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Losing Wireless Connection... Tiger & Leopard

8941 Views 37 Replies Latest reply: Jun 12, 2008 9:18 AM by CapNemo RSS
  • David Lanciault Calculating status...
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    Jun 2, 2008 12:52 PM (in response to Joe Peduto)
    Got your ears on? I'm coming at you with both guns blazing:

    *You MUST make sure you have all your updates...make sure you do this first by clicking on the Apple icon in the top left hand corner of your screen, and click on "software updates", if your wireless is not working, you will need to be hardwired to accomplish this, IF and only IF you still have the wireless "connection timeout" issue, then do the following:

    1. Go to "System Preferences"
    2. Click on "network"
    3. Click on the left hand side "airport"
    4. Click the "advanced" button
    5. Click on the "802.1x" tab at the top
    6. now, choose your access point in the "wireless network" section
    7. Click on the "enable 802.1x login" on the left hand side
    8. you must then apply those settings

    Those steps helped me to resolve the same issue on one of my clients Macbook Pro systems running on 10.5.2, this issue started with 10.5, and was still there throughout 10.5.1 and 10.5.2 until I followed the steps above.

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    Custom whitebox, Windows XP
  • markbau Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    The problem being discussed in this thread and indeed the problem that most of us are having with wireless connectivity has nothing to do with the router, the problem is the computer not picking up perfectly good wireless signals.

    Nothing to do but wait for 10.5.3 so don't go messing around with your router settings, the router is not the problem.

    Macbook 2GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.2), Airport Express
  • dlancelot Calculating status...
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    Apr 24, 2008 6:37 PM (in response to markbau)
    I see that some people haven't read my post in full. If the steps are read carefully, everyone will find that the settings I'm talking about have nothing to do with your router...except the fact that you are trying to connect to an encrypted connection, and the OS is setup (10.5, 10.5.1, and 10.5.2) by default to not know that. I have fixed the issue for my client by following those steps and have had two other co-workers fix their clients mac wireless issues recently with those steps as well. Do what you like, run windows xp on your mac, wait it out until 10.5.3 is released, go watch the grass grow if you must.
    MDG PC, Windows XP, it's a year old and vista is out...
  • inajeep Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 4, 2008 1:47 PM (in response to markbau)
    Airport is back to dropping the connection.

    10.5.1 = dropping connection
    10.5.2 = no more problems!!!
    10.5.3 = dropping wireless connectivity is occurring again !?
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • Datasuporte Calculating status...
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    Jun 12, 2008 8:14 AM (in response to inajeep)

    I have the same problem, Wifi dropping, since 10.5.1. Upgraded to 10.5.2. and 10.5.3 and the issue is still there. I have figured out that in my case it only happens when I stay connected toWPA secured networks. When the connection drops, it isn't possible to connect to the AP right away, I have to wait about a minute or so, it says: "Connection timed out", and asks for the keyphrase, altough it is stored in the wireless network list. One time, I even got a message saying something like "Wireless Security compromised, disconnecting...".

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    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.3), WPA secured wireless Network
  • Monty1945 Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)
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    Jun 12, 2008 8:22 AM (in response to Datasuporte)

    I don't have a direct answer for you as I have never had a problem with wireless or any other network issue with Leopard, or anything else for that matter, but here is a good link to check out.

    Also I know for sure that Azureus and/or Real Player has caused many issues like this and others.

    Good Luck,
    20" iMac 2.33, BlackBook 2.0, Air, WhiteBook 2.16Mac, Mini, Mac Pro Quad, AEBS N, Mac OS X (10.5.3), 17" iMac PPC, 17" iMac Intel, Powerbook 12" 867, G-4 Tower, iMac Flat Panel, mor
  • Datasuporte Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 12, 2008 8:57 AM (in response to Monty1945)
    Hi again,

    Thank you for the quick answer. On of the many tips they give at that website is to change network security protocol. That is exactly what is causing the problem: the chosen network security protocol: WPA. With WEP and others it works like a charm. I have a hard time believing in incompatibility issues with my Zyxel router and the wireless card of my MacBook. But that seems exactly the case, also with other non-mac routers using WPA. My "bad" luck I guess...
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • CapNemo Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jun 12, 2008 9:18 AM (in response to liamski)
    I'll add my voice to the disgruntled. After updating to 10.5.3 my wireless connection falls to zero every 20 minutes or so. It will sometimes come back to 4 bars and stay there for another 20 minutes or so.

    This had happened for a while under 10.5.2 as well but had become more stable for no apparent reason.

    The Mac Pro is partially to blame as it gets horrid reception, but under 10.5.3 it is much worse!
    Mac Pro/2.88Ghz/6gigs/1.2TBs, Mac OS X (10.5.3), G4 sawtooth 1.2Ghz / Powerbook Ti800 / iBook G4
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