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macfrombrampton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 27, 2013 8:40 PM

On my Mountain Lion I have a app called apple80211agent.app. I could not determine what function this file performed so I removed it and I notice no problems with WIFI.

 

Can anyone else confirm this file foune in /System/Library/Coreservices/apple80211agent.app. Iss it valid and what is it's function. The WIFI diagnostics doesn't complain about the removed service from my Mountlion Mac.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,090 points)
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    Jun 27, 2013 9:03 PM (in response to macfrombrampton)

    Here is one thing I found googling:

     

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1064753

     

    Personally, I prefer not to remove or otherwise mess with system files or at least put them in a folder for the time being so they could be moved back if/when needed.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,810 points)
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    Jun 28, 2013 1:48 PM (in response to macfrombrampton)

    Randomly deleting system components is never the solution to any problem. It's not clear that you even had a problem. Restore the item you deleted from a backup.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,090 points)
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    Jun 29, 2013 6:37 PM (in response to macfrombrampton)

    Well, I thought it explains what it does:

     

    Yep.  That was just the router asking permission to access Keychain for your WPA2 password. "Apple80211Agent" = Apple 802.11 (wireless network) Agent

     

    I guess as long as your wireless works without issues, you're fine; however, as mentioned, I would not delete system components, so I'd suggest you keep it handy just in case.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,090 points)
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    Jul 7, 2013 3:29 PM (in response to macfrombrampton)

    Well, I don't know your setup, but my wireless network requires a WPA2 password (which should be store in Keychain). Maybe your settings are such that they require it - screenshot from my Network > Wifi Pane (advanced):

     

    Screen Shot 2013-07-07 at 3.27.50 PM.png

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