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

Constantly Losing AirPort Connection with Leopard


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Hi Everyone - I don't know if anyone else is having this problem or knows of a solution. I installed Leopard the week that it came out and almost every day when my Mac mini wakes up from sleep mode I have no internet connection. I restart and nothing. I am set up on a network with AirPort Express. I have it marked as a closed network. Security is set as WPA Personal and it is listed as my Preferred Network. This is also the first network I have set up so perhaps my settings are wrong. This is extremely frustrating. Can someone please help me? Thanks much.

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WIFI is flaky under Leopard compared to Tiger - but the recent Apple updates have improved things, run the software update program and see if it improves.
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Yep, flaky it is. At least mine is - loose connection at least once a day.
Few days ago applied all firmware updates to my router.
Am up to date with all available updates on my MBP.
Am going through right now and selecting one channel at a time instead of using auto to see if I can find a channel that will work continuously. Am about half way through and no luck yet.

Using WPA2 and n only network. Have not tried g only. Once I go thru all the channels, that'll be my next try.

Lost connection in fact while making this post.
Do have success reconnecting (usually) by merely turning Airport off and back on.
I do not however have the issue of it not connecting upon waking from sleep. It always is on at that point.
Mine goes out during use.

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I feel your pain. My MacBook keeps dropping the connection to the airport several times an hour since installing Leopard. Same issues with a Sony laptop on the same network. I have checked for updates and everything is current on the Airport.
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Same here and once a week I have to power my airport express router off and back on in order for it to be seen anymore. It's only a couple months old too...

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I've seen that the airport express isn't as good compared to the airport extremes. Too bad they don't make those anymore. I haven't really used Leopard yet so I can't say that I experienced any connectivity issues. I would trash the network settings you have and redo them and maybe reboot the airport and cable modem hooked to it.
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i'm a new mac user. i have a new macbook, i installed leopard when i took it out of the box. i have been experiencing dropped internet connections from day 1. nothing has helped (including "updates" from apple). other than this issue, i love the machine. i have not seen any concrete solutions to this problem. please help!
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My girlfriends Macbook is experiencing the same problems. Why can my Powerbook see my Airport Express but her Macbook can't? We have both upgraded to Leopard and mine works fine but hers doesn't. Weird.
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Although I've not experienced these flaky Leopard airport problems, I have read about them. One non-Leopard thing you might want to try is changing the channel your router is broadcasting on. By default, most (if not all) routers come set on channel 6. Even though they are on different networks, there is still only so much bandwidth each channel can handle. There are 11 to choose from so finding one that isn't being used in your area shouldn't be too difficult. To find out what wireless networks your airport card is detecting and see what channel they are on is to download/install a copy of iStumbler.

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I have tried all the solutions and no luck. Bottom line, leopard SUCKS with wifi. It won't connect on wake or start and drops out CONSTANTLY. I have two windows machines and an ubuntu machine, all with wifi, all work perfectly. It is a leopard thing I am convinced, since this is such a common complaint, and always to do with leopard, not tiger.

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Nope, not Leopard only. Mine definitely was a problem in Tiger and I was not alone. Although my issue had to do with the airport cards used in this particular machine. My issue has been sorted and have had no issues since 10.5.3.

On any of these machines within the warranty period, would take them back to the Apple store and get it sorted out. There are too many people not having issues at all. Have already seen at least a couple of posts where the issue was a loose connection of the antenna.

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Someone on here recommended setting your router manually to Channel 11 as Apple machines prefer this - I tried it myself (only half believing it) and now my connection never drops - 3 Macs in the house, 2 Leopards and a Tiger.

Hope this helps, let us know if it works so I'll know if I was just lucky

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Someone on here recommended setting your router manually to Channel 11 as Apple machines prefer this - I tried it myself (only half believing it) and now my connection never drops - 3 Macs in the house, 2 Leopards and a Tiger.

Hope this helps, let us know if it works so I'll know if I was just lucky

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Meh.... channel 11 is one of the most commonly used channels. If you're going to butt heads with another wifi router, it will almost certainly be on channel 11. I'd suggest something toward the lower end of the spectrum (but not 6).

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I dont know if there has been released a update for this problem but I just got a mac mini a few days ago and found this same problem. but it seems to be fixed if i have the the power setting to be that it never turns off.

If there acutely is a way to fix it then let me know plz
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