WeBoost DT4G™ Cellular Signal Booster – Review

dt4g inside It can be very frustrating to live in an area with poor cell reception, where dropped calls, internet connection issues and slow data upload and download times can lead to a lot of frustration and wasted time. We had this problem at my home for many years until a new cellphone tower was recently built nearby, and it has been a huge relief to now have good service; but I do spend quite a lot of time in an area in the Sierra Nevada mountains that still has these issues. I was happy to have the opportunity to test out the WeBoost DT4G Cellular Signal Booster to see if it could help.

WeBoost (formally Wilson Electronics) are a company who specialize in products that boost your cellular reception. They have a wide range of cellphone signal boosters available, including options for the car, home and office. The DT4G™ is their newest home and office cell booster and works to boost 4G, 3G, and 2G data downloads. It works for subscribers of all US cellphone network providers except Clearwire. I tested it with AT&T.

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The WeBoost DT4G Cellular Signal Booster is a multi-part system – it has an external antenna, an internal antenna, and a cellphone booster all connected by coaxial cable (similar to one you would use for cable TV). The kit includes everything you need for DIY installation, but this isn’t a 5 minute job, it does take a while to work out the best place for installation and to securely install the outside antenna.

Before starting I would recommend reading the instructions carefully and watching the installation video on the WeBoost website. The system basically acts like a megaphone amplifying your incoming signal, so to get the best results you need to position the outside antenna where it gets the best signal. If you are unsure where the cellphone towers and antenna are in your area I’d recommend going to antennasearch.com to see the locations and help you find the best spot. Once you know roughly what direction the nearest cellphone tower(s) are in, you can put your phone in field test mode to confirm. For an iPhone if you dial 3001#12345#*  the phone will then enter field test mode. Simply put it displays your signal strength numerically instead of in bars. The number will be negative and the closer to zero it is the stronger the signal. At the home where I was testing the DT4G™ the un-boosted signal is typically  1 bar and -100 to -110 which is really, really bad! Walking around the outside of the house and testing the signal in different locations I found that location where signal appeared strongest was southwest side of the house, which was consistent with the direction of the nearest antenna I had found in my online search.

The outside antenna can be mounted in 3 ways – 1) on the roof 2) high up on a sidewall of the house or 3) stuck to the inside of a window. The installation kit includes mounting brackets for all 3 options, 1 is best; 3 the least effective option, but simplest installation. I tested both 1 and 3. For all 3 options the same general rules apply: point it in the direction of the strongest signal, place it as high as possible, separate the internal antenna from it by at least 20 feet (horizontal and or vertical separation), point the internal antenna away from both the external antenna and the booster.

DT4G Diagram

Window Mounted External Antenna

With an un-boosted signal at this location in the living room I have just enough cellphone signal to get email, I can usually connect to the web in parts of the living room but the signal is weak enough that I can’t watch videos or use my iPhone as a mobile hotspot. In the bedroom the situation is even worse – it often won’t connect at all in there. I first set up the external antenna on the inside of a window facing the strongest signal area, and set up the interior antenna in an adjacent room so that there was at least 20ft separation. The external antenna was mounted to the inside of the window using a bracket with suction cups. Although I did have cable running between the rooms it was quick and easy to set up.I found that the signal was much better as long as I was close to the internal antenna – within approximately 4-5 feet I could browse the internet, watch videos and use my iPhone as an mobile hotspot.

Roof Mounted External Antenna

For this option I sent my husband on the roof and he mounted the antenna to a pole on the roof, and I connected the internal antenna. I had him move the angle of the antennae approximately 22 degrees at a time, whilst I was using my iPhone in field test mode to check signal strength. Once we found the optimum position we kept it in that spot and tried the reception in different places. The internal antennae is in the bedroom (where we had next to no signal before) and now I can surf the internet, watch videos and use my iPhone as a mobile hotspot. The signal was good enough that I was able to connect multiple laptops to the iPhone and have them both connected to the web. I could also simultaneously download mail, surf the web and play a Youtube video, which would have been totally impossible before. With the roof mounted option I also found I had a useable signal over a much bigger area – I can watch videos and use the iPhone as a hotspot from the living room, which is 20 ft or so from the internal antenna. I now typically get 3 -4 bars, instead of 1 bar, numerically the signal varies but it is at times as good as -79 – much better than -110.

