November 22, 2014 on BearExtender Turbo: "Go Get It Already!"

Marshal Rosenthal of recently checked out BearExtender Turbo, our 802.11ac Wi-Fi upgrade for Macs that brings you up to 867 Mbps throughput when used with an 802.11ac compliant router. His conclusion was:

"You got a Mac and need real speed and want to spend the time being connected, not worrying about the connection, then you need the BearExtender Turbo’s 802.11ac working for  you."

Read the full review here.

December 13, 2013

Introducing BearExtender Turbo: High Speed 802.11ac USB Wi-Fi Adapter for Macs


BERKELEY, CA–December 13th, 2013– BearExtender, the leader in Wi-Fi solutions for Apple Macintosh computers, announced today the availability of BearExtender Turbo, a high speed 802.11ac USB Wi-Fi adapter for Macs.

BearExtender Turbo features a maximum throughput speed of 867 Mbps on the 5 Ghz 802.11ac band when used with 802.11ac standard routers like the 2013 AirPort Extreme or 2013 Time Capsule. That is up to 3 times faster than previous generation 802.11n equipped Macs. BearExtender Turbo features USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connectivity and twin dual band (2.4 & 5 Ghz) upgradable antennas.

“802.11ac is the newest standard in wireless networking and it brings blazing fast Wi-Fi speeds,” said Roland Saekow, head of product development at BearExtender. “But only the newest 2013 MacBook Air, 2013 MacBook Pro and 2013 iMac come equipped with 802.11ac capability today. BearExtender Turbo allows people with other Macs to easily add 802.11ac technology since earlier internal AirPort cards from Apple cannot be upgraded to 802.11ac.”

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How it Works

BearExtender Turbo plugs into a Mac’s USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard through the newest OS X 10.9 Mavericks. The drivers were developed specifically for Mac OS X with a simplified interface. This makes BearExtender Turbo the perfect way to upgrade an older 802.11g or 802.11n equipped Mac to the latest and greatest high speed 802.11ac standard.

“Whether you are streaming movies wirelessly, playing bandwidth intensive games, or running a daily backup to your Apple Time Capsule, every Mac deserves the maximum throughput possible,” added Saekow. “BearExtender Turbo nearly triples the bandwidth available to earlier 802.11n equipped Macs, and doubles the speed for 2012 Mac models with 450 Mbps 802.11n.”

Performance and Benchmarks

Product benchmarks are often performed under unrealistic conditions like testing two feet from a router with no obstructions.

A real world test of BearExtender Turbo was conducted through multiple doors and walls at a distance of 75 feet between the test computer and base station.

Using AJA System Test on Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, a 2GB file was transferred between a Mid-2012 802.11n MacBook Air and a 2013 Apple Time Capsule at a rate of 10.66 Megabytes per second (MB/s not megabits). The same test with BearExtender Turbo connected to the MacBook Air’s USB 3.0 port had a rate of 23.84 MB/s, more than twice the Macbook Air’s internal Wi-Fi card.

This real world test also included the overhead from transferring a file using the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP). Real world tests help reflect actual 802.11ac performance instead of theoretical maximum rates.

For maximum connection speeds, BearExtender Turbo must be used with an 802.11ac router and a USB 3.0 port. It is backward compatible with 802.11b/g/n standards. Internet download and streaming speeds will be limited by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) plan and service tier. For example, if your 802.11n Mac already gets the full speed provided by your ISP, BearExtender cannot increase the speed of your ISP.

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Pricing and Availability

BearExtender Turbo is available starting today, December 13th, with a suggested retail price of $79.97. 


About BearExtender

BearExtender launched their first product in 2009 to increase Wi-Fi range for students on the University of California, Berkeley campus, home of the Golden Bears (hence the name “BearExtender”).

BearExtender Turbo is the first BearExtender product focused on increasing Wi-Fi speed.

For long-range applications, please visit to read about BearExtender 1200, our long range 2.4 Ghz 802.11n high power model.

November 01, 2013

BearExtender & Windows 8 tablets

If your tablet runs a full version of Windows 8 (not Windows RT), you may be able to use your BearExtender with it. Some Windows 8 tablets, like the Microsoft Surface Pro, already have a full size USB port, making BearExtender instantly compatible. Others, like the Acer Iconia W3 and the Samsung ATIV Tab 3, have a Micro USB connector. BearExtender can be used with these tablets with one of our Windows Tablet Adapter Cables. Check the item page for a list of supported tablets.

BearExtender is not compatible with tablets running Microsoft Windows RT, including the Microsoft Surface RT. BearExtender is not compatible with Android tablets or iPads.

October 28, 2013

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks Update

Apple recently announced the availability of OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

As part of our ongoing support for all BearExtender customers and models, we are releasing a Free OS X 10.9 Mavericks update



To download the 10.9 Mavericks update for all BearExtender 1200, BearExtender Mini and BearExtender Original, click here.

October 05, 2013

2013 BearExtender PC now in stock!

Our updated 2013 version of BearExtender PC is now available for purchase.

BearExtender PC is a long range USB Wi-Fi adapter that features an upgraded power amplifier (now 1200mW max) as well as increased receive capabilities This means longer range Wi-Fi reception and more signal bars for you. Our 5 dBi antenna is now included in box as a standard accessory.

BearExtender PC is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, and also Windows 8. Visit our Facebook page to see what others are saying about BearExtender PC.

Prefer the convenience of Amazon shopping? Buy BearExtender PC on Amazon today!

