What on earth is an Alfa long range USB adaptor I hear you cry? These days, many motorhomers and caravanners carry everything with them, often amongst their essentials for the trip, a laptop. Internet access can often be achieved with a dongle and sim card from a mobile ‘phone operator. Alternatively, you may get online via a wireless connection.
The Alfa long range USB adaptor plugs into a USB port and acts as an antenna. The antenna draws in “signals” from further afield than the laptop would do alone. Prior to connecting the Alfa long range USB adaptor to my laptop, I had one WiFi connection available, but only one bar strength. However, after connecting the Alfa long range USB adaptor, I had three WiFi connections available. The one I was using increased from one bar of signal strength to four bars!
When arriving at a campsite, it might be possible to pitch close to the site’s own WiFi transmitter, but, particularly when overseas, where wild camping and free WiFi connections are often available, from restaurants, hotels and even tourist offices, the Alfa long range USB adaptor would really come in useful. I tested my Alfa long range adaptor outside a fast food restaurant today. Without entering the premises, I was able to connect to their WiFi from the car park!
Alfa long range USB adaptor – what’s in the box?
pack includes the USB lead, a mounting plate with both a clip connection and a suction cup, the user manual/driver on a disc and the antenna. The clip on connection is really useful – I attach mine to the Heki rooflight handles! Equally the suction cup can be used to attach the Alfa long range USB adaptor to a side window.
The adaptor is available on-line. I found the device easy to set up and install to the laptop.
Do you have an Alfa long range USB adaptor and if so, what have you found it’s operating range/coverage to be?