MacBook wifi connection problem (just started happening)

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by trenonotte, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. trenonotte macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2008
    Recently I’ve been having an odd issue with wireless connectivity on my MacBook. When starting or waking from sleep, it will connect to my home network just fine, with signal strength in the menu bar and internet connect. However, after a while (anywhere from seconds to several minutes) the signal will drop to 2-3 bars in the menu bar and 4-5 (out of 15) in internet connect, and the internet is unusable (attempts to ping the wireless router have 100% failure) The network preferences pane still lists the computer as connected to the internet.

    Another MacBook and an iPod touch have no trouble connecting to the network from anywhere in my house, and changing the network channel, encryption level and router power setting have not helped. I didn’t install/remove any software immediately before this started occurring. Turning airport power (on the laptop) off and on doesn’t work; after doing so, the computer can see the network but can’t join it.

    The hardware involved:
    2.0 Ghz MacBook Core Duo (June 2006) running 10.4.11
    2Wire 2701-D Wireless modem/router

    I didn’t see any threads that described this exact problem (the complete inability to ping the modem)

    Any help of any sort would be greatly appreciated.
  2. oban14 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2008
    I've been having wifi issues, but not quite like that. It'll wake from sleep, reconnect, and then show full bars - but it just seems sluggish compared to my iphone, Dell and other wireless computers. A web page will start loading and then sit there for a while before completely loading.

    Very frustrating. Hope they have an update soon.
  3. oban14 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2008
    I updated the airport extreme software and it's improved. Still doesn't seem perfect but much better.
  4. Son of Matrix macrumors regular

    Son of Matrix

    Jan 9, 2008
    I am thankful that not only me realised the problem...
    Found two thread that might be helpful

    I can see improvement after trying no. 1 but after upgrading to the latest Airport Extreme, it became slight improvement!

    What the h*** is going on?

    Please also see my comparison: 2.4 GHz BlackBook vs 2.6 GHz MacBook Pro = Internet slower for BlackBook

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