Amped Wireless launches TAN1 Windows 8 WiFi adapter

Windows 8 tablet, notebook or convertible owners have to deal with the same limitations in their WiFi hardware that all PC owners do when traveling. Today, Amped Wireless, which has had a number of products reviewed on Neowin, launched a new WiFi adapter that's made to increase the range of Windows 8 PCs.

The TAN1 Amped Wireless High Power Wi-Fi Adapter, which is now on sale for $59.99, has been made to either be used on a flat surface or attached to a notebook or tablet screen with an adjustable clip. The device then connects to the USB port of the Windows 8 PC with no extra software installation required.

The TAN1 then goes to work, extending the WiFi range of any Windows 8 devices by as much as three times their normal reaches. This is because the adapter contains two high-gain antennas, two 600mW power amplifiers and wireless reception amplifiers. The device itself is pretty small: 4.5 inches in width, 0.4 inches in height and 0.6 inches in depth.

Amped Wireless also has an optional WiFi Analytics App made for Windows 8 that lets users find the best WiFi networks for their PCs. The only drawback is that the TAN1 does not work on Windows RT, which means Surface RT owners, who have experienced their own issues with the included WiFi hardware on that tablet, are out of luck.

Source: Amped Wireless

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OK, look... Amped Wireless stuff seems kinda "scammy" to me, in the way they market themselves and the way certain members have been warned for "over-recommending" them (shall we say). So how has this crap made it to a front-page news post? It's a sub-average product so how come it's getting this coverage?

You can usually pick up a high gain antenna for most routers for 5 bucks. That small purchase made my Xbox across the house go from 1 bar to 4. And there are printouts for a reflector (plus foil) that also helps directional connection.

I remember buying a wifi adapter (b at that) for my laptop and I thought it was SOOOO cool to have the internet anywhere (I used that word loosely) in the house. over 10 years later there's NO WAY I would have an external thing attached to my laptop or tablet to do something it can already do

I like how their 'Wifi Analytics' tool is actually a rebadged InSSIDer from Metageeks. Plus, the 2dBi antenna's are hardly high gain. I'm very dubious about this, although props to their marketing department making it look good.

holy crap this such ********, wtf is a 1k sqft radius? and since when is 50mW considered "low" power for wifi? all marketing and no substance.

The_Decryptor said,
A 1k square foot radius is apparently 5 and a half meters, so around 11m in total.

That seems kinda low to me.

Something is fishy for sure