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HAWKING HSB2 Hi-Gain WiFi Signal Booster
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2 out of 5 eggs Not much , here's the data 07/27/2006

This review is from: HAWKING HSB2 Hi-Gain WiFi Signal Booster

Pros: Small, EZ setup, can adjust gain

Cons: I just bought an HSB2 with some high hopes and expectations. So far it doesn’t look very good. I setup a test case in my home and here’s what I’ve got:

1: Linksys wrtp54G router upstairs
2: Old Optiplex in my daughter’s room downstairs. They are maybe 25 ft apart through two walls
3: Gateway 614GE connected wired, to the switch
4: The Optiplex has a Novatech 802.11G adapter
5: Network bandwidth ~ 20Mbs

Signal strength meter used is Wirelessmon from Passmark

Network bandwidth checked with Qcheck from Ixia

Initial condition:
Linksys router to Optiplex
Signal strength -54 - -60dB, meter says ~50% signal strength
Bandwidth ~20Mbs

HSB2 200mW
Linksys router to Optiplex
Signal strength -55 - -60dB, meter says ~50% signal strength
This is 0% gain
Didn’t check bandwidth

HSB2 500mW
Linksys router to Optiplex
Signal strength -47 to -50dB, meter says ~59% signal strength

Is it really 500mW? That should be more than a 7dB gain

Other Thoughts: I will update this (if possible) after more study.


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