The D-link Rangebooster is a useful addition for any laptop or desktop computer device which operates its communications via a wireless network.
D-Link produces a lot of networking components and has developed a reputable name for itself as a company throughout the I.T market, the Rangebooster is a low cost investment at around £20 online and significantly helps improve the signal strength and quality of a connection.
It is recommended that you check your actual connection prior to purchasing a booster device such as this as the product itself would have no affect if you are experiencing problems linked to the actual connection rather than the signal that its been transmitted over!
The rangebooster is a black and white stylish dongle which can be easily transported and swapped between devices, the dongle is easy to install and works without the need of additional drivers when using Microsoft Windows 7!
I purchased this device after using a huge ethernet cable from an upstairs bedroom where our modem and router was setup which lead all the way through the house to the downstairs office. Although I could pick up a signal in the office with my current Wifi adapter the signal was not consistent and often used to disconnect from the network or deliver slow speeds with constant delays inbetween loading webpages or e-mails.
Having paid around £25 with delivery for my rangebooster I feel very satisfied with my purchase.
Its always a nice feeling when you buy something for a specific reason and it actually performs the way you wan't it too without hassle, this is how I feel about my purchase of the rangebooster!
D-Link also offers an alternative network management program which can be installed from disk or downloaded online which shows previous connections, preferred networks, and features more accurate measurement of network signals in comparison to the Windows platform.
I always have a stable connection now in my office and have tested my laptop in the garden and shed with the booster and although the signal drops by a bar or two the internet connection still works perfectly!
Thank you D-Link!
I bought one of these when I got fed up with the Belkin wireless we had in my husband's laptop. We gave up trying to use it wirelessly, plugged his laptop into the modem and moved the PC, using it with this external wireless adapter The Belkin was half the price (laptop wireless adapter) but only had an excellent signal in the same room as the router. Grr. It didn't pick up any signal at all downstairs (the wireless router was upstairs in the spare bedroom).
So I shelled out almost £50 for this, in the hope it would improve things, and we moved things around. Fortunately it did.
D-link are a reliable manufacturer of wireless products and I've bought several things from them. Our router was D-link, which might affect the quality of the improvement - perhaps it helps to have both router and adapter from the same company. It worked in the USB port of the PC, was reasonably quick to set up and install and it could be encrypted in both WEP and WPA. It guided through everything so I think quite an un-techy person could have done it.
It left a nice bit of software on the computer showing you which networks were there and which ones you'd connected to recently and it automatically connected after the first time; it shows you the signal strength. Like the one I already had installed on my laptop - isn't it a microsoft one?, but my desktop didn't have it.
We had a slightly larger than average house I suppose, and crucially had installed the cable modem in the far corner. Not so smart - but when we got this we could use the laptop in the same room as the router and move the desktop PC downstairs, though the signal did get weaker in the dining room, which was the room furthest away from the spare bedroom where the router was. The thing comes with a cradle thingy so you can angle it to get a better reception, which is pretty useful, especially given it's for a PC desktop - you can hardly move the whole desk!
In terms of function, it honestly didn't seem to slow up the performance of the desktop noticeably. We use it with a 802.11g router.
For those who like stats, it has:
* Draft 802.11n wireless LAN specification, backward compatible with 802.11b/g devices
* 2.4GHz frequency band
* Fast USB 2.0 connection to notebook/desktop computer
* Up to 300Mbps raw data transfer rate
* Strong WPA/WPA2 data encryption security
* Supports Windows VISTA/2000/XP Operating Systems
* Two integrated internal antennae
* D-Link Wireless Manager for easy access to frequently accessed networks
* Plug and play installation in local language
(taken from their blurb)
Overall, I'm happy with it - it let us do what we wanted to do in the house, was easy to install and use, and is pretty powerful. Given what we needed, it was worth paying the extra price for, as we needed it to keep a strong signal downstairs and round a corner from the router. If you only want to make a short connection you could buy a lower spec product for around £25, I think.
I don't have any quibbles with it.
Upgrade your computer's Wi-Fi and access the Internet quickly and easily from anywhere in your home or office. This adapter delivers high performance wireless networking to a laptop or desktop PC via the ultra-fast USB 2.0 interface.
Wireless N technology offers more speed, extended coverage and virtually no dead spots while still compatible with previous network standards. This adapter transfers data at speeds of up to 300 Mbps.
The DWA-140 supports WEP, WPA and WPA2 encryption methods and includes a configuration utility to find available wireless networks and show quality/signal strength.
No experience required, simply insert the enclosed CD into your computer and the installation wizard will do the rest.
|Product Description:||D-Link RangeBooster N DWA-140 - network adapter|
|Device Type:||Network adapter|
|Interface (Bus) Type:||Hi-Speed USB|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||8.7 cm x 2.8 cm x 1.2 cm|
|Data Link Protocol:||802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (draft)|
|Data Transfer Rate:||300 Mbps|
|Frequency Band:||2.4 GHz|
|Compliant Standards:||IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.1x, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, IEEE 802.11n (draft), USB 2.0|
|System Requirements:||Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4, Microsoft Windows XP SP2|
|Microsoft Certification:||Certified for Windows Vista|