Connection Drops

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Jay1818182728, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. Jay1818182728 macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2012
    Thought i'd finally ask this and it's just got so annoying now. I've had 2 macs over the last 3 years , one being an 2010 white macbook and the other being a 2012 macbook retina. Both of these have had the same problem, i've found every since I've gone from windows to mac, that my connection always drops after a while on the internet.

    What I mean by this is:

    I'll be loading up several websites everything fine then after a while websites will just stop loading, take forever to load and not actually load anything and to get the internet to work again I have to turn my wifi (on laptop) off and then reconnect it and it will work fine again.

    I have checked with other computers in my house and none of the other computers have this problem, but yet both of the macbooks I've had both did the same thing. It happens about every 30 minutes, and I'll just have to turn my wifi off and back on and it's just frustrating.
  2. dougutphy macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2012
    Austin, TX
    I'm having the same issue on my 2012 rMBP. It's extremely frustrating and I can't find a fix. This is the first time I've seen someone else with the problem, maybe someone will come around with a past experience and fix.
  3. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
  4. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Are both on 10.8.2, this might be the problem, and you just have to wait until Apple fixes this.

    It also might be the router, a reset can solve problems, or choosing a different channel on the router.
    These things are extremely hard for "us" to solve if you don't know where the problem lies, most of the time though an Apple router will work better, if you have such a device then the only thing you can do is to wait for Apple to fix this, and they are not the best regarding wifi.
  5. Project538 macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2010
    Iowa, USA
    I actually just had a Genius Bar appointment today about this issue with our 2011 iMac. The problem was exclusive to that machine, since all other devices in the house stayed connected just fine. As you said, turning Wi-Fi on and back off was the way to temporarily fix it, but the issue would always come back.

    The Genius's solution was to go in to the Network pane of System Preferences. At the top, there is a drop-down labelled "Location". If it is set to "Automatic", select "Edit Locations" and create a new one, then connect to your network as you normally would. Apparently the "Automatic" setting can bug out after a while and randomly drop the connection. We just did this this afternoon, but already we're free of the Wi-Fi drops that used to occur every 20 minutes or so.

    I can't say for certain that this works 100% of the time, but it seems to have fixed my issue so far, and it's a pretty easy thing to do. I'd say give it a shot!
  6. Jay1818182728, Jan 17, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2013

    Jay1818182728 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2012
    Yeah i've googled around and i've seen tonnes of people with exactly the same problem dating back to around 2009, it seems crazy how common it is and yet I can't find anywhere that apple have released a fix. I have tried the thing about changing the network to automatic and it worked for a day or so, but then I found it just dropping connections again :/

    Also I am using a netgear router, and i've tried changing the channel which again temporally worked, but after a couple weeks it was back.

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