4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 17, 2010 9:31 AM by milominderbinder
milominderbinder Level 1 (0 points)
The Airport function on my MacBook Pro has been exhibiting weird and frustrating behavior. My wifi network uses a 2Wire wireless router from AT&T (model 3800 HGV-B). Here's what has been happening:

AirPort constantly drops the wifi connection randomly.

When I try to reconnect, one of the following happens: (1) I try to reconnect and it does so automatically when I select my wifi network in the AirPort pulldown menu; (2) I try to reconnect and it asks for my password.

When I enter my password, one of three things happens: (1) AirPort reconnects with my wifi network automatically (this is rare); (2) I get a message that my password is incorrect (it is not) and every time I re-enter it I get the same message; (3) I get a message that I have a "connection timeout."

AirPort won't connect to my network even when the pulldown menu shows a signal. My iPhone gets a full 4 "bars" even when it's sitting right next to the MBP. Also, my PowerMac G5 gets a full signal as well.

I also reset the 2Wire router and made sure all the settings were correct.

This is driving me crazy. Do I need a new AirPort card? Where can I get that done quickly? Please help!

These problems occur in all user accounts.

MacBook Pro Core2 Duo 2.16 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 (10,515 points)
    milominderbinder wrote:
    AirPort constantly drops the wifi connection randomly.


    You might try resetting your connection settings using the steps listed in this message:

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=10695921&start=1

    They're not guaranteed to solve the problem, but they'll only take a minute or so to try.
  • milominderbinder Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the tip, Mr. Boyd. Unfortunately,none of those fixes worked. They all appeared initially, but the problem keeps coming back. Any other ideas? There's signal - Airport on my MBP just isn't picking it up most of the time. If I submit the password over and over again, eventually I can get a connection, but it usually drops within a few minutes.

    Are others having this problem?
  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 (10,515 points)
    milominderbinder wrote:
    none of those fixes worked. They all appeared initially, but the problem keeps coming back. Any other ideas?


    You might try one of the Stumbler utilities to monitor the signal strength your Mac is seeing to see if anything odd happens when the signal drops. Otherwise I have no other suggestions.
  • milominderbinder Level 1 (0 points)
    Fixed it! After a trip to the Genius Bar, I went home and took my 2wire 2701 dsl modem out of the equation (AT&T ran data from the wall to the 2701 modem/wireless routerto a 2wire 3800 modem/wireless router (2 routers?) to my G5 and my AEBS - don't ask me why. Anyway, I got rid of the 2701 so data goes straight to the 3800. From there I ran ethernet directly to the AEBS. Now rather than using a 2wire network (802.11g) I can use the AEBS (802.11n), which has plenty of range and signal strength (better performance than AT&T's ******** setup).