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Wi-Fi adaptor promises hot spot joy

Stuff fancy technology - get a better antenna.

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Laptop users frustrated with poor Wi-Fi reception, but without money to spend on expensive upgrades, might be interested in Buffalo Technology’s new range-boosting adaptor.

Despite its awkward-sounding name, the company claims the Wireless-G High Gain Omni Directional USB 2.0 adaptor can double useful range compared to a conventional 802.11g Wi-Fi card, thanks to its integrated antenna design.

Despite using the older 54 Mbit/s technology, the adaptor is an interesting approach to the problems faced by wireless users when working on the road. The antenna itself sits inside a plastic housing and attaches to the back of a laptop using two suction cups. A cable from the box then extends to a nearby USB 2.0 port.

The big advantage of this sort of product is probably its cost, retailing for an estimated street price of £24 plus VAT ($45). Since it uses the cheaper and commodity 802.11g chipsets, this puts the price well under that for one of rival extended-range pre-standard 802.11n or MIMO adaptors. The disadvantage is the need to carry around and look after an adaptor that is 22 cm (8.7 inches) long x 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide.

“Weak signals from built-in wireless adapters and distances from access points are causing users to experience problems with reception, which can be highly frustrating,” said Buffalo’s Gerardine Lynch.

“The Buffalo Wireless-G High Gain Omni Directional adaptor has been designed to keep pace with wireless advancements by providing users with an easy and convenient way to get better coverage immediately.”

The adaptor supports WPA-PSK client security (AES encryption) and the out-of-date WEP, and features the company’s proprietary client security setup system, AOSS.


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Mac said: I do not know much about Buffalo Technologys device but I am an advocate of getting a clearer internet connection wherever I may be I have a Wi-Fire and it is a device that allows me to receive a wireless signal three times the strength of my internal wireless adapter All I have to do is plug it into my USB port and I get a reliable connection that I would not have otherwise without the Wi-Fire Wi-Fire gets a fast connection it is easy to use and it is smaller than the range boosting adapter mentioned here I take it everywhere I take my laptop and I have been really happy with the results You can find it at hFieldcom

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