Possible wifi solution

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by infamous84, Nov 24, 2014.

  1. infamous84, Nov 24, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2014

    infamous84 macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2010
    A dev dug deeper into the wifi issues on Yosemite and ios 8 and found some interesting stuff and posted up a possible solution. I tried this on my rmbp and pages seem to be loading quicker still testing it.


    A fix for iOS WiFi
    How often do you actually use AirDrop or play games with a nearby device or do AirPlay directly to another device (where you’re not connected to the same WiFi)? I’ve used AirDrop once. It was cool, I enjoyed it, but not worth the WiFi issues it’s causing.

    I’ve created a disable feature and conveniently located it in the AirDrop menu located in the Control Center. If you’re jailbroken, you can pick this up in Cydia for free. It’s called “WiFried”.

    WiFried will allow you to enable/disable your D2DWiFi/AWDL and can be conveniently turned off/on under the AirDrop settings in Control Center.

    I’ll post the source on GitHub shortly
    Edit: https://github.com/mariociabarra/wifried

    One Last Thing…
    Yosemite WiFi Issues Fix
    This issue with D2D/AWDL is the same root cause of the severe WiFi performance degradation affecting users on Yosemite (continues on 10.10.1). Although AirDrop was introduced in OSX Lion and used AWDL, with the release of iOS 8, perhaps there’s more sharing or just some bad new code. AirDrop and AWDL have been active since iOS 7, yet the issue seems to have suddenly appeared in iOS 8.

    @rpetrich mentioned AirDrop used to be two incompatible, but identically named protocols until Yosemite/iOS 8. Perhaps this and the changes for continuity introduced bugs in this area.

    Turning of AWDL
    Perhaps not surprising for Apple users, you actually can’t easily (see below) turn off AWDL/AirDrop in Yosemite. You can remove it from the left side of Finder, but that doesn’t fix the issue. Apple? User choice?

    Either way, you can fix your Yosemite WiFi issues, at the cost of disabling AWDL and AirDrop, by typing the following command at the OSX terminal:

    sudo ifconfig awdl0 down
    And vice versa to restore AirDrop and AWDL (and the WiFi issues)

    sudo ifconfig awdl0 up
    For clarification: that’s “a w d (lowercase L) (number zero)”

    Update: Older Mac’s/MacBooks may not have this interface on Yosemite due to hardware incompatibilities. Based on http://recode.net/2014/10/16/os-x-yosemite-arrives-what-does-it-mean-for-older-macs/, looks like they don’t have full AirDrop and probably don’t support AWDL.
  2. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014

    What do you need to turn off to help the "regular" WiFi?

    Please post it here, then it won't be lost if your link breaks....
  3. w0lf macrumors 65816


    Feb 16, 2013
    Fix issue (disable AirDrop and AWDL)
    sudo ifconfig awdl0 down
    Restore AirDrop and AWDL (and the WiFi issues)
    sudo ifconfig awdl0 up
  4. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    Cool thanks

    w0lf I was going to leave it to the author to post his work (or not), thats his call really.
  5. infamous84 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2010
    this is not my work, I take no credit for this. Posted it as a troubleshooting method for those having issues with WIFI.
  6. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    Hmm.. I like AirDrop and use it a lot..no solution for me then.
  7. ltorrelles macrumors newbie


    Nov 16, 2012
    Barcelona, Spain
  8. Otelm macrumors newbie


    Nov 18, 2013
    As soon as I did

    sudo ifconfig awdl0 down

    My wifi download speed went from 0.5 MB/s to 60+ MB/s so at least for me it worked!
  9. Dembo macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2007
    London, UK / Frankfurt, Germany
    Makes no difference for me. (10.10.1, late 2013 15'' rMBP).
  10. XoFu macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2013
    I does not work for me either (MBA 2013) 10.10.1 :(
    Thank you all the same for posting the possibility


    EDIT: It does work. After I forced quit in my computed I re-started and did try the terminal command. And it does work! Thank you Thank you!:D:D:D
  11. Fimeg macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2013
    Confirmed... This work was performed by the maker of MiWi for iOS (jailbroken application for distributing wifi). He has been well known for years. This works by disabling the functions involved with Airdrop and AirPlay.

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