Downloads were taking forever. I though it was because my router was about 150 feet away from my computer. But on further investigation, I came to the conclusion that the distance was only part of the reason why the internet connection was lagging. The answer came to me when I compared the aluminum Macbook Pro to the plastic encased MacBook. The MacBook Pro was not getting a good signal, but the MacBook was? If distance was an issue, why could one computer get a strong signal and the other get such a weak one?  It turns out that the aluminum body of the MacBook Pro was interfering with the already diluted wireless signal. That’s why the plastic MacBook didn’t have any connection problems. The solution: I purchased an external usb antenna from newertechnology, called MaxPower. Only $40 from MacSales. It basically replaces the internal airport card, far from any interference from the aluminum casing. You can position the antenna for the best reception, which visually changes in a display with the included wireless utility software. I did some internet speed tests and the results were amazing. Over 5x better reception! If you have an aluminum MacBook Pro, and are getting a poor signal, you really can’t beat this device.

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