Wi-fi issues in clamshell mode

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jj48, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. jj48 macrumors regular

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    I use my late 2011 MBA 13" with an external monitor in clamshell mode. Unfortunately in the last week or so (possibly since I updated to 10.7.3) the wi-fi performance is drastically weakened when the lid is closed. As soon as I open it the speed improves greatly. Below are some average speeds I've found:

    Lid closed: ~0.2-1.5 Mbps
    Lid open: ~8-20 Mbps

    It's not a huge inconvenience to leave the screen open, but it does bug me a bit because I like to keep the lid down. Has anyone else experienced similar issues? I'm hoping it's not a hardware problem with my air...
     
  2. tmoerel macrumors 6502

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    Well...is it not a pity anyway to keep the screen closed as you can use it as a dual screen system??
     
  3. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Unfortunately the wifi antenna runs around the screen so when u close things up you are blocking it.
     
  4. BlakeBrattina macrumors 6502a

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    X2. I know a lot of others on this forum have had similar issues, the explanation makes sense.
     

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