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Super USB WiFi Antenna 3 – High Power Long Range 802.11 B G N WirelessItem # US3

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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 your computer’s USB port 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 does not work on the MAC OS 10.9.

Features
  • Fast Internet and network speed with wireless "N" technology
  • Maximum wattage and power allowed by the FCC
  • High quality antenna and amplifier for best transmit and receive capability
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Easy to install software CD for Windows or Mac
  • 15' USB split cable included (optional 30' cable available for mast mounting)
  • Compatible with Linux Kernel 2.6 and Ubuntu 10.10
  • Weight: 1.8 oz. Size: 1.4" W x 10" L x 0.6" D.
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By bsmith
mastic beach NY
9/12/2014
Confirmed User
great Item
pluged this antenna in and went fron 1-2 bars to a steady 4!!!
By PGeske
Starke, Florida
9/5/2014
Confirmed User
GREAT RECEPTION
We have been having constant Wi-Fi problems at the RV parks until the purchase of this antenna. I mounted it on a piece of conduit with tie wraps and ran the wire through the slide clamping the pipe with simple spring clamps from the hardware store. The software is a breeze and the reception now is better and faster than my AT&T Wi-Fi. Excellent product to cure your problem and easy to use and install. You wont be sorry purchasing this antenna.
By LWehr
Ponca, OK
7/13/2014
Confirmed User
Great device
Has meet my expectations. I had an increase in signal that almost doubled. I was getting about 40 to 45<ignal strength. With the Super USB WiFi Antenna 3 it has jumped to 80 to 90>sing the antenna in the same location). Great product.
By DVANOVER
MINDEN, NV
7/2/2014
Confirmed User
So far so good!
Suctioned cupped the varmint onto a high (10ft) eastward facing window about 25ft from computer. Turn on windows 7 and as advertised the varmint went off to ccrane and found the drivers and installed same. The varmint works with Linux Ubuntu 14.04 and Mint 13. Will try varmint on windows 8 and post the results. The quality of Super 3 is much better than Super 2, however, Super 2 served my Linux Mint 11 OK. Super 3 delivers a much stronger signal. I hope the varmint keeps on giving :-)
By JLott
United States
5/3/2014
Confirmed User
works as it says it will
I am this to piggy back from my home router. My shop is about 125 ft away. It picks up fine and has saved me from have to have another internet connection and therefore, additional bill.
By RMccumber
thomasville, Georgia
4/5/2014
Confirmed User
Just get it! You wont be disappointed
I've owned this antenna now for almost two years with absolutely no problems. I've had to replace the 30 cable, but no big deal. I live in an RV Park and have the antenna mounted on an extendable pole, with the antenna about 3 above my roof line. The antenna was needed to get a decent signal from the parks wifi point. At a distance of over 200 yds. I get full strength signals the vast majority of the time. I wish you could come up with a device that would allow me to connect the antenna to a wifi router. At the moment i use a program called connectify that turns my laptop into a hotspot and transmits a wifi signal throught the trailer for my smartphone and my wifes laptop. it is a work around, but a dedicated device would be nice. all in all a great antenna
By KBlessing
Moretown, VT
3/15/2014
Confirmed User
Outstanding!!
As everyone has said, works way beyond my expectations. In-and-out 28<signal is now steady 100￐ I havent tested moving even further away, but I suspect Im not even challenging it. I'd order another one instantly IF ONLY it had a driver that would work on my wifes Android tablet.
By RWong
Pocatello, Idaho
2/27/2014
Confirmed User
Fantastic, BUT
This is a fantastic antenna. It really does pull in weak signals. Overall, it is a very valuable addition to anyones equipment. So why the 2 stars? Because it now CRASHES A MAC COMPUTER EVERY TIME IT IS REMOVED, necessitating a lengthy restart!!!!! This problem surfaced after the upgrade to OS X Mavericks. C. Crane, please make this antenna play nice with Mavericks and you are back to 5 stars!!
By JAndersen
SAINT PAUL, MN
1/8/2014
Confirmed Buyer
No comments provided.
By AJanover
Los Angeles, CA
12/19/2013
Confirmed Buyer
Terrific! Connects me to routers I couldn't even see before. I highly recommend it.
By RGonzalez
LAREDO, TX
11/15/2013
Confirmed Buyer
Overall it is ok but in my opinion not as good as advertised. I have an ALFA card that was $40 and has almost the same strength as this Super USB WiFi antenna. I was expecting a little more but oh well, its an ok product. Can't wait for the next one to come out!
By jandersen
MILL VALLEY, CA
10/17/2013
Confirmed Buyer
