The QuickerTech ExpressCard is a 802.11n/g ExpressCard with the honkingest antenna in all the land. It works with most MacBook Pros – they tell you to basically remove your Apple AirPort card, which is a tall order, but whatevs – and costs $199.
I’m a big fan of external Wi-Fi devices. I’ve used the HawkingTech USB Wi-Fi card for years and adding a massive antenna to OS X’s already powerful Wi-Fi abilities and you’ve got a winner.
MacBook Pros Get 802.11 a/b/g Wireless with new
ExpressCard and High Powered Antenna Upgrade
September 15, 2008
September 15 , 2008, Wichita, Kansas — QuickerTek announces the extension of its ExpressCard Apple MacBook Pro products to include a new version which comes with an external antenna – further increasing speed and range. It’s ideal for those MacBook Pro users who do not have internal Apple AirPort wirelss cards. The new ExpressCard with antenna is available for $199.95 USD.
The latest ExpressCard features a powerful external antenna with 5dBi of RF power. Because it is external to the MacBook Pro case, it can be placed for optimum signal strength and speed. The antenna itself easily clips to the MacBook Pro case when open, but is also easy tio transport. While the MacBook Pro case is stylish, it severely restricts wireless performance.
The stock MacBook Pro has 30 milliwatts of wireless RF power. This ExpressCard has 300 milliwatts of RF power. Additional power is needed to penetrate walls, office equipment and floors (upstairs and downstairs) where 25% of signal strength is lost at each barrier.
Users of this new ExpressCard have all the wireless compatibility, speed and range that 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g. That broad range of wireless means that wireless connections can be made at the highest speeds. It is now easier to travel and be confident that maximum wireless speeds are within reach.
The previous ExpressCard offers 802.11b/g/n wireless. Triple external anntenas guarantee an improvement in wireless performance for $149.95. Triple antennas provide the highest speed MIMO specification wireless performance. Virtually any wireless network running 802.11b/g/n equipment in the 2.4GHz spectrum is available.
All QuickerTek ExpressCards works with all Apple AirPort Base Stations including the 802.11n AirPort Extreme. And the ExpressCard slot design also makes it ideal for those users who must have a removeable wireless card – often government agencies and other organizations where security is under tight controls.
The QuickerTek ExpressCard supports all standard security protocols including WPA, WPA2-64bit Personal and 128bit WEP, so you can login anywhere you have password access. It also supports Mac OS 10.4 and Leopard (10.5) including Sleep Mode, so users do not sacrifice functionality to get better performance.
Three QuickerTek ExpressCard options
1) Our orginal card has its own driver and works with Apple AirPort wireless card installed; 802.11b/g/n; $149.95;
2) 34mm ExpressCard that uses Apple drivers with the Apple AirPort card removed; 802.11b/g/n; $149.95;
3) 34mm ExpressCard with 5dBi external antenna; 802.11a/b/g; 300mbs speed and 300milliwatt RF power; $199.95