Reviews and Problems with Hawking Technology HWABN1
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Hasmik K., Newegg
3 October 2011
Summary: included antenna's are only 3dBi, I recommend upgrading them if you want some extra range. I'm using a pair of 8dBi antenna's and they work great. This is being used in a school setting (1 building) and it works great. It's probably the only one of the access points I haven't had to constantly reset or keep my eye on.
Pros: Most straight-forward setup every. took all of 5 minutes to get everything plugged in and running. Has been up and running for well over a year now. (2/1/2010 is the purchase date) and since then, haven't had a single hiccup with this product. I plan on buying a few more in the near future as well. Great product, would recommend to all
Cons: None! People really should be weary of anyone claiming to be a "tech expert" if they assume they need drivers for this.
Summary: I've got a network spanning several buildings at a group foster home using these. Two in AP mode, four in bridge mode, and a Hawking HOW2R1 dual radio repeater. One of the APs is using outdoor high gain antennas. All are working together flawlessly. I have had zero connectivity issues with this setup in the 3 months that it's been up. The group home is in a rural location with inconsistent power.
Pros: Does what it's supposed to. Have been rock solid connection wise. No issues reconnecting after power loss as other reviewers have mentioned.
Cons: Initial setup is awkward, their included support utility is somewhat of a hassle. Not a lot of options available, I would like if I could run multiple SSIDs when in AP mode.
Summary: Any time something goes wrong with it you have to fish the setup disc out and go through the setup all over again. If you've lost the disc, good luck.
Pros: Works once it's set up.
Cons: The setup (almost completely) forces you to use their install disc inserted into a computer connected to this device. After much searching I determined that you can use a web based utility as well, but it is not openly published either on the Hawking website or in the manual that comes with it. The web setup is more customizable and familiar for people who deal with web based setups for routers etc. It confuses me as to why they hid it so well that it is nearly imposs...
Summary: This is by far the worst wireless device I have had the misfortune to work on, and I have seen some really bad ones. Unless you are a glutton for punishment, buy something else. Anything else.
Pros: Setup is standard. Works just like every other AP.
Cons: Every time the power goes out and the router resets this thing will not reconnect. I have to press the reset button and set up the thing to connect. It will not even do a site survey until it is reset.
Summary: I bought this because I was wanting to use a Linux operating system, and have wireless internet access, while playing around with Oracle 10g. Now that I am back on Microsoft Windows I will use a $9.99 dongle instead of this $80.00 failure.
Pros: Easy set up. It was working even before I was done with all the steps that were needed to set it up!
Cons: Early on, for many months, it was fine. Now it drops the internet connection almost every day. I have to unplug the power cord from it and then plug the power cord back into it, in order for it to pick up the signal again.
Summary: This is the most unprofessional company ever. They were rude, inconsiderate, unhelpful, and they don't support their products when it comes to new operating systems. DONT BUY!!! Get a Belkin instead..
Pros: At times I got signal
Cons: Very slow connection Lots of Drops No drivers for windows 7 - even though the company kept promising drivers Horrible technical support - Rude and they basically told me to go with another company if I wanted to run Windows 7
Cons: it will NOT reconnect if i reboot the main router (wireless bridge) not even rebooting this thing does it. need to run the setup disc each time the connection is dropped. Not that it drops by itself but sometimes i need to unplug something!!
Cons: The setup seems to work ok for some people, for me it was very slow and painstaking. Tried to save the settings at least 20 times before it took. I checked the router logs and it responded quickly every time. It is not a router problem. I cannot access the device by the ip address. I downloaded it from their website to make sure it was the latest setup. . Could not get it to extend the network, same distance it always had. I called tech support, and could barely under...
Summary: Set this up as a Bridge for a xbox 360, or simply put, "a wired wireless adapter" -MUCH higher quality and performance than the "official" Xbox wifi adapter, for only a few dollars more.
Pros: CAPITAL WOW! Definitely the best, if not one of the best devices I have ever worked with, not just wireless. Hats off to Hawking for streamlining the setup to almost perfection. All the hard work has been completely removed, pop in the disc, tell it two things and it just does it, no problems. Literally 1 minute and 30 seconds to bridge.
Cons: This HAS to be too good to be true..... Even the other technician at my work had one of these he installed as a Repeater/AP - he would not shut up about how awesome the Hawking setup disc was.
Summary: I think for the money you pay for it, that it should utilize MIMO and also come with 7db or better antennas.
Pros: Nice Small unit. It works.
Cons: High Price. I asked tech support how it can be "N" technology when it only uses 2 antennas. "N" technology always uses 3 antennas. Tech support says it can still use "N" but does not support MIMO technology. Which I thought was a bad design, the whole purpose of "N" technology is the MIMO!!!