|The HWREG1 effectively doubles the operating distance of your entire wireless network. Whether its an area in your home that has limited or no wireless coverage or a warehouse in your office, the Hawking Wireless-G Range Extender takes the signal from your wireless access point and retransmits it at a higher rate. Simply place the Range Extender halfway between your Wireless Access Point and wireless trouble spot. The HWREG1 is the ONLY wireless repeater on the market that supports most wireless 802.11b/g networks so you never have to worry whether the wireless network you have at your home or office will work with the Range Extender. The HWREG1 also features a Hassle Free installation. All you have to do is enter in the ID of your wireless network and youre ready to go!
The HWREG1 features a new advanced setup wizard that allows for setup in seconds. Simply run the wizard from the setup CD and do a wireless site survey of all local wireless networks in your location. Select the one you wish to extend and youre done! The new Wireless-G Range Extender features increased reliability and stability, resulting in no or minimal signal drops and support for the most 802.11b/g wireless access points on the market.
The HWREG1 also features a removable Wi-Fi antenna that can be upgraded to any Hawking Technologies Hi-Gain Wi-Fi Range Extending Antenna for added range and throughput. Simply unscrew the original antenna and screw on a Hawking Hi-Gain Antenna.
Customer Reviews of Hawking HWREG1 Wireless-G Range Extender
Setup was easy once I found out (via online search) that the unit will not accept a passphrase containing a space. Gave it four stars only because it transmits 80211.n data at 802.11g speed.
Great idea - horrible in practice5/27/2011
The idea of a wifi range repeater is a great concept. This product is horrible. Took me 4 hours over 2 days to finally get it working (the last hour and a half of which was on the phone with an outsourced customer service rep). Once I finally got the product in sync with my current system (which is pretty basic) it cut my transfer speeds dramatically. I ran a speed test with my computer hooked directly to my router: 15,000kbps. I ran it again wirelessly connected to my router: 14,000kpbs. Then again connected to the Hawking Range Extender: 200kbps. That is just over ONE PERCENT of the speed of my internet connection!!! And to top it all off, this product does not EXTEND the range of your current network, it creates an entirely separate network. So, for instance, my router is downstairs, the extender is upstairs, when I'm upstairs I have to go through my wifi settings on my computer and connect to the extender, but when I carry my laptop downstairs I have to change back to my original router. Do not waste your money. Mine went in the trash 10 minutes after I ran the speed tests. I'd rather not have internet than fight with 1% of my speed.
Flatout Piece of " JUNK " did not work at all
Good value - on sale and it works9/22/2010
I found out, as described by B. Rayner in an earlier review, that it works most effectively if the extender is placed as near as possible to the source. The extended signal will then be much stronger and will not fluctuate. I got it on sale here for only $50. It works great and was straight forward to set up. I found out about the placement by accident but it is really important for best use.
Repeater really works!9/16/2010
Pros: Works great with Mac (doesn't need a "wizard" or CD to set it up); several undocumented features. Cons: Requires a common sense understanding of antenna positioning and LAN-WLAN configuration; transmission signal strength is a bit lame; figuring out how to use the well designed web setup utilities to get best performance (not in the book nor does tech support know anything beyond the manual). Sorry, there isn't space here for details, but here are some basics: Set up repeater in the same area as the router while you play with it. Note that you don't have to connect via e'net to the computer to set up; wifi will do. Note that the e'net connection works just like a wifi router; you can feed the e'net connection to another router to distribute your repeated LAN to non wifi computers or use the stronger wifi signal from the secondary router to further extend your LAN. You'll find the receiver in the repeater is probably more sensitive than one in your laptop which in itself allows greater range. When placing the repeater (after setup), it is very important to know that it is getting adequate reception from your home router. There is a handy utility in the web advanced settings page that allows you to see the incoming signal strength to the repeater. You'll need a good 25 reading in order to repeat the signal with full bandwidth. A great unit to use to bring in weak signals in a motel or latch onto a neighbor's signal. No problems with the power supply on my unit. BR
I read reviews following this unit and some of the users complain they didn't get any improvement using it, yet this unit works. I used previous model for years to compensate for odd shape of my house; this particular unit is replacement for it (previous one was not able to bind to all wireless devices, out there). If you place your extender next to your wireless router or access point, there is no (significant) gain. You place this unit half way between your wireless source and target to extend the reach of your wireless network. It simply works. Note for computer literate: This unit creates new network with its own SSID, but you still share original bandwidth, no gain here.
Took 5 minutes to setup and worked like a charm. Signal is a little weak but works fine. Using WEP 64 bit.
Read the instructions carefully.4/29/2009
I recommend this product only for those who are willing to read and follow the instructions. It works beautifully once the setup is done. Setup is easy if you are familiar with networking. It is not a turn it on and presto it works type of device.
I followed the short set up manual step-by-step and the xtender was set up in 10 minutes. It has boosted the signal of PS3 from 10% to 90%. The extender is upstairs and it works with the verizon Actiontec router downstairs - both are seperated by 3-4 walls. Exxcellent and cheap. Have it a week so far - no drops.
Found why these don't work9/15/2008
I purchased two of these, and wasted two days trying to figure out why they worked sometimes and wouldn't work the rest of the time. I finally figured out that the very small switching power supply doesn't work properly with the extender. If you plug the power supply into the extender BEFORE you plug the power into a wall outlet it will NOT work. If you plug the power supply into the wall outlet first, and then into the extender it will work fine. Even though it will work that way, anytime you lose power it will not work again until you disconnect and reconnect the power cord at the extender. I picked up two 12 VDC power supplies at a thrift shop for $2 each, and now I'm back in business. It does work well as a repeater. The HDREG1 is a lot easier to use than the previous version. After spending hours on the phone with people in India, I called Hawking sales, and got them to transfer me to someone in Engineering. Hopefully they'll soon package the extender with a power supply that works.
There is no noticable difference in my connections with or without the extender. Would I recommend it to you, NO! I'll keep trying.
I love Hawking products, so was so encouraged when they came out with this. I am a full time computer tech, and have many opportunities to use something like this. The first two I bought wouldn't program at all, even with a firmware upgrade, so I sent them back and got them replaced. The next two programmed fine, but did nothing to extend the range at all. The idea is to take a one or two bar existing connection and boost it up a bar, so you could theoretically go where you previously no bar. I tried several locations. It couldn't maintain a hold on the router in a location where my laptop could surf a single bar, so I moved it to a two bar location, but then I would lose my connection to it in about 20 feet. I don't know if I can send them back, but I'm going to try. (By the way, I tried the connection to three different routers. The problem was not that it didn't like my router).