My officemate’s daughter has just started her Freshman year at the Yoo-Dub. She needed a computer and I, of course, supported the Mac laptop. After talking to the people at the Mac store and having her questions re: PC vs Mac answered, she opted for the MacBook. She brought it into the office for some pointers. (I’m not a Mac Authority, but I could help her set it up.)
I showed her how to use the built-in AirPort wireless. There were probably half a dozen signals, and one was not password protected. Yeah, we stole a little bandwidth as I showed her how to use it so that she would be able to get online using the provided Wi-Fi in her dorm. Another day she brought her MacBook in so I could help her with another question. Since I knew she was coming in that day I brought my PowerBook. She still got several signals, but I could only pick up one or two.
Why would her MacBook be able to pick up more signals than my PowerBook? Has the wireless modem improved that much in two or three years? Or is there something wrong with mine that limits its reception range?