USB WiFi Booster for portability and simple plug-n-play solution

Bear Extender PC is a device that addresses the number one bane of wireless networking—weak or dropped signals. This device is a wireless signal booster (or extender), but unlike many wireless extenders on the market it works on the client side rather than with a Wi-Fi router.
This little device though it has limitations: it only works on the 2.4 GHz band and it drops the connection when it’s 100 feet away from the router. It works ideally at 50-100 feet away from the wireless router.
Bear Extender is an 802.11n long-range wireless adapter that works with Windows. The adapter is a small, flattened device with a clip—it resembles a miniature access point. That clip is for attaching it to a netbook to laptop. I clipped it to an iPad and the grip was quite loose. The thinner the laptop, notebook, or any other wireless client, the looser Bear Extender’s grip. It’s also not an ideal design to attach to smartphones, though I supposed someone with enough intent could manage.
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Not only does Bear Extender clip onto a laptop, but it connects via USB from the mini USB port on the device to a USB port on a laptop. If clipping a device which resembles a mini access point doesn’t look odd enough, there’s an approximately 8-inch long external 2 dBi gain antenna that screws onto the adapter. The antenna is designed in such a way as to bypass interference from a laptop’s casing. The entire contraption is sure to elicit a few curious glances in public.
Users can upgrade to a 5 dBi antenna—which is the antenna I used for testing. Bear Extender PC combines two proprietary receivers with a 700mW transmitter capable of theoretical throughput speeds of up to 150 Mbps.
Windows 7 reported a strong, 5 bar wireless signal up until I got to 50 feet away from the router room. Signal strength then dropped to four bars. I was down to 4 bars of wireless strength and crawling internet at 100 feet. Beyond 100 feet, I could no longer connect to the SSID.
With Bear Extender, Windows 7 reported 5 solid signal bars up until 100 feet. At 100 feet, the signal wavered between 3 and 4 bars, but the signal persisted, albeit with a slow connection. I could still see my SSID at 150 feet, but Windows was down to 3 bars and every time I attempted to connect, my connection dropped.
Bear Extender PC can definitely help boost a wireless signal under a few specific conditions: you are only connecting at 2.4 GHz and your signal distance does not exceed 100 feet from a router. Any greater distance than that, are you may still be facing flaky connectivity.
The best use for Bear Extender are smaller spaces with wireless clients that may just need a little extra boost to get wireless to that last bedroom down the hall or into the kitchen. The device’s added bonuses are simple setup and affordability. Bear Extender PC is a worthy 3 stars as a wireless extender.

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