External Wifi For Mac

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A Mac WiFi Antenna That Works

My building has open wifi service, but the desk I work at is just a few feet out of range. If I pick up my laptop and step twenty feet into the hall I can connect, but twenty feet back inside at my desk I cannot.

Surely this is the perfect setting for an external wifi antenna.

The first one I tried was Hawking Technologies’ HAI7MD 2.4GHz 7dBi HiGain Directional Antenna, and it was completely useless. (I have an Intel MacBook with standard AirPort built in.) The Hawking HAI7MD antenna had no effect at all on reception, and I still had to step into the hall to check my email. I returned it for a refund a few days after I ordered it.

Next I tried the “Super USB WiFi Antenna” available from C. Crane for $79.95. This product comes with a USB cable, a stick-like plastic antenna unit about the size of a ruler, two rubber suction cups for attaching the antenna to a window (if desired), and a CD of wifi driver software that you must use in place of the Mac’s native AirPort software.

The whole package looks really cheap, but the bottom line is that it works. After installing the WLan driver software, plugging the external antenna into the MacBook’s USB port, and selecting “ZyDAS USB 2.0 WLAN” as the network adapter from the WLan menu, I was ready to go.

The antenna did what I needed. After attaching it to the back of my door (by sticking thumbtacks through the rubber suctions cups) I could pick up the building’s wifi signal at the other end of the USB cable about 15 feet away at my desk. Gone was the freedom of movement I once had, however: now my laptop was tied to this long cable. I have tried extending the range further with an intermediate connector (a Belkin 4-port USB 2.0 hub), and that does work, but the tangle of wires starts getting excessive, and you have to find another wall outlet to plug the intermediate hub into, since there isn’t enough power in the Mac’s own USB port to power the antenna through an additional extension cable.

Other drawbacks? The socket on the antenna unit itself is not very tight, and more than once the USB cable has come loose, causing the wifi connection to be lost. A bit of duct tape could probably solve that problem. And the design (such as it is) presupposes that the antenna will be somehow hung or attached to a wall or window; I can imagine some people might want a simple stand that would allow it to be placed upright on a desk or counter.

But the thing works. I can now make a wifi connection without having to step out into the hall. The Super USB Wi-FI Antenna isn’t an elegant piece of equipment, but it is a functional one.

Use Wi-Fi

Learn how to connect to an open, secure, or hidden Wi-Fi network. You can also create a new Wi-Fi network.

Connect to a Wi-Fi network

Click in the menu bar, then choose a network. If Wi-Fi is off, click , then select Turn Wi-Fi On.*

If you connect to a public Wi-Fi network, a window might appear with terms and conditions you're asked to agree to before you can connect.

Connect to a secure Wi-Fi network

Secure Wi-Fi networks are password-protected and have by their names.

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  1. Click in the menu bar. If Wi-Fi is off, click , then choose Turn Wi-Fi On.*
  2. Choose a network.
  3. Enter the password, then click Join. If you don't know the password to the Wi-Fi network, contact the network administrator.

Connect to a hidden network

  1. Click in the menu bar. If Wi-Fi is off, choose , then choose Turn Wi-Fi On.*
  2. Choose Join Other Network.
  3. Enter the network name. Make sure you enter the network name correctly.
  4. If the network is secure, choose the Security type, then enter the password.
  5. Click Join.

Learn what to do if you can't connect to a hidden network.

Create a Wi-Fi network

If you have Internet service at your location, you can connect an AirPort base station or a third-party router to your modem to create a Wi-Fi network. Use the setup guide for your AirPort base station, or check your third-party router's manual for help.

* If you don't see the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar, you can add it back. Choose Apple () menu > System Preferences, click Network, click Wi-Fi, then select 'Show Wi-Fi status in menu bar'.

Use Personal Hotspot

With most carrier plans, you can share the cellular data connection of your iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) with your Mac.

Learn how to set up Personal Hotspot.

Use Ethernet

To connect to the Internet over a wired connection, connect an Ethernet cable between your router or modem and the Ethernet port on your Mac.

Some Macs require an Ethernet adapter like the Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter, or the Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter.

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  • Use recommended settings for Wi-Fi routers and access points.