Weird WIFI question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by scan, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. scan macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2005
    I have 12" PB and today when I was at school, I was using the wifi as usual, and then I had lecture and I lost my wifi. but heres the weird thing. everyone else using PC laptops had wifi. I noticed someoen else iwth a 12" pb and asked him if his wifi was working and he said now. so I ask, whats the difference with this "airport extreme" thats different than the wifi cards on pc laptops that made me suffer through my boring lecture today?
  2. Darwin macrumors 65816


    Jun 2, 2003
    round the corner
    You were able to use Wifi before, yet when you were in a different area you could not?

    Did you check the Airport tab in the Menu bar to see if there were any networks around?

    There shouldn't be a big diiference with the cards that the PCs have and yours, they all have to comply to set stardards so you should be able to connect as well

    If you find no networks in that area it might simply be hidden, you could check with on of the PC users to see what setting they have
  3. Dale Cooper macrumors regular

    Dale Cooper

    Sep 20, 2005
    I've expererienced the exact same thing with a 12" PB. The antennas on the PCs are probably better than in the PB. That's my experience anyway.
    I switch from a 12" PB to a 12" iBook (stupid me), and the iBook definitely detects more networks and has a stronger reception.
  4. Passante macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2004
    on the sofa
    Check your antenna connection. You can get to it from the RAM slot in your power book. I've had good luck with wifi but did loose my home signal once. Had to reboot.
  5. scan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2005
    yeah I can use wifi anywhere else in the school.. i chekced teh airport tab and no networks were around.
  6. Daedalus256 macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2005
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Maybe using Intereference Robustness would help? That helps to amplify the signal of your airport doesn't it?
  7. scan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2005

    i dont' know. i'm new to macs. does it?
  8. SummerBreeze macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    The signal on PowerBooks isn't as good as the signal on some PCs, mostly because the Aluminum body does a good job at blocking the Airport signals. Plastic cases don't do this as much. Usually the best thing to do is to find out the general area that the signal is come from and sit as close to it as possible.
  9. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    It makes the signal more robust at the expense of range, which you need. Unless there is someone microwaving during class. :eek:

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