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The Best USB Wireless WiFi Adapter
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I bought this WiFi Adapter for my laptop, based on "very good" to "Excellent" reviews found on the Internet.
==> BTW; Not to be confused with a household router. This antenna picks up WiFi broadcasted signals from nearby routers [Including those from neighbors].

Prior to the hookup of the unit, my laptop's internal wireless WiFi picked up 4 other signals from my neighborhood; of which one was "Unsecured" [Their WiFi connection not password protected].

After installing the software and using only the basic small 'rubber ducky' antenna, I receive ELEVEN signals from other sources [Signal strength of 10 measured above "Good", while 1 measured as "Fair".]

Out of those 11 other WiFi connections displayed, THREE were unsecured!
And this was using only the small 5dB antenna. I can only imagine what I could receive using the extended magnetic roof antenna in my car, near an apartment complex!

One of the three unsecured signals came from a neighbor who named their connection as "@home 4482".
Obviously, their house was easy to locate [since they included their address as their network name].
They were a little shocked when I knocked on their door and suggested that they password protect the WiFi connection.

And, 'No'; it is not illegal to view a display showing other WiFi networks. It IS illegal to access them.
Nevertheless, a simple password isn't going to stop anyone with the drive [maybe someone like me!] of hacking into your connection anyway.

Just for giggles, I may simply follow the directions given on one of many YouTube videos on how to do that.
At any rate, this unit is really efficient.

I bought this unit from [Now called "] because they INCLUDED the magnetic 9dB roof antenna accessory at no extra charge.

Alfa AWUS036H 1000mW 1W 802.11b/g USB Wireless WiFi Network Adapter With Original Alfa 9dBi Rubber A - AWUS036H + 9dBi mag base
$43.00 Including shipping from
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MRM on 11/27/2010:
Thank you Huck for the tip!
MRM on 11/27/2010:
You actually knock on their door to tell them to secure their wi-fi? BRAVO!
DebtorBasher on 11/27/2010:
My laptop shows two secure and four unsecured connections. I never paid much attention to them, as long as I was able to access my Internet. Now, I wonder if I accessed through my own or one of theirs because I always just clicked on whichever one connected me. If I was connecting through theirs, I'm now wondering if mine even works.
Huck, I noticed this said, 'adaptor' that used with a router box or instead on a router box...???
DebtorBasher on 11/27/2010:
I'm feeling a 'Basher The Non-Tech' project closing in on me.
MRM on 11/27/2010:
The USB adapter can be used with any wireless router.
Anonymous on 11/27/2010:
It's illegal to access unsecured networks??
MRM on 11/27/2010:
Yes, its illegal to access to anyone's network whether if it's secured or not. Its like breaking into someone's home.
DebtorBasher on 11/27/2010:
You know, Mr. life would be a lot easier if you'd just marry me.
Skye on 11/27/2010:
Anonymous on 11/27/2010:
OH MY GOSH!!! I never knew that!! When I am out and about with my iPad I hop on any signal that is open. I thought it was like music. If you want to keep your music to yourself, you wear headphones. If you want to share it, you use the speakers and everyone can enjoy it.
MRM on 11/27/2010:
Now, if you go to Starbucks, Panera Bread, MacDonalds, or other businesses that advertise free wi-fi, then its okay to hop on.
Anonymous on 11/27/2010:
Dag :( Well I learned something new today. I am going to rank this right up there with ripping the tags off of my mattresses. I'm a REBEL!!
MRM on 11/27/2010:
If you would like internet wherever you go, I would suggest to get a Virgin Mobile MiFi. Its pre-paid and you pay $40 unlimited internet for 30 days. You don't have to pay monthly, just whenever you want internet access.

Learn more about Virgin Mobile Mifi here:
Anonymous on 11/27/2010:
Cool beans. I had a Sprint Overdrive (same concept I think), but sometimes I found myself out without it. Best just to use my iPhone or my bberry. I am continuously trying to find a USE for my iPad. I force myself to use it to justify the foolish purchase.
Skye on 11/27/2010:
Easy girl! Don't forget those pillow tags!

Skye on 11/27/2010:
That's funny, incred, I'm always saying cool beans, and the twins say it now also! They'll be 3 in January. By the time they grow up, WiFi will be a thing of the past...just kidding about the WiFi.
Anonymous on 11/27/2010:
Cool beans? Rickels?? You MUST be from Jersey!
MRM on 11/27/2010:
The only time I use wi-fi is when I'm at home. I used to rely on wi-fi when I'm on the road, but not anymore thanks to Virgin Mobile Broadband and Android phones.
Huck_Hoshimoto on 11/27/2010:
Thanks for the feedback.
Obviously, a big downside to having an unsecured WiFi setup is:
o Makes it easier to hack into your personal info on your computer.
o Outsiders may use your connection as a mass-emailer for spam [Illegal].
o Use your connection to download & distribute large amounts of pirateware which may get you charged with piracy.

Even though remote to chances [no pun intended]; remember the lawsuits brought on by the RIAA that took people to court for thousands of dollars for "Sharing" music files via LimeWire and other peer-to-peer programs?

In this case, they would track those files back to YOUR ISP provider even though the music files were not actually stored on your computer.

o Hacking into a wireless WiFi connection [actually accessing info on your computer like banking info, SSNs, etc] isn't all that difficult once they get past your password.
Huck_Hoshimoto on 11/27/2010:
MRM; that roof-top magnetic antenna is supposed to pump it up another 4dB.
Haven't tried it yet but I definitely see that that used within a day or so.

I'm really curious to see what I can find near a strip mall or a high-rise building downtown or business complex!
Alain on 11/28/2010:
Good information and review, Huck.
jktshff1 on 11/28/2010:
Huck_Hoshimoto on 12/06/2010:
Two days ago. My friend who is out of work, divorced and can no longer afford a house phone or a high speed Internet connection. [Uses cell phone].

"Broke" as in had to have his gas heating turned off and carrying a small heater from room to room for warmth in Wisconsin.

So, admittedly, he's using the above setup at his house for "theft of services", to access the Internet for unemployment research and job hunting. [And paying $45.00 less per month for basic DSL connection.

The above is certainly not justification for his's just the way it is.

At any rate, I lent him this Alfa set up.
Prior to this his only wireless connections to "other sources" were two secured network signals.

After connection [using only the small rubber ducky antenna; he saw 9 outside signals, all "Very good" to "Excellent" strength, of which 3 are unsecured.

At least, I believe. he'll have that resource as long as he does not download large files, let the computer sit at "idle" as he does other things.
Hopefully. his neighbors bandwidth is not limited to a certain amount of transfer volume [simply being connect to the Web yet not actually using the computer is counted as "bandwidth transfer" usage.

With the large roof-mount antenna on top of his car, receive SIXTEEN wireless signals from his apartment complex, of which EIGHT are unsecured.

I enter the above stats simply as an example of the efficiency of the product and am not condoning the use of it in the manner; BUT......
DAMN! It is SO COOL to use!
Sandeep on 07/14/2013:
Need to know using this Adapter can I also use my Smart Phone as pairing device and use the laptop to connect using Alfa wireless adapter ?

Huck_Hoshimoto on 10/12/2013:
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