Way to improve MacBookPro(non-uni) wireless range??

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  1. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

    mikes70mustang

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    So ive been searching around looking for info on how to improve the, mediocre at best, range of my MBP. I mean i would be willing to get a usb wireless deal if that vastly improves performance. Im just tired of my macs wireless severely slowing down just because im a few feet further in a direction. So any info would be appreciated.
     
  2. numbersyx macrumors 65816

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    What router do you have? My MBP (2007) handles wireless really well.
     
  3. Pixellated macrumors 65816

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    Aluminium blocks Wifi signal. See: Black plastic bit on iPod touch and iPhone 1G.
     
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  5. mikes70mustang thread starter macrumors 68000

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    well its not so much my home router, those are fine b/c im within like 20 feet. Its when im at a coffee shop, or school, or trying to um pirate a wifi arrrrr:p
    School has a cisco vpn client deal, but if i move like 20 feet from a main area in the school the wifi drop a bar, but i lose like 3 mbs down speed. its silly. I just need some trick to help me get some extra range
     
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    no tricks

    power plugged in helps about 20%
     
  7. mikes70mustang thread starter macrumors 68000

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    that sucks, i was hoping there was a usb wireless receiver i could carry in my back pack so i can get the wifi i need if my mac cant quite get it good enough. Sounds stupid for a laptop that has wifi built in, but if i need the net for classes then i NEED it. It just sucks that my old super crappy dell inspiron get better reception than my MBP
     
  8. CountPollen macrumors member

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    N-wifi RangeBooster

    Got a D-Link DWA-140 RangeBooster.
    Drivers at d-links website, not on the cd in the package (said it was windows only :p )
    Extra usb utility software at ralink website.
    google is your friend. I have been looking to improve my N-wifi for a couple of weeks and I'm a happy man now :)

    Good luck!
     
  9. mikes70mustang thread starter macrumors 68000

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    so i assume this helps in picking up signal where ever you might be? not just for a router you might have configured
     
  10. CountPollen macrumors member

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    yes, I've been 2 weeks without internet provider at my home.
    The white plastic macbook of my girlfriend found 5 networks, including 2 open ones, my MBP found only 2 networks in my house (which were password protected). I experimented holding my macbook pro in different positions at around the same location of the macbook, but didn't get a reliable reception.
    So I bought a usb wifi card for € 59, which solved all of my problems.

    It is ideal to use while travelling, because it comes with a cable and docking station so you can put it near a window :)
     
  11. CountPollen macrumors member

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    Wireless (USB)

    Hi,

    I have similar problems.
    My white (plastic) MB has ± 5-7 wireless networks, my alu MBP has 1 or 2 at any moment inside the house... And I live in a densely populated area.

    Recently I bought a D-Link WPA-140, which helped a little, but the device stopped working after 3 weeks and is now being "repaired". This has already taken 6 weeks!

    There is one solution for you (one which I can't afford):
    QuickerTek makes great USB devices you can hang on the egde of your screen.

    Hope to have helped you out there.

    Next week I'll bring my MBP back to the shop (for some other problems). I'll ask if they can check the bad wifi. Keep you posted.

    Cheers,
    CountPollen
     
  12. mikes70mustang thread starter macrumors 68000

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    hmm, i thought this died along time ago lol. but yah, i was just looking for a little usb stick type wireless deal, so that i can pick up better signal at school, and or make it easier to borrow some wifi wile on the road.
     
  13. DAAAAAAAVE macrumors regular

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    Will that be an improvement on Feb release MBPs (first with multitouch ones)? Cause i though they were N already
     
  14. mikes70mustang thread starter macrumors 68000

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    i think they are N, but the wifi reception still blows
     
  15. JasonR macrumors 6502a

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    My wifi connection on my MBP works just fine.
     
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    I find that in my UMBP and my iPhone as well, that the wifi strength signal is very inaccurate and fluctuates between either full strength or one bar. Its highly annoying in my opinion.
     
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    Yeah mine jumps up and down without me moving. It sucks
     
  18. mikes70mustang thread starter macrumors 68000

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    10 bucks says your MBP cant get as far away as someone elses cheapo dell before it loses signal
     

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