Wi-Fi range issue with new MBA 13 and Netgear WNR 2200 router

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by redhot47fl, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. redhot47fl, Jul 22, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2011

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    Loving the new MBA 13 (my first Mac), but running into a frustrating wi-fi issue.

    The MBA wi-fi flies when the machine is in the same room as the NetGear WNR2200 router, but it slows down considerably as I move it through our (smallish) house, and it pretty much crawls to a stop just 10 yards or so away from the router.

    The MBA's range icon never changes, showing a strong, four-band signal, but the performance drops sharply. Other devices, including a 3-year-old Dell laptop, receive strong wi-fi signals throughout our house. (I haven't yet had a chance to test this 2-day-old MBA with any other wi-fi signals.)

    I see some previous issues posted on this board regarding NetGears and Macs, but nothing I do seems to help. Any similar experiences? Any new hints regarding a resolution short of buying a Time Capsule, which I eventually will probably do anyway?

    Also, the wi-fi icon indicates a frequent, every 20 seconds or so, search for new networks. Is this normal?
     
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    Just for the record...never mind.

    It turns out that the new MBA's wi-fi range was just fine, performing wonderfully on other networks in other places using other routers.

    The problem was an unresolved (and probably never-to-be-resolved) incompatability between the MBA and the NetGear NR2200 router, a problem that has been documented from time to time in the past.

    I've replaced that router with an older D-Link, and the reception and connection speed are now flawless throughout my house. That said, I'll probably spring for a Time Capsule in a few weeks.
     

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