10.6.5: Improved WIFI?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mark28, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    I can't say for sure, but it looks like the 10.6.5 update has improved WIFI. Anyone has similar experiences with the update?

    I have also noticed that WIFI under Windows 7 is worse than with OS X, so I suppose new bootcamp drivers are needed to bring the Windows 7 performance on par with OS X.
  2. SavMBP15 macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2010
    What do you mean by improve?

    Do you mean the problem of dropping wifi signals like a hot potato for no reason? Or do you mean sometimes connecting to a wireless router and just getting a self-assigned IP address for a couple minutes and then getting a normal IP address?

    Or just better signal reception?
  3. mark28 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    Better signal reception. Now the MBP is useable everywhere in my house. Before the update the reception was very poor on the top floor ( my previous $500 laptop smoked the MBP on WIFI ). Now I can download at maximum speeds without drop outs on the top floor. I'd say it's now on par with my old $500 laptop in WIFI performance.
  4. HussainAL macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    I have noticed also that my MBP signal reception with 10.6.5 is better than before. I use my MBP at home in the same spot every day, last night after update, I have been able to pick up neighbors wifi, which was not possible in te same spot with 10.6.4.

    Maybe it's just our imagination......:)

    Good luck.
  5. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Perhaps they juiced the radio at the cost of a slight decrease in battery.

    Though i've never really had a range issue. I get the phantom drop outs as someone mentioned earlier. Fine one second with an IP, the next, absolutely nothing.
  6. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    Maybe it is just Apple changing how to measure again. Like they did with iphone 4.
    I get now full reception according to the wifi status symbol and I used to get 2 bars. Somebody who didn't update yet should test real speed before and after.
  7. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    North Yorkshire, UK
    Probably psychological but mine feels a bit faster on wi-fi since the update...
  8. electronique macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2008
  9. Patrick J macrumors 65816

    Patrick J

    Mar 12, 2009
    Oporto, Portugal
  10. Furifo macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2010
    My findings:

    Macbook Pro 13" (2010)
    Using www.speedtest.net

    Test 1 - D = 11.34 U = 1.14
    Test 2 - D = 11.06 U = 1.14
    Test 3 - D = 11.24 U = 1.15

    Average - D = 11.21 U = 1.14

    Using www.speedtest.net

    Test 1 - D = 11.29 U = 1.14
    Test 2 - D = 11.33 U = 1.15
    Test 3 - D = 11.31 U = 1.14

    Average - D = 11.31 U = 1.14

    No difference with upload speed. Download speed seems to have improved slightly on average but not enough to make a noticeable, significant difference.
  11. HussainAL macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    Thanks for the results, that's great job. What about signal reception, have you noticed anything?

    Is the wifi signal really true? Me and my friend sit's in the same cafe shop, with his sony laptop, he gets 3 bars, but with my MBP, I get full 5 bars?
  12. Furifo macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2010
    The signal reception is a good question. I've just taken a look at my available wifi networks at the spot in my room where I usually sit and I see now instead of seeing 1 (mine) I see 2 (looks like a weak signal though). I can only think of 2 explanations:
    1) 10.6.5 is giving better signal reception
    2) I haven't been home from University for 3 weeks. It could be that my neighbour just installed a new wifi router or something.

    I'd like to think explanation number 1 is true though :D

    I'll monitor my signal around the usual places I'm on WiFi and report back on any changes I notice. If there is an increase in signal reception, I'll probably notice it best when I'm back on campus.
  13. Heavenly macrumors member


    Sep 16, 2009
    Northwestern University
    I also got a bit of an increase(but not noticeable) on my wireless network after 10.6.5.

  14. HussainAL macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    I have checked also where I work, I can receive new Wifi network now. The signal reception seems to be stronger with 10.6.5, but we can't confirm with with speed test that the network is faster now, Wifi speed will be the same, it will jump from 54Mbps which is the default for 802.11g to 100Mbps. So speed test can't confirm increase in performance if the Wifi bar went from 4 to 5, but we can confirm now that the signal is stronger, if everyone agree to that.

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