Wireless Problems: IMac and PS3

Discussion in 'iMac' started by 04texag, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. 04texag macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2008
    I've been having some problems now with my wireless internet, hoping you all can help me figure this one out.

    I'm not sure if the problem is with my IMac, router, PS3 or some combination.

    My cable modem is connected to my Linksys WRT54g wireless router. I have a unique SSID set up.

    The IMac is connected through airport wireless to the router. Typically, my IMac maintains a good solid connection and I have no issues with it. The IMac is physically located next to the router and could be wired to it.

    I have an airport express station that is in another room, (where the ps3 is) and it is used for Airtunes, hooked up to my home theater. 95% of the time I do not have any connectivity issues between the IMac running Itunes and the express station to play music through the stereo.

    My PS3 is in another room and is set up to connect wirelessly to the same router. This is where the problems start to happen.

    If my wife is on the IMac, and I start up the PS3, the PS3 will immediately try to connect to the router, which disconnects the internet on the IMac. The PS3 can connect and get service, but more often than not, it will quickly lose connection.

    Typically at this point, I'll turn off airport on the IMac, and then turn it back on again. So I'll be good again for internet on the IMac but not on the PS3. I have never been able to get both to connect at the same time, which leads me to thinking there may be a problem with the router?

    The only reason why I think that may not be the case, is that I used to have a 360 and didn't seem to have these issues.

    I also have an older titanium power book that is primarily used just for surfin' the net. It doesn't seem to have problems connecting to the internet simultaneously with the IMac.

    I would greatly appreciate any help in getting all of this to work together. I've never been able to really do anything live on PS3 because of this. Also, I ahve heard that there is a lot of cool things you can do with both a PS3 and a Mac. I still don't really know what all I could do, but need to get them both working for starters.

    Sorry for the length and thanks in advance.
  2. minik macrumors 65816

    Jun 25, 2007
    Bellevue, WA
    Which router handles the DHCP? Which way did you set up the Linksys and AirPort Express?
  3. 04texag thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2008
    The linksys handles the internet connection.

    My airport express is used solely to send music via Airtunes to the stereo. So it is, per my understanding, also using the wireless network established by the linksys router.
  4. 04texag thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2008
    Does anyone have any trouble shooting tips, or even any ideas on where I can go to find answers?

    I greatly appreciate any help.

  5. hickster macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2008
    I would go ahead and use a wired connection from the router to the iMac. If it is close, why not eliminate it from possible conflicts. Then, set up your AX as a repeater. The PS3 isn't known to have that good of an antennae. Having the AX repeating the Linksys signal and being in the same room with the PS3 should give it a rock solid signal. You should still be able to stream iTunes to it as well. Try turning off WiFi on your iMac and setting up the AX with the PowerBook and then join the network afterwards with the iMac to stream your iTunes.

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