WiFi AC - when will issues be addressed?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Ifti, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. Ifti macrumors 68000

    Dec 14, 2010
    I know there has been an update already, to fix disconnection issues etc, but AC is still slower on OSX then other platforms. Reports show it could be fixed with a software update.
    Has there been any rumour on Apple actually wrking on refining ac wifi on OSX??
    I guess its new technology and still needs to be worked on and refined, but anything in the pipeline??

  2. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    If you're still having trouble post-update, then you should take it to Apple to get serviced.
  3. Brandon263 macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2009
    Beaumont, CA

    I am using a DRLINK AC router with my 2013 MacBook Air and I have not run into any issues.
  4. m98custom1212 macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2013
    Toledo, Ohio
    noo.. you should try changing the channel on your router. 99% that fixes it on the macbook.. on my sony vaio pro 13 it didn't
  5. Ifti thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 14, 2010
  6. majkom macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    what you mean by speed issues? mine air on new AE works just fine - did not try LAN speeds, bud WAN works on maximum (120Mb/s)
  7. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    This was first documented by the Anandtech test, and I saw an article there that this latest patch has not fixed it. I have not seen any rumors about a forthcoming fix from Apple.


    The problem is AC wireless speeds are not what they should be. Give this Ars article a read. Anandtech saw the same thing in their tests.

    A 2013 MBA with OS X is getting 21.71MB/s on AC while the exact same machine running Windows is getting 47.26MB/s on AC. Something is wrong with the OS X networking implementation. Wireless AC speed on the new 2013 MBA under OS X is nowhere near what it should be, and this is what the OP is asking about.
  8. Ifti thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 14, 2010
    Sorry, yes this is exactly what I meant - as mentioned in the source link on the first post (I guess no-one wanted to read the article!).

    Its most certainly a software issue, so I guess all we can do is sit back and wait for Apple to roll out a fix!
  9. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    I'm sure Apple is working on it. Frankly for most of us, we are still running N networks so this artificial limitation isn't noticed. Further, most Internet speeds are quite a bit slower than 22MB/s (176 mbps) so the only time this comes into play is around file transfers via wifi. At this point I wouldn't see this as a make or break reason for buying the new MBA unlike the previous wifi issue that meant your MBA was unusable!

    So in conclusion: This is makin a mountain out of a mole hill for most and is easily corrected in a software update (probably about the time the updated rMBPs are released)
  10. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    agreed. in my experience, net speed bottlenecks are generally upstream of my router.

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