New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Internet, Networking, and Wireless Discussion of networking, internet, and wireless including Apple's Airport products.

Macbook won't connect to network, but vista will?


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
inalee

 
Member Since: Jun 03, 2008
Posts: 5
inalee is on a distinguished road

inalee is offline
I've tried everything I can think of and so far nothing has worked.

I'm at my parents house for the rest of the summer and as soon as I got here I wasn't able to connect my macbook to the wireless network here. My dad's laptop, running vista, has had problems with the network as well. We have a 100mbps connection here, but his laptop is getting only about 11-30mbps. It's definitely not something wrong with his computer, because its less than a year old and has 2GB ram.

The router I'm using is a Netgear RangeMax, and it says that we should be getting around 100mbps with this router. Obviously that's an exaggeration. The router isn't new, probably about a year and a half old.

I don't understand what's wrong because I was able to connect here no problem last summer. The only new addition to this household is my dad's windows laptop running vista.

Does anyone think that vista is somehow blocking my mac from accessing the internet? The macbook is picking up the full signal but when I try to load anything, it says that it can't find the server.

Any ideas would be appreciated!
QUOTE Thanks
wmprice1240

 
Member Since: May 03, 2009
Posts: 480
wmprice1240 has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: MBP 2.33 4GB: MacPro 8 Core 2.8, 16GB: MacMini 2.26 4GB: MacMin 2.53 4GB: iPhone3GS 32GB

wmprice1240 is offline
Hi, have you tried shutting one of the laptops (preferably your Dad's machine) off and then reconnecting to see if this helps the situation? Has anything changed in terms of new neighbors networks, devices in the home that may interfere with your signal?

Also, have you upgraded to the latest firmware on your router?
QUOTE Thanks
inalee

 
Member Since: Jun 03, 2008
Posts: 5
inalee is on a distinguished road

inalee is offline
Hi, thanks for your reply.

I hadn't tried shutting it down completely, I had only tried closing the laptop and seeing what happened -- but nothing really changed.

So I just tried shutting it down completely and my computer came online and seems to working at its regular speed. Randomly last night it connected to the internet without me doing anything--so I really have no idea what's going on.

I did check the firmware--and it said there were no new updates.

So my mac runs at its normal high speed online, but vista runs at 11mpbs? And when the vista is on the network, my computer won't even connect? Strange stuff.

I'm guessing this must be a problem with the router. I know that Netgear doesn't really support Macs as well as they support Windows, but who knows. Thanks again for your help.
QUOTE Thanks
bobtomay

 
bobtomay's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 22, 2006
Location: Texas, where else?
Posts: 25,121
bobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 15" MBP 2.33 C2D 256 4GB, MBA 13" i7 1.8, MB 2.0 2GB, Nano 4th, 3GS, iPad 1

bobtomay is offline
Sounds like it could be a problem with the firewall that is setup on the windows machine. Has he got some Norton or McAfee firewall running? Try turning it off and see what happens.

I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.
QUOTE Thanks
wmprice1240

 
Member Since: May 03, 2009
Posts: 480
wmprice1240 has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: MBP 2.33 4GB: MacPro 8 Core 2.8, 16GB: MacMini 2.26 4GB: MacMin 2.53 4GB: iPhone3GS 32GB

wmprice1240 is offline
Definitely sounds like a router issue, and if there are no new firmware updates for your router and NetGear hasn't offered any solution, you may want to look at getting a new, cheap router.

Are you both using the same connection type (ie B, G, N)? What does the router support?

As a test, can you try shutting your Dad's wireless off, plugging his computer into a physical port and using yours via wireless? If this works fine then we can pretty much conclude it's with the wireless connection itself, not the simple fact of having your computer and his computer on the network at the same time.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Leopard and XP networking | Time Capsule Mac Spoofing »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Macbook Pro wont connect to a specific network axelchile Internet, Networking, and Wireless 1 06-05-2009 07:23 AM
Wireless Network and Macbook Pro Issue mmorrismjm Internet, Networking, and Wireless 5 09-29-2008 07:06 AM
MacBook & MacBook Pro updates soon - release dates analyzed kali4nia58 Apple Rumors and Reports 25 12-21-2007 03:01 AM
MacBook impressions - trip to store kaidomac Schweb's Lounge 24 10-14-2007 02:45 PM
Reconnect network shares on connect to wireless network fruvos Internet, Networking, and Wireless 0 09-07-2006 06:09 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:22 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?