Apple’s iOS 8 was just released, and as with most initial releases, it has not come without a few bugs. While the OS includes a number of new features like the QuickType keyboard, once installed some people are finding some small issues with VPN connections, inability to access voicemail or enter iCloud keychain verification codes, and videos not playing in Safari, among others. However, two issues that appear to be outstanding are Wi-Fi connectivity problems where systems are hanging or running very slow when connected to Wi-Fi, and having exceptionally short battery lives. Continue reading
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Fix iPhone not connecting to AirPort Wi-Fi networks
While there are many reasons why an iPhone will not connect to an AirPort base station or other Wi-Fi network, one may simply be an odd configuration of the AirPort’s password in the iPhone’s settings, but sometimes you might check or re-check your password and even though it is entered correctly, it may still give you errors and not connect.
If you find that one of your iOS devices is not connecting, then you can try to fix the situation in one of two ways. Continue reading
How to forget Wi-Fi networks in OS X
When using your Mac with Wi-Fi, you have the option for OS X o remember your Wi-Fi network so when you are in the vicinity of this hotspot, you will seamlessly connect to it. While convenient, this can sometimes be a burden, especially if an otherwise preferred hotspot is running slowly or showing other problems.
For example, if you have two hotspots that you use in the vicinity of your work, then you may usually Continue reading
Network prioritization tips in OS X
If you use more than one type of network connection with your Mac, or if you access more than one Wi-Fi hotspot, then you might find one connection being preferentially used over another, which can sometimes frustrate your ability to get online or transfer data between systems. For example, if you generally use Wi-Fi for connecting your Macs to the internet but you try using an ad-hoc link with Continue reading
How to find your Mac’s MAC address
The MAC address for a system is its Media Access Control address, which is a unique string of hexadecimal characters that identifies your system’s physical port on the network. This address is used by routers on your local network to ensure proper assignment of IP addresses, and network information routing. Continue reading
Diagnosing and fixing Wi-Fi signal quality problems in OS X
While Wi-Fi is a reliable connection technology for the most part, there are times when you might experience drop-outs or stalls in performance. Sometimes these are because of the configuration of your Mac or your router, but at other times it can be from poor signal quality.
The quality for any analog signal, be it electrical, optical, or radio, can be determined by comparing the desired signal level to the background noise level in the signal in what’s known as a signal-to-noise ratio. Continue reading