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I posted on here a while back for some advice on a monitor for my 2010 macbook. In the end I went for Samsung and it looks really good.

Unfortunately though, using the macbook in clamshell mode leads to a total loss of wifi ability. The icon on the menu bar (on the monitor) shows full wifi strength but web pages will not load. But when I open up the lid of my macbook, it jumps back into life again and all is fine.

I searched online for suggestions and it does seem a common problem. Couldn't find anything from this site though so was wondering if anyone here has has similar issues and if so whether they resolved them?

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That's strange. I used my older 2008 MacBook in clamshell mode for 3 years with a Samsung monitor and never had a problem accessing the net when the lid was closed. Since the WiFi signal remains with the lid closed but web pages won't load, that would seem to indicate that your MacBook "thinks" it's sleeping.

I'm assuming you're using an external keyboard and mouse while in clamshell mode? And that the MacBook is on mains power and not battery?
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I've never had a WiFi issue when operating in Clamshell mode either.

The only thing I can think of is...many times the airport antenna runs around the display & goes thru the hinge area. So maybe the airport antenna/cable is getting pinched somehow when the laptop display is closed.

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The only thing I can think of is...many times the airport antenna runs around the display & goes thru the hinge area. So maybe the airport antenna/cable is getting pinched somehow when the laptop display is closed.
I thought that at first also Nick. But he says his WiFi signal shows full strength with the lid closed but no web page access. It is odd.
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Thanks guys

yes - external power supply attached as well as bluetooth mouse and keyboard.

tried a speed test earlier - wouldn't connect to the site with the lid closed, but once I openned it the speed literally jumped up straight away.

strange that the wifi signal strength remains at full strength though?

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I thought that at first also Nick. But he says his WiFi signal shows full strength with the lid closed but no web page access. It is odd.
Yes you're right. Forgot about that detail.

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strange that the wifi signal strength remains at full strength though?
Any chance that when you use this computer in clamshell mode (display lid closed)...that the computer is being placed somewhere different than when you use the computer with the display lid open?

If the computer is being placed somewhere different (when the display lid is closed for clamshell mode)...maybe it's being placed next to something or behind something...that is interfering with the Airport signal.

Especially something large & metallic...or something magnetic like computer or stereo speakers. Or who knows...maybe even too close to your external Samsung monitor.

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nope - in exactly the same place. flat on the desk

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That is a strange one that I have never seen. I wonder like was mentioned above if something is thinking it's in sleep?
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but then the external display would sleep wouldn't it?

and other apps (that don't need a network connection) are working fine.

this is bizarre

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