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iBook / AirPort - Horrid Range?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by admiraldennis, Nov 7, 2003.

  1. macrumors regular

    #1
    I've had my iBook/500 (dual usb) for a few years now, and recently decided to get an AirPort card for it for use in school. I bought it used, but it was in very good condition (factory box), and the computer recognizes it fine.

    Today I installed the card, but my reception seems to be horrible. I need to be within like a few feet of any base station for it to work! :confused:

    My friend on his PowerBook (he has an airport extreme card, but our school only has 802.11b) can get 90% range when I don't get *any*? :confused:

    Is something wrong here? A defective card? Antenna? Or is that was 'normal' airport is like, and somehow his card helps him in an 802.11b network?
     
  2. macrumors 68040

    mactastic

    #2
    Something is odd. The iBook is known for its range over a TiBook. Perhaps the antenna didn't get plugged in to the card when you installed it?
     
  3. macrumors 6502

    #3
    Very odd. My iBook 700 Combo can get a full signal 50 feet away from the router. I get 3/4 on the Airport display when I'm standing in my driveway, about 75 feet way - and I still get reception around the corner from the house. Check to see if you plugged in the attenna cable into the card.
     

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