Fixing Your Airport Woes

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2006, 08:00
Category: wireless

airport-extreme.jpgBen at MacFixIt sent along these WiFi tips after I complained about poor WiFi performance after installing Mac OS 10.4.8 and AirPort Update 2006-001 (version 1.0). So far, removing Coconut WiFi seems to have fixed the problem.
– Try changing the wireless specification mode used by your router (or base station). Try switching from 802.11g to 802.11b, for instance.
– Disabling coconutWiFi — an application displays you a small aqua-bubble at the top of your screen which indicates whether you’re in range of a wireless network or not — may resolve an issue where AirPort connections toggle between normal speed and dismal speed.
– Delete all stored wireless networks from the Preferred networks list, then add back any used networks via the following process:
Open System Preferences
Go to the “Network’ pane
Select “AirPort” from the “Show:” menu
Click on the “AirPort” tab
Select “Preferred networks” from the “By default, join:” menu
Delete any networks from the list (using the “-” button) that you do not regularly use
Click the “Apply Now” button
Reset the PMU.
– Turn off the Mac OS X Firewall (in the Sharing pane of System Preferences) resolved the issues in his case.
– In some cases, deleting the AirPort preferences can resolve the issue:
/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.airport.preferences.plist
If any of these solutions work for you, post your results in the comments below.


airport-extreme.jpgBen at MacFixIt sent along these WiFi tips after I complained about poor WiFi performance after installing Mac OS 10.4.8 and AirPort Update 2006-001 (version 1.0). So far, removing Coconut WiFi seems to have fixed the problem.
– Try changing the wireless specification mode used by your router (or base station). Try switching from 802.11g to 802.11b, for instance.
– Disabling coconutWiFi — an application displays you a small aqua-bubble at the top of your screen which indicates whether you’re in range of a wireless network or not — may resolve an issue where AirPort connections toggle between normal speed and dismal speed.
– Delete all stored wireless networks from the Preferred networks list, then add back any used networks via the following process:
Open System Preferences
Go to the “Network’ pane
Select “AirPort” from the “Show:” menu
Click on the “AirPort” tab
Select “Preferred networks” from the “By default, join:” menu
Delete any networks from the list (using the “-” button) that you do not regularly use
Click the “Apply Now” button
Reset the PMU.
– Turn off the Mac OS X Firewall (in the Sharing pane of System Preferences) resolved the issues in his case.
– In some cases, deleting the AirPort preferences can resolve the issue:
/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.airport.preferences.plist
If any of these solutions work for you, post your results in the comments below.

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One Response to “Fixing Your Airport Woes”

  1. Thank you for the tip about removing Coconut WiFi. Since upgrading to 10.4.8 my airport was painfully slow, no music streaming to my Airport Express and I could not use encryption on the network. Removing the beloved Coconut WifI fixed it. I am using a MacBook Dual 2Ghz with 2GB memory running 10.4.8 and an Airport Express with the latest firmware