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Hawking Technology HA12W
6.9 out of 10

Hawking Technology HA12W

Hi-Gain™ 12 dBi Directional Indoor Window Antenna The Hawking Hi Read more

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Overall 8
8.0

it works

Reed T., Newegg
14 December 2012
  • Summary: simple to set up, plastic cups and mountings are solid enough to last a while. plus long enough cable to set on desk and mount in nearby window- just...
  • Pros: bought this as antenna upgrade for tp link wireless router. router is used to provide access for a friend's i phone a good 600ft away. he only got two bars if within 300ft. using this antenna, he now gets four bars inside his trailer at full distance. much better. now he doesn't have to come outs...
  • Cons: none yet.
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Overall 4
4.0

By Two for Two antena systems

KENNETH W., Newegg
5 December 2012
  • Summary: Bang for the buck, I would go with much cheeper "generic" antenas. Also, their marketting material all shows the purchase of one HA12W for all of their solutins BUT with their two antena units and others you need two.
  • Pros: It boosted the signal of a USB adapter with removable antena.
  • Cons: This $37 directional antena boosted the signal on a USB adapter by about 9 dB. BUTTTT My $5 Omni 9dB antena boosted my signal by about 8 dB. Cost and Return ??
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Overall 2
2.0

Piece of junk, did NOTHING

John S., Newegg
20 November 2012
  • Summary: Seriously, totally useless.
  • Pros: ZERO
  • Cons: Take a dollar, tape it to some fishing line and use that as a high gain antenna instead. It will work as well as this piece of junk and you will save 39 bucks. Trust me this thing performed worse then the 5 inch screw in junk antenna the wifi booster came with.
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Overall 6
6.0

Not what I expected...

Daniel B., Newegg
4 June 2011
  • Summary: I used this as a directional antenna for my Wireless USB Adapter. I was able to see about 5 more wireless networks, but the only stable network was still my own home network, I tried soo many different positions to get a stable connection to several different networks, but they all dropped verrrry...
  • Pros: Extended the visibility of many networks....
  • Cons: Consistent... at dropping signals.... Couldn't get a strong/stable signal out of anything but my own house, and I don't live but about 200-500 ft from networks that I am trying to connect to. It barely increased the strength of my neighbors wifi (Less than 50%), not the 100-200% as I have seen in...
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Overall 8
8.0

Working fine

John B., Newegg
25 January 2011
  • Summary: I've never tried anything but window mounting this device. I have taken a MUCH larger clear suction cup of 3" diameter and wired it through the HA12W's top mount bracket for cheap insurance. With THREE suction cups holding the device in the window, I now have confidence in it staying PUT long term!
  • Pros: Antenna works fine beaming my home wifi to my neighbor 200' across the street. White cable at 4' is just the right length to reach my Buffalo dd-wrt enabled router. My iPhone and Tivo devices connect easily with this WAP even well off axis and up to 100' away! This device is most likely not as di...
  • Cons: I question the use of the two relatively small clear suction cups for window mounting. Also, the long term durabiliry of their two plastic mounts/brackets. I've already broken one. However, it was easy reattaching the gimpy mount in a MUCH more secure fashion with a carefully chosen screw and was...
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Overall 6
6.0

Hawking HA12W

Anonymous, Newegg
8 November 2010
  • Summary: The lead in the window stops the signals
  • Pros: Works good outside.
  • Cons: Does not work through my Anderson windows. Works better throught the wall aimed outside. Works best when antenna is outside. I'm working 800' but the antenna must be outside.
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Overall 10
10

600 feet through the woods

Randall G., Newegg
23 September 2010
  • Summary: I've had two of these stuck to windows in houses that are 600 feet apart and separated by some seriously overgrown vegetation and a metal storage building in the way. I'm using an Asus WL-520gU router with DD-WRT installed on each end.
  • Pros: Works 4 times better than the two cheap, directional indoor antennas I was using. DD-WRT used to report a 7% signal strength (which worked fine 99% of the time), but with two of these antennas pointed at each other, I'm getting 24%. The suction cups have been stuck to the windows for a few months...
  • Cons: No cons
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Overall 10
10

Exactly what I needed

Mihai P., Newegg
19 August 2010
  • Summary: The small clips on the plastic support legs may crack if you don't attach them to the antenna carefully. The good news is that you can use the included screws to secure them regardless.
  • Pros: I had to do a bit of research about antennas, and I am glad a picked a slightly more expensive directional antenna. The HA12W (along with the HWUN3 USB WiFi adapter) boosted the nearby open wireless networks and now I'm getting ~2mbps down and .6mbps up, with a ping of 50ms. This was an access po...
  • Cons: Can't tilt antenna up or down, you can only pan it left and right. But maybe the vertical pickup pattern doesn't matter for this type of antenna anyway.
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Overall 10
10

Works Great

David L., Newegg
21 July 2010
  • Summary: Nice to have the N-type adapter as well. It looses a bit of signal when you ad an 7' extension, but that is expected.
  • Pros: Works well and with the suction mounts its easy to aim exactly where you want it. Much better than any omni-directional, especially for aiming up or down-slope.
  • Cons: 4' pigtail is not long enough for some applications.
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Overall 2
2.0

Product was DOA

Frank C., Newegg
22 June 2010
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