No - probably the other way round - the MacBook wifi reception is normally excellent (plastic case helps)..yes it was on. I could see other secured wireless networks, just not the unsecured one Im trying to connect to. Does the Ipod touch have that much of a better antenna?
tried that too.. it was a no go.If you go to System Preferences - Network.
Go to "Network name" - go to Join other network in the drop menu.
Type in the details of this network.
Thats what Mac Help said to do.
Good luck (you'll need it if this network is not secure)