How it Works

BearExtender 1200 for Mac is the third generation of Award Winning BearExtender Technology

Long Range BearExtender Technology

BearExtender long range Wi-Fi receivers are available separately for Macs and for Windows PCs.

BearExtender achieves long range Wi-Fi performance through an external antenna, a high sensitivity receiver and a powerful Wi-Fi transmitter.
First, the upgradable external antenna design minimizes interference while increasing the antenna gain.
Next, BearExtender's award winning receiver is built using proprietary Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) for superior power amplification. This allows BearExtender to boost faint incoming Wi-Fi signals.
Finally, each BearExtender is built with a powerful Wi-Fi transmitter, to communicate with a router, access point or base station at long distances.

The Power of 1200mW


BearExtender's high power Wi-Fi transmitter has a maximum 1200mW output power. Combined with an external 5 dBi gain antenna, BearExtender offers up to 3-5 times the range of your current wireless card.

High Speed 802.11n Built-in


BearExtender is also a great way to add 802.11n wireless networking capability to an older computer.

802.11n offers higher transmission speeds and greater range over 802.11g and 802.11b networks
Note: BearExtender is compatible with 802.11g and 802.11b networks, but to take full advantage of the BearExtender’s 802.11n capability, you must use the device with an 802.11n standard router or access point.
With no tools required, BearExtender is the easiest way to add 802.11n to your previous generation computer.
BearExtender's use of an industry standard "RP-SMA" antenna port means you can connect even larger antennas to BearExtender to meet your specific needs.

Frequently Asked Questions


What kind of range can I expect?

Range depends on a number of factors, including interference (both visible and invisible), the type of wireless network to which you are connecting. Because BearExtender uses a 1200 milliwatt Wi-Fi radio (700mW for BearExtender PC), we are confident that you will be able to see wireless networks which you previously were unable to see, and connect to many existing networks with more bars.

Is BearExtender compatible with my iBook, MacBook, MacBook Pro or other Macintosh computer?

Yes, BearExtender is compatible with Macs running 10.5 Leopard, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion. We have tested the device thoroughly on many different Mac models.

Does BearExtender work with iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch?

At this time, BearExtender cannot be used directly with these devices. This is because iPad does not have a standard USB port.
However it is possible to use BearExtender with a nearby Mac to share BearExtender’s stronger signal with iPad. To learn more about using BearExtender as a wireless repeater to increase iPad’s Wi-Fi range, click here.

Is there a Windows version of BearExtender?

Yes, BearExtender PC edition is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, and Microsoft Windows 7. To purchase BearExtender PC for use with Microsoft Windows computers please click here.

Does my Mac need to have a built-in AirPort card to use BearExtender?

No, this is because BearExtender contains all the necessary hardware for transmitting and receiving Wi-Fi signals.
BearExtender is perfect if your Mac never came with an AirPort card, or if your built-in AirPort card is damaged or not working properly.
Do you ship to APO military addresses or US territories?
Yes, we ship to the 50 US States, APO military addresses, and US territories including Guam and Puerto Rico. If you have any problems placing your order, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please send questions to
Do you ship to Europe and other international destinations?
We are sorry, we no longer ship internationally from our US warehouse.
For Europe and UK customers, please view our distributors here.
For Canadian customers, please view our distributors here.