Strange iMac wireless problem

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Everblue, Dec 23, 2006.

  1. Everblue macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2006

    I just got my iMac, it is very nice and everything except for one thing - my iMac sits 2 metres away from my wireless adsl router and the signal level is around 6-7 bars out of 15 under 'internet connect'.

    I thought this is very strange so I brought my iBook and placed it right next to the iMAC and it gets full strength.

    What's going on?

  2. adrianblaine macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2006
    Pasadena, CA
    This isn't really a "problem"...

    My wireless router is on the other side of the house and when I'm far away from it some spots have full signal, but if I move, even very little, it drops to almost nothing. Routers do not by any means give out an even signal in any direction. Maybe experiment and see if it gets a different signal further away from the router.
  3. pianoman macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    i agree, this isn't really a problem.

    if it's only 2 meters away, move the router closer to the iMac or plug the iMac directly into the router (if you have that option).
  4. Everblue thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2006
    I think there IS a problem. And it probably lies with OSX's wifi software.

    Let me explain:

    1. In OSX I get 6-8 bars of wifi strenght

    2. On the same machine (without moving it whatsoever), using Windows XP via Bootcamp: FULL STRENGHT!!!

    How can one explain this?
  5. Everblue thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2006
  6. Carniphage macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2006
    Sheffield, England
    If you have one of the new Core2Duo iMacs - they have a problem. They are fitted with a Broadcom 802.11n compliant chipset. Most people with this chipset report poor signal strength and poor network thoughput.
    I expect that a future Airport Update will improve things.
  7. Everblue thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2006
    Yup thats the one I have. What is strange is that under Windows, it works fine - so I guess the problem is a software one (which is good cos it can be fixed).

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