This WiFi Antenna is hands down the best. It allows me to connect to a business almost a half mile away. I do recommend buying the 30 foot cable for an extra 20 bucks. Two months time and this baby paid for itself. I am a very happy with my purchase.
By WSlaughter
WHEELING, IL
7/10/2013
Confirmed Buyer
This is a fantastic Antenna. My only wish is that there was a way to re-broadcast the WiFi signal so that multiple computers could share the signal. I do it now through ICS but it would be so nice to get the signal into the house where 3 PC's could share it. (idea?) Thanks for a great product. I used to get about 2 bars but now get 4-5 unless the link is being saturated by streaming kiddies (the 2013 baby sitting app).Thanks again. I am a believer.
By GKostesku
WHITBY, ON
6/10/2013
Confirmed Buyer
This product cannot withstand Extreme Winter Weather Conditions. I left this antenna mounted on my roof at a seasonal Trailer Park. When I tried to use it this year, it failed, and water was found dripping out of the main USB cable, which was still plugged into the bottom of the antenna. This shows that that antenna case is not weatherproof, and needs to be sealed or protected within a plastic pipe, concealing both antenna USB cable connector from the weather. However when it works, it does pull in WIFI signals as advertised.
By NQuinn
STUART, FL
4/22/2013
Confirmed Buyer
Excellent product...best WiFi reception ever experienced in this price range. Actually much better than more expensive antennas.
By RSeeland
TABERNACLE, NJ
4/16/2013
Confirmed Buyer
This device is awesome. As a contractor, I can not access my customer's network for security reasons. I had to tether my laptop to my phone to get an internet connection. Now, with my office on the second floor, I can connect to a WiFi hotspot 1.5 miles away and my signal strength is strong!
By WProulx
EL PASO, TX
4/3/2013
Confirmed Buyer
I have lost track of the number of times that I have purchased an item online only to be disappointed because it did not live up to its description. Not so with this beauty. It has exceeded my expectations. Without this I would not be able to do what I am doing online. Thank you for a great product that performs exactly as promised.
By LSandy
STAUNTON, VA
10/25/2012
Confirmed Buyer
No comments provided.
By mjansen
LORETTO, TN
10/19/2012
Confirmed Buyer
No comments provided.
By TBROUSSARD
NEW IBERIA, LA
8/4/2012
Confirmed Buyer
Excellent.
By cBarnard
BAKERSFIELD, CA
7/13/2012
Confirmed Buyer
Fits perfectly for what I needed.
By GJohnston
BONITA SPRINGS, FL
7/12/2012
Confirmed Buyer
I received the Super USB WiFi Antenna 3 today. I quickly hooked it up and stuck it to the inside of one of my RV windows just to see how it worked. I was immediately absolutely amazed at the signal strength and quality of my Wifi signal. Where I was getting 2 bars, now I'm maxing out the meter. I am also picking up 11 other strong WiFi signals and I haven't even put the antenna outside yet. And another point, my signal is now consistent, where as before it was in and out. I highly recommend this Antenna to anyone who needs to boost their signal strength.
By RBudrick
BELLEVILLE, MI
7/4/2012
Confirmed Buyer
This is a great product!
By IBaines
BURLINGTON, ON
6/6/2012
Confirmed Buyer
The unit was shipped within a couple of days and installed flawlessly with Mac 10.7. It has performed as advertised and appears to be well made. It is easy for the connector at the base to become loose, so this needs to be checked regularly (weight of the cable hangs on a mini USB plug). Overall, I am glad that I bought it and recommend it to others who need to extend their WiFi range.Caveats - I doubt that anywhere near one mile is obtainable in the real world. My experience is that about 500' under real world conditions (both ends beside a window, ground level, some foliage between) is the max. In my case, from inside wooden buildings with several walls in the way, the unit works well to about 200'. Beyond that the router will disconnect regularly as signal strength varies. That is enough range to justify buying it for connecting one building to another.If you are beyond normal WiFi range, but well within shouting distance, this is probably going to work for you.Ian Baines, Burlington, ON
By LKoenig
BATON ROUGE, LA
5/22/2012
Confirmed Buyer
Kickass. Brings in info from afar.
By GDavis
SAN JOSE, CA
4/15/2012
Confirmed Buyer
Did not help,only added strong signals.
By TZehrer
SEATTLE, WA
3/23/2012
Confirmed Buyer
This product is completely worthless.
By TBURKE
MINNEAPOLIS, MN
3/10/2012
Confirmed Buyer
While plugging this unit into the usb port on the bottom of the antenna, the port receiver snapped of the contacts and disappeared up into the antenna. I am hoping it was just a fluke that this happened, so I have reordered the antenna and I am going to return the one I have for what I hope will be a pleasant return experience with C. Crane which I am sure it will be.
