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  • 1,425. Re: MacBook Pro constantly losing wireless connectivity
    Dramradhel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I will say that after going to the Apple Store (3rd or 4th visit) my 2011 MBP is working fine and dandy still, and it's been 3 weeks.


    I had tried the plist deletion, changing my router settings, even going so far as to purchase an airport Extreme. I formatted and did reinstalls.. etc.


    Symptoms had been "wifi/ethernet connections were horrid at best. at worst I'd kill networks wherever I went. Internet and Intranet speeds would be beside nil. However, under Linux, Snow Leopard, or Windows 7, everything was perfect. But under Lion, was terrible. I took the time to do complete formats and reinstalls of each OS and only Lion was faulty.


    The last visit to the Apple Store had them doing a 'hard erase" or something like that, which they assured me would "completely erase everything on the drive. A normal format you can do only gets the surface"... so I let them, and they used an Image of Lion and used that to copy over to my MBP and said "Use your time machine backup to restore your User folder.. your personal files, etc. but do NOT copy over your applications folder. Just install normally. "


    So I did all that once I got home, and my internet/wifi/ethernet has been working perfect since. It seems something about an upgrade TO Lion, or installing Lion from a disk (I had the original disks that came with my MBP) is the cause? I don't know. I just know I'm 3 weeks in and still working smoothly. Maybe worth looking into.



  • 1,426. Re: MacBook Pro constantly losing wireless connectivity
    ipod touch 4g Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am thinking of buying a new MacBook pro, this would be my first MacBook pro, I already have an iMac and when I bought it wifi dropped out constantly so just connected to Ethernet, this seems like a HUGE problem and has sort of put me off buying a MacBook pro. Should I buy one anyway?

  • 1,427. Re: MacBook Pro constantly losing wireless connectivity
    deeps1910 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I posted 7 weeks ago that I installed an Airport express base station and it solved my wifi problem on the Macbook Pro and Macbook Air. It has been 7 weeks and my wifi hasn't dropped once. But from what I have been reading on other post since then, the problem is still there and you could try a miriad of options to solve it without knowing whether it is going to work.

  • 1,428. Re: MacBook Pro constantly losing wireless connectivity
    ipod touch 4g Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Most people don't usually have problems with wifi when they buy the MBP do they? Some people have problems but most don't, is that correct in this case? Should I still buy one and should I wait for the 2012 models?

  • 1,429. Re: MacBook Pro constantly losing wireless connectivity
    Billy Finn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Who can say for sure?  I have a 2008 MBP that didn't start having this problem until 5 months ago, when it showed up out of the blue.  The timing didn't correlate to any Lion updates.  I have been using Apple's Time Capsule as my wi-fi router since 2008, and there have never been problems with wi-fi stability for any of my family's other devices:  an iMac, two iPads, four iPhones, and two Dell laptops.  When I went online to look into the MBP's problem, I was shocked to see the numerous unhappy owners out there.


    btw, I have tried many of the would-be fixes that people have suggested (thank you, all) but none has worked so far.

  • 1,430. Re: MacBook Pro constantly losing wireless connectivity
    jodymaryk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have had my white iMac for about 6 years and this issue started up about a month ago.  Just wouldn't stay connected unless I was actively using the internet and didn't let it sit more then about two minutes.  I tried a few of the fixes on this discussion I understood including turning my Aiport on and off.  Nothing seemed to work then about two weeks ago, it stopped having the issue.  Go figure!  Not sure if it was something I did or if it got updated automatically.  Just happy it stopped.  I will be buying a new Mac in the next year or so when this one dies and REALLY hope it doesn't have this problem!  Good luck to the rest of you!

  • 1,431. Re: MacBook Pro constantly losing wireless connectivity
    Lylod Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If wiFi drops out with your iMac, then it will drop out with a new Mac Book Pro. The problem is with your network neighborhood.


    I connected to the internet with my iMac for 18 months and for six months with my Mac Book Pro with no problen. Then one morning I could not connect because WiFi dropped out frequently on both computers. My cable company told me the signal from my modem was strong so I should concentrate on my router, which was six weeks old. I checked all the settings then finally changed the channel from 1 to 11. There were other channels I could have chosen. It worked. My system has never dropped out since.


