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BearExtender Turbo for Mac

BearExtender Turbo for Mac
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Price (including VAT): £54.00
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Model: Turbo
Manufacturer: BearExtender
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the Mac Observer editors' choice 2014

Add High Speed 802.11ac to your Mac*

*requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and at least USB 2.0

Introducing the BearExtender Turbo, the easiest way to add High Speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi to your Mac. The Turbo features a maximum throughput speed of 867 Mbps on the 5Ghz WiFi band when used with 802.11ac standard routers like the 2013 AirPort Extreme or 2013 Time Capsule.

BearExtender's maximum speed is up to 3 times faster than previous generation 300 Mbps and 450 Mbps 802.11n equipped Macs. The BearExtender Turbo features USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connectivity and twin dual band (2.4GHz & 5GHz) upgradeable antennas.

The BearExtender Turbo uses the latest 802.11ac technology to increase your maximum speed to 867 Mbps, while also offering standard 802.11b/g/n connectivity. for compatibility with existing 2.4GHz WiFi hotspots.

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Ideal for fixing weak or low signal strength No
Built-in high power Wi-Fi amplifier for long range use No
Ideal for faster wireless backups or transferring large files between Macs No
Built-in 802.11ac chip for new 802.11ac routers No
Works with all 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi networks and hotspots
Works with older Macs running Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5.x) No
Works with slower USB 1.1 ports No

What you get with the Turbo

Up to 3 times faster throughput
The BearExtender Turbo connects up to 867 Mbps– Over three times faster than internal Apple 802.11n AirPort cards.
Dual Band Wi-Fi: Faster and less interference
With a 802.11ac router or Apple Base Station, connect using 802.11ac on the 5GHz band to quickly transfer files with reduced interference.

Transfer or stream files wirelessly faster
Reduce wireless backup time, by increasing your maximum throughput.

The BearExtender Turbo is the easiest way to upgrade your Mac to the latest cutting edge 802.11ac WiFi technology.

The BearExtender Turbo is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard through to the latest OS X 10.9 Mavericks. The drivers were developed specifically for Mac OS X with a simplified interface.


  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
  • Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
  • Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Software is included on the CD. No CD drive? You can download the software package here.

Connecting to 802.11ac networks

For maximum connection speeds, the BearExtender Turbo must be used with an 802.11ac router and a USB 3.0 port.

It is also backward compatible with 802.11b/g/n wireless networks on the traditional 2.4GHz band. Internet download and streaming speeds will be limited by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) connection.

For example, if your 802.11n Mac already gets the full speed provided by your ISP, BearExtender cannot increase the internet connectivity speed of your ISP. We recommend the 2013 AirPort Extreme or the 2013 Time Capsule, both which are 802.11ac capable. The BearExtender Turbo is compatible with any 802.11ac router or network and will also connect to all 2.4GHz WiFi networks operating to 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n standards.

The BearExtender Turbo connects to your Mac using a high speed USB 3.0 interface. It also works with Macs that have USB 2.0 ports.

How it Works

BearExtender Turbo contains a High Speed 802.11ac chip. Combined with twin dual band antennas and USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connectivity, BearExtender Turbo can deliver speeds up to 867 Mbps. The included driver for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard through to the latest OS X 10.9 Mavericks allows you to scan and connect to networks.

No Internal AirPort card required

Because BearExtender Turbo contains both transmitters and receivers, an internal AirPort card is not required. This makes BearExtender Turbo a great way to upgrade an older Mac to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard even if the Mac's internal AirPort card is damaged or missing.

The BearExtender Turbo uses an industry standard RP-SMA antenna port allowing you the flexibility to upgrade to a larger antenna in the future, making it the ideal Mac Wi-Fi upgrade for travelers, students, road warriors and more!

BearExtender Turbo connects using USB 3.0 SuperSpeed. It is also compatible with USB 2.0.

The included 60cm USB cable plugs into any USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port. BearExtender Turbo is not compatible with USB 1.0 or USB 1.1.

Rave Reviews for BearExtender Technology

BearExtender technology has been reviewed by Macworld, Engadget, SlashGear, TUAW, the Gadgeteer and more!

In the Box

  • BearExtender Turbo High Speed 802.11ac USB Wi-Fi Adapter for Mac OS X
  • Two dual band (2 dBi) antennas
  • A 60cm USB cable (plugs into any USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • CD containing manual and drivers
  • No CD drive? Download the complete latest software and drivers here.


Maximum Throughput 867 Mbps when used with an 802.11ac router and USB 3.0
Antennas Twin dual band (2.4GHz or 5GHz) 2dBi antennas
Encryption Support WEP, WPA, WPA 2 (Note: 802.1X/WPA-Enterprise security not currently supported)
Band Dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Beamforming Yes, optimized for Apple AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule
USB Compatibility USB 3.0 SuperSpeed, USB 2.0 (Not compatible with USB 1.0 or USB 1.1)
USB Cable 60cm length
Dimensions Credit card sized: 89mm x 56mm x 10mm
Weight Light weight, easy to carry, just 51g
Warranty 1 Year
Return Policy 14 Days

Credit card sized: BearExtender Turbo shown with twin dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 2 dBi antennas. The antennas can be removed and upgraded to larger ones. The antenna connector type is RP-SMA. Pen shown for scale purposes only.

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