View Full Version : Why does Airport suck on my PowerBook?

Dec 28, 2006, 10:50 AM
My friends PC laptop gets at least 2x the reception than I do, and his laptop is a cheap crappy Toshiba. So what's the deal? He can connect to like any network in his neighborhood, while I can barely find one in the exact same location. Why can't such an expensive laptop not pick up decent signals?

Also are the MacBook Pro's like this too?

Dec 28, 2006, 11:02 AM
Hmm, if you're talking about the AlBook 15" in your sig you shouldn't be having these problems. My PB12" picks up networks all over the show and like yours it has it's antenna mounted on the sides of the screen. How do you have the Airport configured? Do you have IPv6 turned off? Is Interface Robustness off?

Dec 28, 2006, 11:02 AM
Just a guess here, but I think I've heard that the aluminum casing on the PB and MBP models blocks it's Airport signal. The cheap crappy Toshiba is probably made out of plastic. I could be completely wrong here, though.

Dec 28, 2006, 11:05 AM
I just turned off ipV6 and I have interference robustness off, what is interference robustness anyway?

Dec 29, 2006, 01:18 AM
i think it feeds off of other open wireless signals and provides the signal you are running off of a little extra juice to fill in any spots that the second wireless might be stronger.

Dec 30, 2006, 12:47 AM
IMO, Airport on my MacBook sucks when it comes to no-fame router brands that doesn't follow up on Apple's technologies. My university's Wi-Fi network uses access points from a provider company called Symbol Technologies and it's been mean to my MacBook, refusing to reconnect after putting it to sleep. However, my MacBook is working like a charm with my Linksys home router.