Bad PowerBook antenna or bad WAP antenna. How to tell?

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Tim Murray, Nov 1, 2004.

  1. Tim Murray

    Tim Murray Guest

    The signal strength between my PowerBook and my home Linksys WAP is
    miserable. It's only about 40 feet away ... 35 of it line-of-sight, then five
    feet around a corner. I have to get full line-of-sight to get a good signal.
    But my PB works great in spots like coffee shops.

    This is my second WAP. The first one was damaged by lightening, but it worked
    well. I could even place it in the basement and use it on the second floor.

    So is there any tool I can use to determine actual signal strength ... to
    help determine if my WAP is not putting out the power, or if my PBs antenna
    is defective? The fact that my PB works well elsewhere makes me lean toward
    a bad WAP antenna, but I'd like to do some testing, if possible.
     
    Tim Murray, Nov 1, 2004
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  2. Tim Murray

    Big Daddy Guest

    thinkgeek has a wifi strength detector

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/accessories/6447/

    I think it sounds like a bad wap unit but if you know someone else with
    a wireless laptop I'd ask them to try it first and save the $25.
     
    Big Daddy, Nov 4, 2004
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