Preferred networks and connection timeout problem

Nov 13, 2011
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Looking for a bit of advice regarding my airport and preferred networks.

I've spent ages reading up on forums and threads but I can't seem to find a solution as although people seem to be experiencing similar problems none seem to be the same as mine.

I'm using MAC OS X 10.6.8 on a Macbook. I've had it for a few years and have only recently just started experiencing this problem. After turning on or awakening my mac from sleep, I get the message 'None of your preferred networks are available'. My home network is listed, with a padlock but the wireless strength is showing as only one bar. I am sat right next to the router, and other laptops have no problem connecting to the network or it's strength.

After selecting my preferred network, I am asked to enter my password which is often stored in the type bar, I click connect but I am then faced with a 'Connection time out' message. Needing to get online, I persist clicking on connect after each time out message sometimes 20 - 30 times and it eventually recognises the password. I have no problem with wireless strength or anything once connected but after disconnecting I have to go through the same thing every time. As you can understand this is really annoying, especially as I've never had a problem with it before and it's just come from nowhere.

I've tried re-adding the networks and things but to no avail.
Any help would be more than appreciated!
Sep 10, 2011
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Your Mac's Specs
MacBook Air M1 2020 Ventura 13.4.1 500Gb 8Gb. iPhone12, Watch 5, HomePods.
I 've had shed loads of problems with this issue. There are a bunch of proposed fixes but I would start with updating the firmware on your router first because 10.6.8 may have outpaced things.

Find the the IP address for your router in System Prefs/Internet & Wireless/Network, paste it into a Safari address bar and you should be able to access the utility pane for your router and do a firmware update from there.

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