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    Unstable WiFi connection on my Imac and Powerbook pro
    I have recently moved house and changed router as I changed to cable internet provider. My XP laptop and Xp pc connect to my network (D-link N standard router) fine. Fast internet and stable. My Intel Dualcore iMac and Macbook pro however don'd do as well. The signal strength flactuates from 100% down to about 20(2bars) without even moving them. Powermac even drops the connection completely. On iMac it gows down to 2 bars and it is taking forever to load internet pages I have tried changing channels on the router and it does not make any difference
    Any suggestions how I could resolve this?

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    First thing to do is to check for updated firmware for the router.
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    Have checked that. It has the latest firmware installed.

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    Which version OS are you using, and what security in the router?
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    I use Leopard with all the available updates on both Macs. WEP 64bit encription.

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    Therein lies the problem. Leopard has some issues with wi-fi and WEP encryptions. If you change to WPA you should be fine.
    You should anyway, WEP is not at all secure.
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    Thanks, Kevriano. will try this this pm. see you have Snow leopard. Is it worth upgrading? Does the WiFi work better on it?
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    Thanks, Kevriano. will try this this pm. see you have Snow leopard. Is it worth upgrading? Does the WiFi work better on it?
    I think it's worth it. I can't say if the wi-fi is any better, my iMac sits about 2 feet from my router!
    It's a very slick OS. Worth the minimal upgrade cost for sure.
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    Thanks. I will definitely consider it then.
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