How can this be possible?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by iSmac, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. iSmac macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2011
    New hard drive installed, formatted, put the Lion disc in that I made previously wait for it to load and it connects to my Wi-Fi how can it get the password for my wireless network?
  2. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2009
    Steve knows everybody's password....:eek:
  3. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    It probably got embedded in the disc you made.
  4. Yuusharo macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2007
  5. iSmac thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2011
    MacBook (7,1) 2010
  6. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    Packet injection hack. Hacking your own network is legal! Try it with the neighbours WiFi! Just kidding. I doubt it would know your password, it probably asks, or it doesn't use the internet for anything.
  7. AnneStuarto238 macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2010
  8. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    It'll ask. Type it in.
  9. DandsM macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2011
    I think the same thing happened here but I didn't care too much until now. :eek:
  10. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    It doesn't use your wi-fi. I believe the text above the progress bar says "Downloading blah blah blah..." It isn't downloading anything, it's merely copying setup files from the disk to your hard drive.

    I saw this as well and thought the same. To prove it wasn't accessing my connection I turned airport off and Lion still installs. An Apple coder just assumed Lion would always be downloaded prior to the install.
  11. iSmac thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2011
    When you click the Wi-Fi icon on the top of the menu bar the signal is full and a tick is next to my SSID.
  12. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    Is there a padlock icon next to the connection?

    Trust me... Lion has not mysteriously hacked into your router. The installer is written to assume a download and a wi-fi password for the selected location would be requested later *if* you were installing Lion the way Apple intended. (i.e. by downloading it).

    But... you have the full OS on a disk so the installer doesn't need to download anything.

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