One of the main reasons why people invest hefty amounts in buying a Mac instead of a window laptop is its durability and fewer issues as compared to other OS. Indeed, Mac users do not face too many issues, but when they do, they are usually weird ones. Lately, some Mac users are facing Wi-Fi problems with their devices.
If you are also unable to browse the web just because your Mac isn’t connecting to the Wi-Fi then this article can help you in sorting out the issue. Have a look at some of the easiest and quickest techniques to address the Wi-Fi issues within the Mac.
Check Apple’ Software:
In past, many Mac users have encountered the Wi-Fi issue whenever they have updated the software. It initially started with the original version of El captain and then it persisted for quite a long time. The software update is supposed to fix the issues instead of triggering them but in that case, it was the opposite. Apple then introduced an instant new update to fix the problem which helped many users, but not all.
So, if you are facing Wi-Fi connectivity issues and OS update is pending then you should try to update the software. Now, the question is that how’d you update the software if the device isn’t connecting to the Wi-Fi? The answer to that question is that you will need to share your mobile connection so your Mac can connect to it and update. Make sure you have enough mobile data or else it would be a costly update. Once the software is updated, check that if it has made any difference or not.
Check Apple’ Wi-Fi Recommendations:
When your Mac attempts to connect to a Wi-Fi network, MacOS checks for issues. If any are detected, you’ll see recommendations in the Wi-Fi status menu, which you can access by clicking on the Wi-Fi logo at the top right of your screen. If you see no recommendations here then Apple has found nothing to flag up.
Check Mac’ Wi-Fi Settings:
1. If you are experiencing the Wi-Fi issues quite often then you will be required to check and validate the Mac’ Wi-Fi Settings. You will need to head to the System Preferences to see if the network settings are functioning properly or not. Here is what you need to do.
2. Launch the System Preferences on the Mac.
3. Choose the option Network on the internet and wireless section.
4. You will be able to see the option Advanced located at the bottom right of the screen. Click it so you can access the advanced settings of your network connection.
5. Click on the TCP/IP tab and then you will need to set the option Using DHCP next to the IPv4. The reason is that in OS X Lion there have been some reports that manual configuration causes issues and hence setting it to DHCP can help address the issue.
6. While at it, click on the Wi-Fi tab and check if the desired Wi-Fi connection appears on the list. You can drag the desired connection (to which you connect most) to the top of the list for available networks so Mac can prioritize that connection while searching/connecting to available connections.
You can also try plugging in a network cable between your router and your Mac, to check whether basic Internet connectivity is working. If it doesn’t work then the problem is larger than you are thinking.
Remove and Re-Add the Wi-Fi Connection:
Once you have done checking the settings and couldn’t find any issue then you should move on to a comparatively easy part. All you need to do is to remove the existing connection and then set it up again. Here are the steps you need to follow.
1. Launch the Network Settings from System Preferences.
2. You will be able to see the Wi-Fi icon on the left-hand side panel. Click on it and then click the delete button. Confirm your action when the pop-up appears.
3. Once it is removed, click on the Add (+) button, and then enter the name of the new connection followed by clicking the option Create. Just go through all the tabs so the Mac can establish the default settings for the newly added Wi-Fi connection. You may be asked to put in all the details again as deleting the connection also wipes the details sometimes.
Check Your Router Settings:
It is advisable that you should first ask your network provider for guidance regarding the router settings. More often than not, it is the network provider that has the login details to access the settings. You can ask the provider for the credentials so you can check the settings. You will then enter the settings of your router and that is where you need to identify the issues (if any) it is recommended that you check the security settings and blockage to ensure that everything is in the right order. It is worth a try as some users have addressed the connectivity issues just by adjusting the router settings.
Reset PRAM and SMC:
Your Mac’s PRAM plays a vital part in its proper functionality. If PRAM isn’t functioning properly itself, then Mac will also face various issues. So, if your Wi-Fi issue continues after trying other troubleshooting techniques then you should consider resetting the PRAM of your Mac. Here is how you will be able to do that.
1. Restart your Mac.
2. Press and hold down the Command, Option, P and R keys before the grey screen appears
3. Keep holding the keys until the Mac restarts and you hear the start-up sound for the second time.
4. Release the keys and that is it. The PRAM is reset to the default settings. Try connecting to the internet to see if it has made any difference or not.
Another approach is to reset the main SMC chip (System Management Controller) as it could be one of the reasons why your Wi-Fi isn’t connecting. The SMC chip is responsible for managing things like fans, lights, video, and power for the Mac and therefore resetting it is worth a try. Here is what you need to do.
1. Power off your Mac and put it on the charge.
2. Press the Shift + Control + Option keys and the power button at the same time.
3. Release all these keys simultaneously.
4. Now switch on the Mac. The reset is done and therefore you should try connecting it to the Wi-Fi now.
Delete The Internet Preference Files:
The last option on the list is to delete the Internet Preference Files. Honestly, this method won’t make much difference given that you already have tried quite a few techniques. Again, it is worth a try as there is nothing to lose anyway. There could be some corrupted files that may be the reason of issue so clearing the internet preference files is what you are going to do. To do that:
1. In Finder, press Command + Shift + G and in the drop-down dialogue box, enter ~/Library
2. Now you will need to carefully locate these files: com.apple.internetconfig.plist and com.apple.internetconfigpriv.plist.
3. Just copy these files to somewhere safe and then delete them from the library. Once deleted, see if it makes any difference or not. If it doesn’t, then you can copy these files back to their previous destinations.
So, these are some of the methods that have helped the Mac users in addressing Wi-Fi issues. If you do not get any luck with these methods then you should consider seeking professional assistance as there isn’t much left to do on your own.