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Hawking HWU8DD Hi-Gain USB Wireless-G Dish Adapter

3.8 out of 5 stars 142 customer reviews

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  • Designed to connect your desktop computer or laptop easily to any Wireless-B or Wireless-G network via a USB connection. For Windows users.
  • Hawking's award winning Hi-Gain Antenna technology extends wireless connection distances by up to 300%.
  • Equipped with a new 8dBi Directional Dish antenna that provides more distance and better speeds than other wireless adapters on the market
  • The only wireless adapter to integrate the distance benefits of wireless Dish Technology with WiFi networking
  • The built-in LED signal strength indicators provide network signal information to pinpoint the strongest signal available within your area
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Hawking Technology
  • Model Number: HWU8DD
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Number of Ports: 1
  • Network Data Transfer Rate: 54 Megabits Per Second
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Product Description

The HWU8DD Hi-Gain USB Wireless-G Dish Adapter is designed to connect desktop computer or laptop easily to any Wireless-B or Wireless-G network via a USB connection and Hi-Gain Antenna technology extends wireless connection distances by up to 300%. The HWU8DD Hi-Gain USB Wireless-G Dish Adapter is equipped with a new 8 dBi Directional Dish antenna that provides more distance and better speeds than other wireless adapters on the market.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 6.5 x 2.9 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000DINCIQ
  • Item model number: HWU8DD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 20, 2005

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We purchased this unit to try out on vacation at a beach house rental where typically we have to connect to neighborhood hot spots. At best we usually have to manipulate our laptop to just the right position to find a sporadic at best connection (you know-- we're ultimately standing on our head, wearing a foil helmet, and holding the laptop on edge etc-- that kind of thing).

I'll have to report back to you from the beach house next week but right now I just pulled it out of the box in our urban neighborhood setting at home. We typically have an abundance of signals here but only 1 or 2 have been connectable using my Netgear Rangemax 240 (which does better than my other standard b/g wireless adapter cards).

The Hi-Gain picks up a ton of signals in each direction I point it and is able to connect to nearly anything with a signal strength of 20% or better.

The Quick Start guide warns you all over the place to be gentle when moving the antenna on its axis or swivel, so comments from others on fragility seem to be correct. It looks like for travel purposes you'll need to keep it packaged in its box (6"x8"x4")

But I'd have to say-- so far so good. I have no immediate criticism or disappointment, other than the Wireless LAN Utility has a somewhat undersized window showing available network info--but this is a small issue.

I'll report back from the beach house next week to share what our final verdict is.

Oh the USB cord is no more than 6 feet long so you will need an extension or a longer USB cord (I ordered a 10' extension for $8).
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I just tried and am returning an HWU8DD. Seemed well built, software was very good, no installation problems, worked fine under XP SP2. Looked good, too. BUT the sensitivity was not nearly as good as my old D-Link DWL120+ with its small dipole antenna. And I pointed

the HWU8DD at known targets and rotated it through 360 degrees. The DWL120+ saw and associated with signals the HWU8DD never saw, and provided a much better (10dB or more) signal for those both could see. This is my second disappointing experience with a similar Hawking product (wasted time a bit ago with a

HWU36D); never again! It is awkward to store and use and does not provide higher performance than a simple dipole unit from other vendors. Don't waste your time or money!
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O.K., so it took several hours of constant adjustments to get the right aim, but when it did it gets a very good signal which is at least 3 times better than my super G wireless card. It is highly sensitive to position and aim, so have some patience with it. It has made the difference between getting no signal and getting a very good signal.
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Not sure why the performance of this great little antenna has been rated poorly in some of the other reviews. Works great for me. I'm in a friend's guesthouse at the moment (and no, I'm not Kato Kaelin). I was previously lucky to even pick up a signal from the main house and I only received the weakest signals from two of the neighbors. Not only am I online at lightning speed from my friend's router, but I'm also picking up 11 other signals from around the neighborhood. As others have mentioned, the device is a little bulky and takes up about 4"x4"x4" when folded down, so it's a bit awkward to carry about in a notebook case, but I'll just have to find room in my suitcase for this electronic marvel. I own a motorhome and this should be great in RV Parks which typically have terrible wifi set-ups.
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Holy Mackeral! I just did a comparison test of the HWU8DD versus a RadioLabs "Wave RV" system. Both are simple USB plug-in Wi-Fi transceivers. I am in a neighborhood (Tempe Arizona) with a LOT of WiFi Activity. The HWU8DD can see 28 networks. The "Wave RV" sees just 8 networks. I also tested the directionality. I was skeptical when I received the HWU8DD because the dish is much smaller and lighter than I had visualized. (That's not all bad!) It is however quite directive. (Not so directive that you can't find the signals that it is not pointed toward however and that is good. Otherwise you would have a terrible time orienting the antenna.) I just calculated the theoretical gain of a 10 cm dish antenna at 2.4 GHz and it is 8.01 dBi IF the efficiency of the antenna is 100%. Typical efficiencies are 50% to 60% so I wonder if they are achieving the 8 dBi gain they imply they are getting. The software seems to be stable and work well. I bought two of these to use in the motorhome when we travel so that both my wife and I can get on the internet with our laptops from WiFi-equipped campgrounds. I am happy with the HWU8DD...
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At first I couldn't get the dish to co-operate...it just wouldn't recognize my wireless router even though it was sitting next to it. Finally I turned on the 'broadcast SSID' option of the router and the little dish sprang to life.

I took it with me on my way to work in a small town hoping to find an open network (hotspot). I wasn't disappointed and soon located a network 'Angeline'. However with the directional antennae I soon found out that it wasn't a business broadcasting an open network, it was the private residence next door! 'Angeline' turned out to be the sister-in-law of a colleague of mine (I told you it was a small town)who hadn't enabled her wireless network security options.

All up? A great product that works as advertised (if you turn on the SSID...a detail not mentioned in the instructions)
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