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Old Oct 30th, 2004, 07:12 PM   #1
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I recently made the switch over to Mac, dumping my Dell Inspiron laptop in favor of a 15" 1.5Ghz Powerbook G4 (with and integrated AirPort Extreme wireless card) running OSX 10.3. Not anticipating any problems, I left my networking setup the way it was: a DLink 614+ Wireless router (802.11b).

I never had any problems with the router when I was accessing it through my Dell, but now when I attempt to use it with my PowerBook, I will intermittently lose my connection. The Airport Extreme still shows a strong signal, it just quits recognizing the connection is there. If I turn the AirPort off and on, the connection starts working again. I have tried doing all the updates I could find, but nothing seems to help.

Anyone else experience this, or have any ideas on how I can fix this problem?
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Old Nov 1st, 2004, 09:44 AM   #2
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Another easy check is to confirm your AirPort card is seated properly, and the antenna cable is fully plugged in.
It's in the battery bay on my AlPB.
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This is going to sound stupid but I had the same problem with my PB when I first got it. While G is backwards compatible with B, sometimes there are errors.

I changed my router to G and the issues went away. That is not to say this is your definitive answer but I'd give it a try. Even find a friend that has G and spend an evening surfing at there place. See if the issue appears there. If so, it is likely a warranty issue but I doubt it.

Also, if share your security settings(not Wep keys or passwords), some of the highly tech people here may be able to diagnose.
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jtmac: I've removed aned reseated the AirPort card (it's still located in the same place) and double checked the antenna, but still have the same issue.

iPetie: I always assumed that G would be fully backwards compatible, but maybe it wasn't a valid assumption. I'll have to hunt down someone with a G router and give your suggestion a try.

If there are any settings that someone thinks would help them diagnose the problem, just ask and I will gladly post them. (not WEP keys or passwords of course)
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jtmac: I've removed aned reseated the AirPort card (it's still located in the same place) and double checked the antenna, but still have the same issue.

iPetie: I always assumed that G would be fully backwards compatible, but maybe it wasn't a valid assumption. I'll have to hunt down someone with a G router and give your suggestion a try.

If there are any settings that someone thinks would help them diagnose the problem, just ask and I will gladly post them. (not WEP keys or passwords of course)
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Old Nov 1st, 2004, 08:38 PM   #6
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I'm currently having the same sort of problem. I have a T20 with a Netgear 54g card and it's connecting to a Linksys WRT54. It seems to be dropping the connection regularly and, then, finding the signal once again. Weird and it's also using a static IP rather than getting it dynamically from the WRT54.
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Old Nov 1st, 2004, 11:51 PM   #7
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If Ironmac is having the same issue connecting to a G router, it would kind of rule out iPetie's suggestion of backwards incompatability. Is this possibly an issue with the way OSX handles wireless connections? I have 2 static IP's assigned to my laptop one for the AirPort, and one for the built-in ethernet. I never have the problem with the built-in ethernet, just the wireless connection.

Are there any wireless settings in OSX that we can tweak to maybe improve our performance?
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Old Nov 2nd, 2004, 06:20 PM   #8
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I had a quick look at Wireless Networking Starter Kit and the answer, for my setup at least, seems pretty simple and I should have remembered this...it's potentially interference.
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Being as my router sits right between my computer and printer, I assumed interference early on. However, I can set my laptop right beside my router and it will still lose the connection. Your problem being caused by interference, does however, make iPetie's G-B incompatibility theory potentially valid again.

I'm hoping to get a chance to run over to a friends sometime this week and test it out.
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Old Nov 2nd, 2004, 09:29 PM   #10
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Oops, my post got double posted somehow. Since I can't delete the seocnd post, I am editting it with this message instead.

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