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NETWORKING HARDWARE

Wi-Fire: Extends Wi-Fi Range to 1000 Feet
By: Joe Eitel
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    2008-03-03

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    A company by the name of hField Technologies has recently introduced a product that they claim will extend the range of Wi-Fi signals up to 1000 feet. This basically means that you will have a better range when connecting to the Internet via a wireless signal with a laptop, PDA, or other Internet-ready device. The Wi-Fire sounds like a great product, so I thought I would give a test drive to find out if it's worth the $79 price tag.

    Other similar products have come out in previous years that claim to extend the range of Wi-Fi (or cellular) signals, but they haven't lived up to those claims. I think that many of us can remember those stick-on cell phone signal boosters that were supposed to give the cell phone better coverage. Those cell phone boosters were a total rip-off, as they barely helped extend the range of the cell phone at all.

    I received a Wi-Fire for review not too long ago, so I thought I would put this product to the test to see if it lives up to all the hype, or if it's just another rip-off product like the stick-on cell phone boosters.

    The Wi-Fire is a small device that is mainly targeted toward people who access the Internet wirelessly with their laptop at coffee shops, hotels, their house, etc. The Wi-Fire is 802.11g and 802.11b compatible. It does not claim to be 802.11n compatible, which is a downfall right off the bat because many people are switching to "n" network.

    A typical "g" or "b" network has a range inside a house of about 120 feet and 300 feet outdoors. This is the average range that a basic wireless router will allow you at home. The Wi-Fire claims up to a 1000 ft. range using its powerful antenna to pick up Wi-Fi signals from long-range. I will test this range to find out if the Wi-Fire is capable of achieving such wide coverage.

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