000 square feet with 1 bar of outside signal. The Home Complete is weBoost’s most powerful booster for homes. It also covers all carrier networks and uses the Wilson high-gain outdoor antenna and an indoor panel antenna.
Cell signal boosters for metal buildings in rural areas
Many farming, industrial, commercial, and residential buildings in rural areas are constructed of metal. Whether outside signal is weak or strong, it doesn’t penetrate metal roofs and walls.
Many small metal buildings (up to 2,000 square feet) with a few cellular users can solve their signal problems with the Cel-Fi GO X, the SureCall Fusion5s, or the weBoost Home Complete. Larger metal buildings, however, will need a commercial, multi-antenna booster system designed to handle heavier use loads and more square footage. We recommend the WilsonPro 1100 (460147) with one to four inside dome antennas.
Other rural cellular booster options
There are many other options for fixing poor cell signal in small work areas to large industrial warehouses. Please call Powerful Signal at 866‑912‑3444—let us help you solve your cell signal problem!