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SureCall Fusion2Go 2.0 cell booster, the testing begins

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher since 4/12/2005, and now excited to have Ben Stein as a very able colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2018 and beyond.

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  1. PS: There is a newer Fusion2go 3.0 model though I have yet to understand how it’s different than the 2.0 model:

    https://www.repeaterstore.com/products/surecall-fusion2go-3-0-rv

  2. Richard Casano says:

    I have spent a lot of time trying to connect to open WiFi hot spots using a WiFi extender with very little luck. Most times the sites are protected and occasionally the mooring or anchorage is too far to get a reliable signal even when I have the marina’s password.

    Wouldn’t I be better off with an unlimited data plan from my cell phone carrier and use SureCall to make a robust connection? Can more than one cell phone use SureCall Fusion2Go? Another words, can I offer this to my crew without a lot of reconfiguration?

    • Hi Richard, Using my phone as a hotspot has often worked great for me, but do note that the “unlimited” plans have data caps after which the company may throttle data speed. But then again, my Verizon caps — one for phone, another for hotspot use — have gotten quite high and even when I have exceeded them, I did not see substantially lower performance.

      And these days a booster is pretty optional if you stay in close. Coming down the coast last fall I hardly used one at all, just had the phone is a good spot with a power feed (hotspotting can kill a battery fast). With these modern boosters, more than one phone can work but that’s also dependent on the interior antenna you are able to use in your particular setup. On my boat without a lot of separation or signal insulation between outside and inside antennas, I tend to use the patch antenna which is only good for one phone.

  3. I just finished testing a booster and various antennas over the last year plus – https://sailbits.com/best-lte-antenna-booster-boat/

    I’m very interested to see how your testing goes. I have never liked SureCall’s antennas, but their boosters are great. And I especially like the app showing details on the signal – I have several myself, but that one is pretty nice looking.

    There are a couple of new systems that came out in the last few months that are even better than the weBoost one I have, and likely the SureCall, but they are atrociously expensive. I’m hoping to get a hold of a couple of those for some testing this summer!

  4. Ben, I just chatted with some friends who do testing of boosters and antennas all of the time, and they’ve said the SureCall 3.0 version is supposed to be more powerful than the 2.0, and even more powerful than the industry-leading weBoost 4G-X which has held that spot for several years. They just got the 3.0 and haven’t validated the claim, but it could be interesting to see the differences!

  5. Note that the Shakespeare SuperHalo kits uses the same SureCall technology but the booster itself is marinized and the outside Galaxy antenna (which I’ve heard good things about) ​uses the standard marine 1” 14 thread mounting:

    http://shakespeare-ce.com/marine/product/ca-vat-10-r-anywhere-superhalo-cellular-booster-kit/

  6. Michael Hervey says:

    Please mention the power consumption in your evaluation. I have stayed away from other amplifiers that consume so much power that can draw down the batteries when at anchor in remote locations.

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