BearExtender Mac USB WiFi Booster Review

Posted by Mayank on May 19, 2013 in Gadgets

WiFi Boosters are great – they let you use your Mac farther away from a base station. We tested the BearExtender Mac USB WiFi Booster and found that it can pick up WiFi signals from 2-4 times further away than the Airport card built into your Mac can.

BearExtender works with older G4 towers, iMacs, and Mac Pros; and is also compatible with Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard and 10.4 Tiger. BearExtender contains both a transmitter and receiver, so no internal AirPort card is required.

BearExtender achieves long range Wi-Fi performance through an external antenna, a high sensitivity receiver and a powerful Wi-Fi transmitter, up to 1200 feet. BearExtender has a height of 0.80 cm and weighs 0.70 ounces.


The BearExtender is an 802.11n WiFi adapter, and works solely with the 2.4 GHz band. The devices replaces your built-in wireless card, so, you must disable WiFi on your Mac before using the BearExtender WiFi Booster.

In my testing, I found that I could stay connected to my own home’s Wi-Fi network at full or near full strength in every room on every floor. Without the device, my connection drops by one or two bars in some indoor spots.

Anyone who often encounters spotty WiFi could benefit from this device.BearExtender is also available for PC.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Price: $40 at Amazon.

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