MacBook WiFi Craps Out Near Antenna

My black MacBook has the strangest WiFi problem. It works great all over my house, except in my office — where the access point itself is! I’ve never heard of a WiFi signal that was too strong.

Anyone else have this problem?

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2 Responses to “MacBook WiFi Craps Out Near Antenna”


  1. 1 John Knox March 5, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    Wow, that’s new. Perhaps the signal is so strong that it is clipping? You’d think that the spec would prevent that up to the legal transmission power limits, but maybe not.

    I just got a MacBook yesterday. I’ll have to experiment with the wifi.

  2. 2 Mark March 5, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    You’re going to love that MacBook, John, quirks not withstanding. Best advice I can give at this point is: if you want to run Parallels (or VMWare Fusion) upgrade yourself to 2GB of DRAM. I got mine from Newegg.

    I can’t tell you how non-freaking-standard WiFi is. I’m running hostapd and MadWifi on Linux, so I have a kick ass uber-configurable access point — but it comes with a shit-ton of compatibility problems.

    It’s possible that the problem is my access point and the funky high-gain antenna I bought off Le random internet site du jour. None of my other wireless clients seem to mind, however.

    I wonder if the problem has something to do with antenna diversity. The MacBook gets better reception in even the most “dark” corner of my condo, in part (I think) because it has two antennas oriented orthogonally, which it automatically switches between.


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