Terrible wifi reception -- way to improve?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lacereza, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. lacereza macrumors regular

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    Just got an MBP recently. THe Airport reception is terrible. I have my old iBook G4 sitting next to it on the desk getting three bars, and it's only on the first one. I know that the aluminium isn't so good for this, but my Airport Express is only 20 metres away!

    Are there any tricks?
     
  2. merl1n macrumors 65816

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    Try another channel on the AE. Also make sure you are using b/g/n and not n only as your ibook will force the network to a slower speed. This would greatly affect the speed of your MBP.
     
  3. lhotka macrumors regular

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    60' for an express? Depending on what's between you and it, that's right at the edge for an express.

    I have found that you're much better off running two networks: a 2.4 GHz N-only for the MBP, and a n/b/g one for everything else. Since a single slower device forces the whole network to degrade, your ibook may be causing the problems. You'd also be better off using an extreme than an express - much better antenna.

    Alternatively, if you have an extreme and an express, you can extend the network.

    If you're going to stay with a b/g or n/b/g compatible network, make sure that you don't have a bunch of other nets operating on the same channel.

    Last, make sure you don't have a 2.4 GHz cordless phone - that causes BIG problems with wi-fi.
     

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