August 01, 2013

BearExtender announces new 802.11ac and 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for Macs

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BERKELEY, CA–August 1st, 2013– BearExtender, the leader in long range Wi-Fi solutions for Apple Macintosh computers, announced today the availability of two new Wi-Fi products for Macs.

BearExtender 1200 is a high-powered 1200mW receiver for the long-range 2.4 GHz 802.11n band, available for pre-order today (ships August 15).  It features up to 70% more power than the original BearExtender, an upgraded high gain 5 dBi antenna and a new high sensitivity receiver.

BearExtender Turbo is a high-speed 802.11ac receiver shipping in October. It features a maximum throughput speed of 867 Mbps that is up to three times faster than modern 802.11n equipped Macs. It also features USB 3.0 connectivity and dual upgradable antennas.

"After the success of our first BearExtender (2009) and BearExtender Mini (2012), both which received 4 out of 5 Mice ratings from MacWorld Magazine, we knew we had to deliver even more range for BearExtender 1200,” said Roland Saekow, head of product development at BearExtender.

Based on third generation BearExtender technology, BearExtender 1200 has 70% more power than the original 2009 BearExtender, but still has the same low price that made the original version popular with students, members of US armed forces stationed abroad, and Mac users worldwide.


BearExtender 1200 continues the company’s commitment to innovation of the long range 2.4 Ghz Wi-Fi band, which is more commonly used in residential areas, campuses, and travel destinations like hotels.

Higher frequencies such as the 5 Ghz band can offer faster speeds but have significantly shorter range due to the physical properties of 5 Ghz waves. Higher frequencies do not penetrate well through solid objects like walls.

In October, BearExtender Turbo will bring 802.11ac compatibility to the Mac operating system, with throughput speeds of up to 867 Mbps on the 5 Ghz band.

“BearExtender Turbo is a dual band (2.4 & 5 GHz) 802.11ac receiver with a focus on throughput speed,” added Saekow. “Our purpose in keeping BearExtender 1200 on the 2.4 GHz 802.11n band is to achieve the longest possible range on the most commonly used Wi-Fi band today while with BearExtender Turbo we are focused on offering extreme 802.11ac speeds to any Mac owner looking to upgrade.”


Pricing and Availability


BearExtender 1200 is just $49.97 and is available for pre-order starting today, August 1st at (ships August 15th). 

BearExtender 1200 will be available for purchase in Canada and Europe in late August through official BearExtender distributors.

BearExtender Turbo will be available in October. Pricing will be announced in September.


Special pre-order price


Pre-orders for BearExtender 1200 placed at between Thursday August 1st and Sunday August 4th are just $39.97.

The price will return to $49.97 on Monday, August 5th.

All BearExtender products are backed by a 100% US based support team and come with a 45 day no-hassle return period and full 1 Year warranty.


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BearExtender 1200 plugged in via USB with a 11" MacBook Air

BearExtender 1200 with new 5 dBi antenna (smaller 2 dBi antenna is also included in the box)

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July 31, 2013

International Purchase Options

Effective July 31, 2013, will no longer ship orders outside of the US and Canada.

Instead BearExtender products will be available from our network of international distributors beginning in late August. We made this move to provide faster and more reliable service to our international customers.

Please click here for purchase links to our international distributors.

January 21, 2013

US Post Office to increase shipping rates on January 27th

This Sunday, the US Post Office will implement their yearly postage rate increase. While domestic rates are seeing a small jump of around 7%, International rates are increasing between 25 and 60% depending on mail class.

At BearExtender, we have maintained the same rates the last several years for domestic shipping, and have only increased International rates a modest amount each year. We are currently determining what changes to make to our international postage structure and will update this article with changes later this week. To ensure you get the cheapest shipping rate, we recommend buying before Friday, January 25th, 2013.


Update: As of July 2013, we only ship to the 50 US States, Canada, APO military addresses, and US territories including Guam and Puerto Rico. We do not ship to other international destinations.

September 05, 2012

Introducing BearExtender Mini

Today we have discontinued BearExtender Mac Original (2009). In its place is the sleeker and lighter BearExtender Mini for Mac. BearExtender Mini for Mac contains more transmit power and is about half the size and weight of the original BearExtender. 

BearExtender Mini for Mac is a great choice for long range WiFi connections on your Macbook, iMac, or other compatible Apple computer. It works with Apple Mac OS 10.3 up through 10.7. We also have a beta driver for Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion here.

The smaller size and weight benefits mobile users, and it also helps reduce our carbon footprint. We now need just half the plastic to produce this long range device, which not only decreases our consumption, it means less weight flying around in planes to get to consumers. We have also introduced a special optional carry case made entirely of recycled materials. It holds BearExtender Mini, the USB cable, and antenna.

BearExtender Mac Original (2009) is no longer available for sale as of today. However, we will continue to offer full support for all owners, and when our final Mountain Lion driver is available for BearExtender Mini, it will also be made available for BearExtender Mac Original (2009).

- The BearExtender Team

March 17, 2012

Vote for BearExtender in Walmart's "Get On the Shelf" Competition

Are you a fan of ABC's "Shark Tank" or Fox's "American Idol"? Walmart has combined these concepts into one big online product competition, and BearExtender is a contestant!

Vote in Get On The Shelf

That's right, we've put BearExtender up against 1500 other consumer products and are battling our way to the top. The first round of voting is open until April 3rd. If we win, you may find the next version of BearExtender and our full line of accessories at your local Walmart. View our entry video and submit your vote today by clicking the image above.