[MAD] Ugh even the new MacBook Pros are affected by the most infamous WiFi bug after all these years

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Goldfrapp, Nov 27, 2016.

  1. Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    Bug: WiFi fails to auto-reconnect after long idling

    I really thought this bug would become history with the new MacBook Pros. Not so fast. Not the latest software, not even the latest and greatest hardware was able to permanently fix this damn bug. I can't believe after all these years, it's still an issue. I went though so many Macs, so many OS's, and it's there every damn time.

  2. lietsche macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2006
    No wifi issues whatsoever with my new MBP 2016 15".
    Maybe it is your router having issues?
  3. Goldfrapp thread starter macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    7 different routers, and all having issues? I doubt that.
  4. lietsche macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2006
    Well, probably not then.
    Maybe it is software related. You could try to test its behaviour on a clean install. Create a small additional partition, clean install and check. You can delete the partition afterwards. This is what I would do.
  5. cerberusss macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2013
    The Netherlands
    Couple of questions...

    How far are you from the router?
    Which frequency do you use? 2.4 or 5 GHz?
    How many networks are there around you?
    What kind of devices are you using in the house?
    Are you using a USB 3.x hub/dock?
    Are you using a 3rd party charger?
  6. Goldfrapp thread starter macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    It's a brand new Mac, WiFi issue out of the box. Same WiFi issue on my MBP 2015, 2014, 2012, MBA 2013, 3 different houses, 7 different routers.
  7. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    I'm with @cerberusss there's an environmental factor going on there. My 2012 MBP has had ZERO issues with reconnecting after sleep. It also has no trouble staying connected while awake for long periods.

    I'm using the 5 gHz, many other networks in range, at most 40 feet from the router. I have as many as 6 other devices connected at the same time.
  8. Goldfrapp, Nov 27, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2016

    Goldfrapp thread starter macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    - Sitting sometimes 5 inches away from the router, sometimes 5 feet away from the router
    - Used both frequencies
    - At one house, there were 15 networks around me. At another house, no other networks
    - Using just MBP and iPhone
    - Not using any hub/dock
    - Using only official chargers
  9. VAGDesign macrumors 6502


    Feb 1, 2014
  10. xraydoc macrumors 604


    Oct 9, 2005
    What wifi bug? I've had many Macs and several different wifi routers. Don't recall any trouble with connecting upon wake.
  11. Kudos6612 Suspended

    Aug 10, 2016
    I'm sorry but why do you have 7 routers.

    I would suggest buying better wifi or go to a Starbucks and report back.
  12. Goldfrapp thread starter macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    Not have, rather gone though 7 different routers...
  13. dyn macrumors 68030

    Aug 8, 2009
    That's the beauty of wireless technology....it is buggy as hell and almost impossible to troubleshoot. Good luck, you're going to need lots of it.
  14. steve23094 macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2013
    I know what you're talking about OP. Occasionally when my mid-2012 rMBP (Sierra) wakes from sleep the WiFi menu bar icon will cycle for 20 seconds or so and still not connect. Disabling and re-enabling WiFi at any point during this cycle or after results in an immediate successful connection.
  15. twennywonn macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2012
    I have never had an issue with the MBP failing to connect to wifi. I have had 2012, 2014 and now the 2016.
  16. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68040


    Apr 7, 2012
    I had this issue on an air a long time ago, no issues with mine now though. Actually fastest and most reliable in a computer I have ever had.
  17. myscrnnm macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Seattle, WA
    Haven't had a problem with my 2016 MBP yet. Is this a known issue? I have it on idle quite often (plugged in), and don't do many restarts.
  18. enzo thecat macrumors 6502

    enzo thecat

    Apr 7, 2010
    Midwest USA
    I have never had this problem with my 2010 MBP, but my moms 2012 MBP does. In fact, it was really a problem when we were there over the holiday. We both use the same routers (Airport Extreme).
  19. cmaier macrumors G4

    Jul 25, 2007
    I've never had this issue with my 2016 tMBP. Or my 2014 rMBP. Or my 2011 MBA. Or my 2013 MBA. Or my 2007 MBP. Or my 2009 MBP.
  20. amarcus macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2008
    London, UK
    One possibility that you might not have considered is conflicting country codes broadcast from your neighbours wireless routers (causing your mac to inappropriately restrict its wifi bands and fail to connect)

    You can test for this using the "wireless diagnostics" tool that comes with your mac - search for it using spotlight
  21. J D A macrumors member

    J D A

    Dec 29, 2015
  22. SparkFlash macrumors 6502


    Feb 15, 2013
    You know, I used to have this all the time. After sleep on wake I would have to reconnect to WIFI. But this post has made me realize this issue is gone for me. Not sure what it was, whether my new modem at home or a software update but its completely gone.

    Good luck!
  23. happyslayer macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    Running the 13" TB rMBP base model and my router is an Airport Extreme I purchased last year. No issues with wifi on this new MacBook Pro, nor any issues on an Early 2016 MacBook or a 13" 2013 Air or a 2014 rMBP or even my old Early 2011 MBP. I use an app called Wifi Explorer (in the App store) when I am troubleshooting wifi issues and such for customers. Maybe try it and see what it tells you.
    Good luck.
  24. thesaint024 macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2016
    suspension waiting room
    "the most infamous wifi bug" is a little over the top, especially when it's a case by case and really only known as an official and infamous bug to you. No one else has even heard of this "the most infamous wifi bug". I've had wifi issues here and there like everyone, but it's never been attributed to the history of Macs. This is what is known as alarmism. Because you had ME freaking out for no reason.
  25. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    have you tried using different dns server #'s?

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