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You may have noticed this new acronym popping up on some of our products. RoHS stands for Restrictions on Hazardous Substances, and it's a directive that could have a huge impact on the production and disposal of consumer electronics. First adopted in Europe in 2006 (and later adopted in California in 2007), RoHS restricts the use of six dangerous substances in lots of common electronics. According to the official RoHS compliance Web site (www.rohs.eu), the RoHS symbol indicates that "new electrical and electronic equipment put on the market does not contain any of the six banned substances: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, poly-brominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), in quantities exceeding maximum concentration values."
While some military and medical equipment is exempt from RoHS compliance, the electronics governed by the standard are among the most common you'll find in your home, from radios to MP3 players to cell phones and (increasingly) computers. In practical terms, the standard protects factory workers at the production level, sharply reducing their exposure to hazardous substances. The standard also has a profound impact on the disposal and recycling of electronics, in that disposed substances will no longer have at least six of the most hazardous chemicals formerly found in electronics, and recycled electronics will not expose workers to toxics as they harvest components.
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C. Crane is all about reception. In most cases we know how to boost a weak WiFi signal to attain the unattainable.
The Super USB WiFi Antenna 3 plugs into the USB port of your computer for powerful long range WiFi reception. Internal WiFi is not required and installation is a snap. It can help you maintain a network connection of more than 300 feet even through several walls and as an added benefit you can typically find several new wireless networks. In our extreme distance tests we were able to connect to a network a mile away (with no obstructions).
Over the years we have made numerous improvements to this WiFi antenna. It is now weatherproof, IP65 rated and has four times the power of our original version. It is one of the best and most versatile home, mobile and RV WiFi Antennas made.
NOTE: The Super USB WiFi Antenna 3 requires installation of software drivers. Gaming stations such as the Xbox® and the Sony PlayStation®, the iPad®, iPhone® and Android® devices are not capable of installing these software drivers. We are sorry but this antenna sold as is does not work on the MAC OS 10.9 or higher.
Update: Now there is a way to connect the Super USB WiFi Antenna 3 to all of your WiFi devices. Our new Super WiFi Repeater Kit will pull in those distant signals for improved reception of almost any WiFi device, including smartphones, tablets and even MAC operating systems (all versions). Click here for more information.
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
|Wireless Standard:||IEEE 802.11b
|Frequency Band:||2400~2483 MHz|
|Antenna Gain:||4.5 dBi|
|Chipset Gain:||25 dBm|
|Data Rate IEEE 802.11b:||11 Mbps|
|Data Rate IEEE 802.11g:||54 Mbps|
|Data Rate IEEE 802.11n:||150 Mbps|
|Receive Sensitivity 11Mbps:||-91dBm @ 802.11b|
|Receive Sensitivity 54Mbps:||-76dBm @ 802.11g|
|Receive Sensitivity 150Mbps:||-74dBm @ 802.11n|
|Power Consumption Voltage:||5V±%|
|LED light:||Link / Active|
|Operation mode:||Infrastructure or Ad hoc|
|Security:||WEP 64/128, WPA, WPA2, WPA-PSK, 802.1x support|
|Wireless Broadcast Range:||Up to 1 mile line of sight|
|Antenna Dimensions:||10" L x 1.4" W x 0.6" D|
|Antenna Weight:||1.8 oz|
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
It's up to you. The Super USB Wi-Fi Antenna is Omni-directional, and so it can receive the signal from any direction.
No, the Super USB WiFi Antenna should not be connected to an additional passive USB extension cable. Please use the 15ft USB cable that came with the antenna or replace it by purchasing an optional 30ft USB cable. It is not recommended to exceed the 30ft USB cable, as it can cause severe signal loss.
Check the connection between the antenna and the cable to be sure they are tightly connected. If only one USB port is available, make sure to use the main USB cable connector, not the optional Power Boost connector (single loose connector).
You may not have a strong enough WiFi connection. Successful connection to a wireless network usually requires a minimum of 2 bars of signal. If the signal is low, you can try relocating or repositioning the antenna with a better line-of-sight view to the WiFi source; or the wireless network does not offer internet service; or a firewall/virus protection is preventing access.
Be sure that the antenna is positioned vertically in the center of the window, if the WiFi source is outside your location. Using the optional 30ft accessory cable, you can mount your antenna outside and up high for best reception. Please consult the Assembly Guide (or Tips section of the Quick Start Guide) for weather proofing instructions.
It is not required, but it is recommended. If both WiFi connections are going at the same time, it will require more power from your computer and create extra heat. Usually there is a button, switch, or key on a laptop that disables the built-in WiFi device.
Installing the “Driver Only” is the easiest way to use your antenna. We recommend that only advanced users and Windows 2000 users install the Ralink WLAN Utility. For more assistance using the Ralink WLAN Utility, refer to the full user manual on the supplied CD.
IP followed by two numbers are protection ratings that are applied to indicate how well an enclosures protects against water, dust, oil, or other ingress. These ratings were established by the International Electro Technical Commission. IP itself stands for Ingress Protection. The first number being a 6 means: Totally protected against dust ingress. The second number being a 5 means: Protected against low pressure water jets from any direction. Limited ingress permitted. In layman’s terms it means the product is dust proof and water resistant.
One USB connector is for power and data transfer, the other is for a boost to power. You will want to use the power and data USB connector which is the one with two cables attached to it.
It is possible to be using the wrong encryption key and for the software to still say you are connected (because all the steps were followed). Please check your encryption key again to ensure the correct passcode is being used.
Please click the Downloads tab on this page and check for the latest driver.
We recommend that you use Coax Seal to protect the antenna connection from heavy salt water corrosion.
Check the bottom Task Bar area for a security shield or message that is asking permission to install the software. Also, if your computer has a third party Firewall or Virus protection installed, you may have to disable it. Please read the manufacturer’s instruction manual.
Connect to the network and click on “Add Profile”. See “Creating a Profile” on page 12 of the Quick Start Guide for more information.
No. The Super USB WiFi Antenna 3 requires installation of software drivers. The iPad® and iPhone® are not capable of installing software drivers.
The flashing blue light means the antenna is getting power and the intermittent red light means the antenna is communicating with the computer.
Yes it will. In most cases all you have to do is plug in the antenna to your computer using the supplied cable and Windows® 8 will install the device. In some rare cases you will need to be near a hot spot for Windows® 8 to locate the drivers. The drivers on the CD will work but the software will not auto-run when the CD is inserted (you may have to manually start the CD). The drivers are on the page for the antenna under the “downloads” tab for future reference should you need them.
We tested the range from the top of a high beach bluff to a road below that had no obstructions. On the top of the bluff, we pointed a 12dBi directional panel antenna to the road below. We stopped at 1/4 mile intervals and tested the WiFi connection and internet usability. At 1 mile a connection was made without a problem. We continued down the road testing for more range. At 1.25 miles the connection remained but was slower. At 1.5 miles, the antenna was out of range. It is theoretically possible to increase the distance by upgrading the access point's 12dBi WiFi antenna to a larger antenna.
If you purchased your US3 before March 25, 2013, then your antenna has the original connector shown in the picture on the left. The connector plugged into the base of the antenna. The current model of US3 now has the connector hardwired to the antenna, which cannot be removed (see picture to the right). The USB connection on the current version is now further down the cord, improving flexibility and weatherproofing of the connection. We changed the design due to suggestions from customers who own the older version of the antenna and worked to prevent any connection failures.
|Super USB WiFi Antenna 3 Quick Start|
|Weatherproof the Super USB WiFi Antenna|
|What's in the Box|