I've been having some trouble with network handling using MacBooks and MacBooks only.
At home I'm using really old NetGear WGR614V9 router, everything works fine but every single one of my Apple laptops (full list at the end of the post) was dropping wi-fi signal every 5-60 minutes for a few seconds, especially under heavy network usage (imagine you're trying to get Linux using Torrent, it takes a good while to find peers then the transfer gets better and better and bam, it drops completely, repeat).
At my friend's place once any of my MacBooks joined his network - the whole network became unstable, to the point it was required to reset the router, because it won't accept any new devices.
At my parent's flat if I use my MacBook next to any other laptop using wi-fi - Mac is stealing signal REALLY bad, the internet on the laptop next to it is usually unusable.
Countless times I had problems with wi-fi at hotels and airbnbs (weak signal mostly), while my girlfriend had no issues at all (using cheapest Acer laptop you could imagine). Also often my Android based phones had better wifi strength than MacBooks.
I've NEVER ever encountered anything close to these issues on any of my Windows/Linux based laptops.
So I'm wondering is Apple doing something differently? Are there any Apple-certified routers I could buy so I will be 100% sure they will work like expected (and won't act strange against other non-apple devices)?
If it makes any difference I live in Europe and I've been using local MacBooks but my last one is from US distribution and I'm wondering if it might be causing some additional trouble.
The Macs I had all of the above problems were these:
- Apple MacBook Air 13" 2010
- Apple MacBook Air 13" 2011
- Apple MacBook Pro 13" 2013
- Apple MacBook Pro 13" 2014
I think it might be software-related because often after updates the described problems were getting better and then worse and then better again. Also I'm pretty much sure MacBooks perform much worse than anything with networks that use crowded channels, a few times I could easily connect any device to given wi-fi network excepting MacBooks.
What's going on here? Any hints?