MacBook Pro and Wireless
The only major issue I've had so far with my MacBook Pro is wireless connectivity. It works fine at my office, works great at Starbucks, but not at home. My router is a Netgear WGT624.
The Netgear works flawlessly with my Windows XP Desktop (HP Pavilion 1250n) and PowerBook G4. It works with no password, 40-bit WEP and 128-bit WEP. But not with the MacBook Pro. Is there something special I have to set on my router for it to work with the MacBook Pro?
I posted this question on the Apple Discussion forums yesterday (which appear to be powered by Jive Forums). The response? Crickets. Oh well, I think I'll just leave my MacBook at the office and ignore this issue for now.
Update: Looks like Apple is aware of many issues with the MacBook Pro. Hat tip to Jeff for the article.
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I have a Mac Powerbook G4 at home working fine using the built-in Airport with a Netgear WGT624 router (that's what I'm using to write this post right now). This same router also serves Windows 2000 and Windows XP Pro laptops.
Initially, I had my Mac using the Netgear WG511T adapter via the PCMCIA slot (which is - sadly - missing from the Macbook Pro - the rationale escapes me!). I used the excellent wireless driver from Orangeware to get full 108 Mbps connectivity.
Anyway, 2 days ago I decided to try and get the built-in Airport (can do 54 Mbps max.) working with WGT624 (disconnected the WG511T card). Here are the steps that worked for me...
NOTE: Before you begin, use one of your other computers to get the hex equivalent of your WEP key from the the WGT624 router. Either write it down or save it as a file on your Mac. You can find this value under the "Wireless Settings" menu of the web-based administration tool for WGT624.
Let me know if this works for you. If not, there may be some settings in my router (not specific to the Mac though) that are different than yours.Jijoe
Posted by Jijoe Vurghese on February 28, 2006 at 01:02 AM MST #
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Posted by David Salter on March 10, 2006 at 03:22 PM MST #
Works like a charm - although, as David pointed out, I noticed, it "forgets" the settings sometimes.
Posted by Jijoe Vurghese on March 10, 2006 at 03:49 PM MST #
Posted by Matt Raible on March 11, 2006 at 11:34 PM MST #
Matt - if you are still interested in getting this working at home, let me know. I can work with you offline (via email, perhaps) to troubleshoot. I'm guessing this has to do with some setting (either on the wireless router or your Macbook Pro) being differnt than mine.
Dave - I think I figured out why the Macbook Pro "forgets" the wireless settings sometimes.
Using this option will ensure that the Mac will not prompt you again for the password
With these 2 settings, my wife's Macbook Pro no longer suffers from long term memory loss :-)Jijoe
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Okay, I've got a Linksys WRT54G v5, and was having major problems with the router allowing my MacBook online, however, it would allow all of my XP machines on with no problem. This happened right after I re-configured my router with a bunch of new settings and updated the firmware. I ended up limiting down all of the culprits to one, the firmware (version 1.01.0). I've been on many fights on the phone with Linksys, and Mac, each one of them blaming the other, and whatnot. But whatever... IT IS THE FIRMWARE on the ROUTER, don't let Linksys tell you otherwise. Not a single one of their "tech support" is knowledgeable enough to help anyone fix this problem. They're not helpful what-so-ever if you know anything about networking, they are just going to tell you to do a bunch of worthless crap that you've probably already done. Ok, i'm done venting, here is the solution that worked for me:
This is for a Linksys WRT54G v5, it is how to install different (3rd party) firmware on your router. If you're running a different version on this router, look up on how to install dd-wrt on your specific router, do not assume that just because your version is close to mine that it will work. There are plenty of websites that will guide you through how to install dd-wrt on your specific router. I cannot stress it enough to make sure you're doing the correct installation for your correct router, you can easily turn your router into a paperweight.
Anyway, there is a simple and easy instruction guide found here: (CLICK HERE)
After I loaded that firmware and turned my router into a linux machine, everything worked much better, faster, more efficient, the mac machine had no problems connecting, and there are a bunch of more features on it.
Hope I helped, glad I found that, I was pulling my hair out trying to get that piece of junk to work.
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I have found that most of the mbp airport problems are due to the password being entered incorrectly for a certain network. Re-connecting the network, and re-enterring the correct password seems to solve the problem.
If you have the wrong password, some networks will still show connected, but no luck in getting anything to work.
Also, I can in no way get the old password off my system, any automatic connection attempt (as from a restart, or start-up) will still try the old password...
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Posted by Ruediger Lueg on October 19, 2008 at 06:29 PM MDT #
To all the users of MacBook Pro and Netgear WGR614 v6:
This is how I got mine working :P
1 On MacBook Pro (mine is Leopard) go to System Preferences>Network.
2 On the Left pane select AirPort.
3 Select your network in "Network Name".
4 Click "Advance" at the bottom. A new page drops down.
5 Take note of the "AirPort ID" at the bottom. xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx
6 On a computer that can connect to the Internet, Go to address 192.168.1.1
This is the address to your router's administrator page.
7 Log in with User: admin, Password: Password, or the password you have set, if different (Nope. I can't help you retrieve it).
8 Once in, select under Advanced "Wireless Settings".
9 Click on "Setup Access list", THEN on "ADD".
10 Enter your "Device Name" (a short one) AND the number you noted on "5" above.
11 Click "ADD" underneath. The page changes back to the list of devices showing now your new MacBook Pro. Below the list, click on "Apply".
12 Try to connect to the internet with the MacBrook Pro now.
E N J O Y ! ! !
Posted by Defiantmacho on November 15, 2008 at 01:13 AM MST #
After spending 3+ hours on the phone with ATT&T and no luck in connecting my MacPro to the 2Wire 269 network, I found the answer above from Defiantmacho.
Just followed the steps and connected to the ATT router address: 192.168.1.254 logged in, selected Wireless setting and edit Mac Filtering then added the Airport ID to the list of allowed devices.
Bam! It worked.
Don't know why ATT support didn't know I had to add the device, but on the other hand the good news is that the network is really secure because no one can connect without adding their device to my network (and they can't do that without the password).
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