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A possible fix for a different type of wireless connection failures
Authored by: madsteer on Feb 06, '07 06:53:05AM

Well, I don't use open hotspots much, so I can't say I've experienced this much, but the problem I've had ever since 10.4.8 is not being able to connect to my own WAP at home.

I secure my WAP with:
1. MAC address restrictions
2. turn off (E)SSID broadcasting
3. WAP-Personal encryption

For some reason my MBP 17" gets into fits where it won't connet to it. I can recreate the problem by closing the lid and then immediately opening it back up (as if "opps I forgot I wanted to do one more thing"). if I close the lid and wait a few minutes, I can't (always) recreate the problem.

I don't even get a wireless connection. The the wireless icon at the top right, has all grey bars.

The workaround that seems to have fixed the problem is turning (E)SSID broadcasting back on. This is not my desired configuration, but it's less frustrating than dealing with this problem all the time.

I have a NetGear wireless border router, and my dad's having the same problem with a low end MacBook (white) and a Linksys wireless border router, so I don't think it's especially due to a particular model of WAP or Mac.

I'll try this solution, but I don't expect it to work. Slightly different problem.



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