Macbook Wireless Issues


macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 9, 2003
In regards to a friend's house--
They have a wireless router setup ( a linksys ) with 3 seperate windows laptops connected wirelessly and a desktop connected directly to the router.

Whenever I connect to their network with the correct WEP key, the internet will work for about 5-10 minutes. Then all of the machines on the network will cease to get out to the internet. The signal won't drop or anything of that nature, everything will say connected, but browsers including mine will lag at the "connecting" mark. This in turn causes them to have to reset the router.

This only happens when I connect my macbook to the network. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.


macrumors 601
May 9, 2006
Yeah. If it's affecting all machines on the network, it's likely not a Macbook issue.

Although mine does seem to have trouble with our Linksys running DD-WRT firmware.

Mr Skills

macrumors 6502a
Nov 21, 2005
gloss said:
Yeah. If it's affecting all machines on the network, it's likely not a Macbook issue.
As I understand it, it's affecting all the machines on the network, but only when the Macbook is connected.

I've seen something like this before at work - which is usually all-Mac - when a Windows computer was connected. Never traced the cause, though.




macrumors 603
Aug 20, 2005
Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
Hey guy, Ask your friend if they get bumped off when you are not there or it only happens when you connect.

The router might need an update...They should check the setting in the router as well.



macrumors newbie
Oct 5, 2006
wifi on with AC power

You would think its a router issue, but funny as it is my macbook drops its wifi connections only when on battery power. When its plugged into AC power I am assured a reliable and solid connection. I am connected using a wirelress G with 64bit WEP encrytion. Weird....huh?