My Mac Mini is upstairs, my router is downstairs. I was getting signal strength of a paltry 11 and then it started going down even more, I didn't even get one bar on Airport. I was so frustrated.
I bought this product with the regular antenna and immediately got 65-75. I believe the problem is that the Mac Mini has an omnidirectional antenna and we have loads of internet connections in our neighborhood. I think this was interfering with my connection. The antenna that comes on this product is *directional* and when you get it pointed right (trial and error worked for me), you don't get nearly as much interference.
In addition to this, I finally gave up and moved my router downstairs about 12 feet, which put it roughly 4 feet from the middle beam of the house (it had been on an exterior wall). This bumped up my wifi signal to 100 using the bearextender.
The product is a 5 minute installation, and well worth the money. I opted for their longer USB cable...
I live on the seventh floor of a very old building in a European city, and my landlord's router is situated two floors below. I was having a lot of trouble connecting to the wifi network on my Macbook (sometimes it was there sometimes it wasn't; when it was it was always frustratingly weak and would frequently disappear). Because it wasn't my apartment with the router I felt it inappropriate to ask her to move her router or to add a mechanism to extend the wifi signal, which is why I ended up searching for a solution at my end (i.e. at the receiving laptop not at the wifi router). I've only used it for a couple of days so far so will reserve complete judgment, but it definitely seems to have done the trick.
I can safely connect to the once almost non-existent network at a speed fast enough to browse freely and to stream content. If I clip it outside the window the signal strength goes up considerably (there is a helpful tool for telling you as a percentage exactly how...
I was having problems staying connected to my wi-fi network. It would just drop me off, no warning. Usually when I was doing something important, like paying a bill. The router is downstairs and my computer up stairs on the opposite side of the house. This just started about two months ago.
I asked my neighbor if I could try it on hers and it did the same thing.
Ok, I thought, something wrong with the computer. Took it to The Apple Store for a "Genius" to check out. They claimed all was fine.
I do all my banking online so I really needed a reliable wi-fi connection. I was at my wits end. Then I came across this little gem.
Now not only can I Log on to my wi-fi and stay on but I can "see" about 20 networks including the Free Wi-Fi at the Ford Dealer down the street.
I would highly recommend the Bear Extender if you are having wi-fi connectivity problems like I was.
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