Mac Mini Internet Issues

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by alansmallen, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. alansmallen macrumors 6502a

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    Hey guys, I have a Mac Mini hooked up to my tv downstairs away from my router and I get 5 bars of internet, but it's slow as molasses in the wintertime. Websites take forever to load, videos take ages to download, yet I still have 5 bars. I often bring my MBP down there and see that it also has 5 bars but has perfectly fine internet speed. Any ideas?

    Thanks
    Alan
     
  2. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    Which generation Mini do you have? Older Minis use slower wireless technology.
     
  3. alansmallen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's the Mid-2007 Model.

    I understand a speed bump in the new model, but I can't even watch a video on this thing. Nothing will download.

    Is it because it's not Wireless-N? I'm not sure if it is.
     
  4. alansmallen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just checked, no Wireless-N. Is that the culprit? And what's the cheapest way of upgrading if so.
     
  5. ljonesj macrumors 6502a

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    should not be i use a eeepc 900 that is a g card in it and the router is a dualband just with g and b and my steams are fine with it
     
  6. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...it couldn't hurt to get a USB "N" device as they are fairly cheap now and try it but your best bet would be an ethernet cable if you're modem/router isn't too far away from your HTPC...
     
  7. alansmallen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Different floors
     
  8. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Are you sure that the Mac mini is connecting to your own router upstairs and not to one of your neighbor's networks?
     
  9. tomacintosh macrumors regular

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    Applications > Utilities > Network Utility

    Choose AirPort (en1) from the drop down list

    What Link Speed are you getting between the Mini and the Router?
     
  10. alansmallen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yep. My network.

    I'll double check that tomorrow


    Once again, thanks for the help so far guys. Really appreciate it.
     
  11. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    My early 2009 Mac Mini put me through hell half the year too! It would show 5 bars, but I often couldn't even bring up a website.

    I finally moved it about 8 feet over, which helped it quite a bit.

    However, it really got better when I bumped my router to the Wireless N airport, since my mini was already setup for N.

    I think it is indeed that your mac mini is on the "fringe," of the network. If there is anyway you could move the router a few feet closer to it, and the mini a few feet closer to router, it might help.
     
  12. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    if he has a airport base network g and the mini a airport card also network g
    and his MBP has also network g , and if his mpb gets good internet when placed where the mini sits then there is nothing wrong with the router and the range of the router, then maybe its simple the airport card thats not working like it should

    just a simple question was your mini upgraded (ram , harddrive ) then maybe the aerial is lose now
     
  13. alansmallen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Mini is stock from the store. I can't really move it due to the location of the TV and of the router. It's a linksys n router that works fantastically with the other 10 computers or devices in the household.
     
  14. ljonesj macrumors 6502a

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    it could be a flaky wireless if u have a spare moniter take the mini and set next to the router and see what it does with it hooked up to the spare moniter if it still does not work well then i say its the card and is all updates done and or it may be a bad update to the wireless card firmware/drivers maybe
     
  15. alansmallen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    54 Mbit/s

    No luck with that.
     
  16. tomacintosh macrumors regular

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    Did you try keeping an eye on the Link Speed while you were trying to stream a file, see what happens. It will show if you have any bad packets too
     
  17. alansmallen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Stays the same.
     
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