Review: The Wi-Fire Wi-Fi Adapter

Price: $59.00


Pros: Makes usable connections from Wi-Fi signals too weak for internal adapters to connect to or detect


Cons: Lacks 802.11n support; not available from popular retailers


Sometimes you come to the realization that the equipment you have isn’t quite up to the task at hand. A good example (albeit fictional) is in “Jaws,” when Chief Brody tells shark-hunting fisherman Quint, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Similarly, when you want to access a distant Wi-Fi network or one with an otherwise feeble footprint, you can’t always count on a notebook’s internal wireless adapter and antenna to find it or pull in enough of a signal to make for a usable connection.


Fire In the Sky


The Wi-Fire Wi-Fi adapter from hField Technologies can greatly improve the ability of a notebook–or a desktop, for that matter–to find and make use of evanescent Wi-Fi signals. We first reviewed the Wi-Fire over a year ago, but there’s now a new iteration (the third generation, model HFWFG200)–a more refined version of the previous design, which it replaces. Considerably more compact than its slab-sided predecessor–hField says the new model is 40% smaller and 30% lighter–at $59, the new Wi-Fire also rings up $20 less expensive. 



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