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IT'S GREAT!!! . . . WHEN IT WORKS :(
on November 15, 2011
hi all, i have been using this wifi antenna for the past 6 months. i bought it because i was getting little or no signal from my home router using the wireless network card of my computer.
from the beginning and more (actually MUCH MORE) frequently as of late, it has been dropping the signal. and no, the signal is not recovered immediately after it is dropped. sometimes it takes so long (1 minute+) that i have to disconnect and reconnect it from the computer--and still wait for the signal to be recovered. i found that disconnecting and reconnecting it usually works faster than just waiting for the antenna to recover the signal.
the antenna usually shows 4-5 out of 5 bars of signal strength but the signal drops apparently at random. not sure what to do but am at the point of looking into other antennas (not mfg by this company, of course). maybe one of those wifi usb antennas will work better. at least i know 1000mw is sufficient.
DO NOT install the drivers from the CD if you have windows xp. i did and the computer froze. and much scarier than a frozen computer was it restarting and not going past the windows logo screen. i had to reboot in safe mode to remove the CD drivers. after removal of the drivers the computer worked fine. i let windows search for the drivers and so that is what the antenna uses. perhaps the drivers found by windows aren't ideal and this is the issue? p.s. for the past 15 minutes or so (throughout the writing of this review) the antenna has held the signal. i hope this was helpful :)