Is Apple80211Agent a legitimate process for a MBP?

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  1. doxavita macrumors 6502a

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    When I open Activity Monitor, I see a process called "Apple80211Agent" running.

    I hadn't seen that process before, so I just want to be sure, if it's a legitimate and safe process to have running.

    Thanks.
     
  2. doxavita thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hmm, I wonder if that had anything to do with my internet connection completely dropping in both my MBP and my iPod touch couple of days ago. I kept trying over and over my same password, but it just wouldn't work. I ended up resetting my router and changing network's name and pass. Now it works fine again.

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    I was NEVER asked in any moment about saving my router's password in keychain. That process opened up automatically
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yep. That was just the router asking permission to access Keychain for your WPA2 password. "Apple80211Agent" = Apple 802.11 (wireless network) Agent
     
  4. doxavita thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Can you please elaborate more on this? I'm not too familiar with keychain. Will this issue happen again? The only way I found of regaining internet access was completely resetting my router and my network's info.

    I was NEVER asked in any moment about saving my router's password in keychain. That process opened up automatically
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  6. doxavita thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Allow what? That happened without asking me at all.

    If I completely loose my internet connection again, what would you do?
    I really don't want to reset my router over and over if this issue comes up again :confused:
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you're asked for access to the keychain, allow it. If not, don't worry about the process. It's a legitimate Apple process.
     
  8. doxavita thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, thanks very much! , I just opened up keychain, and it seems it does indeed have my wireless network's name and password saved. So I just hope it all goes fine from now on. :)

    One thing, why did I also loose internet access to my iPod touch? Isn't that separate from my MBP?
     
  9. ryannazaretian macrumors 6502a

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    Your router probably just had a hiccup. I don't know of many routers these days that are 100% reliable. They have too much stuff going on, and things occasionally happen.

    I would take it as just a fluke and not worry about it unless it's reoccurring.
     

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