Download and upload speeds

I did use the OOKLA Speed test app to test the download and upload speeds with the boosted and un-boosted signal as I planned to be very scientific and show the results in several different locations with and without the booster. What I found was there was a huge moment to moment fluctuation in the speeds, both with the signal boosted and un-boosted. So you really couldn’t compare single readings at any location boosted v un-boosted, but instead could look at trends. Overall, the boosted signal speeds were noticeably better, but there was a lot of scatter – spurious reading both bad and good in boosted and un-boosted.

In the worst signal location the test was failing un-boosted, and boosted signal download speeds were about 2-3mbps. In other places the download speed was typically about 2x as fast boosted vs un-boosted, upload times were better overall too, but by a smaller % – closer to a 50% improvement.

 

The most important question for me is does the DT4G™  noticeably improve the performance of my cellphone ? The answer in my testing is definitely yes. Even though I still have a variable signal after boosting (which I suspect is due to location and not having a big tower nearby) it is much, much more useable. I can now consistently have enough signal strength to use my  iPhone as a mobile hotspot, watch online videos and be able to download apps and pictures, all of which were impossible 95% of the time before.

The DT4G™ Cellular Signal Booster by WeBoost has an  RRP of  $399 and is available from many  retailers and online, find your local suppliers here.

 

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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).



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Customer ratings: (16 ratings)
Category: Medical, Education
Languages: English, , Spanish
Rated: 4+

Updated: 13.03.2012
Version: 3.0
Size: 39.65 MB
Requirements: iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74

Description iName it

iName It is specifically designed to help individuals with difficulty recalling the names of common items found in the home. Developed by speech-language pathologists, iName It provides users with a systematic way to recall functional words needed for activities of daily living. iName It consists of fifty nouns that are displayed within the context of the rooms where they are typically located, such as bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, etc… Each target word can be elicited by using one of more of the five different types of cues available: phonemic, phase completion, whole word or semantic.

This version of iName It is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

How to Use
iName It is a single-player app specifically designed to be used by a speech-language pathologist or caregiver such as a family member. From the home screen, the user has the option to select “start practice,” “about,” “results,” or “support.” By selecting the “start practice,” the user can choose, or create, a client avatar. Once the client is selected, the screen automatically populates with a choice of five visual scenes. A tap of the screen allows the scene to be selected, and a task bar displays the items to be found within the scene. By selecting one of the items, the available prompts are displayed. If the client doesn’t need to utilize a prompt to name the item, a simple tap of the “got it” button tracks the answer.

Data Collection
iName It tracks data throughout the app. In the “results” area, the user selects the appropriate client avatar. The data report will display indicating the dates the app has been used, overall accuracy without cues, overall accuracy with cues, and which type of cue was most successful. Each session is recorded by date and visual scene name.

The session data report can then be emailed, printed, or exported to the Therapy Report Center for easy progress monitoring and report writing.

Purpose
iName It is designed to work on word-retrieval secondary to aphasia, and includes 10 target items for each household scene: bedroom, kitchen, living room, bathroom, and garage. Each scene is realistically depicted specifically to assist with visual and sentence completion clues. In addition, the app contains several types of clues or prompts to assist with the verbal recall.

The primary objectives of iName It is to:

Improve word finding of common functional words found in the home and community.
Provide several types of cueing options to meet the needs of a wide range of clients at varying communication levels.


These include printed cues, a definition prompt, a semantic prompt, a phonetic cue (initial sound), and the written word. Each of these prompts was designed using the five types of evidenced based cueing suggested as being useful for word-finding (Hillis, 1993; Nickels, 2002, Wambaugh, 2007). Literature suggests using initial syllable cues and sentence completion cues may trigger motor commands for articulation and be beneficial to individuals with apraxia of speech as well (Love, 1977).

iName It can be used effectively by Speech-Language Pathologists and caregivers working with individuals experiencing word finding difficulties. It is specifically designed to assist people with a wide variety of word-finding deficits. Although the app is designed primarily for use by adults, it can be used with adolescents and children.

