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FlanmigoLue Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 5, 2009 10:08 PM

My MacbookPro 1,2 is the only mac having trouble connecting to the wireless at home. Two other macbooks and a newer MBP canconnect without problem. Within the same vicinity of the other macs, my MBP can see our wireless network with a strength of - at most - one bar, while the other macbooks find the wireless at full strength. Anytime I try to connect, I receive the message "Connection timeout." Network diagnostics will tell me that it cannot connect to the network, am I sure I have the correct password? Yes. At seemingly random my MBP will connect, usually for less than 10 minutes and then dropping. If there is a sustained connection (often with free public wireless), my connection speeds are unusually slow.

I upgraded to Snow Leopard, but without resolution to my problem. I tried creating a new location, rebooting the modem & router, turning the airport off/on, changing the wireless channel from 6 to 11, and restarting my MBP, but all with no signs of hope.

I should add my wireless connectivity troubles are not exclusive to my router at home; my MBP behaves similarly with other wireless networks. Am I missing something? What else can I do short of getting it serviced?

Thank you,
Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
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    Sep 6, 2009 1:21 PM (in response to FlanmigoLue)
    Try typing a $ sign in front of the password.
     MacBook Pro 2.4 Ghz 15.4 / 4 Gb Ram, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iPhone 3GS
  • sam squarewave Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Sep 10, 2009 7:41 PM (in response to FlanmigoLue)
    Having the same problem as you. Upgraded my wireless firmware, no luck. All other computers work. Problem is intermittent.
    G5 D2.0 / MBP Uni, Mac OS X (10.5.7), RME Multiface / Presonus Firebox
  • eray1066 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 11, 2009 3:53 AM (in response to FlanmigoLue)
    I had this same problem for months. The problem was solved by installing a new airport card that works with the wireless "N" base stations. I believe the older version of the card was overheating which led to the wireless network being dropped. Previously, to no avail, I had sped up the cooling fans with SMC fan controller. I had bought a new base station. I had done a clean install of an earlier version of Mac os 10. Every day some other attempt. All other computers and Ipods had no problem with the wireless. Finally installing the latest airport card did the trick. I used an airport card from Fast Mac. Card, Wireless, Airport Extreme (802.11n) $89.90. I had tried to use enabler (from apple) to unlock the original airport card's N capability as some MacBook Pros have the N built in but not enabled, but it was not applicable to my airport card. Fast Mac emailed me to check which card I had. Some have three leads for the antenna, some two. Mine had two and it works perfectly. I am connected to the 5Ghz N signal from a Time Capsule. It is so nice not to be losing the wireless signal anymore. This computer now has way better signal and speed from much farther away from the router.
    Ibook 300 G3, MacBook Pro 2.16
  • sam squarewave Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Sep 25, 2009 2:22 PM (in response to sam squarewave)
    I think my issue is that the wireless antenna in the laptop is just weak. It also loses connection with the lid shut.
    G5 D2.0 / MBP Uni, Mac OS X (10.5.7), RME Multiface / Presonus Firebox
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    Dec 27, 2009 3:19 PM (in response to eray1066)
    I have a unibody MBP, a fairly new one. The base station however is older, not sure which version (Model A1034, whatever that means). I suppose I have the same problem as eray1066 just the other way around (too old of a base station for too new of an antenna?). It's quite annoying. If I want to connect after start up I have to unplug and replug the base station. Any possible solution here ?
    MBP Unibody, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Keygenerator Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 28, 2009 5:42 AM (in response to plus+)
    My connection times out when my computer gets hot. Anyone else with this problem?
    a Mac, Windows 98
  • Kaleb Reinhart Calculating status...
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    Jan 23, 2010 7:06 AM (in response to FlanmigoLue)
    I had issues connecting to my time capsule, the machine kept saying "Connection Timeout" even though I typed everything correctly. I tried deleting prefs, updating firmware, changing security settings, nothing.. Finally, I got connected again by changing the wireless channel from 6 to 9. Magically everything is fine now.
    17" 2.4Ghz Aluminum MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • NinjaDad Calculating status...
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    Feb 15, 2010 7:04 PM (in response to Kaleb Reinhart)
    Similar experience with my Macbook/WRT54G/Tomato network. The connection timeout started when I switched to channel 14. Choosing another channel solved it for me.
    Macbook (2006), Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • lyttav Calculating status...
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    Oct 3, 2012 5:56 PM (in response to FlanmigoLue)

    i had the same problem with our macbook and we fixed it by disabaling the mac filtering on the router. hope this helps some.


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