5 Replies Latest reply: May 15, 2010 9:46 AM by acekar
Florida 1953 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
When my laptop is upstairs my reception is marginal - constantly waivers from one to none on the bar graph, so I am at a snails pace. And we are only talking 45 feet or so from the AirPort

On a ground level, I have ZERO problems, so obviously there must be something in the floors causing interference. Is this a common problem??? Any alternative suggestions???



MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (91,840 points)
    Welcome to the discussions!

    The "bars" at the top of your screen are not a very good indicator of the actual signal strength at a given location, and they tell you nothing about the noise from other sources that may be degrading the signal.

    Are you running Snow Leopard on your laptop? If so, I suggest that you download iStumbler to get a more accurate picture of what is really happening on your network.

    Specifically, what channel is your laptop using?
    What is the signal strength in terms of percentage?
    What is the noise level in terms of percentage?

    Please post back on your findings.
  • Florida 1953 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    no i have not upgraded to snow leopard.

    Where do I find the questions you posed?


  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (91,840 points)
    iStumbler needs Snow Leopard to be able to run on your computer. Without iStumbler, you won't be able to locate the signal strength and noise readings that I was asking about.

    Can you tell us what operating system you are using? I'll try to find a utility that will run on your operating system.
  • Florida 1953 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    i will look into upgrading to Snow Leopard...
  • acekar Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I switched out my linksys router for the airport extreme, and now I have very low signal strength on both my laptop and my ipod.

    I downloaded the Istumbler and with my laptop 4 feet from the airport my signal is only 26%.

    I tried to open the airport utility and it says it cannot locate any airport wireless devices, even with the Ethernet plugged into the laptop.