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Windows 7: Best dipole wireless adapter to give me longest range?


01 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 
Best dipole wireless adapter to give me longest range?

I'm looking for a high quality dipole wireless adapter antenna for a laptop for this year at school. There are various wifi's all over campus.

I'd like to get the best USB dipole antenna that will give me the farthest range to have a larger variety of signals.

What do I need to look for? Does higher dbi mean further range?

I was considering this one,

Newegg.com - HAWKING HWUN4 Hi-Gain Wireless 300N Network Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates WEP 64/128, WPA, WPA2, IEEE802.1X

But it's only 3dbi, (per their website) but I've seen other wireless adapters around 5 & 6dbi. I was looking for a 300mbps data transfer, but the 5 & 6dbi antennas I see are only 150mbps

But I want something just like the Hawking, just an antenna that plugs right in a USB port.

So is there a better option for further range than the Hawking?

Just out of curiosity, how much better are these hawking dish's?

Newegg.com - HAWKING HWDN3 Wireless 300N Dish Network Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates WEP 64/128, WPA, WPA2, IEEE802.1X and WPS

Per their website that has a 6 dbi rating, but it's so bulky & cumbersome compared to just a usb dipole antenna.

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