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    Wi-Fi on MBA 2011
    Problem- multiple networks in my area (20+) so Airport goes 'looking for new networks' which means my preferred network freezes for 20-30 seconds. Repeatedly. Infuriating! Similar question has been asked but the answer given has no effect, for me. How can a network be "locked' or all others blocked to prevent this search starting??

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    In System Prefs/Network uncheck 'Ask to join new networks' then go Advanced/Wi-Fi and drag your own preferred network to the top of the list

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    Quote Originally Posted by pendlewitch View Post
    In System Prefs/Network uncheck 'Ask to join new networks' then go Advanced/Wi-Fi and drag your own preferred network to the top of the list
    Thanks Pendlewitch

    Have to conclude it cannot be done; tried ALL permutations in the settings but the search for networks continues. This is a serious flaw in the system, for me.

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    Can you download an app called istumbler and see if any of the networks' channels conflict with yours and try changing to a different channel?

    Also, is your router up to scratch? Does it need a reset, or a firmware update, is it dual band ?

    These things can all add up.

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    Thanks- I don't know any of that stuff, will give it a try!

    No router, just the Airport internal thingy; all my software is up to date and I use Clean My Mac often (seems a good application)

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    Going back to your original question..are you saying that you can't connect to the internet at all? Are you trying to connect to A.N.Other's network?

    From the info you give in your last post you don't appear to have a wireless router, so my next question is do you have a broadband modem?

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    All I have is my MBA, no external hardware- connecting wirelessly via 'Airport'.

    The profusion of local Wi-Fi networks causes Airport to hunt continuously which stops my browsing activity. Clicking on the Airport symbol in the bar across top of screen shows the greyed-out "Wi-Fi: Looking for networks..." with a spinning 'spoked wheel'.

    There is no option to stop this process...

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    When you say no external hardware do you mean that you have no broadband connection of your own?

    The Wi-Fi activity you describe is normal when you click on the icon. One of the networks listed underneath should be ticked.

    EDIT : Apologies if I appear to be misunderstanding the situation but under normal circumstance you must have a broadband enabled telephone connection and a modem to connect to it, you either hook up to the modem by ethernet cable or wirelessly if the unit is a combined modem and wireless router (or sometimes these items are separate)

    If you have this then you need to physically choose to connect to that network by clicking on it in the list underneath the Airport icon.

    Alternatively you will need a password to connect to A.N.Other's wireless connection if it is protected. The owner must of course be aware that you intend to do this.

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    <<The Wi-Fi activity you describe is normal when you click on the icon. One of the networks listed underneath should be ticked.>>

    Normal- yes; desirable?- No; I installed one of the network detection programs you suggested and found that only 2m away the signal was better and this 'hunting' behaviour much reduced- in effect, a fix! Thanks again for your efforts

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