Macbook and MBP wireless

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Blubbert, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. Blubbert macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2006
    I was wondering, does the MBP have a different set of hardware to handle the wireless, as compared to the regular macbook? From what i have noticed, the regular macbooks have a much better range than the MBP's. Does anyone know why this is?
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I believe it's down to the fact the MacBook Pros are encased in metal whereas the MacBooks are encased in plastic. The iBooks and PowerBooks had the same respective issue. The metal interferes with the wireless signal/reception. :eek:
  3. Blubbert thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2006
    Dang, that sucks. I have a MBP and its kinda sad to see people around me get online with their macbooks, while i stand there with a laptop that cost double.
  4. chris y. macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2006
    los angeles, ca
    Yea the weaker reception along with the decreased battery life was enough to push me to get a regular macbook instead of replacing my PB G4 with a MBP. But the MBP looks amazing so you do get something for your money!
  5. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I don't really notice a difference between my iBook reception and my MacBook Pro reception. In school I can get reception at all the places I need to, at home I get the same reception. That probably won't help you much though...
  6. scott523 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 8, 2006
    Saint Charles, MO
    Anybody miss those two antennas attached to the LCD screens from the old PPC notebooks?
  7. cLin macrumors member

    Sep 10, 2006
    is there any hardware I can get to enhance the strength?
  8. jhande macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2006
    However, I _do_ see a big difference between my iBook and MacBook reception. At home, my iBook sees 3-5 access points, while my MacBook sees 13! This has been a fantastic boon for me when I'm at a hotel, since I don't have to go the lobby to access the network, but often can do it from the room directly.

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