Hawking’s Sumpreme Wi-Fi Range Extender

Being someone that has spent far to much money on those new longer range routers, special antennas, and those range extenders, the Hawking Hi-Gain USB Wireless-G Dish Adapter looks pretty appealing.

It looks like a mini satellite dish, and it pretty much is. The adapter is equipped with an 8dBi directional antenna; most routers come with a 2dBi antenna. That translates into a range increase of up to 300%, but I expect the actual numbers are a bit lower.

You might be like me and have absolutely no idea why a directional antenna is better than an omnidirectional one. Good ole’ Hawking’s got you covered, you’ll find the diagram below makes it crystal clear.
Directional vs Omnidirectional Diagram

On the front of the dish is a array of LEDs that tell you the signal quality and allow you to adjust the dish to get the best possible connection. The connection is a standard USB port.

I don’t think you’ll be lugging this around to use at your local Starbucks, but if your has some junky signal quality, and you’ve tried everything else, this seems like a good thing to try.

If you’re one for convenience, you can run to your local CompUSA (or BestBuy, Staples, etc.) and get it for around $80, but if you shop around, you can find the Hawking Hi-Gain USB Wireless-G Dish Adapter for prices as low $53 (you’ve got to add shipping, though). More information along with a few testimonials and reviews can be found on Hawking’s site.

[via The Red Ferret]

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