Reviews and Problems with Hawking Technology HWU54D
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If you have USB 1.0, don't buy this product
5 January 2007
Summary: There are two reviews here which you MUST heed if you have USB 1.0. Plugging and unplugging this device generates a black screen that can not be recovered from without a hard boot. I did not heed the warnings and now I'm suffering with the same problems, and Hawking is not answering the RMA phone line or my emails. In the few moments that the HWU54D was working, it did detect an amazing 17 access points instead of my built-in laptop card's, meager five.
Summary: This device is the best wireless adapter I've ever seen. Great reception; beats not only standard laptop wireless cards and other external adapters (such as Linksys's) but also a desktop wireless card connected to a 15 dBI antenna. Unfortunately, the documentation and on-line support is bad, at least for English users (I suspect it's better in Chinese). Hawking needs to get its act together here, but I'm still giving it 5 stars because of the performance.
Summary: The high-gain part of the specification is correct. The range is good, and it works as expected with my WGR614v4. This is using Win2000 and USB1.1. The nice thing about the software is that it provides a good deal of information, I just wish it wasn't so ugly.
Summary: I bought the Hawking to replace a Linksys network adapter. The Linksys dropped off my network virtually every ten minutes. The signal strength was always low (My bedroom computer is 50 feet max from the wireless router - multiple walls between adapter and router.) When I installed the Hawking wireless adapter with Hi Gain antenna the difference was night and day. I get my network with very good signal strength, as well as the networks of 5 neighbors in my cul de sac!
Summary: I haven't seen a review yet that really compared options among various wireless adapters so I thought I'd give it a try. I live in an apartment complex with concrete walls that barely allow for a cell phone signal. The little bit I use the internet I didn't want to pay 60$/month so I bought a Linksys WUSB54G Wireless-G USB Adapter, Netgear WG511 Wireless 802.11g PC Card, and a Hawking WIRELESS G USB NETWORK ADAPTER w.
Summary: Firstly I bought one HWU52D to improve weak reception due to thick walls in between router and PC. It did. I bought a second one for another location to help me reach open wi-fi spots from a 22nd floor. It did it so well that I have not used my own broadband connection since several months! You can use an USB extension to help you find the best place to receive signals, if the supplied cable is not long enough. This is easier than extending or changing antenna cables.
Summary: My family moved into a home which suffers from a high level of EM interference, which made our existing 802.11G adapters fail to maintain a link through the walls and the floor. Since our bedrooms were downstairs, both of our kids' computers needed a different solution. High gain antennae on the router and the PCI adapter cards failed to address the issue.
Summary: Didn't work for me. Was connecting to a Linksys WRT54G which works fine with three other wireless devices. When I attached the Hawking adapter to my desktop PC (Win XP SP2, pretty standard machine), I noticed two things: 1. Speed was slow. No matter how I configured it, I couldn't get throughput above 6 mbps. 2. Unacceptable: The adapter kept randomly disconnecting every minute or two.
Summary: Bought this to use in an RV park with Wi-Fi, my SOB (some other brand) notebook wi-fi adaptor could not connect. I followed the simple instructions (Windows XP) and connected immediately. Moved it around a little bit to get the best signal, good to go!