Wonky WiFi performance on iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by RealJethro, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. RealJethro macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2013
    2.8 GHz i7, 10.8.4 iMac. In the past few weeks, this iMac's WiFi performance has become very irregular and unreliable. While it shows a strong WiFi signal, it will often not connect, report "connection timeout" errors, start loading pages then stop uncompleted, etc. Occasionally it will have 'bursts' of normal performance for a few minutes, though mostly now it leans toward connection timeout behavior.

    I'm pretty certain it's not a hardware problem because if I boot to an external drive (10.6) the WiFi connection performs brilliantly. We also have a Macbook Pro and iPad that both connect to the same WiFi in the same house and also connect without any problem.

    So it's pretty safe to say the 10.8.4 system has some sort of software issue causing this. I've tried repairing permissions, repairing via Disk Utility (reports the disk ok), updated Airport Utility, and running Disk Warrior -- nothing has worked. Has anyone else experienced this, or has any suggestions for troubleshooting this problem?
  2. theRevIsNotDead macrumors member


    Aug 17, 2013
    Have you checked your DHCP settings? Or have you tried updating to 10.8.5?
  3. buysp macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    Same observation on my late 2012 21.5" i7 iMac which is on 10.8.5!
    I get connection errors like timeouts and in some instances my wireless network cannot be found. My 4 other iOS devices pick up the wireless flawlessly.

    Any thoughts?
  4. CoinOP macrumors member

    May 11, 2013
    Same here. Late 2012 Imac 8.4. It started just a few weeks ago though.

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