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Extra-sensitive WiFi dongle for holiday homes from Solwise: DIgital Home

Hooking up to WiFi hotspots can be tricky when you’re out and about, but the Solwise USBCatcher dongle lets you plug in an external antenna for extra sensitivity.

Fully-titled the NET-WL-USBCatcher, it’s an outdoors-proof USB WiFi dongle with a 4.5m cable and an antenna connector.


Paired with a suitable N-type connected antenna, it can put your caravan or chalet in reach of the WiFi at the holiday park, or just connect a summer-house to your home broadband.

The NET-WL-USBCatcher supports 802.11 B/G/N WiFi, with data rates up to 150Mbps on the 2.4GHz channel, and it costs £32.44.

It’s weatherproof and operates in temperatures from 0-50°C, with support for Windows 7, Vista32/64, XP32/64, 2000, Linux 2.6, and Mac OS 10.3 – 10.7.

Solwise also supplies compatible antennas from £18.82, complete with fitting brackets.