November 13, 2015

Our new updated version of BearExtender PC is here!

Just in time for the holidays we have released an updated 2015 version of our BearExtender PC USB Wi-Fi range extender. This is version 3 of this product line with the first one released in 2010 and v2 released in 2013.

So what's new? Well for starters, if you already own our v2 model the specs are all the same. We had already basically maxed out power as allowed by the FCC with our v2. So if you are happy with your v2, upgrading will not result in better range. Think of our v3 more as a revision to the product line than a major upgrade.

Among changes we made- the RP-SMA antenna connector has been moved to the top of the unit. This came from user feedback that sometimes when used with higher gain antennas the adapter would topple or turn on its side, and it was tough to keep some antennas upright. With our new circuit board design, the RP-SMA port is now centered on the product for better stability.

We have also changed the USB cable length from 2 feet to 4 feet. We found 4 feet gives desktop users greater flexibility to put the product up on a table top, while not being too long to become a tripping hazard for mobile/laptop users.

Finally, we changed the surface texture- that shiny reflective style showing all the finger prints was so 2013. Our newer smooth textured surface better fits with today's laptop and desktop PC designs.

For those looking for a holiday bargain, we will be closing out remaining 2013 v2 inventory at a special price through December 31st or while supplies last.

November 04, 2015

Microsoft Windows support for legacy BearExtender Mac products

Over the summer we announced our legacy BearExtender Mac USB products excluding BearExtender Turbo would not be supported in the new version of Mac OS El Capitan (10.11). As can often happen in the technology world, older hardware may not work with newer operating system updates and it may not be possible for manufacturers to update software for older products indefinitely. In this specific case, the reason we won't have an El Capitan update is not because we just don't want to, but rather our programmers can do all but update the proprietary kernel extension which is done by the chipset maker. Because the chipset maker has discontinued the chip, a compatible extension will not be released despite our attempts to negotiate.

Some of you have asked about being able to use your older Mac products on Microsoft Windows computers, and the good news is that is something our programmers can control. BearExtender legacy Mac USB products can now be used on Microsoft Windows computers. To add additional life to your product, our new PC drivers on our BearExtender PC support page allow our legacy Mac USB products including the original BearExtender, BearExtender Mini, and BearExtender 1200 to be used on PCs. We have taken this step to add new life and worth to your older BearExtender products. We understand you would have preferred El Capitan support but unfortunately that was not possible. We thank you for supporting BearExtender and if you have any questions or concerns, please visit our support page for phone and email contact information.

August 25, 2015

Windows 10 and Mac OS El Capitan 10.11 Compatibility Information

For our PC products BearExtender PC and BearExtender Outdoor for PC, we now have Windows 10 updates available for download. Visit our support page and select your product to be taken to the respective download page.

For BearExtender Turbo we expect a El Capitan compatible beta update by December 2015.

For BearExtender Edge owners, the product is compatible with both Windows 10 and Mac OS El Capitan out of box with no update needed.

For users of our legacy Mac USB products including BearExtender original, Mini, and 1200 for Mac, there will be no beta application or support for Mac OS 10.11 El Capitan which is due to launch in September 2015. Mac users who update from a previous version of Mac OS may no longer be able to use their BearExtender product on that Mac. The reason is not because we just don't want to, but rather our programmers can do all but update the proprietary kernel extension which is done by the chipset maker. Because the chipset maker has discontinued the chip, a compatible extension will not be released despite our attempts to negotiate.

BearExtender legacy Mac USB products can however now be used on Microsoft Windows computers. To add additional life to your product, our new PC drivers on our BearExtender PC support page allow our legacy Mac USB products to be used on PCs. This is something our programmers were able to control, and we have done so to add new life and worth to your older BearExtender products. We thank you for supporting BearExtender and if you have any questions or concerns, please visit our support page for phone and email contact information.

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

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

April 16, 2015

BearExtender Outdoor for PC- 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!

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 on BearExtender Turbo: "Go Get It Already!" 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.”

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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.