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Can the Mobile Cradle Be Used With More Than One Phone at a Time?

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015

The mobile cradle solutions (or signal boosters) are designed for single users, so they only work on one device. However, that one device can have a mobile hotspot turned on and other devices in the vehicle can take advantage of the boosted mobile data by connecting to it using the Wi-Fi option on their smartphone or tablet.

Mobile Hotspot

A mobile hotspot is basically a personal Wi-Fi network that is created for you when you activate it with your carrier. To use it, you may pay an additional amount each month on your mobile plan. However, most likely you will only be using the data usage allowance in your monthly cellular plan. As an example, with Verizon’s mobile hotspot, "you can create an Internet connection for up to five mobile devices on a 3G phone and up to 10 on a 4G LTE smartphone" ("How to Use Your Smartphone as a Mobile Hotspot"). The amount of devices you can connect to may vary with different carriers, but you will still be able to at least connect to several devices. This feature makes it great for a vehicle or home with multiple users or even for a single user that wants to use the mobile hotspot on several of their devices.

Setting Up Your Mobile Hotspot

To start, you would typically talk to your carrier and choose a mobile hotspot plan. Once you're approved, you can begin setting up your mobile hotspot.

First open your Settings app.

Next look up how to find the mobile hotspot on your type of phone or contact your carrier for assistance. (During this process, you may be told to turn your Wi-Fi off to conserve your battery.)

When your mobile hotspot is on, you will have an automatic network name and password. Change these to what you want them to be.

Once you're satisfied with these changes, you can turn your Wi-Fi back on (if it was off) or go to your Wi-Fi networks.

With your Wi-Fi on, you should see the new network that you’ve created. Click on it and you’ll be able to connect to your mobile hotspot!

Connecting Other Devices to Mobile Hotspot

Once your mobile hotspot is set up, connecting your other devices to it is easy. With the new network available, all you have to do is turn on the Wi-Fi on your other devices and connect to it using the password.

Pairing a Mobile Hotspot with a Cradle Solution

The use of mobile hotspots is not uncommon, but they can be difficult to use without a signal booster. Without a good connection, users have trouble with signals dropping, disconnecting, and showing limited access. That is why we strongly recommend pairing a mobile hotspot with our cradle signal boosters. One kit that we recommend is the Mobile Hotspot Signal Booster Kit for Car or Home https://cellphonesignalbooster.us/mobile-hotspot-signal-booster-kit-for-car-or-home/. While the kit doesn’t come with anything related to mobile hotspot, it is called this because it is very compatible with one:

The mobile hotspot booster kit for cars and homes brings extended range plus powerful reception to your Internet devices such as tablets, laptops, and even desktops. This kit draws a signal from [the] nearest [cell phone] tower and boosts it indoors or in vehicles many fold to give you high-speed seamless access to Internet on your devices connected to your cell phone’s mobile hotspot. Interestingly, it also conserves battery power of your cell phone as well as connected mobile devices because they don’t have to struggle hard constantly to look for a strong reception (“Mobile Hotspot Signal Booster Kit for Car or Home”)

Therefore, not only will you get a big signal boost with this kit and your mobile hotspot for all your connected devices, you also get to use your devices longer and use less cell phone data (that you would lose from your phone trying to search for a signal).

Cradle Signal Boosters

The cradle signal boosters (or cradle solutions) are on par with wireless signal boosters (multi-user) in several ways:

Affordable Price (cradle signal booster kits range from $104–$199, which is a lot less than the wireless signal boosters that can range from $179–$497)

High gain (while not as high as the wireless boosters at 50dB, cradle signal boosters have a pretty high gain at 23dB and offer a very high signal and fast speeds)

Available 3G and 4G (you can choose a 3G signal booster or 4G signal booster depending on your cell phone)

Multiple frequencies (dual and multi-frequency cradles are available so that you have several frequency options to choose from)

Large coverage (while not able to cover as much as wireless signal boosters, cradle signal boosters will still cover a fairly large area)

Even though you cannot automatically get multi-user connection with a cradle signal booster, you still have a great device that will provide you with the improved signal and speed for your cell phone and the devices connected to your cell phone’s mobile hotspot. The only downside with the mobile hot spot is that you may dislike paying the extra monthly charge to use it, especially if you’re already paying an expensive cell phone bill. Though the wireless signal boosters are a little more expensive, they’ll make it so you don’t have to worry about the extra cost of a mobile hotspot. However, what’s most important is choosing the signal booster that works best for your vehicle or home and gives you what you need.


“How to Use Your Smartphone as a Mobile Hotspot.” Verizonwireless. n.p. n.d. November 5 2015.

“Mobile Hotspot Signal Booster Kit for Car or Home.” Cellphonesignalbooster. n.p. n.d. November 5 2015.  

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