What are the differences between the WilsonPro 1100 and WilsonPro 70 Plus?

WilsonPro 1100 (460147/461147) vs. WilsonPro 70 Plus (463127/463227)

WilsonPro is Wilson Electronics’ commercial cellular amplifier brand. The WilsonPro line of cell signal amplifiers includes solutions for all coverage needs, from SOHO (small office/home office) up to commercial and public buildings of 100,000 square feet or more.

In this review, we’ll compare the WilsonPro 1100 with the WilsonPro 70 Plus.

WilsonPro 1100 460147 manufacture's kit WilsonPro 1100
WilsonPro 70 Plus 463127 one-antenna kit WilsonPro 70 Plus

Since 2015 the WilsonPro 70 Plus has been Wilson’s leading commercial solution for in-building cell signal problems. In May 2019 Wilson Electronics took a dramatic leap forward with the debut of the WilsonPro 1100, which has more power and more features than the Pro 70 Plus for the same price.

The Pro 1100 and Pro 70 Plus: Where they’re the same

Some features are identical in the WilsonPro 70 Plus and the Pro 1100. These include:

  • Cellular frequencies supported:
    • 700 MHz (SMH bands 12, 17, 13)
    • 850 MHz (CLR band 5)
    • 1700/2100 MHz (AWS band 4)
    • 1900 MHz (PCS bands 2, 25)
  • Max gain: 70 dB
  • Gain control: Automatic (AGC)
  • amplifier design: Metal housing
  • Impedance: Choice of 50 ohms or 75 ohms
  • Connectors: Choice of N connectors (50 ohm) or F connectors (75 ohm)
  • Cables: Choice of 400-type coax (50 ohm) or RJ11 coax (75 ohm)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty: 3 years
  • Certifications: FCC and carrier preapproval (no license required to operate)

The WilsonPro 1100 and the WilsonPro 70 Plus are both capable amplifiers that work on the major frequencies that will continue to be the backbone of cellular service for many years to come. They both operate at the maximum possible gain permitted by the FCC and are available in the two popular impedance/connector/cable types used by installers of commercial cellular amplifiers.

The Pro 1100 and Pro 70 Plus: Where they differ

Dimensions and weight

  • WilsonPro 70 Plus: 6″ ᴡ × 8.75″ ʜ × 1.5″ ᴅ × 2.8 lbs.
  • WilsonPro 1100: 9″ ᴡ × 10″ ʜ × 2″ ᴅ × 6.3 lbs.

The WilsonPro 1100 is 50% wider and 14% taller than the Pro 70 Plus and it weighs over twice as much as the earlier unit. With the increased size and weight comes increased performance, but you will need a slightly area on your wall to install it.

Display and controls

WilsonPro 1100 touchscreen The WilsonPro 1100 touchscreen display, showing band 4 disabled and band 5 shut down due to oscillation.
  • WilsonPro 70 Plus: Monochrome LCD with band select button
  • WilsonPro 1100: Color graphical LCD touchscreen

The display on the Pro 70 Plus presents the gain on each band of frequency and a simple uplink and downlink bar graph.

The Pro 1100 is a significant step forward in display technology over other cell signal amplifiers. Its full-color touchscreen display shows the status of all five major bands of signal. You can touch any of the bands to see detailed uplink and downlink signal information and troubleshoot any error messages. Installers can also disable specific bands, if necessary.

Maximum power output

  • Power output is the maximum signal strength, in decibel-milliwatts (dBm), that the amplifier can use to communicate via over-the-air (wireless) transmissions.
  • Uplink power is the power available, per phone, for the amplifier to communicate with a cell tower via the amplifier’s outside antenna.
  • Downlink power is the power available, per phone, for the amplifier to communicate with a phone via the amplifier’s inside antenna.
Uplink frequency
Pro 70 Plus
Pro 1100
700 MHz (SMH bands 12, 17)
20.4 dBm
24 dBm
700 MHz (SMH band 13)
20.82 dBm
24 dBm
850 MHz (CLR band 5
25.16 dBm
25 dBm
1700 MHz (AWS band 4)
23 dBm
25 dBm
1900 MHz (PCS bands 2, 25)
21.42 dBm
25 dBm
Downlink frequency
Pro 70 Plus
Pro 1100
700 MHz (SMH bands 12, 17)
11.57 dBm
15.1 dBm
700 MHz (SMH band 13)
10.41 dBm
15.1 dBm
850 MHz (CLR band 5
9.4 dBm
15.3 dBm
2100 MHz (AWS band 4)
11.3 dBm
15.2 dBm
1900 MHz (PCS bands 2, 25)
9.47 dBm
15.2 dBm

The WilsonPro 1100 has considerable advantage over the Pro 70 Plus in both uplink and downlink power. This means that the Pro 1100 will perform better in weak outside signal environments by being able to communicate with more distant towers, and it will provide stronger inside signal and larger coverage area in most outside coverage situations.

XDR technology

  • Pro 70 Plus: No overload protection
  • Pro 1100: XDR overload prevention

Many commercial cell signal amplifiers operate in situations where outside cellular signal is strong but unable to penetrate the building’s concrete walls and low-e glass. When outside signal is too strong, the WilsonPro 70 Plus can’t handle the overload; as a result, it shuts down the frequencies that are overloaded. In those situations, professional installers are forced to use attenuators, which reduce the total signal received by the amplifier across all bands, even when the problem is only a specific band that’s too strong.

The Pro 1100 incorporates Wilson Electronics’ patented XDR (eXtended Dynamic Range) technology that prevents signal overload and amplifier shut down. When the Pro 1100 detects that any band of incoming signal is too strong, XDR automatically reduces the amplifier’s gain to maintain the strongest possible signal coverage throughout the building.

Open space indoor coverage

  • Pro 70 Plus: Up to 20,000 ft² with one antenna
  • Pro 1100: Up to 30,000 ft² with one antenna

With its increased power output and XDR overload protection, the WilsonPro 1100 has a considerable coverage advantage over the Pro 70 Plus. We predict that the Pro 1100 will become Wilson Electronics’ “go to” signal amplifier for commercial and public buildings of all sizes.

Need help choosing the best WilsonPro system?

The experts at Powerful Signal have been improving cellular reception in buildings of all sizes since 2007. Please call us at 866‑912‑3444 or contact us online—we’ll be happy to help you find the best system to improve cellular reception in your office or home.