rMBP wifi issue

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thalff, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. thalff macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2012
    Just got a new rMBP and am having some issues with its wifi connection? I have tried multiple wireless networks and the issue keeps happening. I will seemingly have a great connection until all of the sudden the signal just slows a ton or drops. Whenever I turn off wifi and then turn it back on it is back to its usual speeds. Not a big deal but certainly a hassle. Has anyone else had these issues/heard of people having these problems?
  2. Mongol macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2012

    I seem to have this issue too.

    Is this a product defect?
  3. Greg M macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2008
    This kind of issue has been going on with all of the Aluminum Apple laptops. I've actually had much better wifi with my retina then I had with my MBA. It still shows up but not nearly as often as before.
  4. Mongol macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2012
    Yeah, it's not frequent enough to be a huge problem, but it does seem to pop up.

    That sucks though, because WiFi is such a fundamental use case.

    So exchanging for another unit would help or probably not?
  5. thomaskc macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
    I just got the non retina macbook pro today and the wifi speeds are so low it's pathetic!

    I have my old sony vaio sitting next to the macbook, same network, same modem, both on chrome.

    running www.speedtest.net

    Sony pulls down 10.3 Mbit in download speed

    Macbook pro pulls down between 2.3 and 3.1 Mbit !!! >.< What the...?

    I just read a bit here and there and it seems like an infamous apple thing to have crappy wifi in many different ways... but has there been any solutions to this %@%!% ?

  6. thomaskc macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
    seriously does no one else realise the they might have a huuuuge problem too?

    I just changed modem, moved it within 2meters of both laptops!

    Sony laptop gets a nice 10-13 Mbit/s and the Macbook pro gets 2.5 Mbits/s !!

    I read a lot of about people jsut returning their laptops until they get something they feel work? some blame osX Lion? but many many people seem to have issues when you start reading around.
  7. striker33 macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2010
    I've never had a stable wifi connection on any Mac since upgrading to Lion.

    A lot of the problems are software related, as everything was perfect under Snow Leopard.
  8. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    I just ran that test. Download speed 15.27 MB, Upload 5.23 MB. If you think there is an issue, I'd take it in.
  9. thomaskc macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
    But i just got it 8 hours ago !! @%@%!!! incredible how useless some companies are... Im tempted to try and install ML on it.. just to see what happens.
  10. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    I don't have ML on mine but have you run the software updates?

    It might be some setting on your system or might be something on your wireless router (not likely but possible).

    If you had someone look at it, they might be able to help.
  11. thomaskc macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
    how far away from your modem are you? Ive just changed my modem to a different one, moved it like 2m from the laptops.

    The sony still by far gets better speeds but the macbook is closer overall now.

    How ever I fear that it just doesn't help in real life scenarios. I will try and move the modem back tomorrow and see if the change of modem or maybe ML helped. It does seem like a lot of people have issues like this but... gah! Everything else about this mbp is so nice...
  12. cwhite02 macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2012
    Very happy with my wifi speed on the rmbp. Seems a lot quicker than my old sony laptop. Not done any speed tests to confirm though.

    Are the antennas not in the screen so there not covered by the metal?
  13. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    I'm further away than that, 5m? my modem is tucked away in a corner, I can also try on a different floor as well to see what happens.
  14. thomaskc macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2010
    please do, Id say my modem is normally around.. 15m away? roughly, but on speedtest I got 2.5mbit/s to 3.5mbit/s on a 15mbit/s line. while the sony on the same distance got between 9 and 11....
  15. astrorider macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2008
    Same 35Mbps down (limited by Comcast and doesn't even push the 802.11n wifi limit) I had with my previous laptop. If you're having a problem, run Apple Hardware Test, try a different wifi network, or take it in have them test it in a store. Getting 2Mbps is unlikely caused by software...it's either a hardware problem on the laptop or with your wireless network.
  16. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    Ok so tried two tests, 1 outside on deck (farthest point I could really be between myself and the modem) and 1 upstairs (further away than test on same floor)

    Upstairs - 6.16 MB download, 4.27 MB upload.
    Outside was a little less but it is also further away

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