AirPort Deafness After 10.4.8 and AirPort Update

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Date: Wednesday, October 11th, 2006, 09:32
Category: wireless

airport-extreme.jpgThe weirdest thing happened to my MacBook Pro (2.0GHz, week 7) recently. Some time after installing Mac OS 10.4.8 and AirPort Update 2006-001 (version 1.0) my AirPort performance got completely hosed. I can download Web pages for a few minutes but then my WiFi connection goes almost dead. The bits trickle in so slowly that I can’t even load a full Web page. Sometimes turning AirPort on and off will get it working again but only briefly.
My AirPort throughput is abysmal when it actually works – sub 1k/sec downloads according to MenuMeters. I’ve tried rebooting my Verizon DSL modem and my AirPort Extreme to no avail and last night isolated the problem to my MacBook Pro’s WiFi drivers because my iMac 20-inch works fine on the same WiFi network and my MacBook Pro flies when connected via Ethernet.
So I’m appealing to you, fair reader. Have you experienced any WiFi voodoo on a MacBook or MBP since installing 10.4.8 or the Airport Update? I could really use a tip here as I’m not really eager to tinker with the AirPort libraries or to ‘nuke and pave.’ Not to mention that the 50-foot Ethernet cable looks really lame running through my house.
Please post your suggestions in the comments below.
UPDATE: I’ve tried repairing disk permissions in Disk Utility (no errors reported), cleaning my system and user prefernces Preferential Treatment and Tiger Cache Cleaner to no avail. I also haven’t found anything related at MacFixIt or Apple’s Discussion boards. Should I just re-run the 10.4.8 installer?


airport-extreme.jpgThe weirdest thing happened to my MacBook Pro (2.0GHz, week 7) recently. Some time after installing Mac OS 10.4.8 and AirPort Update 2006-001 (version 1.0) my AirPort performance got completely hosed. I can download Web pages for a few minutes but then my WiFi connection goes almost dead. The bits trickle in so slowly that I can’t even load a full Web page. Sometimes turning AirPort on and off will get it working again but only briefly.
My AirPort throughput is abysmal when it actually works – sub 1k/sec downloads according to MenuMeters. I’ve tried rebooting my Verizon DSL modem and my AirPort Extreme to no avail and last night isolated the problem to my MacBook Pro’s WiFi drivers because my iMac 20-inch works fine on the same WiFi network and my MacBook Pro flies when connected via Ethernet.
So I’m appealing to you, fair reader. Have you experienced any WiFi voodoo on a MacBook or MBP since installing 10.4.8 or the Airport Update? I could really use a tip here as I’m not really eager to tinker with the AirPort libraries or to ‘nuke and pave.’ Not to mention that the 50-foot Ethernet cable looks really lame running through my house.
Please post your suggestions in the comments below.
UPDATE: I’ve tried repairing disk permissions in Disk Utility (no errors reported), cleaning my system and user prefernces Preferential Treatment and Tiger Cache Cleaner to no avail. I also haven’t found anything related at MacFixIt or Apple’s Discussion boards. Should I just re-run the 10.4.8 installer?

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