March 28, 2008 in Hardware (F)
[prMac.com] Berkeley, CA - MacWireless.com today announced the release of a comprehensive new line of range extending products for Apple's Time Capsule. Uni-directional, omni-directional, corner and ceiling antennas are available. Even outdoor antenna options are provided for use in field applications, such as boats and RVs.
MacWireless boosters offer up to five times the output power of a standard Time Capsule, while MacWireless antennas enable users to shape and define the area covered. With MacWireless antennas and boosters, you can easily expand your Time Capsule's range to cover those hard-to-reach places.
What is the difference between an antenna and a booster?
An antenna is a passive device that is attached to a piece of wireless networking gear. It helps to focus and concentrate the wireless signal in certain directions which can help in reaching further distances. It does not however put any additional energy into the broadcast - it just takes whatever energy is being put into it and concentrates that in a specific direction.
Omni-directional antennas, for example, take the energy that is normally sent straight down and straight up and focus it into a horizontal plane, extending the reach of the wireless device horizontally. For uni-directional antennas, the energy is all focused in one direction which allows much greater distances to be achieved.
Boosters, unlike antennas, actually pump more energy out, extending the wireless coverage all around. A booster requires an antenna to broadcast through. An easy way to think about it is that while the type of antenna determines the shape of the wireless signal field, the output power determines the size of that field. A booster increases the output power. Apple's Time Capsule comes standard with an output power of 100 mW.
MacWireless Boosters can increase the output power by as much as 500 mW, which translates to a much larger field of energy, extending the range of the network. The MacWireless Mini Booster can even be powered by the Time Capsule's USB port.
MacWireless is the premier supplier of wireless products for Macintosh. We offer a full line of innovative 11b, 11g, and 11n wireless solutions, including cards, routers, antennas, and boosters. We specialize in state-of-the-art accessories for the Apple AirPort Base Station, and in helping older Macs join the wireless revolution. MacWireless made its first appearance at MacWorld 2002 in New York. Prior to that, MacWireless had been operating for 12 years under the name API Engineering, when we designed, developed, and licensed over 30 hardware products for the foremost names in Mac networking. Forward-thinking, but with an extensive knowledge of the history of our technology, we pride ourselves on being experts in the field of Macintosh wireless networking.