Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: why is wifi reception better with mac than linux or windows

  1. #1


    Member Since
    Jun 10, 2018
    Posts
    4
    why is wifi reception better with mac than linux or windows
    I'm using a panda n600 long range wife adapter, with a pc windows or linux, I cannot pick up enough signal. Macbook pro lat3 2008, Mavericks, can pick up enough signal to stream!

    1. So, I want to buy a mac mini 2009, Os El cap--will i still get the same signal strength??

    2. Drivers, Mac OS, or airport card: which is responsible for better wifi than PC, either linux or windows??

    Thanks, chaz

  2. #2

    Raz0rEdge's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 17, 2009
    Location
    MA
    Posts
    10,634
    First, don't buy a machine that is going to be nearly 10 years old shortly. You are much better off saving money and purchasing a much newer machine. The location of the machines matter, the amount of interference between the access point and WiFi adapter matter. Look at the signal strength (in dB) on each of the machines which will tell you what it is seeing.
    --
    Regards
    ...Ashwin


  3. #3


    Member Since
    Jun 10, 2018
    Posts
    4
    Dude, my macbook, dell laptop (windows 10 ubuntu 16), and my optiplex desktop (ubuntu 16) are all located in the same location. So, everything you say is not relevant. And the only drag for my purposes of the older mac mini (easy to open up and work on) is when browsers quit supporting El Cap...I'm 71 and may not be around long enough for that to occur.

  4. #4

    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Location
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Posts
    24,839
    You are only a kid compared to some of us and do as suggested dude!
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

  5. #5

    MacInWin's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 01, 2009
    Location
    Winchester, VA
    Posts
    4,272
    The issue could be interference with one or more of the devices. At the frequencies of WiFi (2.4 and 5.0 Ghz) the wavelength is very short (12 and 6 cm, approximately). So with such a short wavelength, reflections and interference can make dead spots in a given area. Some of the spots can be really small, on the order of inches, so two devices on the same desk may have one in a strong spot and one in a dead spot. So basically everything Raz0rEdge said DOES matter. (And I'm older than you, dude, so show some respect here.)
    Jake

  6. #6


    Member Since
    Jun 10, 2018
    Posts
    4
    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    The issue could be interference with one or more of the devices. At the frequencies of WiFi (2.4 and 5.0 Ghz) the wavelength is very short (12 and 6 cm, approximately). So with such a short wavelength, reflections and interference can make dead spots in a given area. Some of the spots can be really small, on the order of inches, so two devices on the same desk may have one in a strong spot and one in a dead spot. So basically everything Raz0rEdge said DOES matter. (And I'm older than you, dude, so show some respect here.)
    all 3 of my computers sit in exactly same spot on my desk (with no other computers or other stuff on) when I try get online via the panda wifi adapter. Besides my wifi adapter is sitting outside with a satellite dish focusing the signal to the 2 antennas on the adapter.
    Regarding the previous suggestion that I buy a newer computer: I need to find out what the difference is with either the OS, airport cards, drivers, etc prior to shelling out money for another computer. And before someone suggest that I buy a better long range antenna or set up a repeater, I have researched that already.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Mac vs. Windows vs. Linux
    By KeithTeeple in forum Schweb's Lounge
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-10-2018, 07:51 PM
  2. How to fix Windows/Mac/Linux ;)
    By robduckyworth in forum Schweb's Lounge
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-19-2011, 07:46 AM
  3. WiFi reception ???
    By Ernie-NH in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 12-03-2010, 01:40 PM
  4. Bad Wifi reception on MacBook when external monitor is attached
    By Boomerang in forum Internet, Networking, and Wireless
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 06-04-2008, 04:41 PM
  5. Linux or Windows on my Mac
    By rhoodtay in forum Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-26-2007, 07:16 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •