MacBook Air and WiFi

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mjmolina01, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. mjmolina01 macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2014
    I am about to take this computer and THROW IT OUT THE WINDOW because I am so sick and tired of how incredibly slow and annoying trying to use it with wifi. I have tried everything I can think of and every time I try to do something, e.g. upload a video to YouTube in 720 it tells me it's going to take 6 or more HOURS!!! any suggestions here other than going back to microsoft products??
  2. capathy21 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2014
    Houston, Texas
    How do you know it isn't due to your internet and or router?
  3. Dweez, Jul 24, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2014

    Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    The wifi on my MBA is pretty happy. At home I get 50+ mbit downloads and 12+ mbit uploads. Here in the United lounge at Dulles airport I am getting 10 mbit down and 74 mbit up.


    With that said, what's your internet connection speed? Have you tried other wireless networks? Can you test other devices on your wireless network?
  4. Boyd01, Jul 24, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2014

    Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I really haven't had any wifi issues on my 2013 MBA, either at home or while travelling. Do you have another Mac on your local network? You could enable file sharing and see what kind of transfer speeds you get while connected to it. That would give you an idea if your problem is related to wifi on the MBA.

    I have a Mac Mini connected to a new Time Capsule with gigabit ethernet. Using 802.11ac wifi on the MBA to connect to the Mini, this is what I get


    My internet connection is dog-slow (Verizon DSL), but that is all I can get here. But wifi works really well on my local network.
  5. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Is not your Air or your WIFI, it's the CHEAP Internet service you bought. Do you know what you bought?
  6. thedeske macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2013
    What's the speed like over ethernet? (ya know - hard wire?)
  7. ioannis2005gr macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2013
    Come on! This isn't true!

    The day you decide to throw it, tell me and I will be waiting outside to catch it, ok? :rolleyes:

    A Wi-Fi connection malfunction or an internet speed issue can be easily detected....
  8. DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007
    Seems no issues on my mid 2013 MBA. Sharing wifi with a neighbor!

    SPEED DISK TEST: WRITE:620.8 / READ 730.7
  9. dollystereo macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2004
    Wifi in the 2013 air was unreliable, after 10.9.4 got solved in my machine.
    I couldn't connect to my router.
  10. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Only had my 2013 Air a few days but it is blistering fast on my X-Finity Internet. I am getting 53mbps while both DropCams are running, too!. Not one of my other Apple devices get that kind of speed.
  11. mjmolina01 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2014
    Mba 2013

    My husband has an HP and his is killer fast. We have a Cisco router which i know are usually pretty good. I did a ping and here are the results: 64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=64 time=0.067 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.125 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.124 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=0.124 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=64 time=0.125 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=5 ttl=64 time=0.136 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=6 ttl=64 time=0.125 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=7 ttl=64 time=0.127 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=8 ttl=64 time=0.127 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=9 ttl=64 time=0.154 ms

    --- ping statistics ---
    10 packets transmitted, 10 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
    round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 0.067/0.123/0.154/0.021 ms

    I don't know enough about ping'ing to know if these are good results or not.
  12. yosemit macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2013
    Ping can only tell you the round-trip network latency but not bandwidth.

  13. cerberusss macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2013
    The Netherlands
    I've had a lot of problems with the Air and my wifi. It would have lots of trouble making the connection when opening the lid.

    In the end, I turned off the wireless network of the (provided by the cable company) router. Then I hooked up a decent wireless router from TP-Link with both 2.4 and 5 GHz radios. All wifi problems were solved after that.
  14. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    If you're using DSL, upload speed will always be far less than download speed.
  15. dextr3k macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2012
    Like everyone else is saying. There is an easy test. Copy that EXACT same 720p file you were trying to upload onto your husbands computer. Then log into your youtube account and try to upload.

    1) if his is faster, meaning will upload in less than 6 hours. Then its your macs wifi problem, move to better location near router, use an adapter and plug in the ethernet etc.

    2) if his is same / slower, meaning will upload in same 6 or more hours. Then your internet/router/area sucks for internet and has nothing to do with the Mac. In which case you need to do some more testing to improve your speeds.

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