What are the differences between the weBoost Home 4G and HiBoost Home 4K?
weBoost Home 4G (470101) vs. HiBoost Home 4K Smart Link (F10G‑5S‑BTW)
The weBoost Home 4G is manufactured by Wilson Electronics in St. George, Utah. Wilson is a well-known brand with over 15 years’ experience in the home cell booster market.
The HiBoost Home 4K is manufactured by a Huaptec, a large, experienced company based in Shenzhen, China. Huaptec has operations in China, the United States, Europe, and India.
- The weBoost Home 4G is $399.99.
- The HiBoost Home 4K is $399.99.
These systems are equally-priced and are the entry-level offerings from each manufacturer.
- The weBoost Home 4G has a plastic case.
- The HiBoost Home 4K has a metal case.
Due to its plastic case, the weBoost Home 4G is much lighter than than HiBoost Home 4K.
Both boosters can be wall-mounted:
- The weBoost Home 4G has two mounting holes on the back that will accept screw heads up to ¼″ diameter. Screws are not included in the kit.
- The HiBoost Home 4K has a metal slide on the back that is inserted into a mounting plate you attach to the wall. The mounting plate and screws are included in the kit.
Both boosters receive power from external power adapters that plug into a standard 120-volt wall outlet.
- The weBoost Home 4G has a maximum gain of +60 dB.
- The HiBoost Home 4K has a maximum gain of +60 dB.
Gain is the booster’s increase in the signal strength it receives from the outside antenna, measured in dB (decibels).
Both units are rated at the same output power.
Display and controls
- weBoost Home 4G: indicator lights
- HiBoost Home 4K: digital LCD screen with push-button controls + indicator lights
The weBoost Home 4G has four lights on the front to indicate the amplifier’s status on different cellular frequencies. Green lights indicate that the booster is operating correctly across all signal bands; blinking or solid orange or red lights indicate oscillation or overpower status. (The user manual for the weBoost Home 4G explains how to interpret the lights.)
The HiBoost Home 4K has an LCD display that shows uplink and downlink power and gain for each cellular frequency. Buttons below the display allow you to set manual gain control, if you wish. Three LED lights blink or are solid, indicating normal operation or problems that need to be addressed. The Home 4K Smart Link also connects by Bluetooth to your smartphone, allowing you to set up and monitor your booster. (The user manual for the HiBoost Home 4K explains the display, controls, lights, and the Bluetooth features.)
- weBoost Home 4G: F and SMA connectors
- HiBoost Home 4K: F and N connectors
The F connectors on the weBoost Home 4G are the same kind used by cable TV and satellite TV systems. A smaller SMA connector is used with the inside desktop antenna.
HiBoost Home 4K also has F connectors on the booster. Its antennas have N connectors, the same kind that are used on commercial systems.
The weBoost Home 4G kit includes two 30-foot lengths of white RG6 coax cable to connect the booster to the outside antenna. You may use just one length of cable, or connect the two lengths using the included barrel connector to create a 60-foot length. (RG11 coax, which has less signal loss than RG6, can be purchased separately and used with the Home 4G for better performance and greater coverage.) It also includes a 8-inch flat coax cable that can be run under a window to the outside antenna, if you don’t want to drill holes to run cable outside.
The HiBoost Home 4K kit includes one 30-foot and one 50-foot length of 200-type coax cable, one to connect the booster to the outside antenna and the other to the inside antenna.
- weBoost Home 4G: indoor desktop tower antenna, outdoor panel antenna
- HiBoost Home 4K: indoor panel antenna, outdoor LPDA antenna
The Home 4G’s inside antenna is a small tower that sits on a desktop, shelf, or other level place. It has five feet of thin RG174 cable that connects to the booster. The desktop antenna is directional and should be pointed where you want to broadcast improved cell signal.
The Home 4G’s outside antenna is a directional panel with three mounting options: (1) Suction cup to the inside of an exterior window (included), (2) bracket mount on the outside on an exterior wall (included), or (3) mounted on rooftop pole (sold separately). The suction cup option is best for apartments, condominiums, and dorms, where there is limited or no access to mount the antenna outside. The rooftop pole mount will provide the booster with the strongest outside signal.
The HiBoost Home 4K’s inside antenna is a directional panel. You can mount this antenna on a wall and broadcast signal across a room or place it flat above the ceiling and broadcast down into the room below.
The HiBoost Home 4K’s outside antenna is a directional LPDA antenna. It needs to be mounted on a rooftop pole and pointed toward the cell tower with the strongest signal.
weBoost Home 4G: If your outside cell signal is weak, you shouldn’t expect the Home 4G to broadcast improved signal more than about 5 feet; if your outside signal is strong, the Home 4G will probably cover a small room or work area for a limited number of users. It also has the most options for mounting the outside antenna (window, outside wall, or rooftop pole), and its inside antenna requires no mounting at all; these features make it the better choice for renters, students, and condominium owners.
HiBoost Home 4K: With weak outside signal, this unit will probably perform similarly to the weBoost Home 4G; upgrading to 400-type coax will give this unit better performance than the weBoost unit. If your outside signal is strong, you’ll likely get coverage for one or more rooms, similar to the weBoost Home 4G. The Home 4K is a more robust kit with metal case instead of plastic and a digital display instead of indicator lights; these features make it a better choice for homeowners and those who can install an antenna on the roof.