We tested signal strength using an AirPort Extreme card (b/g/n) in a MacBook Pro against the BearExtender. 

Signal strength measurement was performed using AirRadar.

The MacBook Pro was running on battery power using the Energy Savings profile “Better Performance.” Bluetooth was disabled.

Test Results


Location: Apartment complex (North side UC Berkeley campus)
Network
Internal AirPort Card
BearExtender
CicisExtremePizza4
62
100
2WIRE281
54
100
a3711d5e834900ec
54
100
2WIRE465
42
100
zottolo
37
94
dvnet
33
68
Qing Lab
27
99
Diablo
32
83
ENGEL WAN
26
73
2WIRE330
26
63
Dlove
28
78
portnoy2
19
68
tis_home2
19
83
2WIRE202
20
47
SpruceNet
29
78
CWP
18
23
Mills Lab
18
47
hpsetup
Out of Range
31
MINE
Out of Range
57
wallislab
20
37
the cake is a lie
Out of Range
37
AirBears F0
Out of Range
52
ECoG
Out of Range
37
NewYorker
Out of Range
57

Location: UC Berkeley Campus (Wheeler Hall 206)
Network
Internal AirPort Card
BearExtender
OpenAirBears
53
100
AirBears 59
43
100
AirBears 10
20
57
Airbears OC
19
52
Airbears EA
18
52
Airbears 2B
Out of Range
52
hpsetup
Out of Range
52
OpenAirBears C0
Out of Range
42
RESCOMP
Out of Range
47
AirBears 90
Out of Range
37

Location: UC Berkeley Campus (
Giannini Hall 234)
Network
Internal AirPort Card
BearExtender
AirBears 90
45
100
128b Giannini
42
100
AirBears C0
18
68
altstadtmafia
29
89
dd-wrt
25
78
AirBears D0
24
73
AirBears E0
23
78
AirBears 97
Out of Range
52
RASPA
Out of Range
52
151 Hilgard
Out of Range
52
Annya
Out of Range
47
PLANET909
Out of Range
42
151 2nd Hilgard
Out of Range
37
AirBears 10
Out of Range
37
TRENDnet
Out of Range
31
Dumbledore
Out of Range
37

Location: Coffee shop (
Sufficient Ground Cafe, South side)
Network
Internal AirPort Card
BearExtender
2652 4034
66
100
2WIRE114
36
100
7773 2520
41
100
linksys
36
47
Sufficient Grounds
34
99
AnchorFree
37
100
linksys206
36
83
bkramer
21
47
zzzzz
24
83
penguins
Out of Range
52
TECA
19
68
pavy-net
25
68
NOSCO
22
52
FoneART Sprint
Out of Range
52
mom
Out of Range
31
cymo
Out of Range
31
NETGEAR
Out of Range
26
BLVD
19
47

Location: Downtown Berkeley (Bank of America, Shattuck)
Network
Internal AirPort Card
BearExtender
4741 1260
37
94
Subway
32
78
GMOGUEST
32
63
2WIRE878
31
78
2WIRE081
30
99
Kaplan
27
83
AirBears Extreme
29
78
80211N_IR_GUEST
26
73
hpsetup
26
73
2WIRE247
25
83
evan
24
73
HRA 11th Floor
28
94
Addison Annex
23
63
Dooknet
23
89
IR_Guest
23
68
IR
23
63
2WIRE883
22
78
BMSGnet
Out of Range
89
2WIRE913
Out of Range
73
2WIRE914
Out of Range
68
Hanilk
Out of Range
63
Suite 200
Out of Range
63
QP Network
Out of Range
68
peoples1
Out of Range
52