Airport issue - weird signal strength problem

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Jeffrey I. Gordon, Oct 23, 2003.

  1. OK... I've had an Airport Basestation for several years now. Currently
    I have the Extreme... and I've had an interesting issue recently.

    Config: Extreme basestation. Sits in upstairs bedroom on a
    metal-framed glass shelf. My powerbook has been directly underneath in
    the living room below. Signal strength has been at maximum.

    About 2 weeks ago, I moved the powerbook upstairs to another bedroom.
    It's no further away from the basestation. But I'm getting repeat
    problems of TOTALLY losing airport signal strength and I disconnect from
    my network.

    There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it - I can be sitting in
    the exact same place, the powerbook in the same place and I just lose
    signal. Bam.

    I've even tried moving the base under my metal framed bed (but closer to
    the other room). Still no good. Same problem.

    Any thoughts?

    Jeffrey I. Gordon, Oct 23, 2003
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  2. Jeffrey I. Gordon

    Alice Faber Guest

    Do you have a cordless phone? If so, where does its base live in
    relation to the Basestation? Do you often have the phone lying around in
    between the Base and the computer?

    Networking is weird. When I take my laptop out on the back deck, I get a
    stronger signal from some neighbors' Linksys bases than I get from my
    own Airport Extreme.
    Alice Faber, Oct 23, 2003
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  3. Jeffrey I. Gordon

    TNW7Z12345 Guest

    I've had strange on again/off again problems with my Airport Extreme
    Base Station. I just went ahead and pd.the big bucks for Applecare (or
    whatever it's called), and they replaced mine. HOWEVER, I'm not sure it
    really needed to be replaced. In a few weeks I'll know if the new one is
    significantly better.

    Things that sometimes helped:

    - Mine seemed to fritz at certain times of the day, making me wonder if
    something the neighbors were doing affected it. Changing the channel helped.

    - Firmware upgrades from the Apple website also helped.

    - and periodically doing a hard reset -- hold pen in the little hole for
    like 30 seconds and then set up again from scratch.

    - TNW

    [To e-mail me, remove 12345 from my address.]
    TNW7Z12345, Oct 23, 2003
  4. Does it work when you carry it back to the living room? (Perhaps the
    powerbook just prefers it there.) Do you have a 2.4Ghz cordless phone in
    the bedroom... or in another room between it and the basestation? Or you
    could be simply getting interference from plumbing or wiring in the walls
    that aren't in the way when you're in the living room. While that isn't
    likely to be enough to block the signal, in combination with distance and
    the universal perversity of inanimate radio waves, it could be enough.

    And... did you try just restarting the powerbook?

    My basestation (snow Airport) sits in the basement, and since we had the
    basement finished (and wired in cat5e for the computer room above it) it
    mostly acts as a router. However, my daughter has her eMac up in her
    bedroom, which isn't wired. She's always gotten great signal reception
    (full strength or very near)... until last weekend. She completely lost it.
    Nothing had changed, no new or moved source of interference... baffling.

    I went through all the basestation channels, toggled the robust and density
    options... and nothing had any effect at all.

    And then I restarted her system. My intent, actually, had been to run
    DiskWarrior for a maintenance sweep, but I got distracted and didn't hit
    "C" fast enough, and it restarted her normal system...

    .... And it came up showing full signal strength, and it's been fine since.

    If it happens again, my first step will be to restart. I'll bet that'll fix
    it. Weird; but possibly some driver corruption. Possibly unique to 10.2.8,
    since I never saw this before. But then, it didn't happen right away after
    upgrading, either, so it's at least as likely to be pure coincidence, or
    some stray cosmic ray toggling a gate in the eMac's Airport card. ;-)
    David Butenhof, Oct 23, 2003
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