Target Audience (s):
This Application is designed for adults, but can also be used with adolescents and children. I Name It targets individuals with word finding difficulties secondary to aphasia. Additionally, it can benefit individuals with apraxia that are assisted by visual and sentence completion cues.


What's new in Version 3.0

Various bug fixes and improvements


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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).



USA – Illustrated Atlas by Silcom Multimedia – Review



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What we love…

Vast amount of information about the United States and each state great for reinforcing school based curriculum and aligns with common core standards

What we’d love to see…

parent area showing areas where your child may be struggling; multiuser profile for use in a classroom environment; better narration within the app as pronunciation is not on par with accent

Summary

Great app with lots of content perfect for teaching geography or using when planning a trip to teach your children about where you are going. Aligns with common core standards and provides strong information about history, geography and literacy skills including reading

Our Rating

USA – Illustrated Atlas by Silcom Multimedia is an iPad only app designed to teach your children about the various geographies of the United States.  The app provides six different interactive maps, four games, audio narration and meets common core early learning standards.  The app contains fully illustrated maps of the United States with about 200 cartoon images  related to each state including landmarks, facts about the state, descriptions, places and more.  In addition there is a map of all of the United States and their capitals along with key facts such as state nickname, motto, population, state symbols, flags and seals.  Skills practiced in the app include: history, geography, common core learning standards, and literacy skills related to reading the content.

This is a comprehensive app which is great for teaching your children about the various states in the United States and recently came in very handy for a project when we were trying to explain the various states to our kindergartener.  He knew that our family lived all over the country but once we were able to show him information about each state, he realized how far apart all of us lived.  I can see this app also being very helpful in a classroom setting during a study about the United States to provide information about each state which can be taught in an individualized manner and reinforced using the information contained within the app.  The app contains a significant amount of content and will provide a great reinforcement for children as well as be a helpful app when homeschooling or taking a trip to educate your children about areas you might visit. My son and I enjoyed working on collecting the stars throughout the app and demonstrating mastery of different areas.

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In terms of enhancements, I’d like to see a game where the user can demonstrate that they have mastered the content such as location of states, key facts about the state as well as a parent console so you can see areas that might need improvement for your child.  If this were to be used in a classroom, it would be nice to have multi-user profiles so you can track progress of your child. The user interface could use a bit of updating, but for the amount of content contained this is a great app. The narration within the app is not on par with my expectations – it can be distracting as it is not always correct, we solved this by muting our iPad and having me read the content to my son. At times the pronunciations seemed more computer generated rather than native English speaking which resulted in words not being recognized such as “Mt Rushmore” “Misery River” aka Missouri River and “Grand Canyon” are not pronounced the way I would hear them in native language. This is one of the largest drawbacks in an otherwise fantastic app.

Great app which provides lots of educational content for elementary school aged children.  This app could be the perfect companion to a fourth grade geography lesson where you are learning about each of the states or it could be helpful in a homeschooling curriculum. This app aligns with common core standards and is a great companion to promote early childhood learning of states and placement as well as key facts. There are no in-app purchases, outside links. The app does contain a protected parental gate which allows you to change settings as well as email the developers.

USA - Illustrated Geography Atlas
USA - Illustrated Geography Atlas
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Category: Education, Reference
Requirements: Compatible with iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 75.88 MB

$2.99USD

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PlayKids – Videos and Educational Games for Kids and Toddlers! By Movile – Review + Subscription Giveaway




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What we love…

Over 200 episodes of good quality preschool television episodes, educational games, ability to select exactly which shows your child can watch

What we’d love to see…

more episodes added of the popular PBS kids shows, option to automatically switch off video playing after a set amount of viewing time

Summary

Playkids is like a curated Netflix for toddlers and pre-schoolers, with the addition of learning games, a lullaby feature and a few books

Our Rating

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PlayKids | Videos and Educational Games for Kids and Toddlers!PlayKids is a subscription-based educational game and video service for 2-5 year-old from Latin-American mobile entertainment company Movile.  The app is available as a free download with some content available for free, but the majority of the content requires a monthly subscription. One month’s free trial is available, after that the cost is $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year.

