Wireless reception on new Macbook pathetic

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by cswartout, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. cswartout macrumors newbie

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    I just demo'd my older black plastic Macbook right next to my new aluminum Macbook (2.4). My black one was getting full reception while the new Macbook was getting no reception at all.

    I have read that the aluminum housing in other models could interfere with reception, but this is kind of silly. In other parts of my house I go from full strength to barely a signal within 8 feet.

    Add that to the weird screen refresh problem I am having (see link to youtube that I found that affected a macbook pro) and I am less than impressed with the new machine thus far.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngurt41PyZo

    Any thoughts on how to improve reception? I am using a Netgear Rangemax G router but was thinking about switching to an Apple Extreme for the router and an Express to link to my stereo. Perhaps that could improve my reception?

    Any thoughts or anyone else experiencing the same troubles with this new machine?
     
  2. thomahawk macrumors 6502a

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    i get crap connection on my whitebook..
    i think its a defective airport card, or the airport cards apple puts in the macbooks are just junk..
     
  3. hogfaninga macrumors 65816

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    My Blackbook get awesome reception. I can get decent reception from a neighbors wireless setup 5 houses away. I'm always amazed by the reception on it.
     
  4. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    my aluminum macbook gets way better reception in my room, which is all the way across the house from the router, than the whitebook did.
     
  5. hogfaninga macrumors 65816

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    Really? mmmmm My friend (owns the new alu Macbook) and I compared our signal strengths at 3 different places and mine did way better which was expected. His wasn't bad, but not great either. I read a few articles on it and the tests they ran said basically the same thing. Like I said this was expected.
     
  6. Vivid.Inferno macrumors 6502

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    my unibody MBP gets way better reception than any other computer my family owns. It also gets much better reception than any of my friends computers at my college. I'm one of the only people that can get a signal in the room we have classes in on fridays. :apple:
     
  7. cswartout thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My black macbook has best reception ever

    Seems like from the responses here, all things are relative, though my wife's white MB gets the same reception as my older Black MB. The jury is still out on the new Aluminum MB.
     
  8. lidomkj macrumors regular

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    I thought the antenna was wrapped around the sides of the display(might be thinking of the Air) so the aluminum would have no impact to reception.
     
  9. yOyOYoo macrumors 6502a

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    I get the same reception out of my aluminum 13" macbook as I did with my aluminum 12" Powerbook G4.

    Then again, both are aluminum...
     
  10. robanga macrumors 68000

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    From my own limited tests it get's slightly less reception than my late 2007 MBP but considerably better reception than my Dell Latitude D830.

    Overall I'd give it a good score.
     

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