July 30, 2015

BearExtender PC case study: Midwest Truck Campers Rally

Recently our friends at Midwest Truck Campers (MWTC) contacted us to see if our BearExtender PC long range USB Wi-Fi extender may be a good fit for attendees of their 2015 rally who were looking to boost Wi-Fi reception inside campers. They found the product to be quite useful. According to their blog, BearExtender PC offered a substantial range boost in their test environment. Read the full report here. And thanks MWTC for checking out our product!

July 17, 2015

BearExtender PC, BearExtender Outdoor Windows 10 update

Windows 10 is coming July 29th. To keep your BearExtender PC and Outdoor units humming, a driver update is required. If you are dependent on your BearExtender for Internet access and do not have an alternative option, we recommend downloading the update below before updating to Windows 10, as BearExtender PC and Outdoor will not be usable on your computer after Windows 10 is installed until this update application has been installed. You do not need to actually run the downloaded update until after you have finished upgrading to Windows 10.

1. Download this update application.
2. Once downloaded, run the program. You will be prompted to remove the software. This will remove the older software version. When complete, run this same program again to install the most recent version of our software. When prompted during the installation, please select "Install Driver Only" when given a choice of installation type.

Once the install process has completed successfully, reconnect your BearExtender to your PC and try to use it. If you encounter any issue, restart your PC, and then contact our support staff for further assistance.

July 08, 2015

BearExtender Edge goes live, new product comparison page is up, and we are hiring!

It's been a busy 2015 here on BearExtender mountain, and we are excited that BearExtender Edge is now available for purchase on our site.

We thank all of you who waited patiently. After announcing the product in March 2014 at the Macworld Expo, we began taking reservations and had several thousand in April alone. As we experienced some production-related delays in the fall we continued to see the reservations pile up, and we began working through the list early in 2015. We had way more reservations than units produced. It has been a good lesson in scaling for us, and we will be integrating what we have learned into future product launches.

To help make it easier for you to decide what type of Wi-Fi product you need, we have also introduced a new product comparison page, which gives a breakdown of our Wi-Fi options and shows how each compares with the others.

Oh, one other thing. Looking for employment opportunities? BearExtender is growing our online team! We are looking for tech savvy individuals to join our team. Send resume and cover letters to jobs@bearextender.com

That's all for now, we've got BearExtender Edge orders to fill!

April 16, 2015

BearExtender Outdoor for PC- Examiner.com rates 4 stars!

If you have outdoor travel plans this spring or summer, your to-do list probably includes getting some new outdoor gear. Top on the list should be BearExtender Outdoor, our new long range outdoor Wi-Fi range extender for Microsoft Windows. It was just rated 4 stars by Examiner.com!



BearExtender Outdoor combines a high power Wi-Fi amplifier and a high gain 10 dBi directional antenna inside a durable IP65 certified water and dust resistant enclosure.

Use BearExtender Outdoor to turn weak Wi-Fi signals into stronger, more reliable connections.

It mounts easily using the included velcro strap, or pole mounting band and can be placed up to 16 feet away from your computer thanks to the integrated 16 ft shielded USB cable.

For indoor use, it comes with a detachable tripod stand for easy placement on the desk next to you or in a nearby window sill. BearExtender Outdoor is compatible with computers running Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1 (not compatible with Windows RT, also not compatible with Mac OS).

November 22, 2014

Gadgetreview.com on BearExtender Turbo: "Go Get It Already!"

Gadgetreview.com 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. The 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.”

Download high resolution here.

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 BearExtender.com 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

 

Download

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 www.BearExtender.com (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 BearExtender.com 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)

BearExtender 1200 with antenna removed. Mini USB port on front BearExtender 1200 showing industry standard RP-SMA antenna port allowing for larger antennas
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