Quicky Jr. II Triples AirPort Extreme Range

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QuickerTek announced the immediate availability of the Quicky Jr. II on Monday. The Quicky Jr. II is a USB-based Wi-Fi network booster for Apple's laptop lineup that offers up to three times the range as the laptop's built-in antennas.

Quicky Jr. II

The Quicky Jr. II supports 2.4GHz 802.11n, 802.11g and 802.11b wireless networks, 64/128-bit encryption WEP/WPA encryption, and doesn't require an external power source. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, and is compatible with the PowerBook, iBook, MacBook and MacBook Pro.

The Quicky Jr. II is priced at US 89.95 and is available at the QuickerTek Web site.

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Comments

Photodan

What exactly is a “network booster?” (It sounds like a marketing term to me.)

Is this thing a separate 802.11 card with a better antenna or does it boost the range of the internal wireless hardware? Their Web site does not provide a clear answer. Do you have to sacrifice the ease of use that OS X provides by installing third-party drivers?

If it is a separate wifi card, they absolutely need to be explicit about that.

Sounds like a good candidate for a TMO Labs product review.

-Dan

dave

Photodan,

Given that MacBook’s a) do not have a connection between the built-in wireless card and any of the USB ports, and b) you don’t have to disassemble the laptop to make such a connection, this device most definitely is simply an external USB wireless device, with a honking big antenna.

Photodan

That’s what I thought too but I don’t like assuming. The only reason I questioned it was a complete lack of information on their site verifying that it is indeed a replacement wifi card, which seems strange.

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tcsdoc

Well,  I called the company and asked those nagging questions.  This is a complete wireless solution for your Macbook.  It adds another ethernet port to your notebook.  You can even turn Airport off and run just the Quickie Jr.  The spokesman told me signal gains were between 25-50%.  Not bad if your Airport quit working and needed a wireless port.

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Chris

I bought the Quickertek nJunior II USB Antenna, it arrived yesterday 7/24/09, and I followed the instructions in the manual exactly, yet to date it still is NOT working and obviously their tech support is not open on the weekends.  My problem began AFTER I successfully installed the software, restarted my computer, turned off my internal airport, and then plugged in the antenna into one of my USB ports.  However after that, NOTHING HAPPENED.  No dialog box came up, and I am at a loss as to what to do.  I will probably be returning this thing, as i should have read more of the comments out there about this devise.  LUCKILY I purchased this from a 3rd party re-seller and NOT directly from Quickertek, and the retailer I purchased mine from has a 14 day money back return policy.  The only thing I will lose is the S/H I had to pay to get it here and what I’ll pay to ship it back.  IF Quickerteck is able to tell me how to get this to work, i intend to only keep it if it gives me a significant signal boost over what i get now, which is not very good when I’m using my laptop in one of our bedrooms which is at the opposite end of the house where the Airport Extreme base station is located.  That is the reason I bought it to begin with, so I would have a fast connection when in a position far away from the AE base station

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