weak signal - wireless networking

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by MacFi, Aug 10, 2004.

  1. MacFi macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2004
    I just got a brand new ibook with airport for my wife.

    I am using it with a netgear wireless router, which I already use with a windows XP laptop with no issues.

    It works fine with the mac, but the signal strength is really really low, and it only works within a few metres of the base station it seems. The windows laptop works for quite a long distance away with no issues, even at the same time.

    Any ideas? Please help.

    I am using WEP with a hex key/password, nothing fancy.
  2. jtown macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2003
    Make sure the antenna is plugged in all the way.
  3. titaniumducky macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2003
    Try reseating the Airport card.

    edit: Oh yeah, my 500th post. Looks like it's time to change that sig. :D
  4. MacFi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2004
    It was bought with it installed, is it easy to do myself, or should I take it to the shop and have them look at it?
  5. AliensAreFuzzy macrumors 68000


    May 30, 2004
    Madison, WI
    Has OS 10.3.5 been installed yet. I know on my brother's laptop and a few other people got better wireless signal once they installed the update.
  6. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    If you live near an Apple Store, I would recommend taking in to the store. That way you can see if it makes any difference. A way to eliminate the problems. It could be the antenna, airport card or your wireless network.
  7. aswitcher macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    Yeah this doesn't sound right.
  8. aStabell macrumors member


    Jan 1, 2004
    lol looks like someone was up in the clouds while responding.

    its not like any of us havn't made a incoherant post before.
  9. seasponge macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2004
    i had a similar problem with my ibook and airport extreme so i tried to make sure the antenna cable was plugged into the card properly and i still had the problem. so i left it since i don't use wireless very much. however, recently i tried pushing the antenna cable in again and it went in even further. its kind of deceiving how far the cable goes in. so now my signal strength is normal. don't be afraid to push that cable in.
  10. MacFi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2004
    Well I took it back, and it turned out that it wasn't inserted properly ! so all is fine now, thanks for the advise.

    I also updated the firmward on my router for good measure, and after inventing several new curses, was able to make it work again.

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