Airport Extreme inconsistencies?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by masterhiggins, Mar 6, 2005.

  1. masterhiggins macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2003
    Hello, everyone. I have a bit of an irritating issue. I've had my powerbook for about 1 year and half now and I recently purchased my wife a new iBook (xmax present). We both have exactly the same airport extreme card (with the same firmware according to system profile), yet she is able to access our Airport Express network in areas that I'm unable to. Is there a logical reason for this? Or is there a way to fix it? My signal strength drops dramatically for some reason. The only thing that I can think of is the difference in our laptop casings? Other than that, I'm completely bewildered. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

  2. jackieonasses macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    the great OKLAHOMA....
    The iBook's antenna is in the screen i think, (maybe the other way around) And the Powerbook's casing is steel - not a very good passive substance.

  3. biohazard6969 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    toronto canada
    yea i find that with my 12" powerbook, it never got a good enough signal in my room in the basement (still in highschool) but my imac G3 right beside it gets almost full signal, i ended up buying an airport express to extent the network so that my powerbook would have internet in my room, i assume its the casing, and on the powerbook, i believe it is the bluetooth antenna that is on the screen
  4. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

    Rod Rod

    Sep 21, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
    All aluminum PowerBooks have their Airport antennas on the upper case, right behind those plastic nubs on either side of the screens (on the lid). iBooks have their Airport antennas in the same spot but since the lids and bezels are made of plastic, they get much better reception than PowerBooks.

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