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Any Mac users on here? - May 28, 2008, 07:22 PM

I bought a MacBook about 3 months ago. It's connected to our wireless Linksys router. I used to have a Dell Laptop with XP Pro using the same router and a PCMCIA 54G wireless card and never had a problem. Since using the Mac, Safari and Firefox take minutes to resolve websites, even google most of the time. I keep having to click on the wireless airport indicator for it to scan. I've gone into the properties of the airport and have everything disconneted except for the airport. The ethernet connection is second, followed by firewire, and last is bluetooth. This was reccommended by someone at work to have this setup. Can anyone think of some changes I can make on the MacBook or the router for this to resolve pages qucikly all the time. I don't expect it to be at 54Mbs all the time but it's getting kinda rediculous to keep hitting the airport for it to scan.

We have WEP with 128bit encryption, running on channel 6.

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May 28, 2008, 07:54 PM

Sounds like you need to make your IP static. I had the same problem (LINUX). I made mine static and all was good.


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May 28, 2008, 08:10 PM

hey Brooks...i know Tony (RxcrX) has a mac
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May 28, 2008, 08:21 PM

For the proper setup with the Linksys as I have the same exact setup at home with our pcs and laptops you need to make sure the Mac has a static IP like was mentioned and it will work with no problems. Just make sure your IP tables for the Linksys reads it each time.


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May 28, 2008, 08:27 PM

I have a belkin router and never have a problem. I hate linksys. OK I do have to unplug it once in a while but not enough that it pisses me off....and I hate to wait for the internet to work.


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May 28, 2008, 08:37 PM

thanks for the help so far. I'll set up the Mac with a static IP and see if this helps the problem.


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hey Brooks...i know Tony (RxcrX) has a mac
Macbook Pro and mac mini. but you gots the problem solved i see.


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You might want to also look into iStumbler to see what channel your neighbors are using. http://www.istumbler.net/

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You might want to also look into iStumbler to see what channel your neighbors are using. http://www.istumbler.net/

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You'll find that your microwave also uses the crap out of some of the wifi channels. Try moving your wireless router to channel 11.


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I'd dump that WEP encryption and up to WPA if you can. Turn off "Configure iPv6. I've got an iMac at the house, and a MacBook Pro, both connecting to a Linksys WRT54GS wireless router - no problems whatsoever.


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May 31, 2008, 08:16 PM

work on isolating the problem.... it could be the wireless (as the istumbler suggester said), you could have a networking issue from your router going upstream, your isp could have a dns issue..... or even something as strange as you keep changing IPs (i.e. your ISP, router, wireless are running conflicting dhcp servers).

I'd focus on the wireless first, try direct connecting, see if that fixes it... try another ocmputer, to rule out a local software/mac issue,.... then try to figure out if it's a networking issue vs. a DNS resolving issue (ie times to perform ping vs nslookup. google it if I'm speaking greek here).

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