7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 27, 2013 10:04 AM by lafugabrown17
lafugabrown17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

hey guys and thanks for your attention am having a problem with my imac airport it keeps droping every 3 minutes. i haved tryed reseting everything like the magnent (smc) and also the pram no luck i reinstalled snow leopard and upgraded to 10.6.8 and no luck nothing, when i was in 10.5.8 i was perfectly fine but now its killing me,i want to know if theres an update for my wifi like there is for lion wifi update v1.0 is'nt there one for snow leopard 10.6.8, hee i leave you my specs and thanks i hope you guys help me.



Model Name:          iMac

Model Identifier:          iMac5,2

Processor Name:          Intel Core 2 Duo

Processor Speed:          1.83 GHz

Number Of Processors:          1

Total Number Of Cores:          2

L2 Cache:          2 MB

Memory:          2 GB

Bus Speed:          667 MHz


Software Versions:

  Menu Extra:          6.2.2 (622.2)

  configd plug-in:          6.2.5 (625.6)

  System Profiler:          6.0.1 (601.1)

  Network Preference:          6.2.2 (622.2)

  AirPort Utility:          5.6.1 (561.3)

  IO80211 Family:          3.2 (320.1)



  Card Type:          AirPort Extreme  (0x14E4, 0x89)

  Firmware Version:          Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (

  Locale:          FCC

  Country Code:          US

  Supported PHY Modes:          802.11 a/b/g

  Supported Channels:          1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 149, 153, 157, 161, 165

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 2gb ram intel core 2 duo
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,180 points)

    What do Magnets have to do with SMC?

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,640 points)

    typo for management

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,640 points)

    Option click on the Airport icon in the menubar. How many bars? What do you see for Transmit Rate, RSSI and Channel?       

  • lafugabrown17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Telling you the trueth i see five bars, its always in five bars but sometimes i goes to one bar on Transmit Rate i see 11 even though i saw 5 on it later while i was writing this, RSSI i see -66 and on Channel (2.4Ghz)it also changed again right now while i was writing this RSSI changed to -78 it keeps changing while i open the wifi it keeps marking diffrent numbers.

  • lafugabrown17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    sorry i ment managment (Smc)

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,640 points)

    It's normal for it to keep changing, but if it drops down to 1 that's a huge drop--it shouldn't really go lower than 36. Try changing the channel from whatever you're on now. You'll have to go into the router to do that. The least congested channels in the 2.4 Ghz band (that's not the channel) are 1, 3 or 9. Might also be interference from a microwave oven or cordless phone. You might have to move the router closer to the Mac, or purchase a high gain antenna for the router. While you're at it you might try rebooting, power cycling the router. Unplug it from power, wait a minute and replug it. Or if there's a power switch on it use that.

  • lafugabrown17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks broh i also have a computer next to my mac with a external wifi adapter connected to the same router i dont now if that also can interfere my internet because when i accually disconect it it gets a bit faster on my mac but it still drops now that the transmit ratio is 11 and rises to 18 thats not much in my opinion and i think thats the problem router should be a little closer