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    wickedbusa
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    Anyone using a regular Airport card with an iBook G4?
    Hi Everyone. I have a question. Several people have been telling me that the regular Airport card gets better reception than the Airport Extreme card. Is this true? If this is the case, is it possible to install a regular Airport card in place of my Airport Extreme card? Even when my iBook is right next to the router, I still do not have full signal. It just annoys me because when I am at school, if I don't sit in the same chair, I have a signal that keeps dropping while everyone else around me has no problems.

    Here at the specs of my iBook:

    12" iBook G4 800 mHz
    640 MB RAM
    Panther 10.3.4

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    No you can not install a regular Airport Card they are completely different sizes
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    wickedbusa
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    Well there goes that idea. Is there any other way of improving reception? I've checked my connections and my antenna is plugged in all the way. If I am farther than about 40 feet from my router I lose my signal. I'm using a Linksys router that has no trouble serving my sisters laptops that are twice the distance from the router.

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    maybe you got a buggy airport card? Have you tried switching it for someone else's? Or can't that really be the problem? I'm not sure..

    Maybe turn off the 'use network robustness' function?

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    wickedbusa
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    I don't know anyone else with an Apple. Everyone else I know has a Windoze laptop. I have tried turning the "robustness" function on and off and it pretty much stays the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wickedbusa
    I don't know anyone else with an Apple. Everyone else I know has a Windoze laptop. I have tried turning the "robustness" function on and off and it pretty much stays the same.
    Just to check, try holding down the "option" key while you click on the Airport icon in your menu bar. Then select "About Airport". What are the various numbers that are displayed?
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    You could also try installing macstumbler which sans for airport networks and tells you some information about signal strengh and stuff.

    Maybe that would help you to diagnose the problem?

    I'm not sure what the address is, just google it...

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    wickedbusa
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    Framework: 341.1.0
    Menu Extra: 340.23.0
    Airport Extreme Driver: 342.5.0
    Admin Utility: 340.26.0
    Setup Assistant: 340.10.0

    Here are the numbers. I have no idea what they mean, but here you go.

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    No i meant the numbers on signal strengh etc that the program macstumbler tells you about wireless networks in your range.

    For example: On my balcony i can tell that there are 3 encrypted wireless networks in my area, and that the signal strengh for network a is: 17 (weak), b is 29(also weakish) and c is 56 (my neighbour next door )

    Using macstumbler you might be able to figure out where your network is weak and where it isn't..


    If all else fails buy airport express

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    pcjabber
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aptmunich
    No i meant the numbers on signal strengh etc that the program macstumbler tells you about wireless networks in your range.
    But Padawan meant the Airport version numbers (Option-click on the Airport menulet)
    Quote Originally Posted by aptmunich
    For example: On my balcony i can tell that there are 3 encrypted wireless networks in my area, and that the signal strengh for network a is: 17 (weak), b is 29(also weakish) and c is 56 (my neighbour next door )
    Heh, using someone else's network, genius =)
    Quote Originally Posted by aptmunich
    Using macstumbler you might be able to figure out where your network is weak and where it isn't..


    If all else fails buy airport express
    Macstumbler is great! Airport express isnt available until mid-July, though...=(

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