"Looking for Networks..."

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  1. VintageMac macrumors regular

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    2015 13" MBPr A1502

    I am wondering if this is normal since I occasionally lose internet service even though showing full wifi bars—
    When I click on the wifi bars in the top menu bar the first line is always grayed out. It says "Wi-Fi:" and then continuously cycles between ": On" and "Looking for Networks...", each showing for about 3 seconds. Is this the way it is supposed to operate?

    I've had this and other issues before and after having this MBPr repaired by Apple a month ago, 3 hours online with Apple support, two visits to Genius bar including a 90 minute visit two days ago.... I was told yesterday that the above situation is normal, but I'm not quite buying it. Can anyone confirm that theirs is [not] doing the same. Thanks!
     
  2. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    I have a late 2013 13" MPB and mine does the same thing but it doesn't drop the internet connection at home or at coffee shops.
     
  3. jerryk macrumors 601

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    Does this happen at multiple locations? And are those locations different setups, i.e. not all Starbucks, home, etc.?
     
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    Audit13 macrumors 601

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    Just checked a mid-2013 13" MBA and an early 2015 13" MBA and they both do the same thing without dropping the internet connection at home or free wi-fi locations.

    Edit: checked a mid-2010 15" MBP running High Sierra and it also does the same thing but does not drop wi-fi connection.
     
  5. VintageMac thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, happening at home now. Happened during our travels the past 3 months. At first I thought it was only happening when not connected to wifi, but then noticed it is cycling all the time.
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    OP:

    When you are experiencing the problem, is there anything plugged into the USB ports?

    Could it be electromagnetic interference from the USB3? (it happens)
     
  7. VintageMac thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nothing is plugged into the USB port. I dropped it off a the Apple Store again for repair last evening....
     
  8. VintageMac thread starter macrumors regular

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    Got it back from Apple today and it is working fine. They did replace the screen which wasn't really necessary in my opinion. Since I didn't get many responses to my original question I checked a few of the laptops at the Apple Store and they were all doing the same thing as mine— grayed out "Wifi" cycling through "On" and "Looking for Networks."
     
  9. jerryk macrumors 601

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    I saw some threads on the Apple forums saying the same thing. Some threads mentioned it was look for other networks as one moves either in the same location with multiple wifi hotspots, or in multiple locations. No one seem to have concrete explanation.
     

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