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BearExtender for PC Review

Jun 27 2011, 1:28pm CDT | by , in Reviews | I4U Gadget Reviews

BearExtender for PC Review
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Simply the best WiFi adapter I have ever tested

Specifications

The BearExtender for PC is a WiFi adapted for your Windows computer that has a USB connection. It uses a single antennal that can be adjusted and has a clip on the back for hooking to your laptop screen. The adapter has 700mW max power output and supports 802.11b/g/n. It also supports WEP, WPA, WPA2 Personal, WPA-Enterprise, and WPS encryption too. It will operate on 2.4GHz networks with 150Mbps maximum transmission speed. It supports Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 in 32 or 64-bit versions. You can buy the adapter now for $44.97.

In Use

We have a bunch of computers in my home and except for my computer all of the others are connected via WiFi. The WiFi router sits on my desk so I use a wired connection. My wife has a desk with a computer literally six feet from mine and hers connects via WiFi. All of the other machines in my home along with game consoles connect via WiFi.

My house is about 2,700 square feet and is two stories. My son's room is up stairs, the WiFi router is downstairs, and there are six walls between his computer and the router. I have him on the WiFi network using a normal Linksys USB adapter and there is not enough bandwidth to do anything. The signal is listed by Windows as weak and when it can connect to the web data transmission speed is listed at around 1Mbps on an 802.11n network.

There isn't enough bandwidth for him to stream video, download files, or play online games. I have tried other brands of WiFi adapters as well with the same results. When the people at BearExtender got a hold of me to see if I wanted to check out the BearExtender for PC I didn’t expect much. I went up stairs, installed the software, and then plugged the adapter in.

The computer recognized the adapter, I entered my network password, and immediately the BearExtender for PC found ten wireless networks within range. My wife's computer only six feet from the router doesn't even see a few of these networks. The truly shocking part was that after fighting with no signal in my son's room, the BearExtender for PC had excellent signal strength. I am talking four out of five bars signal strength all of the time.

Windows showed the connection speed was 110Mbps. That is faster than the Netgear 802.11n WiFi adapter that is in the same room as the router. I am shocked. The room in my house that could get no connectivity with any other adapter I tried is now the room with the fastest WiFi access in the house thanks to the BearExtender for PC. The part that really sickens me about this is that the BearExtender for PC is CHEAPER than the other adapters I purchased trying to get that computer on the web. I wasted so much money when all I needed was the BearExtender.

Verdict

Pros

  • Connectivity you just won't believe
  • Easy to install and configure

Cons

  • None
 

Conclusion

I can’t believe how well the BearExtender for PC works. If you have a notebook or desktop on your WiFi network that just won't connect, get the BearExtender for PC. This is hands down the best WiFi adapter I have ever tested and has connectivity and data speeds that blow away the competition.

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