I'll try to keep this simple and straightforward.\n\nI have a Belkin Pre-N Router set up in a utility area one floor below\nand across an outdoor access corridor from my apartment. Cannot run\nCAT-5 to the apartment. I get a good to excellent wireless signal on\nseveral WinXP-SP2 machines using the internal antennas on the\nnotebooks. I get only a very weak signal on a Mac Powerbook (no\nsurprise) and sometimes lose it completely.\n\nBefore I went to the Belkin, I had a Netgear router which gave a weak\nsignal with the PC's and nothing with the Mac. So, the Pre-N router\nworks well if there's an adquate antenna on the receiving end.\n\nQuestion: Is there anything I can do to increase the signal\nsufficiently to use the Mac without running cable? I have a Belkin\nPre-N notebook card that greatly increases signal strength on the\nWindows machines, but does not run on the Mac.\n\nIs it possible to set up some kind of wireless device in my apartment\nthat will forward the signal? I do not know the difference between an\naccess point, bridge, repeater, whatever. Will any of those do the\njob? Would a USB dongle or something that I can add to the Mac get me\na better signal, at least bringing up to the level of the PC's?\n\nIf I lose some speed, I'll probably not notice, so that's not that big\na deal. Cost (while obviously important) is not the primary driver\nhere. I need to get the signal strong enough to run steaming\napplications on the Mac; a few bucks more or less isn't going to make\nthat much difference.\n\nHope this is clear. I obviously don't have detailed knowledge on\nwireless systems (or Macs for that matter). My efforts to educate\nmyself haven't been all that successful. If anyone can recommend a\ngood primer on wireless (through Pre-n technology ideally) I'd\nappreciate knowing about it.\n\nmuch thanks for any help.