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Hawkeye411
May 28, 2008, 08:05 PM
I have been having an issue with my MacBook for over a year and I just figured out the solution. JiWire was causing the problems all along. Let me explain my situation in case it is helpful to someone else.

About 12 months ago I began having problems with my wireless connection. My throughput speed would fluctuate making it impossible to use things like iChat or Skype. When downloading a file using the wireless connection the download speed would peak for 2 seconds, then drop to zero or near zero for 2 seconds, then peak for 2 seconds, then drop, etc. etc. etc. over and over.

I couldn't figure out what was causing the problem. I took the MacBook in for service and they replaced the wireless card and I thought that fixed it but the problem reappeared not too long after the repair. Some times the problem would occur soon after turing the computer on and other times it would take quite some time before the problem occurred.

Well .... tonight I installed OS 10.5.3 hoping that it would fix the problem. After the reboot everything seemed fine for a little while and then the problem "mysteriously" reappeared. I tried rebooting the computer and it was fine for a while again and then reappeared. I was checking the system temperature using the iStat Pro widget to see if there were any changes in the system temperature. Then I realized that the wireless throughput problems would appear after I would turn on Dashboard.

So ... I decided to turn off one widget at a time to see if I could figure out what was causing the problem. The first one I tried was JiWire and when I turned it off the wireless throughput was PERFECT (WOO HOOOOO).

So ... what was happening was, I would reboot the computer and then it would work fine until I had a "peek" at Dashboard and JiWire would turn on. Then the wireless connection would become buggy and I would reboot. Then it would be fine again until I had another peek and Dashboard. I didn't put 2 and 2 together until tonight :(

I have tried turning JiWire on and off about 20 times to make sure it is the culprit and, sure enough, ever time I turn it on I begin having problems with my wireless throughput.

I feel like such an idiot of putting up with this for a year. I can't believe that the solution was as simple as turing off the buggy JiWire software. I did a search of the forum for JiWire and I found the middle of a thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=202516&highlight=jiwire) that mentions this issue.

This may or may not be the solution to your wireless problem. I hope that this thread is helpful to someone else. I can't imagine that I am the only one that has been having this problem.

I'll report back later to confirm that my problem has been permanently solved. My fingers are crossed!!

Cheers.
:):apple:



SFStateStudent
May 28, 2008, 08:58 PM
This may or may not be the solution to your wireless problem. I hope that this thread is helpful to someone else. I can't imagine that I am the only one that has been having this problem. I'll report back later to confirm that my problem has been permanently solved. My fingers are crossed!! Cheers. :):apple:

Interesting, b/c I've noticed my magicJack has been fluctuating on only a couple occasions but not enough times for me to be concerned. KMA (Keep Me Advised) since we might be in the same boat, (SKYPE=MagicJack). :eek:

Hawkeye411
May 28, 2008, 09:37 PM
Just wondering. Are you using JiWire?

My connection is still working fine. Also tested JiWire again a couple more times (LOL) and it still creates the issue.

SFStateStudent
May 28, 2008, 10:17 PM
Just wondering. Are you using JiWire?

My connection is still working fine. Also tested JiWire again a couple more times (LOL) and it still creates the issue.

Sorry for the delay; I'm not using JiWire, but I've noticed on the last two occasions that I've actually heard the fluctuation as the other party was speaking with my magicJack phone which is a plug-in to the magicJack and no cord to plug into a power source or wall socket. The magicJack was connected to my BlackBook and I was utilizing my WiFi via my AT&T Router - DSL. :confused:

Hawkeye411
May 29, 2008, 09:09 AM
Hello,

My wireless problems seem to be directly related to the Widget JiWire (http://www.jiwire.com/osx-tiger-dashboard-widget.htm). JiWire is a WiFi "sniffer". It lets you know which wireless networks are available in your area.

I have uninstalled it and everything is still working fine.

Cheers.

SamoanDude
May 29, 2008, 09:35 AM
This is good to know. I will make sure I never use jiwire!

SFStateStudent
May 29, 2008, 09:40 AM
My wireless problems seem to be directly related to the Widget JiWire (http://www.jiwire.com/osx-tiger-dashboard-widget.htm). JiWire is a WiFi "sniffer". It lets you know which wireless networks are available in your area. I have uninstalled it and everything is still working fine. Cheers.

I'll check for it, and thanks for the 411. :cool:

Hawkeye411
May 29, 2008, 08:21 PM
So far so good. Guess it was JiWire!!

Cheers.
:):apple: