My MacBook Pro Experience - Day 3

My MacBook Pro Experience - Day 3

Summary: Grrr!  I still can't get my MacBook to connect to any wireless network.


Grrr!  I still can't get my MacBook to connect to any wireless network.  It doesn't seem to matter whether the WiFi network is protected or not.  Tried two different routers too.  Ethernet connection works just fine, it's just a pain to have to remain tethered.  I know that it must be able to connect - I once saw Jeff Goldblum connect to an alien spaceship with his Mac, so an 802.11g network should be a piece of cake.  But it's not.  There's a lot of info on the web about troubleshooting Mac Airport issues but none of this has helped.  The rig can see the SSID but just can't connect.  Ahh well, one for Apple support methinks.

Other than that, things are going pretty well.  I've installed a few apps on such as Firefox and ecto (blogging tool) it without any real difficulty (next week I'll talk more about this).  I'm finding that I'm learning the keyboard shortcuts pretty quickly -  find them easier to use than using the trackpad and buttons.

I was hoping that I could migrate my passwords from PasswordSafe over to a tool called Password Gorilla but that's PPC only - No Intel-based Macs allowed there ...

Previous installments:

Topic: Wi-Fi

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  • Macbooks & WiFi

    Let me guess, the router you want to connect to is LinkSys...

    As a recent convert from XP to OSX via a Macbook I can tell you that all is not well in the land of WiFi. Some access points/routers, esp. Linksys are NOT Mac compatible. LinkSys goes so far as to tell some help-line callers that they do not "support" Macs. I don;t know if this is Apples fault or LinkSys but I presume the latter, because most routers (I use Buffalo) work just fine.

    One workaround (laughable I know) is to reboot the router/access point and then connect from your Mac... it will work for awhile but not for long...

    Good luck, I'm enjoying your journey.

    • No LinkSys

      "Let me guess, the router you want to connect to is LinkSys..."

      D-Link and 3-Com
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    • Macbooks & WIFI

      I do not know what problems the writer or other posters have had, but I have three macs (two ibooks and a MacBook) running off a Linksys Wireless G router with password protection and have not had any problems. I travel frequently and I have never had a problem connecting to other wireless networks anywhere.
      • Macbooks & WIFI

        Moved from XP to MAC OS X last July.
        Using my MBP on several Linksys routers, never had a problem. But when I used
        airport express with the MBP and several machines with XP pro none of the XP
        machines could connect...
    • Linksys Routers...

      I have been using Linksys routers for > 3 yrs with my Macs and I have never had an issue connecting to them.
  • ndiswrapper

    If the wireless chip set supported by MS Windows, is compiling [url=]ndiswrapper[/url] worth a shot? (uses the windows driver *.sys *.inf files)

    This solution works most of the time in Linux when a vendor Linux driver isn't available.

    In fact that's what I did with a new HP Pavilion dv2000z.

    10-minute exercise.
    D T Schmitz
    • This is how easy a Mac is??????

      "If the wireless chip set supported by MS Windows, is compiling ndiswrapper worth a shot? (uses the windows driver *.sys *.inf files)"

      This sounds like the kind of issue a Linux machine would have, not a Mac which we all know is the easiest OS in the world and is perfect in every respect ;).
      • What a pathetic, trolling post... typical Ou

        • not really

          Actually I think he has a point.

          George Ou wrote an article recently on Vista regarding his experiences, both the positives and negatives--he was pretty objective.

          This point will surface with various new hardware products and has been a sticking point with those who maintain that Linux has issues with driver availability.

          That is to some extent true, depending on which distro you use and what equipment you select. But in the last two years I have seen Linux make major strides--Ubuntu and openSUSE are probably the best choices for compatibility and ease of use.

          History repeats itself! Even Apple has issues! :)
          D T Schmitz
      • Vist

        And we have this to look forward to with Vista? ;)
        (device driver short-term availability)

        D T Schmitz
      • Grownups

        Gosh, I hope I can be like you when I grow up. Such maturity.
      • Haha, good one George!!

        Guess the Mac isn't quite so user friendly after all. :(
        • The Mac is plenty friendly.

          It's just the 'how do you use anything but Microsoft products' folks that are not so friendly after all.

          You Windows Only folks can stay right where you are; just leave those who choose NOT to be a part of the Borg collective alone already!
    • that is an insane recommendation

      His problem is not a driver problem. NDISwrapper is for using WINdowsXP drivers in
      linux. The driver in OSX already supports all it needs and works fine, NDISwrapper
      would do nothing but cause problems. Its not a driver issue.
  • MacBooks and encrypted networks

    ive had issues with macs connecting to encrypted networks before. i figured out one option to try, though. put a dollar sign in the box followed by the WEP or WPA password. that should work. if the problem happens with unencrypted networks too then this may not work but its worth a try.
  • Strange

    Strange that you can't connect to either router. Makes me think that this is more
    of a login syntax issue than anything else.

    Can your MBP see the router(s) by name from the Airport menu on the top menu
    bar? (Note, you can also open the Airport panel from this menu.)

    If you can see the router, you've already made half the handshake. Next, try
    turning off the encryption at the router (Warning -- disconnect all your pcs first!)
    and see if the MBP can connect. If so, it's bound to be a simple syntax issue with
    the login for the encryption. Visit the router's vendor's site or visit the Apple
    support forum:
    Len Rooney
    • Tried all that ...

      ... and enabled interference robustness ...

      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • The Mac is like the Zune

    Both come with crippled WiFi. ;)
    • Funny!

      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    • Typical zealotry in action!