MBP 17" Unibody WiFi

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mr D, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. Mr D macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2007
    Does anyone know if the Unibody MBP 17 will be using the same wifi chips as the other MBP?

    I ask this because, isn't it known for the Mac's wifi to be a little weak?
  2. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    My purchases since August '08 and as recent as Wednesday, January 21, '09 have all been "N" for WiFi and I've noticed a strong maximum bars at all locations where I utilize WiFi connections. I haven't noticed a weak WiFi connection yet. Not sure if I answered your question, since I'm not familiar with WiFi chips as you mentioned...
  3. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    I have a brand new Macbook Air. The airport signal is incredibly strong. I've never had issues with dropping or reduced signal. :)
  4. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    Apple uses one of the higher quality wifi cards that has the fastest wireless standard, 802.11n. Well it's true that the aluminum chassis can make a signal worse than a plastic chassis (that's why Apple switched the iPhone from aluminum to plastic), any problems you have will likely be because of the chassis, not the wireless card. I haven't had any problems at all with my wireless connection and I never have to reset it out of nowhere like I did in Windows.
  5. limo79 macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2009
    Wi-Fi card is under glass/plastic frame, so it should be less Wi-Fi signal problems now, but this is only theory ;)

    Apple should also use Intel wireless cards - not only Broadcom and Atheros. This would better for customers and less problematic for Apple Repair Service, because drivers sometimes can not solve each network compatibility issues.

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