Wireless reception: MB vs MBP (c2d)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by somevelvet, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. somevelvet macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2006
    Am mulling over a purchase and while this obviously won't impact it hugely, I'm curious as to how the two stack up. I'm using a 1Ghz 12" PB and quite frankly the reception has never been great; I'm looking forward to a better antenna.
  2. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2006
    I am not sure about the MB but my MBP has excellent wireless reception.
  3. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    I think the alum. casing hinders the reception a bit in the pro lines. My MB picked up several networks that my MBP cannot, from the same place in my house. But, overall, the MBP's reception is great for my own wireless, and is loads better than my PB used to be. haha, I didn't even know how bad my PB's was until I got the MB.. I couldn't believe all the networks the PB had been missing!
  4. somevelvet thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2006
    Yeah in spots where I pick up maybe 5 networks my friend's MacBook has a list of them almost as long as his screen! It's ridiculous!
  5. somevelvet thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2006
    It's kind of a shame that the aluminum hinders reception--you'd think it would turn the entire casing into a massive, laptop-sized antenna capable of picking up signals even SETI misses... but no.
  6. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    One factor is the casing. An aluminum casing is going to block out some signal that the plastic won't. So a MacBook/iBook gets a whole lot better reception than a MacBook Pro/Powerbook.

    Also, if I remember right, the antenna is positioned differently in each computer. The MacBook antenna should run up the left side of the LCD, I'm not so sure of the MacBook Pro antenna.

    If you sit with your back to the base station, the antenna will be able to get the signal better at least for a MacBook. The signal won't need to pass through as much of the computer, so it'll be stronger.

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