How to Troubleshoot the WiFi on your Mac

One common problem experienced by users that almost always leads to a lot of frustrations is having issues with the WiFi connection. Explore the options outlined below to fix the potential problems and ensure a smoother experience on your Mac.

Start by running the built-in Wireless Diagnostics troubleshooter. To open it, press Option and click on the Wi-Fi icon in the top right corner. After that, select 'Open Wireless Diagnostics.'

If the troubleshooter couldn't identify the issue, users might want to reset their Wi-Fi network settings. While effective, this method will reconfigure the existing Wi-Fi settings so it may be for the best to back up your Mac via Time Machine before proceeding.

First, turn off Wi-Fi and shut down any open browser. Then open Finder, select the 'Go' menu, and choose 'Go to Folder.' In the new window, paste the following path and click on 'Go:

/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/

Now, select the files from the provided list and move them into a new folder on the Dekstop:

preferences.plist
com.apple.wifi.message-tracer.plist
com.apple.network.eapolclient.configuration.plist
com.apple.airport.preferences.plist
NetworkInterfaces.plistReset Wi-Fi network settings

The final step is to restart your Mac and enable Wi-Fi again.

Some Mac users have encountered a problem where the Wi-Fi connection drops off as a result of the sleep mode settings on the system. To fix the issue, go to 'System Preferences,' select 'Battery,' followed by 'Power Adapter.' Find the 'Wake for network access' option and disable it.

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