macbook wifi

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by G wizz, May 30, 2006.

  1. G wizz macrumors member

    just purchased a macbook and want to access the internet via my netgear router that my g5 imac is using, do I have to install the software on to my macbook to enable it to see the wireless router or should it sense the router automatically????.:cool:
  2. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Just turn on the Airport on the MacBook and it should find the router..
  3. G wizz thread starter macrumors member

  4. frankblundt macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2005
    South of the border
    Doesn't work how?
    Does your network show up in the list of available networks under Airport?
    What does it say under Sys Prefs > Network > Status: Airport? Is airport enabled?
    Are there security settings set on the router that might make it difficult for airport to find it automatically (eg MAC filtering, SSID broadcast off)?

    If the SSID (the network's name) is not being broadcast it won't show up in the list of available networks under the airport icon in your menu bar (presuming it's showing up there?) and you have to choose "Other" from the drop-down menu and enter the network name (and any security settings like WPA and password) manually.
  5. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    [EDIT] this post was accidently edited by me. Below is only part of what I posted. I was trying to recycle text and got confused as to what thread I was in.

    Get a program like Kismac or iStumbler or MacStumbler so that you can get better metrics on your signal strength. iStumbler now has a Widget that connects to the program if your running it. Kismac is my preferred wireless tool. A nearly static graph with 5 levels of information (as seen in the menubar) isn't as good as one that has the potential for hundreds of lines of resolution over time. You can find the "sweet" spots as well as dead spots in your house with these tools. You can find other networks that might be interfering. It might help you position your network hardware better. It's also nice to have a good stumbler for when your out and about.

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