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macbook air airport disconnecting solution for lots of people.

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menajemh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 18, 2008 8:12 AM
This kind of solution u will find it on many topics in this forum, just i wanted to make it available for all of u that are having the drop wireless connection. sorry for my english.

Go to System Preferences/Network/Airport/Advanced and under the TCP/IP tab change the Configure IPv6 to "off". Use WPA encryption, no WEP, i had this problem of dropping the wireless connection on my macbook pro, my imac and my macbook air, then changed this configuration and no more problems.

I use a netgear router, changed router channel to 6, WPA encryption.

I do not know if this is a Leopard problem or routers problems, and is not our job to do this, it's Apple's. We have to make apple know about this problem and help one each other on the best way we can. i've seen lots of people that have airport routers from apple and they are experiencing this issue also. so i believe we have to set things under last standards most frequently used. This kind of dropping connection happened to me everywhere till now, that i fixed those configurations.

Please post other solutions or details that may help others.
Thanks
imac intel core duo, MBP, MBA, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Armand Loonux Calculating status...
    When I had the MBA, (I had it, but had to return it later for some reasons) it had horrible airport problems. Airport kept disconnecting to such an extreme that I had to call it quit although the notebook was one **** of a beautiful, light-weight and slim piece of innovation. Bought the newer MBP 2.4 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo and so far, its airport is not having too many problems. I can keep downloading a torrent for days and the notebook won't drop connection. However, I failed to connect to my Netgear-powered wireless network if the network is configured as either WPA or WEP. I had to disable all security and disable SSID broadcasting to make it work.

    Thanks for the tip. If you have a solution for people having problems with connecting to or staying connected to WEP networks, let us know.
    MBP Penryn 2.4 GHZ Matte Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 200 GB HDD, 8600 GT 256 MB GDDR3, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 8 GB Iphone
  • ifan369 Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
    Hello all, I've had he same problem early on with my iMac's airport loosing it's WiFi connection, what I did was change my Airport Extreme Base Station channel from Automatic to channel 9, since doing this I have had a rock solid connection with zero disconnects.

    Hope this helps, Steve....
    iMac 20", Mac OS X (10.5.2), iPhone user, Airport Extreme
  • TheMiz Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
    This seems all very confusing!
    I have never used Wi-Fi outside my house

    I leave for Mexico on Saturday and I planned on taking the MBA
    I have no clue what I have to do to use the Wi-Fi at the hotel

    Any tips ?
    PC, Windows XP Pro, MacBook Air
  • markbau Calculating status...
    Sadly there is not much you can do.

    The way wireless was supposed to work was analogous to an AM/FM radio installed in your new car. You simply expect a car radio to work because it conforms to all the required standards. Wireless "just works" for the vast majority of users because their computers adhere to the industry standards. In my case, my MacBook performed flawlessly with any wifi network until 10.5.2.

    The scary thing is Apple doesn't appear to be addressing this problem which is rapidly eroding my faith in a company that I have believed in for 17 years.
    Macbook 2GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.2), Airport Express
  • Air.Addict Calculating status...
    I have a Airport and have two macbook airs, I have not lost a connection yet and I am on them 9 hors a day!
    Macbook Air
  • Armand Loonux Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    hey,

    I changed the channel from 11 to 9 on my netgear router's configuration page and the air haven't dropped the connection since 4 days! oh and also i have changed from wep to wpa too. thanks op for the tip!

    however, my first MBA had the connection issue even if it was connected to a wpa network but i didn't change the channel from 11 to 9 at that time though.
    MBP Penryn 2.4 GHZ Matte Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 200 GB HDD, 8600 GT 256 MB GDDR3, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 8 GB Iphone, MBA 1.6 GHZ 80 GB PATA USB SuperDrive
  • Dimbit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a MacBook Air and it disconnects a lot as well. I do have it setup for WEP and automatic on channels however. I have a brand new Time Capsule wireless router (thinking staying with Apple would solve the problem). I have two other MAC's on the network and they have no problem with disconnects.

    The biggest annoyance is that when it disconnects the Time Machine backup is never finished!
    MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.5.2), Time Capsule wireless disconnect
  • lewensc Calculating status...
    Help please.
    having been a recent convert to the mac I am trying to configure airport/wireless. We also have a dell working wirelessly through a dell router. Can I use the mac through this and if so how as I am pulling out what hair i have left.
    I have gone through airport utility and followed the on screen help but still no joy.
    I made enq at Apple store and they thought I would have to get technical help through Apple to do this.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks
    macbook
  • Rhyd Level 3 Level 3 (795 points)
    If you already have a wireless router and wireless lan set up, then all you have to do is add your MBA to that network through airport. Turn airport on, find your wireless network, and 'join' the network, put in the network password and you should be online.
    MBA1.6HHD  MBP 2.4 SR LED, 8G iPhone  PB15"hi-res 1.67, OSX10.4.10, 10.5.2, Mac OS X (10.5.2), MBA MBP + PPC Mac notebooks, towers, and desktops now back to System 7.
  • TheMiz Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
    Is Airport always scanning even when you are on a network ?
    PC, Windows XP Pro, MacBook Air
  • Rhyd Level 3 Level 3 (795 points)
    TheMiz wrote:
    Is Airport always scanning even when you are on a network ?


    No, it scans each time that you wake it from sleep and then also for about five seconds when you click on the airport icon in the menu bar.

    Message was edited by: Rhyd
    MBA1.6HHD  MBP 2.4 SR LED, 8G iPhone  PB15"hi-res 1.67, OSX10.4.10, 10.5.2, Mac OS X (10.5.2), MBA MBP + PPC Mac notebooks, towers, and desktops now back to System 7.
  • TheMiz Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
    No, it scans each time that you wake it from sleep and then also for about five seconds when you click on the airport icon in the menu bar.

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    Thanks

    That explains it as I have been clicking on it to see if I am still on, I am in Mexico and the network must be very slow. This is also the first time I have tried to use my Mac away from home. LOL its a whole new world out there !
    PC, Windows XP Pro, MacBook Air
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