When you open the app you will see a train driven by Lupi a lovable cartoon dog. each car of the train has different activities- educational games, videos, books or lullabies.

Videos

This is the main content of the app, all are cartoon apps suitable for toddlers through preschool aged children. Currently there are 20 different series of videos to choose from. These include popular PBS kids shows such as Dinosaur Train, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Super Why and Caillou; as well as shows I am unfamiliar with such as Poko, Van Dogh, Danny & Daddy, Franny’s Feet, Monster Math Squad, Musti, Jungle Beat, Heroes of the City and many more. Most series have 6-12 episodes available but a few have more – Danny & Daddy has 34 episodes.

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In the parents section you can decide which of these shows are available to your children and hide any that you don’t want them to access. you can also set “baby mode” where the video controls are locked during playback, and you can set videos to keep repeating.

To watch a video you need to first download it, so I’d recommend downloading some of your children’s favorite shows ahead of time so they don’t have to wait whilst they download (how long this takes depends on your internet connection and size of download but can take a minute or 2). You can download the videos in lower quality (the default setting) or higher quality. I did find some of the videos very distinctly fuzzy,in the lower quality download, but they were fine at higher quality level. This was especially noticeable on my iPad 3  and not as bad on my iPad mini, so I’d recommend trying out both higher and lower quality downloads on your device to make your preference before you download many videos.

Once you have downloaded a video you can watch it offline, which is a very nice feature, especially if you are away from home and want to entertain your child whilst traveling or at in a doctor’s waiting room. In the parent’s section you can manage your downloaded videos and delete any you no longer want.

I would like to see more episodes added of the popular PBS kids shows- currently there are 6 Dinosaur Train, 6 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, 8 Super Why and 8 Caillou episodes; I’d also like an option to limit the total viewing time e.g. letting the child watch 30 min or 1 hour and then automatically shutting off.

Playground

This is the car with the educational games, many are available without subscription.

The games include:

Toy Clean-up – shape matching

Connect the Stars – a dot-to-dot style game

Learn to Draw: step-by-step drawing instructions to draw 8 pictures using pencil and paper.

Coloring Book: a simple fill-in coloring book with over 20 pictures of Lupi and friends to color. It includes 10 colors and children can also practice color mixing putting 2 colors together to create a new color.

Memory Match: Classic memory match game, you can vary the difficulty by having from 4 to 30 cards to pick from.

Jigsaw Puzzle:  8 simple food themed puzzles, with from 3 -9 pieces.

Spin The Wheel : 6 different activities: learn colors, numbers, animal sounds and play with music. In the piano game the child can practice playing 5 familiar tunes by tapping colored circles on the piano keys.

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Lupi and the animals: tap on cartoon pictures of animals to see a series of real-life photographs of them and hear their sounds.

Books

This car currently contains 4 books: Goldilocks, The Three Little Pigs, Puss in Boots and The Tortoise and The Hare. They are quite simple versions of the stories, there is narration but no word highlighting as they are read and no interactivity.

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Lullabies

There are musical version of 7 lullabies to choose from, you can pick any combination from one to all of them, and can set a playing time from 5min up to 2hrs or no limit. Once you press start the iPad turns into a mood light and plays your choice of tunes in a loop for the chosen time period.

Overall, this is a fun app for young children. The videos really are the heart of the app and there is a good selection of child friendly, educational, fun shows for 2-5 year olds. It is like a curated Netflix for kids – but as you get to control exactly which videos they see it is a safer, more child-friendly environment for young kids. I like the fact that you can download the videos and watch them offline, and you can choose exactly which shows your child gets to watch. Currently there are approximately 220 videos in the app, and the developer says that they will continue to add content. Your preschooler is likely to find several of their favorite shows here and also some new ones they haven’t seen before.  The games are a nice addition too with lots of games and activities suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers. The lullaby feature can be useful for little ones, but I didn’t feel the small book selection added much to the app.

If you have a child from 2-5 years old who likes watching videos I’d recommend trying out the free month’s trial today, you can always switch off auto-renew in your iPad subscription settings if you decide not to buy a subscription.

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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