By LHansen
CLARKSTON, WA
2/1/2012
Confirmed Buyer
I'm sorry but I am VERY disappointed with the product. I installed the software as instructed, no problems. However the end result was TERRIBLE. It didn't pull-in ANY signals any better than a much cheaper antenna I'd purchased in the past elsewhere. I was expecting a lot more. I gave it away to a friend. I was so disappointed. Sorry....just stating the facts.Big expenditure and big disappointment.
By CMoore
DORVAL, QC
2/1/2012
Confirmed Buyer
The Super USB Antenna 3 blows away all of the WiFi antennas that I have previously used. As a "professional tourist", I am always looking for WiFi hotspots to connect to, to surf the web, and to stay in touch with friends and family while on the road. I probably shouldn't write this, but it is also a great back-up if your home internet service should go down too ;). Highly recommend this antenna!
By cstocks
NAKINA, NC
1/23/2012
Confirmed Buyer
Works great
By smellinger
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
11/9/2011
Confirmed Buyer
this worked great but id recommend putting silicone around the connecting area in addition to what comes with it, water still got in through the cord
By mstephens
MOUNT HOLLY, NC
10/29/2011
Confirmed Buyer
Great product,like first one order 2 more.
By RLewter
MADISON, AL
10/25/2011
Confirmed Buyer
This rig is great! My reception went from 6% to at least 100% at 500 feet through two block walls. Well worth the price.
By CMasters
FLORENCE, SC
10/5/2011
Confirmed Buyer
We searched Best Buy, Radio Shack & even MacMall! Were told on multiple occasions that "Oh yeah that'll work great!" or "Oh yeah that'll work with a Mac". Five different devices later and still no internet, we heard of C.Crane from a friend.Thank you C.Crane for truely knowing the products you sell!!!
By PHensley
ANN ARBOR, MI
10/1/2011
Confirmed Buyer
Picks up tons of WiFi points that your computer otherwise won't get, or boosts the power. Works great. Nice item to bring with you when traveling or if you need access to the net in a pinch.
By JThario
HONOLULU, HI
9/4/2011
Confirmed Buyer
This product is used to access University of Hawaii's wireless network from a workshop inside a concrete building. Most built-in notebook WiFi adapters at this location get 1/5 bars of signal at most, while the Super USB WiFi gets 3/5 bars consistently.
By WMauk
TUCSON, AZ
8/19/2011
Confirmed Buyer
FANTASTIC! Makes all the differance in the world!
By CRansdell
FLORENCE, OR
8/10/2011
Confirmed Buyer
All I can say is WOW. I've been struggling with a weak WiFi signal in our home for the past four years. I've tried router antenna extensions, relocating the router, three different routers and I still couldn't get a decent signal to my wife's computer. It was to the point of being very aggravating (her complaining about it). I installed this antenna on her computer in about five minutes and now she has full signal strength and I can see other router signals from at least a four block radius. In summary - excellent product, performs as specified and best of all - marriage saved. Thank you.
By JKenyon
ROHNERT PARK, CA
7/8/2011
Confirmed Buyer
There are a couple of really neat features about this product. One nice feature is the very high gain ... while I intend to use it in my RV, I got excited when the antenna arrived and I stuck the antenna on a window close to my computer and I picked up signals that were not in range with my WiFire (formerly, my favorite choice when traveling). The next nice feature is that the antenna is omni-directional ... no longer will I have to carefully scan an area with a highly directional antenna. The next nice feature is the long cable and the fact that it can be used outdoors. The final nice feature is that the optional software is excellent, assuming that you want to fuss with the antenna.
By TOConnor
RIO GRANDE, NJ
6/6/2011
Confirmed Buyer
No comments provided.
By JKLAUMINZER
COLUMBUS, OH
3/16/2011
Confirmed Buyer
excellent product - full 5 stars - exceptional range
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PC COMAPTIBILITY
Communication: USB 1.1
USB 2.0
OS: Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8
MAC OS 10.3
MAC OS 10.4
MAC OS 10.5
MAC OS 10.6
MAC OS 10.7
MAC OS 10.8
Linux Kernel 2.6
Ubuntu 10.10
Included Accessories: 15 foot USB Cable
Driver CD
Quick Start Guide
Hanging Lanyard
Cable Tie
Hook and Loop Material
(2) Suction Cups
(2) Rubber Grommets
General Specifications
Wireless Standard: IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11n
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
Certifications: FCC, IP65
Antenna Dimensions: 10" L x 1.4" W x 0.6" D
Antenna Weight: 1.8 oz
Warranty: 1-Year Limited
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
  • Which side (front or back) faces the window when using the suction cups?

