MacBook Air Wi-Fi Problems

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by carlili4190, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. carlili4190 macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2010
    Whenever I open my mac book air(13") it keeps asking me to connect to a network. No matter where I am it won't remember my network and it is really starting to bug me. It doesn't happen on my 15" MBP. Any reason to this?

    OS X=10.7.1
    Bought it 3 weeks ago
  2. skyton macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2005
    I have had this too, although not every time

    Would be interested if anyone has found a fix?
  3. LordJim macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2011
    I think it's a consequence of the latest update. I've read it'll be fixed in the next one.
  4. skyton macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2005
    Thats good to hear!
    It is getting a bit annoying...
  5. carlili4190 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2010
    Why doesn't it happen on MBP's though? I can't seem to figure it out why it happens. I've tried deleting the network and redoing it. I've tried to click "remember this network" but nothing works.... I'm going to try and call apple.
  6. animatedude macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2010
    it's not a Macbook Air just depends on the network and the router you are using too.i've had this problem on some networks and some are just fine.
  7. iRabbit macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2007
    I actually think it's a MBA and/or Lion problem. After working fine for a week, mine started exhibiting weird behavior tonight (kept report "invalid password" even though it wasn't)... until I moved much closer to the router. This is a router that works and has worked reliably for a LONG long time, with multiple apple devices. Even as I had the problem on my new Air, my iPad was next to it connected just fine, along with an older iPad and an old white MacBook. Never had a problem with my old original Air.

    So I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the possibility it is indeed an Air or Lion problem.
  8. skyton macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2005
    Same here

    Have tried other Apple machines on the same network multiple times with no issues at all
  9. Sticman macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2008
    Sorry, but I disagree. The MBPs have better/more current wi-fi circuitry.
  10. iRabbit macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2007
    I agree with you, except I wonder why I never had problems on my old original (2008) MBA, even though I'm having problems on my new 2011 MBA. It makes no sense.
  11. JesseW6889 macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2010
    I've been having this issue for a week... my girlfriend pointed it out to me as I just apparantly never caught on to it always asking to select a network. Definitely a new-er problem as it is (to my knowledge) only been happening on my 2011 MBA and not on my late-2010 MBA.
  12. azonax macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2011
    Air/Lion problem I think.

    I have the latest MacBook Air purchased in early August and am also experiencing this issue. Every time I open the MBA in my apartment, it seems to have forgotten my wireless network although it reconnects when selected manually. I also have a 2010 MBP, an iPhone 3G and and iPhone 4 and none of them have this problem so I would say it is almost certainly an Air/Lion "feature"; let's hope it's sorted soon :)
  13. slapshot macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2009
    Central Ohio
    My wife has a MBA I got her last year for Christmas and she has the same problem. I have a 2009 MB and it occasionally happens to me. I think it may be a Lion problem also. Any idea when the next update is due out that may fix this issue?
  14. iRabbit macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2007
    Another update:

    I noticed that once the problem started, it created a cascade effect across the network where any iDevice + systems with Lion could not connect to it wirelessly. Day 1 my MacBook Air couldn't connect... Day 2, my iPhone, iPad and Daughter's computer (with Lion) couldn't connect. I had to reset the router (unplug it, wait and replug it in).

    Since then, for six days, all was fine.

    Today, I suddenly lost connection on my new MBA again. Same symptoms... searching for network and unable to connect. It asked me for a password and I put the right one in. It told me "invalid password".

    I went and reset the router again... and now it's fine. MBA connected without issue immediately.

    Looking at a calendar, I realize it was last Sunday I started having the first problem... and now again this Sunday. I wonder if my ISP is resetting my connection on Sundays, and if the systems with Lion are for some reason having an issue with getting a new IP address... hmmm.

    Will have to wait a week again to see! LOL

    It's definitely a new problem since the MBA entered our house. My daughter got a new iMac around the same time too. I've never had a problem with my Time Capsule like this before... it's been solid for a long long time.
  15. Devil Dog 21 macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2011
    Kansas City
    Interesting reading the replies from everyone.

    I got my MBA a few weeks ago, and ever since I brought it home I have to reset my router 4-5 times a day. I'm thinking it my router and not my MBA after trying several tests, but won't know for sure until later this evening when i plan on putting in a new router and seeing if it makes a difference.
  16. ttate90303 macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2008
    Have you tried changing the channels on your WiFi settings of the router? Most folks take the default channels which causes a bit of noise and interference. Try a new channel and see if that helps. Just a suggestion.

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