Why does Airport pick up networks so differently between MacBook and Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by passerbysalam, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. passerbysalam macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2009
    My question is in the title. Why does it seem like in MacBook, the Airport picks up almost 3 times more networks as opposed to my MacBook Pro, which picks up 10 the most at a time?

    Anyone else experience this? And why?
  2. mac2x macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2009
    It probably has something to do with the size of the antenna (which is around the screen). My new iMac picks up even more than my MBP does.
  3. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Lol if you think iMacs pick up alot try an eeePC. Those ***** pick up EVERYTHING.
  4. aresinferno macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2008
    Is the MacBook plastic and the MacBook Pro metal? Because that would explain it. The aluminium casing interferes with the signals and so historically the "Pro" models are not be as good as the standard models in regards to detecting wireless networks. The position of the aerial could be in a different place to try and place it near a plastic part (e.g screen bezel). That would be why the new iPhones are now plastic.
    Also, the age of your mac will factor in as most likely aerials improve.
  5. mac2x macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2009
    Dang, I totally misread the OP!! That would of course explain it. :eek:

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