Wireless network problems

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by alanahelen, Dec 9, 2006.

  1. alanahelen macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2006
    Hey everyone,

    I know there are probably a few threads here devoted to these issues, but after a quick scan, I think I'd probably benefit most from starting a new thread. So here goes...

    We're running a wireless network at home. The network consists of two PCs and my iMac G5. One PC is not on the network wirelessly so really doesn't come into this issue.

    My problem basically is that I'm constantly getting booted off the network. It's as though the other PC using the wireless network has priority.

    My Mac goes through periods of sometimes "seeing" the network but not connecting to the internet, to just plain not being able to see it. I can only connect if the other PC is not connected to the network/internet. I can get about an hour or two of online time with the other PC switched back on, but as soon as my computer becomes idle or enough time has passed, I'm booted again.

    This is becoming extremely frustrating for all of us.

    Any ideas?
  2. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2006
  3. alanahelen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2006
    Sorry for not being specific in my first post :)

    It's a DLink DI 524, 80.11g/2.4GHz.

    Thank you for answering so quickly :)
  4. MikeTheC Guest


    Apr 26, 2004
    Gallifrey -- Capitol City, Prydonian Sector
    I don't have any specific experience with that hardware combo, but some basic "first steps" would include:

    1. Power cycle the router;
    2. Do a hard reset of the router;
    3. Do a firmware update of the router.
  5. alanahelen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2006
    This is kind of embarrassing... it seems to be that the iMac was just too far away from the router. Is there any way to improve the reception on the Mac?
  6. alanahelen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2006
    It appears that its a 'distance' error - the iMac is just too far away from the router. Which doesn't really make sense to us, as the iMac was living in the same room as a PC with a dodgy wireless card for years, and the PC had no trouble.

    I've got the iMac set up downstairs now, practially on top of the router, and have enjoyed excellent access to the network and internet - so that is clearly the issue. Is there some way to boost the iMac's reception?

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