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"Error trying to connect to Airport Network X.X.X.X"


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Hey guys, I did the latest security update on my macbook, and since that i havent been able to connect to my wireless network or to any other network at all, but it works fine when i connect it via cable. The error it gives me says "There was an error trying to connect to Airport Network X.X.X.X" and ive tried to rebooting, turning off/on the airport and nothing. Does anyone knows how to fix it? Ive seen many ppl with the same issue but noone knows how to fix it . Imma take it to the apple store tomorow to see what they say.

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Hey guys, I did the latest security update on my macbook, and since that i havent been able to connect to my wireless network or to any other network at all, but it works fine when i connect it via cable. The error it gives me says "There was an error trying to connect to Airport Network X.X.X.X" and ive tried to rebooting, turning off/on the airport and nothing. Does anyone knows how to fix it? Ive seen many ppl with the same issue but noone knows how to fix it . Imma take it to the apple store tomorow to see what they say.

THanks for your help

Juan
There are apparently some flaws with the latest wireless update and third-party wireless routers which has been confirmed in Apple's own support forums. I too had a similar problem that could only be resolved by reverting back to the old driver. This process is detailed in this thread. I also had some limited success switching my router over to WPA2 instead of WPA, but I found that it was still not totally reliable and ended up going back to the original driver.
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thanks ill do that today
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yep, i have also had this, and fixed it by using a 128bit WEP instead of WPA
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yep, i have also had this, and fixed it by using a 128bit WEP instead of WPA
Just keep in mind that WEP is a lot more easily broken than WPA. If you live in a relatively rural area, this may not be of concern, but it is something to keep in mind if you're as paranoid as I am. Try WPA2 if your router supports it, I did have better luck although I found that the connection breaks a bit more readily (it does reconnect easier under WPA2).
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yes true, i do live out in the sticks so to speak.
Here :- http://www.openxtra.co.uk/articles/wpa-vs-wep.php article about wep vs wpa , Some routers may need a firmware update i guess for WPA2?
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cwa07...its your airport working now that u did the downgrading thingy?
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cwa07...its your airport working now that u did the downgrading thingy?
Yes, it's working perfectly. However, one of the reasons for the update in the first place was to address a security flaw in the driver that could allow a hacker to compromise your MacBook if they happened to be on the same LAN as you. Granted, this risk is remote, but it IS possible. So, someone suggested that switching to WPA2 might lessen the problem. I did this, then again installed the update and found that indeed, the problem wasn't as bad. However, it still occasionally dropped connection in areas of low signal within my house. That being the case, I left my router set to WPA2 and again reverted back to the original driver. Since then, no problems with dropped connections and better performance with WPA2.

To answer adrianmoore's question regarding how to enable WPA2 - yes, you might need to upgrade firmware on your router. This might be a good idea anyway if you are having problems, several people who have experienced this issue have rectified it with a firmware upgrade and not changing any settings. That said, your router (even with a newer firmware version) may not support WPA2. In my case, my router was already on the latest version and it was simply a matter of switching a dropdown box from WPA Personal to WPA2 Personal. My MacBook Pro immediately noticed the difference and switched accordingly. My Windows notebook required a manual change, but does work as well now.
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Thanks cwa107 i'll see if there is an update lurking for my netgear, though there are not many wireless networks near me, its still wise to run the best security
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oh ok, im gonna do it right now, thanks
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ok i got the Mac OS X for Intel (10.4.8) and the pacifist, but i dont see any folder called system, library or extension and i dont see the IO80211Family.kext
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could anyone that already did this, post the file here,so i can download it? thanks for ur help guys!
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ok i got the Mac OS X for Intel (10.4.8) and the pacifist, but i dont see any folder called system, library or extension and i dont see the IO80211Family.kext
Open the OS X for Intel DMG file. This should mount it as a disk on your desktop. Open and install Pacifist. Run Pacifist, it should put a window on your desktop that you can drag things into. Now, drag the package file trom the OS X for Intel virtual disk and drop it onto the Pacifist window. Pacifist will show you the structure of the package. Click the triangle next to System, go to Library, go to Extensions and then drag and drop IO80211Family.kext to your desktop. Then, open your Macintosh HD, go to System -> Extensions and drag and drop the file you just extracted into that directory. You'll get a warning that you this can't be done, but click the "Authenticate" button, type your password and it will do it anyway. Then, reboot your system.
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could anyone that already did this, post the file here,so i can download it? thanks for ur help guys!
It's too big - there's a 1MB attachment size limit. Let's see if I can put it up on my webspace for you.
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Try this link:

http://cwa107.home.comcast.net/IO80211Family.kext.zip

You will need to unzip the file before you drag it into ~/System/Extensions directory
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