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Why does my macbook pro report the signal strength of the best access point but connect to a random one with the same name?

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Nov 9, 2012 1:24 PM

Problem: I am a new mac user and my late 2011 MBP with Lion connects to random enterprise wifi access points often with crappy signal when there are access points of the same name available with better signal. I called support back when I had apple care, and the support folks were horribly incompetent. After extentive testing I know it isn't interference like they were wont to claim. So, I am hoping maybe you folks can answer a couple questions...

 

Question 1: Have any of you experienced this problem and found a way to make Lion reliably connect to the access point with the strongest signal?

 

Question 2: Are the engineeers at Apple as incompetent as the folks working the phones at Apple care, or could this possibly be part of the design for some odd reason? If part of the design, I am curious what the benefits are and how those are better than the alternative?

 

Thanks!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5)

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