Airport signal on new uMBP's

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  1. mrrippey macrumors regular

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    Seems to me that the new uMBP's get less signal strength than the white MB's. In my bedroom I constantly only get 2 bars from my AEBS whereas my wife's White Macbook gets full strength. She is sitting right next to me. Also I get dropped connections from my AirDisk (but I am guessing that is from the low signal) but sometimes it happens when I am right above it (AEBS is in the basement).

    Anyone else having Airport issues?:confused:

    I upgraded the software to all latest levels on all MB's and AEBS.
     
  2. xpress1 macrumors newbie

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    I have the same issue!!!!

    My wife is using a Windows i am using the MBP and i have less signal strength than she has, also when we try to access the same webpage her Notebook is faster than mine, i was using a LENOVO (IBM) about 1 week ago and it was damn fast, i bought my MBP and now feel that my connection to the net is very weak!! There is something wrong with the Airport from MBP!
     
  3. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

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    I would like to hear more feedback on this subject.

    Any other owners of the new MBP experiencing poorer
    WiFi connection?
     
  4. reubs macrumors 68000

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    Is the reception actually worse, or is it simply showing up as a poor connection? Do you notice any actual difference?
     
  5. c.dub macrumors member

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    I notice this as well. I have a Linksys WRT310N router. With my old uMB, I got full signal strength in my basement. Now, with my uMBP, I usually only get 2/4 bars for signal strength. I don't know why, but my connection is still stable and my speeds are not affected...
     
  6. EMKarelia macrumors regular

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    My Macbook Pro has some issues. From room to room just like yours.
     
  7. nep61 macrumors 6502

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    My 17" uMBP has just recently started to have WiFi issues. It's actually in the same room as my FiOS Wireless Router. (I use it as a desktop computer at home with a second monitor attached)

    My iPhone is always connected in the house, (no issues there) but sometimes, upon starting up my MBP, I'll launch Safari, and I get the "You're not connected to the Internet" page. I'll run Network Diagnostics and it's a crap shoot as to whether I get get online via WiFi or not. I've had this MBP since April and it's only been the last 2 weeks that I've had this issue. "Software Update" will not connect either when this occurs. Maybe a Safari 4 issue????

    Oh, when I am connected, like right now, I get Full bars. And when I'm not connected, I'll still have Full bars, and I can't get online... Airport sees the Router, says it's there and shows full strength... but no internet.
     
  8. bli625 macrumors 6502a

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    You have to keep in mind that the uMBPs are made of aluminum. However, I haven't had any issues with my signal on mine. It's always full.
     
  9. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The Thinkpad has 3 antennae surrounding the bezel for maximum signal reception—even though the chassis is magnesium, the antennae have plastic covers; the MacBook [Pro] has 2 antennae in the hinge surrounded by mostly all metal.
     
  10. mrrippey thread starter macrumors regular

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    has effect...

    this really sucks and there is an effect. I have an AirDisk and copying takes much longer on my new uMBP than on my wifey's WhiteBook. She has full strength and I only get 2/5.

    I am considering getting an airport express for my bedroom to extend my network but this really kinda sucks.
     
  11. Sehnsucht macrumors 65816

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    I have a uMBP and my sister has a white MacBook, and we both get exactly the same reception from the AEBS. Very fast.
     
  12. mrrippey thread starter macrumors regular

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    i might get this one replaced although it was a CTO and I upgraded the RAM to 4GB. This is pretty frustrating.:mad:
     
  13. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ... reception also depends on other outside interference = other signals outside your house from bleed over to other things inside your house like a microwave and the wireless video sender I have...
     
  14. Kronie macrumors 6502a

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    My reception us just as good as my wife's dell. Our router is upstairs in my office and I can go anywhere downstairs with full reception.
     
  15. Z06jerry macrumors regular

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    We have both, a 13" uMB & 13" uMBP. Both have the same signal strength as each other and both seem get better reception than the white MB 2.0 and Black MacBook 2.2 they replaced.

    I am using an Airport Extreme base station in N (b&g compatible) mode. I have 4 bars @ approx 75'
     
  16. mrrippey thread starter macrumors regular

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    if this were the case, i think the white macbook would be affected and it is not. hers is fine and full strength and we are next to each other

    same setup but i am like 50' away and only have 2 bars and sometimes i lose it alltogether....
     
  17. Z06jerry macrumors regular

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    Have you tried different channels, FWIW my AE is set to automatic, also I have it placed high on top of an entertainment unit.
     
  18. mrrippey thread starter macrumors regular

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    Interference robustness

    I may have found something. I unchecked this option and I now have full strength where I normally get 2 bars. I have to check how the whitebook react to this and if I gain / lose any other functions.

    Maybe this can work. BTW, I am on automatic channel.
     
  19. Z06jerry macrumors regular

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    My interfrerence robustnuss is off. I live in the country without any neighbours close by.
     
  20. fehhkk macrumors 6502a

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    Must be an issue with your router. Mine is full bars even outside my house on Wifi-N on 2.4GHz.
     
  21. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's "surrounded" by metal on two sides while totally open on the other two. The hinge itself is plastic. There's no reason that wireless reception should be stronger or weaker when compared to a Macbook, because the case is fairly irrelevant compared to the circuitry (read: metal) inside all portables.
     

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