The Power of 700mW

BearExtender n3 contains a high power Wi-Fi radio, with a maximum of 700mW output power. That is about ten times more powerful than the Apple branded AirPort card included in your Mac. Combined with an external 2 dBi gain antenna, BearExtender n3 offers up to 2-4 times the range of your current wireless card (approximately 2X for AirPort Extreme and 4X for the original AirPort 11 mbps card).

BearExtender n3 is a standalone Wi-Fi adapter and can be used with any Macintosh computer, including those that do not have built-in AirPort cards such as older G3 towers, iMacs and PowerMacs.

BearExtender n3 includes a small application that works very similar to the Apple AirPort software which allows you to scan for networks, add favorites, and connect.


What You Get

in-stock Up to four times the Wi-Fi range
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Easy Setup

  1. Install the software
  2. Restart your Mac, then connect BearExtender n3 to a USB port
  3. Follow the step by step instructions to activate BearExtender n3 as your Internet source
  4. Select your Wi-Fi network from the Wireless Utility and connect!

High Speed 802.11n Built-in

BearExtender n3 is also a great way to add 802.11n wireless networking capability to your older Mac.

802.11n offers higher transmission speeds and greater range over 802.11g and 802.11b networks

Note: BearExtender n3 is compatible with 802.11g and 802.11b networks, but to take full advantage of the BearExtender n3’s 802.11n capability, you must use the device with an 802.11n standard router or access point.

With no tools required, BearExtender n3 is the easiest way to add 802.11n to your previous generation Mac.

Convenient LCD Clip

The LCD clip allows you to gently attach BearExtender n3 to your Macintosh notebook or other surfaces such as your notebook bag. The LCD clip can be easily removed from the back of BearExtender n3 with a simple thumb press.

Optional Accessories

Optional 5 dBi omni directional antenna upgrade is designed to help you pick up even more signals. This optional upgrade helps you pick up different networks than the standard 2 dBi antenna.

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Back view: BearExtender n3 uses an industry standard RP-SMA antenna port allowing you the flexibility to upgrade to a larger antenna in the future.

Front view: BearExtender n3 connects to your Mac using a high speed USB 2.0 interface. Works with older Macs that have USB 1.1 also.

For more views, check out the BearExtender n3 gallery.

BearExtender n3 Wireless Utility

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BearExtender n3’s Scan Utility shows detailed information on every network nearby– more information than your AirPort menu can display.

Technical Specifications

  • Powerful Wi-Fi radio transmitter with maximum 0.7 Watt (700mW) output power
  • Proprietary Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) for superior power amplification
  • Detachable 2 dBi antenna with upgradable RP-SMA antenna port
  • 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n certified

  • 2.4Ghz operation with 150 Mbps maximum transmission speed
  • Supports WEP, WPA, WPA2 Personal security
  • WPA-Enterprise support on Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion
  • USB 1.1 and 2.0 compatible
  • FCC Certified

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of range can I expect?

Range depends on a number of factors, including interference (both visible and invisible), the type of wireless network you are connecting to. Because BearExtender n3 uses a 0.7 watt Wi-Fi radio, we are confident that you will be able to see wireless networks which you previously were unable to see, and connect to many existing networks with more bars.
Check out our benchmark page for real world tests.

Is BearExtender n3 compatible with my iBook, MacBook, MacBook Pro or other Macintosh computer?

Yes, BearExtender n3 is compatible with Macs running 10.3 Panther, 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard, 10.6 Snow Leopard or 10.7 Lion. We have tested the device thoroughly on many different Mac models, even back to G3 era machines.

Does BearExtender n3 work with iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch?

At this time, BearExtender cannot be used directly with these devices. This is because iPad does not have a standard USB port.
However it is possible to use BearExtender with a nearby Mac to share BearExtender’s stronger signal with iPad. To learn more about using BearExtender as a wireless repeater to increase iPad’s Wi-Fi range, click here.

Is there a Windows version of BearExtender?

Yes, BearExtender PC edition is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, and Microsoft Windows 7. To purchase BearExtender PC for use with Microsoft Windows computers please click here.

Not Compatible
First generation iBook "Clamshell"

System Requirements
• One USB Port
• Mac OS 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 and 10.7 Lion
• G3, G4, G5 or Intel processor
• An internal AirPort card is not required. BearExtender contains all the necessary hardware to transmit and receive Wi-Fi signals.

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