Review: hField USB WiFi Extender – Conclusion: HOThField Wi-Fire Review hField sent GetUSB.info their latest WiFi signal boost device the USB Wi-Fire for product review. Below are the details from our Wi-Fire review. Wireless Local Area Networks are by far the least expensive and most convenient way to stay connected. However, using WiFi technology means we live with limitations. The biggest limitation, and most obvious from the term “wireless local area network” is the distance between access point and receiver. To that end, hField develops WiFi extenders to boost signal strength, increase connection speed and improve reception. The hField Wi-Fire is a directional antenna with a highly sensitive receiver designed to increase signal strength and connection speed. hField includes their proprietary software which also aids in the optimization effort. It’s important to understand the Wi-Fire is not a wireless router, but rather an add-on device to boost signal strength on a laptop or workstation which is receiving a wireless router signal.
Main: This shows a list of available networks, the signal strength and whether the network is secure. The screen also provides a refresh button and connection button. Advanced: This provides specific details of a selected network such as theoretical transfer speed, encryption type, MAC, IP, Mask and Gateway information for a selected network (provided you have access to obtain some of this information). Profiles: This tab allows you to establish profiles with names for frequently accessed networks. About: You guessed it! You do see a web link and toll free phone number for quick reference.
The Wi-Fire review showed me the product is well built and reasonably priced. I would like to see a clamp of some sort to secure the WiFi extender to a laptop screen. Although it’s easy enough to set back on top – it would become annoying. It was also interesting to cruise through my neighborhood to see which networks where available…which brings me to this friendly reminder: SECURE YOUR WIRELESS NETWORK!