Bearifi BearExtender Turbo 802.11ac 867 Mbps Wi-Fi adapter for Mac OS
The Bearifi BearExtender Turbo is not a range extender, it helps increase connection speed on compatible Mac computers.
What You Get
Up to 3 times faster throughput
BearExtender Turbo connects up to 867 Mbps– Over three times faster than internal Apple 802.11n AirPort cards.
Upgrade to Dual Band Wi-Fi: Faster and less interference
With a 802.11ac router or Apple Base Station, connect using 802.11ac on the 5 Ghz band to quickly transfer files with reduced interference.
Transfer or stream files wirelessly faster
BearExtender Turbo is the perfect way to upgrade your Mac to 802.11ac. BearExtender Turbo is an 802.11ac upgrade for MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, PowerMac, Mac Pro and more.
|Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard|
|Mac OS X 10.7 Lion|
|Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion|
|Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks|
|Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite|
|Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan|
|Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra|
|Mac OS X 10.13 High Sierra|
Connecting to 802.11ac networks
BearExtender Turbo connects to your Mac using a high speed USB 3.0 interface. Also works with Macs that have USB 2.0 port.
How it Works
BearExtender Turbo contains a High Speed 802.11ac chip.
Combined with twin dual band antennas and USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connectivity, BearExtender Turbo can deliver speeds up to 867 Mbps.
The included driver for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard through OS X 10.9 Mavericks allows you to scan and connect to networks.
Regarding OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility, please check this page for the latest status before purchasing.
Performance and Benchmarks
Product benchmarks are often performed under unrealistic conditions like testing two feet from a router with no obstructions.
A real world test of BearExtender Turbo was conducted through multiple doors and walls at a distance of 75 feet between the test computer and base station.
Using AJA System Test on Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, a 2GB file was transferred between a Mid-2012 802.11n MacBook Air and a 2013 Apple Time Capsule at a rate of 10.66 Megabytes per second (MB/s not megabits). The same test with BearExtender Turbo connected to the MacBook Air’s USB 3.0 port had a rate of 23.84 MB/s, more than twice the Macbook Air’s internal Wi-Fi card.
This real world test also included the overhead from transferring a file using the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP). Real world tests help reflect actual 802.11ac performance instead of theoretical maximum rates.
For maximum connection speeds, BearExtender Turbo must be used with an 802.11ac router and a USB 3.0 port. It is backward compatible with 802.11b/g/n standards. Internet download and streaming speeds will be limited by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) plan and service tier. For example, if your 802.11n Mac already gets the full speed provided by your ISP, BearExtender cannot increase the speed of your ISP
No Internal AirPort card required
Because BearExtender Turbo contains both transmitters and receivers, an internal AirPort card is not required.
This makes BearExtender Turbo a great way to upgrade an older Mac to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard even if the Mac's internal AirPort card is damaged or missing.
Macworld 2014 Mac Observer Editors' Choice
BearExtender Turbo received the Mac Observer Editors' Choice at the 2014 Macworld/iWorld conference in San Francisco.
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In the Box
- BearExtender Turbo High Speed 802.11ac USB Wi-Fi Adapter for Mac OS X
- Two dual band (2 dBi) antennas
- 2 feet USB cable (Plugs into any USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port)
- Quick Start Guide
- CD containing manual and drivers
- No CD drive? Download the complete CD contents here.
|Maximum Throughput||867 Mbps when used with an 802.11ac router and USB 3.0|
|Antennas||Twin dual band (2.4/5 Ghz) 2 dBi antennas|
|Encryption Support||WEP, WPA, WPA 2 (Note: 802.1X/WPA-Enterprise security not currently supported)|
|Band||Dual band (2.4 and 5 Ghz)|
|Beamforming||Yes, Optimized for Apple AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule|
|USB Compatibility||USB 3.0 SuperSpeed, USB 2.0 (Not compatible with USB 1.0 or USB 1.1)|
|USB Cable||2 feet length
|Dimensions||Credit card sized: 3.5 in x 2.2 in x 0.4 in|
|Weight||Light weight, easy to carry, just 1.8 ounces|
|Return Policy||45 Days|