Can I make my WiFi not go off when closing lid

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  1. michael31986 macrumors 68040

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    I am trying to make it so that my WiFi on my MacBook stays connected even when I close the lid and the screen is off. I can’t seem to find a way to do that.
     
  2. posguy99 macrumors 6502a

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    Has nothing to do with the laptop turning off the wifi and everything with the laptop sleeping when the lid is closed.
     
  3. michael31986 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Okay. So how can I have WiFi not turn off when I close the lid.

    That was my question.
     
  4. John Yester macrumors newbie

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    Don't sleep the computer, just sleep the screen.

    System preferences > Energy Saver

    [√] wake for Network Access

    Then Computer Sleep > Never.

    You can turn the display off after a few minutes to save power. Just don't let the entire computer sleep.

    Enable power nap may force it to re-establish its connection as well, which may reduce the wake up time. You may want to experiment for the settings that give you a good compromise between battery consumption and wake-up time.
     
  5. posguy99 macrumors 6502a

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    So you want the wifi on, but the rest of the laptop sleeping, so it doesn't do anything with the wifi that you've somehow kept running. Got it.
     
  6. michael31986 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    How do enable power nap? Also closing lid with wake for network access still turns WiFi off.
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    I just want WiFi on so I can stream to my sonos speakers via WiFi. Idc how I have to set it up. But if I could have the screen off I would be okay with that.
    There has to be a way to keep WiFi on but lid closed.
     
  7. michael31986 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I don’t have power nap. My Mac is from 2011. Ugh. Has to be another way.
     
  8. snortpig macrumors regular

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    Why do you want this? Maybe if you explain your reasoning someone will have an alternative that will solve your actual problem.
     
  9. adrianlondon macrumors 65816

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    I'm not sure why people aren't able to understand the question.

    The OP wants to shut their laptop whilst it keeps running (with wifi) for music streaming. My half-solution is to set up a "hot corner" to turn the display off and I then swipe my cursor up to that corner. Of course, this isn't as convenient as shutting the lid but it does turn the screen off and save some battery.

    System Preferences / Mission Control / Hot Corners / Put Display To Sleep
     
  10. michael31986 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I want to stream my music from my lap top to my
    Sonos systems but it needs to be on WiFi all the time.
    Thank you. I don’t get why no one was understanding it. That’s a good alternative, but there has to be a way to make the computer think it is still open. Like a hack.
     
  11. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    Even if you could find a way to keep the wifi card running, the system sleeps when the lid is closed.

    Clamshell mode
    is another option (closing the lid with external keyboard and display attached) Press a key on the keyboard, and the Macbook wakes up so you can do your streaming, even while the lid is closed. Turn the external display off, and the streaming would continue, but you can't make any changes to what you are doing (unless you can do that without needing to see the screen :D )
    You don't get to be portable while in clamshell mode. The other option is to leave the lid open, and just sleep the display. You would then still be portable, but with an open lid, not exactly a great solution, but workable)
     
  12. AtomicGrog macrumors regular

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    Not wholly convinced running the device closed is best for long term operation, better off just blanking the display whilst open. Not so much about ventilation being compromised (don't see much by way of vents being blocked...) more proximity of screen near main board etc. increasing thermal production for a given area.

    (Is based on doing the above previously using the macbook as a USB power source for iPhone charging. The device would typically get quite hot)
     
  13. michael31986 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks!

    I am wondering if there is a hack for this? There use to be insomnia, but that doesn't work anymore. hmm
     
  14. adrianlondon macrumors 65816

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    As far as I know, nothing works in High Sierra to disable sleep-on-lid-close. Well, apart from the official way:https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201834

    This is why I just turn off the display with the lid open. One way to fix the issue would be to trick the laptop into thinking the display is open when it isn't. This would involve interfering with the magnets used to sense the lid being closed. On my late 2013 Pro, I think they're about half way down the chassis on the left hand side.
     
  15. michael31986 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks. I just decided to close lid as far as I could without it going to sleep. I guess that works for now.
     

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