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Getting ready to replace 2WIRE router

I am about to replace the 2WIRE router. Why? Wireless is not wokring properly. My new macbook does not connect to it that good. It drops out. I experience this problem most of the time. Is it possible that other routers will work? I got this plastic internal antenna thing for $19.99 cheap eh?
I am soon going out to buy a Belkin router probably N or mimo. I noticed it is the router because my friend's Powerbook G4 as the same problem too. (The 2WIRE probably hates macs)
It has been a YEAR already and 6 months with the thing. Even sometimes it happens to PCs (I have a 2 Toshibas)  

I hope this is enough information for all of you reading this. Please reply if buying a new router helps. Thanks. JC

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  • jc_santos199 Jan 23, 2009

    I am not sure what wireless card I have

    BUT I think it is an Airport Extreme Wireless N Networking as it said on the box

  • pauln37 May 11, 2010

    what brand of wirless card do you have for your mac?



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