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How come my iMac gets slower Wifi than my friend's MacBook? How can I fix this?

Asked by Elumas (3170points) June 8th, 2009

I was using my friend’s MacBook in my house today, only meters away from my iMac, but for some reason her MacBook gets 4 bars of WiFi and my iMac (the most recent one) gets only 2 on average.

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Lightlyseared's avatar

The number of bars don’t indicate the speed of the conection just how strong the signal is that the wifi adapter is recieving.

To test the speed of the connection you can use a site like

simpleD's avatar

Meters matter. If the Macbook was in more of an unblocked, direct line to the WiFi router, and if your iMac is located behind a wall or otherwise isolated, the reception on the iMac would be lower. Also, the Macbook Airport antenna might get better reception because it is near the outside of the case. The iMac antenna might be buried further within it’s case. I don’t know this for sure, though. I haven’t yet seen the position of the new iMac’s antenna.

@Lightlyseared is right. The amount of bars won’t affect network speed. You’ll either get the same speed or none at all.

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