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MBP - acting strangely - could it be network?


macrumors member
Original poster
Dec 10, 2013
I'm away from home, and am using a different WiFi network, of course. The problem is that whenever I use the internet, it works for a few minutes before the spinning wheel appears. After is appears, the mac becomes frozen and I have to hold the button down to power off and restart. I've done this about 10-15 times tonight.

However, the only thing I can think of that has been making my mac act differently is the WiFi network I'm on. I currently am not on this network, and am using my phone's WiFi hotspot; I have run into no problems yet, and my mac appears to be working normally again.

So my question: is it possible for a network to affect a mac like this? It just seems really weird that it has been acting up so much and is suddenly fine again once I am no longer using the network.



macrumors regular
Jul 25, 2013
What browser are you using? Have you tried to check the Activity monitor on your Mac for unusual requests? Do you have a firewall enabled? It's always recommended to have a network firewall enabled on your Mac when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network that you do not have controll over.


macrumors Core
Feb 20, 2009
Are you by any chance in a motel or hotel?

I've stayed in a few places which offered "free wifi", where the wifi speeds in the evening (when everyone was in their rooms and online) was terrible. Too many connections trying to claim their share of limited bandwith.


macrumors 601
Jun 8, 2007
Might a network issue require a forced stop of the Mac? That's extremely unlikely.

Please read other topics that discuss the symptoms (technically: the beach ball is a spinning wait cursor).
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