Laptop Thoughts - News & Reviews on Laptops, Netbooks, Slates, and More

Be sure to register in our forums! Share your opinions, help others, and enter our contests.

Android Thoughts

Loading feed...

Windows Phone Thoughts

Loading feed...

Digital Home Thoughts

Loading feed...

Go Back   Thoughts Media Forums > LAPTOP THOUGHTS > Laptop Thoughts News

Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 12-12-2010, 04:00 PM
Hooch Tan
Contributing Editor
Hooch Tan's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 918
Send a message via ICQ to Hooch Tan Send a message via MSN to Hooch Tan Send a message via Yahoo to Hooch Tan
Default Reach Far With the BearExtender PC

"Now there's a PC version, aptly and cunningly titled BearExtender PC. It too is a $45 ($44.97 to be exact) 802.11n adapter and it looks much the same as its fruitier brethren. It's a reasonably small capsule, about the size of an Altoids tin but thinner and, naturally, proudly displaying a 2dBi gain antenna, which thankfully pivots and rotates in all sorts of directions."

At first blush, the BearExtender PC looks like a wireless network adapter with an upgraded antenna.  It turns out that this is what it is.  If your notebook's wireless antenna is weak or you find yourself on the fringe of network connectivity this might be the solution for you.  There are other network cards that allow external antennas to be hooked up to them, but they usually stick directly out from your USB port and where do you put the antenna?  This looks to be a good all-in-one solution.

The other benefit of more powerful Wi-Fi adapters like this is that they tend to hold a stronger signal with better throughput so if you use your laptop to stream video, this can also prove useful.  One thing not mentioned in the review, however, I would like to see is do these more powerful adapters help punch through a congested neighbourhood like mine.  Living in an apartment building, there are more wireless networks discovered by my notebooks than there are tribbles in a quadrotriticale storage bin.  Because of all that wireless noise, I find some notebooks drop their signal every now and again.  Would this be the solution I am looking for?  What other possible benefits do you see to using an improved Wi-Fi adapter like this?

Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 04:46 AM.