BearExtender n3 is the result of a joint venture between recent Product Design graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Roland Saekow, and Jason Opdyke, head of product development at Rokland Technologies.
Opdyke has spent the last several years expanding the product division of Rokland LLC to include a number of wireless products that are compatible with Macs, including the popular RokAir and RokN Wi-Fi adapters.
"The number of Mac owners increases markedly each month," explained Saekow, "especially on college campuses. But until now, when it comes to Macs, there really has not been a better alternative to standard range wireless adapters. We wanted to do something about that."
How it works
BearExtender n3 combines 802.11n compatibility with a powerful 700mW Wi-Fi radio that is also capable of picking up 802.11g and 802.11b signals from long distances.
BearExtender n3 offers up to 4 times the range of built-in Apple AirPort cards (approximately 2X for AirPort Extreme and 4X for the original AirPort 11 mbps card). It works with Macs running Mac OS X Panther, Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard*, and connects using a single USB port.
BearExtender n3 also features an external 2dBi gain antenna, bypassing interference from recent aluminum enclosures found on Macintosh notebooks and desktop computers.
"BearExtender is the product of the present and the future" added Opdyke. As more campuses upgrade to the 802.11n standard, BearExtender n3 owners will already be ahead of the curve with an 802.11n compatible wireless adapter. But it also picks up from long distances on existing G and B networks, which are more common at the present time."
Pricing & Availability
Priced at $44.97, BearExtender n3 is one of the most affordable long range Wi-Fi solutions for Mac users. It includes a special USB metal flex cable, and the installation software and manual comes on a reusable USB flash drive.