1 Reply Latest reply: Sep 4, 2011 1:28 PM by Carolyn Samit
mrpistachio Level 1 (0 points)

I have a 2006 white 13" macbook that is running snow leopard 10.6.8. About a month ago my airport started dropping the wifi signal if I get any further than 5 feet away from the router. ANNOYING!. I have reset the SMC and the PRAM hoping that it would solve the issue but it has been unsuccessful. As long as I am within 5 feet of the router is seems to work fine. Any ideas on what the problem could be? Any updates that I should know about? Anyone recommend buying a used airport extreme card and replacing the old one myself, or should I buy a third party usb wifi adapater? any info is appreciated.  Thanks

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (102,825 points)

    Go to /Library/Preferences/System Configuration


    Move all the files from the System Configuration folder to the Trash.


    Restart your MacBook.


    I wouldn't bother with a used airport card. Might invite more problems.


    If deleting those files didn't help, try another channel.


    Open AirPort Utility   /Applications/Utilities


    Select your base station on the left.


    Click: Manual Setup


    Select AirPort from the menu then select the Wireless tab.


    Click the pop up menu next to: Channel. Try Automatic. If that doesn't help, try different channels.


    Make sure and click Update as soon as you make any changes. It may take the router a minute or two to reset itself.



    You can check for available software updates from your Apple menu top left in your screen.