airport not detecting networks


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 9, 2009
I'm having major problems with airport. It seems that lately its become less and less effective at detecting wireless networks. I need to be sitting a few feet away from a router for my macbook (10.4.11) to detect it. This occurs with all networks. I never had this problem until the past year and its seemed to get progressively worse. I'm not sure if this is a confrontational or hardware issue. Any and all advice warmly welcomed.


macrumors 6502a
Aug 23, 2007
Since it is getting progressively worse and it is with all networks, I'd guess it's a hardware issue. Sorry!


macrumors 68000
Nov 6, 2009
I developed issues with my AirPort Extreme with it losing the ISP over the last several months....randomly....and after an upgrade to Snow Leopard, the network was not be available for anyone after my main computer would go to sleep. The actual name of the network would be listed, but joining it was impossible.

There is a recent Airport software update you might want to try. Otherwise I highly recommend a 'factory reset' which took care of all of my issues. It essentially means that you have to create a new network, but it takes like 10 minutes biggie.

To do this reset, unplug Airport, hold down reset button with a pen or paperclip, then plug back in and hold button until amber light flashes quickly.

EDIT: After reading your question again...might you be referring to the airport card inside your computer? If so...disregard. :/
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