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Jun 5, 2005, 06:23 PM
i got my sister a wireless airport card for her G5 and i noticed that it stays on 1 bar. she said that the internet runs really slow sometimes and i'm guessing that's because of the weak signal. i brought my powerbook in her room and i have a full 5 bar signal, so i know its not the distance. did i do something wrong on the install?
Jun 5, 2005, 06:42 PM
Make sure that you plug in the antenna ALL THE WAY...
Jun 5, 2005, 07:00 PM
the card is in her PowerMac G5 desktop and she seems to always have 1 bar...but when i go into her room with my powerbook, i have full 5 bars...
Jun 5, 2005, 08:53 PM
maybe i just have to tighten the card??
As mentioned in the post above: does she have the external antenna connected to the back of her G5? It looks a bit like a "T" and is required for Airport reception of any real strength. it came with her G5.
In other words, something must be plugged into the top jack in the image below.
Jun 5, 2005, 09:01 PM
yes, it is connected. could there be another reason?
I suppose it's possible that the body of the G5 is blocking the signal - any chance that the wireless router is blocked by the PowerMac? Does rotating the PM's body make a difference?
Jun 5, 2005, 09:52 PM
Open up the G5 and check that the card is seated correctly and the internal antenna wire is plugged into the Airport card.
Jun 5, 2005, 11:31 PM
It can be lots of things - I recently relocated my Powerbook to a new desk, that is in a different position than where it was before. This cause the signal to drop from full to only 1-2 bars, and I keep having problems with disconnections to the internet. If I move a couple of meters back, to where the old desk use to be (a space now occupied with my bed), I get a full signal again.
My Windows laptop, sitting right next to the Powerbook, gets a very decent signal (not full, but at least 3/4).
These are the strange things about wireless networks. I would suggest moving the G5 around a little bit
Me? I'm going to buy a range extender for my router to ensure I get full signal everywhere in the house from now on.