Wireless Connectivity on Aluminum MacBooks

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Achiever, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. Achiever macrumors 6502


    Jan 23, 2008
    To those who have purchased a new, aluminum Macbook: there have been a number of complaints on the MBP forums about airport drops and wireless connectivity that were not usually experienced by plastic MB users or non-Apple laptop users whose machines were not made out of aluminum. Right or wrong, the perception has been that the design of the MBP, and perhaps its aluminum frame, made for worse wireless connectivity.

    I am interested to hear from users of the new aluminum Macbooks how well their wireless works, whether they suffer frequent wireless drops where they did not before, whether they are unable to pick up a signal (or as strong a signal) in areas where they had been able to in the past, etc. I am especially intrigued to hear from folks who are upgrading from one of the plastic MBs to this version or have one of each in the same home/workplace to do a side-by-side.
  2. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    The Air has great connectivity. I suspect there are bugs and kinks that need to fixed now or in the first revision.
  3. Achiever thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 23, 2008
    Now that more folks may have their machines in hand and be able to test this, I thought I'd bump it.
  4. negatv1 macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2005
    Well I can comment that in the same house, with the same wireless equipment (airport 'N' router), I have worse wireless reception than the white plastic macbook that my new aluminum macbook replaced.

    I used to get full 802.11n speed connection over the 5ghz 802.11n connection, and now I had to actually move my wireless router, just to be able to 'see' it. Now that I can connect, it's nowhere near as good/fast of a connection (according to holding option and clicking on the airport icon in the menu bar)

    Between the wireless and the sporadic clicking trackpad, I'm really be thinking about returning this machine and buying a refurb 15inch pro or Blackbook. Quite a shame because it's an awesome looking machine, and the faster graphics and memory would be missed (compared to the blackbook).
  5. Kenal0 macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2007
    I have equal reception to my Blackbook. I am down one floor and about 30 feet across from my airport base station. No difference.
  6. theweddingdj macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2008
    wireless mbp vs mb

    yeah my wireless sucks- my girlfriend has a white mb and i've got a mbp we can be sat next to each other in our kitchen and i might just about have signal and hers al be on full.
    there's tons of times at home where her mb will have signal and i'll have f'all. was thinking it maybe faulty or something???
  7. mrrish macrumors regular


    Feb 14, 2008
    I can attest to this. My BlackBook achieves roughly 9mbits on certain downloads, while my AlumiBook hits roughly half.
  8. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
  9. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Internet connection speed ≠ wireless speed.

    802.11n is capable of speeds upto 300Mbps (300000 kb/s in the above).
  10. iStrat macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2007
    New York
    Really? I have trouble believing the reception is that much worse....
  11. sjc83 macrumors 6502


    Oct 9, 2008
  12. iMav macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2008
    Columbus, WI
    There have been several reports on the Apple support forum of people having sporadic and/or no connectivity with wireless-N networks.

    Personally, I cannot connect to my wireless-N network at all. I have a dual radio router...one running G-only and one running N-only. I have to connect to the 802.11g network. My previous-gen MBP and "blackbook" connect to the N network without issue.
  13. BoingoBongo macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2008
    I can't tell the difference between this and my old whitebook.
  14. C225 macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2007
    Mine is much better than my old windows laptop which was plastic. My new macbook picks up my neighbours wireless network whch i didn't know existed til i got the new laptop:D
  15. Minimoose 360 macrumors 65816

    Minimoose 360

    Jul 7, 2008
    So many different opinions that it's confusing.

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