Wifi Issues

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by Jerhen, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. Jerhen macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2015
    I really don't know where the correct spot is to post my question but I think it pertains to OS X on my MacBook. First of all, I have a late 2013 retina MacBook Pro that is currently running OS X El Capitan 10.11.4. The issue that I am experiencing is that if I leave my Mac on for about a week and use it off and on and leave it in sleep mode when not in use, I run into issues with wifi. My wifi still works but it is probably twice as slow or more and takes forever to load anything. Everything else is fine then with my Mac except for anything that uses the Internet such as loading webpages in Safari or opening the iTunes Store. I then have to restart my Mac and then the issue resolves itself. When I got my Mac, it came with OS X Mavericks and I didn't experience this issue until around August of last year. I was experiencing this issue under Mavericks and it was a lot worse. If I put my Mac to sleep, and woke it up it would take forever to load anything that used the internet. I would have to restart my Mac multiple times per day under Mavericks. I then decided to upgrade to El Capitan and see if it solved my issue because my Mac was getting to the point of being unusable because I would have to restart all the time. I think when I first upgraded, it was just like now where after a week of being on the wifi is really slow. I usually close my Mac when not in use and it is in sleep mode during that time. I know maybe I should restart my Mac about every week or even more but why would this issue with wifi be happening? I have previously run an Apple hardware test on my Mac during startup and it came up with no problems so there shouldn't be a problem then with the wifi card. FYI: I don't have any Apple Stores near me and I bought my Mac in May 2014 at BestBuy.
  2. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    You have to wonder if it is really slowing down, or if something is using all your bandwidth making it appear slow to you.

    Maybe you could troubleshoot this by looking at the network tab of the Activity Monitor right after boot up when things are acting as you expect, then look at it when you are experiencing the slow network response times. You might also go to speedtest.net before and during your problem to get a metric on network speeds.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    My advice (and yes, it's given seriously):

    Get in the habit of restarting the MacBook once a day.

    It takes only a few seconds, and "cleans everything out", so to speak.

    It sounds like this already clears up the wifi slowdown.

    So.... just do it!
  4. Jerhen thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2015
    When my wifi is working as expected, I have gone to speedtest.net and the speed that it comes up with is what I am paying for. Now when my computer is acting up and wifi is really slow and takes a while to load anything, it will load the webpage for speedtest.net but it won't load the test and the begin button.
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    Doing a restart does clear up the wifi problem, but I am in the habit of leaving tabs open in safari for quite a few days and not shutting down my computer. I know my issue is resolved by doing a restart but it just seems to me that you shouldn't have wifi problems in the first place and need to restart to fix them. I used to have a Macbook Pro, non retina when I was in high school that was a school issued Mac and it was running Lion the whole year and I think I maybe shut it down weekly, I don't even know if I did that and it was running without the issues that I am experiencing. So I am kind of basing my experience off of a previous MacBook.
  5. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Did you take a look at Activity Monitor for some hints?

    Also, would it be feasible to create a new user account to see if the problem repeats in the new account?

    I agree. I gotta disagree with @Fishrrman, there should be no reason to reboot daily.
  6. Jerhen thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2015
    I will open activity monitor under the network tab when I am experiencing the wifi issues and see what I can learn from it. I am currently on the third day of leaving my Mac on and haven't experienced any problems yet. I usually experience problems after a week, so maybe 4 more days of leaving it on and the problem will reoccur. I also agree with you about rebooting because you shouldn't need to reboot every day and this problem with wifi shouldn't occur from leaving my Mac on for a week.
  7. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    The only way to verify that it's strictly a Mac OS System issue and that no third-party app or add-on is part of the problem is to test the computer with a fresh install and no third-party apps installed.
  8. HallStevenson macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2012
    Just like Windows 95, XP, etc... o_O

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