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  1. G. R. Parker
    76 of 79 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A no-brainer purchase and install, January 19, 2003
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    G. R. Parker
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    This review is from: Cisco-Linksys WSB24 Wireless-B Signal Booster (Electronics)

    The reality of WiFi is that just about everyone I know is not getting as solid a signal as they’d like. I’ve been frustrated by dead spots in the house, and I’m sure we’ve all done strange “rain dances” with our notebooks, cables, antennas, etc. to try to improve the signal.

    However, my WiFi network did not seem as zippy as my Ethernet when using our cable modem, even though the bandwidth of both networks dwarfs the cable modem. Well, instantly after installing the booster, I got noticeably better response in a room where the signal used to be so weak that Linksys’ own utility would show no signal strength (even though I could surf from there).

    The WSB24 is trivial to install (180 seconds and that was because I didn’t know you had to push the cable onto the connector pretty firmly). If you were a LinkSys pioneer and bought the early access points, you owe it to yourself to upgrade with this booster.

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  2. firewallbill "firewallbill"
    49 of 52 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Simple – easy – effective, January 16, 2003
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    firewallbill “firewallbill” (Midland, TX USA) –

    This review is from: Cisco-Linksys WSB24 Wireless-B Signal Booster (Electronics)

    This product could not be easier to install. No CD to spin. No complex manuals – just a power “brick”, 2 cables, and the booster. Linksys has a nice package if you need a little more signal.
    I did a preliminary survey using my notebook computer with an Orinoco Silver card and Toshiba e740. The notebook usually runs about 3-5db higher gain for any given distance from the router than the PDA, which is normal given the available power to the 802.11b chip and antenna size.
    After installing the WSB24 booster, I noted a 5-9db gain throughout the house and down the street on both the notebook and PDA. My goal was to get a solid signal “footprint” covering my entire house, yard, garage. The WSB24 achieved this admirably. I believe Linksys claims a 10-15db gain, but I noted approximately half that. Given that almost all the advertising for WiFi seems to double or treble the true available distance, this doesn’t alarm or bother me. At distances and locations where I previously got 1 or 5 mb connection I now have a solid 11mb.
    The bottom line: 5 minute install, no problems, definite gain in signal strength, reasonable price.

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  3. sk330 "sk-la"
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Works with WRT54G, January 7, 2005
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    sk330 “sk-la” (Los Angeles, CA USA) –

    This review is from: Cisco-Linksys WSB24 Wireless-B Signal Booster (Electronics)

    I’ve had the WSB24 signal booster in storage since I switched from a Linksys wireless 802.11B router to an 802.11 B/G router, the WRT54G to be specific. However, I decided to give the signal booster a try with my B/G router. It is very easy to set up, just unscrew the antennas from the back of of the router. Screw the wires from the signal booster onto the router in the place of the antennas you just removed. Then plug the power adaptor in and Bobs your uncle (you’re done, that is).

    My signal strength went up 2-3 bars in the “dead” spots in our house and now goes to the farthest corner of our 2 story house with all signal strength “bars” lit up.

    So even thought the WSB24 is not designed to work with an 802.11 G router, it does work fine with the Linksys WRT54G. Note that this booster has been pulled from the market by Linksys. If you want one, you will have to buy a used one. But you can’t have mine.

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