    It's up to you. The Super USB Wi-Fi Antenna is Omni-directional, and so it can receive the signal from any direction.
  • Can I use a passive USB extension cable to add on to the existing length of the cable that came with the Super USB WiFi Antenna?

    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.
  • My computer is not showing that the antenna is plugged in. What is wrong?

    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).
  • My software shows that the antenna is connected but when I try to use my internet browser I am unable to view anything. What should I do?

    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.
  • I purchased the USB WiFi Antenna and when it is hooked up it does not improve my WiFi reception. Is there something I can do to make it work better?

    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.
  • My computer has an internal WiFi antenna; is it necessary to disable it before installing the software and the Super USB WiFi Antenna?

    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.
  • Do I need to use the Ralink WLAN Utility supplied with this antenna?

    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.
  • What does IP65 stand for?

    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.
  • Why are there two USB input connectors on this antenna cable? If I can only use one on my computer which one do I use?

    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.
  • I am using MAC OS and installed the software and hooked up my Super WiFi Antenna-3. It shows successfully connected but I have no IP address and no internet access, why?

    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.
  • I am using MAC OS 10.6 and am having trouble installing the software. What can I do to resolve this?

    Please click the Downloads tab on this page and check for the latest driver.
  • I am planning on using the Super USB WiFi Antenna 3 on a boat. Is there anything extra I should consider?

    We recommend that you use Coax Seal to protect the antenna connection from heavy salt water corrosion.
  • I have Windows 7/Vista and inserted the software CD. I clicked on "Run Autorun.exe" but nothing is happening.

    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.
  • My computer is a Mac and I connect to a Secure Network but every time I shut my computer down, I have to reenter the Encryption Key.

    Connect to the network and click on “Add Profile”. See “Creating a Profile” on page 12 of the Quick Start Guide for more information.
  • I use the antenna with my iPad? or iPhone? to increase my WiFi reception?

    No. The Super USB WiFi Antenna 3 requires installation of software drivers. The iPad® and iPhone® are not capable of installing software drivers.
  • What do the blue and red lights on the antenna mean?

    The flashing blue light means the antenna is getting power and the intermittent red light means the antenna is communicating with the computer.
  • Will the Super USB WiFi Antenna 3 work with Windows 8?

    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.
  • This antenna claims to boost WiFi up to 1 mile. How was this tested?

    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.
  • USB WiFi Antenna 3 Connections, Old vs. New

    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.
What's in the Box
  • Super USB WiFi Antenna 3
  • Software CD
  • 15' USB Split Cable
  • Suction Cups (2)
  • Hook & Loop Mounting Strip
  • Cable Tie
  • This WiFi Antenna is hands down the best. It allows me to connect to a business almost a half mile away. Two months time and this baby paid for itself. I am a very happy with my purchase.
    — John A., Mill Valley, CA
  • This radio deserves five stars because it sounds great, the ease of use and preset stations. This radio will become your favorite radio, also backed by great customer service if ever needed, thank you very much.
    — Pete P., Santa Rosa, CA
  • This is an excellent internet radio. I have had the unit playing constantly from the time I received it. Excellent sound for such a small unit and the remote works wonderfully.
    — James H., Richmond, BC
  • Good sound, lightweight and comfortable; not too tight on the head. I like one feature; it doesn't tell you where to place the speakers, left side or right side.
    — Harry W., Manassas, VA
  • I purchase this product specifically for AM recordings and it has worked superbly. I wanted to wait awhile before I gave my opinion on the product. It has worded exactly as advertised and more.
    — Jack L., San Pedro, CA
  • Very nice, economical home lighting. If you're used to the white light of fluorescent bulb replacements, these will offer the same type with no toxic ingredients or damaging UV radiation.
    — Gary B., San Francisco, CA
  • This antenna does work well; however placement and the shape you have it bent into is very important. I live about 70 miles away from Toronto and receive a lot of Toronto FM stations static free with the FM reflect.
    — Thomas S., Buffalo, NY
  • I'm not sure how I gone this far in life without it. I just love it. The best sound ever from an AM radio.
    — James G., Springfield, MA
  • This device is awesome. As a contractor, I can not access my customer's network for security reasons. Now, with my office on the second floor, I can connect to a WiFi hotspot 1.5 miles away and my signal strength is strong!
    — Robert S., Tabernacle, NJ
  • I just received my EP radio yesterday. I'm totally impressed with the old school simplicity and the modern day sound quality. Thank you, C.Crane!
    — David C., Raleigh, NC
  • I have had only one, thank the lord, occasion to use this in and emergency situation and it worked flawlessly. Only one in the area with radio for two days of power loss... Thank you CCrane!!
    — Vernon P., Dufur, OR
  • This radio is totally fantastic!!! It will provide service in any condition and works as engineered and advertised. I am going to order more units for all family members.
    — Glen B., Bethlehem, PA
  • This radio is wonderful. Small but powerful. Several years of service and no problems.
    — William B., Litchfield, IL
  • Just received this little jewel... did not open the manual and I was listening to NPR within minutes... no kidding. I'm a radio guy and the audio is great and look forward to a lot of great listening.
    — Lin F., Inman, SC