Slow internal PowerBook wireless antenna???

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  1. NEENAHBOY macrumors 6502

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    I became a Mac convert about three months ago, and since that time I have been very happy. However, I've noticed something aboout the PowerBook antenna. To me it seems abysmally weak. I have cable internet and a Linksys router that I recently equipped with a high-gain antenna, but it is not helping at all. I fail to see how the Linksys router would be the problem. After all, a router is a router. Thus, my thoughts turned to the internal antenna. I was originally going to buy an external signal booster to attach to the PowerBook, but, as silly as this may sound to some, I don't want those bulky things destroying the sleek feel of the laptop.

    I am now thinking of having someone take apart the laptop to insert a high-power internal antenna. Thoughts?
     
  2. JeDiBoYTJ macrumors 6502a

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    well, if you look around the outeredge of the Powerbook, you will notice a dark gray line around the whole outeredge of the display (and main computer), well that is the antenna for Airport.

    Did you install the card youself? if so, did you remember to "plug in' the antenna into the card?

    I personally get good reception from my linksys (2-3 lines), even going through 4-5 walls.
     
  3. NEENAHBOY thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No, the card came pre-installed. I usually get two lines, but it still seems very slow.
     
  4. bubbamac macrumors 6502

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    Apparently (I read it on another thread) Apple figured out too late, or didn't care, that aluminum isn't a good thing to put an antenna behind. So, the AlBooks don't get great wireless reception.

    You're lucky. My TiBook has the antenna in the base - and it's worse. Much worse. I use a PCMCIA card, instead.

    Oh, well. Could be worse. I could be using that 'other' OS.
     

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