Extend your WiFi range on your laptop with an external USB Extender Antenna

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Poor internet access while staying in hotels had me looking for the best options to increase the strength of my internet reception on my laptop.


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Most hotels appear to provide a WiFi access for guests, but 90% of the time it is very poor quality. There are of course exceptions, and I have encountered some excellent internet access in some hotels.

For example:

In Manila I got almost perfect reception at a 3,000 Peso per night room, but down in Puerto Galera, where I am paying under 700 pesos per night, (for a much better room) the free WiFi internet is atrocious.

So, I checked as much as I could and I seem to have found the solution…. “The Alfa”

Alfa produce a few options on their USB Wireless Long-Rang WiFi network Adapters, including different models and different antenna options.


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These two caught my attention, with the second one having two antennas, so you can choose the best option for an individual area. The 7dBi Panel Antenna seems like it is the best for me, where I am now, and the AWUS036NHR model that allows 802.11N as well as B&G, seems the best long term option, even though I can’t utilize 802.11N at the moment.

ALFA AWUS036NHR - 802.11b/g/n Long-Rang USB Adapter ALFA 2.4GHz 7dBi Indoor Panel Antenna

Alfa AWUS036H

  • Alfa AWUS036H Upgraded to 1000mW 1W 802.11b/g High Gain USB Wireless Long-Rang WiFi network Adapter with 5dBi Antenna
  • Alfa AWUS036H Upgraded to 1000mW 1W 802.11b/g High Gain USB Wireless Long-Rang WiFi network Adapter with 5dBi Rubber Antenna and a 7dBi Panel Antenna
  • Alfa AWUS036H High power 1000mW 1W 802.11b/g High Gain USB Wireless Long-Rang WiFi network Adapter with 5dBi Rubber Antenna and a 7dBi Panel Antenna and Suction cup / Clip Window Mount.

Alfa AWUS036NHR

  • Alfa AWUS036NHR – High-Gain 2000mw 2W 802.11 B/G/N USB Wireless Long-Rang WiFi network Adapter with a 5dBi Antenna  – Wireless-N 802.11n Wi-Fi – 150Mbps – 2.4 GHz
  • Alfa AWUS036NHR – High-Gain 2000mw 2W 802.11 B/G/N  USB Wireless Long-Rang WiFi network Adapter with a 5dBi Omni-Directional Antenna and a 7dBi Panel Antenna – Wireless-N 802.11n Wi-Fi – 150Mbps – 2.4 GHz

        
and to extend your range even further, by moving the antenna … use a USB extension cable in between the laptop and the ALFA extender.


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