    I think someone in my neighborhood launched a network that caused the problem. You should solve your network problem then buy a Mac Book Pro. Most people have good experiences.

  • 1,432. Re: MacBook Pro constantly losing wireless connectivity
    MichelA Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    For the record I decided to reinstall OS X 10.4 Tiger which came with my MBP. Performed all the updates to 10.4.11 and reinstalled a few applications. I'm noticing 2 things: 1) my computer does not run as hot as before and 2) my Internet does not drop anymore. Hopefully this might help diagnose your problems. After I test the computer for a few more hours, I will go up to Leopard. I do not expect any problem with it either since I don't recall having any until I installed Lion. One more thing: I haven't reinstalled my Bootcamp partition for now.

  • 1,433. Re: MacBook Pro constantly losing wireless connectivity
    choddo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I think many people tried a channel change without success. Even if you do have 2 routers with clashing channels you shouldn't lose the connection, just get congestion. Glad that worked for you though. For our MacBook cleaning out all the networks manually with the text editor and re-adding as per some earlier instructions worked. We also (a month later) changed to a router that can do 5Ghz which none of our neighbours use yet. All fine now and lots of bandwidth to ourselves.


    I do wonder if there are a number of different problems with similar symptoms though ours definitely started with Lion.

  • 1,434. Re: MacBook Pro constantly losing wireless connectivity
    ipod touch 4g Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well last night I tried my iMac on wifi and it was perfect, no drop outs etc. It did not work on wifi when I was running snow leopard but since updating to Lion it seems my iMac wifi doesn't drop out.

  • 1,435. Re: MacBook Pro constantly losing wireless connectivity
    BMDulieu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Another shot at this here...seems to be working so far.


    I live in a fairly active and populated area surrounded by other suburban famlies all utilizing the same cable company which supplies the same low grade combined modem and router.  All of these Netgear systems utilize the same channel by default.  In todays world where we all have a phone/ipad/computer(s)/kindle/ect...the default channel of "11" on the netgear router is becoming over utilized and encountering serious interference. 


    I went into my router settings and changed it from the default channel.  Since doing this I've been connected without any drops.


    I'll keep updating this post and see how this goes...

  • 1,436. Re: MacBook Pro constantly losing wireless connectivity
    greenkie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thta's nice that you found a potential solution in your home. So what are you going to do when you need to use your MBP outside of your house? It's a laptop -- designed to be portable.

  • 1,437. Re: MacBook Pro constantly losing wireless connectivity
    MichelA Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    To follow up to my previous post. Everything is fine for me in 10.4.11. I updated to Snow Leopard (yes, 10.6.x) without going first to 10.5.x and I experienced the drops all over again. So in my case it seems to be more a Snow Leopard than a Lion issue (both are broken). I used to have two Airport base stations in my home, and removed one. I don't think this matters as the issue was still present in 10.6 either with a single or two routers.

    So I have reinstalled 10.4.11 once again. I seem to recall that I had no issue in 10.5, so I'll installed it as well.

  • 1,438. Re: MacBook Pro constantly losing wireless connectivity
    Peter1980 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That's about the same time I started have trouble with my 2010 MBP... there seems to be no reason for it... I have tried everything from all of the forums nothing works permanently. I used a ping command script to force a connection to stay open once... that worked for a few days; I tried changing channels that worked for a few months. I just recently started having issues again a few days ago. On a side note I am getting more and more irritated with the fan boy advice placing blame on every other device but the actual Mac Wi-Fi card... this is a common issue affecting many people with different years/builds of these machines... there is only one point of failure here and it is the faulty Wi-Fi cards that apple has been putting into these machines... all of the other devices on my network work consistently without issue...if Apple wants to keep convincing me that they build a better machine (to justify the grossly higher cost than a Windows-based equivalent) they had better actually start building a better machine... a fancy aluminum case doesn't mean much to me if it is filled with inferior components... Windows 8 is on the horizon.

  • 1,439. Re: MacBook Pro constantly losing wireless connectivity
    Video Technique Ltd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK... I was wrong and Apple was right, the Wireless Extreme Card was faulty or dying.

    Thing is I didnt want to pay £80+ for Apple to replace so bought one off Ebay for £15 and fitted myself.

    All OK for 3 days now !!!

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