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weak signal on airport

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by proverbs, Jun 5, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502

    i got my sister a wireless airport card for her G5 and i noticed that it stays on 1 bar. she said that the internet runs really slow sometimes and i'm guessing that's because of the weak signal. i brought my powerbook in her room and i have a full 5 bar signal, so i know its not the distance. did i do something wrong on the install?
  2. macrumors regular

  3. macrumors 6502

    the card is in her PowerMac G5 desktop and she seems to always have 1 bar...but when i go into her room with my powerbook, i have full 5 bars...
  4. macrumors 6502

    maybe i just have to tighten the card??
  5. jsw
    Moderator emeritus


    As mentioned in the post above: does she have the external antenna connected to the back of her G5? It looks a bit like a "T" and is required for Airport reception of any real strength. it came with her G5.
  6. jsw
    Moderator emeritus


    In other words, something must be plugged into the top jack in the image below.

  7. macrumors 6502

    yes, it is connected. could there be another reason?
  8. jsw
    Moderator emeritus


    I suppose it's possible that the body of the G5 is blocking the signal - any chance that the wireless router is blocked by the PowerMac? Does rotating the PM's body make a difference?
  9. macrumors 65816


    Another possibility....

    Open up the G5 and check that the card is seated correctly and the internal antenna wire is plugged into the Airport card.

  10. macrumors 6502a


    It can be lots of things - I recently relocated my Powerbook to a new desk, that is in a different position than where it was before. This cause the signal to drop from full to only 1-2 bars, and I keep having problems with disconnections to the internet. If I move a couple of meters back, to where the old desk use to be (a space now occupied with my bed), I get a full signal again.
    My Windows laptop, sitting right next to the Powerbook, gets a very decent signal (not full, but at least 3/4).

    These are the strange things about wireless networks. I would suggest moving the G5 around a little bit

    Me? I'm going to buy a range extender for my router to ensure I get full signal everywhere in the house from now on.

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