Wireless signal boosters are used to boost the signal and performance of wireless devices. They are attached to the antenna area of routers to make signals more powerful, as well as increase the range. And they eliminate the need for all those cables. These devices save on wiring costs, drive signals to remote areas, and cover large areas such as outdoor areas, warehouses, wireless spots, and public places. Many options exist in the market today.
Cisco's Linksys WSB24 Wireless-B Signal Booster increases the range of Linksys 802.11b Access Point or Wireless Access Point Router, provides stronger signal by reducing retransmissions, and saves on wiring costs. It offers easy installation: simply stack the booster on the Access Point, connect the booster's twin cables to the Access Point, and it's ready to go. It's form factor is external; hardware platform is PC; connectivity technology is wireless; networking feature is repeater; and data transfer rate is 11 megabits per second.
Another wireless signal booster is the Zonet ZWA2100. It offers easy installation and no software is required. It is compatible with wireless 802.11 b/g devices. The operating range is 2.4-2.5 GHz; operating mode is bi-directional and half-duplex time; input is 6mW to 100 mW; output is 500 mW nominal; impedance is 50 Ohm; transmit gain is 12dB nominal; receive gain is 10dB typical; and it does have DC surge protection.
Mini Gadgets also offers a wireless signal booster. The W-XTEND model can boost ranges up to 500m. It has an internal Li-lon battery that, when fully charged, provides up to 4 hours of boost. Technical specifications include receiver frequencies of 2370, 2414 MHz; transmitter frequencies of 2468, 2510 MHz; antenna type is directional/omni, and an operating time of 4 hours.
The Hawking HSB1 is a wireless signal booster for 802.11b and 802.11g WiFi networks. It simply connects to the antenna connector of a wireless device and can boost output to 500mW. The specifications on this booster are as follows: device type is wireless access point; form factor is external; connectivity is wireless; data transfer rate is 54 mbps; frequency band is 2.4 GHz; maximum indoor range is 1200 ft.; maximum open space range is 3800 ft.