2 Replies Latest reply: Sep 30, 2013 6:05 PM by Mac_Master
Mac_Master Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

When I (re)log in to my user account my computer searches for a network connection (WiFi), and although I have a prefered network saved and within range, the search is unsuccesful and I have to connect it manually. Does anyone know of a solution?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5)
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (177,895 points)

    Test after taking each of the following steps. Back up all data before making any changes.

    1. Make sure the network is on the preferred list by following these instructions.

    2. Follow the instructions in this support article under the heading "Symptom: The network connection drops unexpectedly."

    3. Make a note of all your settings for Wi-Fi in the Network preference pane, then delete the connection from the connection list and recreate it with the same settings. You do this by clicking the plus-sign icon below the connection list, and selecting Wi-Fi as the interface in the sheet that opens. Select Join other network from the Network Name menu, then select your network. Enter the password when prompted and save it in the keychain.

    4. From the Location menu at the top of the Network preference pane, select Edit Locations. A sheet will drop down. Click the plus-sign button to create a new location. Give it any name you want. In the new location, set up the Wi-Fi service with the same settings you used before. Click Apply and test.

    5. Launch the Keychain Access application. Search for and delete all AirPort network password items that refer to the network. Make a note of the password first.

    6. In some cases, the problem has been resolved by repairing permissions on the startup volume.

    7. Reinstall OS X.

  • Mac_Master Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)


    Step 3 did the trick.