Whenever your Wi-Fi connection slows down or completely stops working on your Mac, it can be a very stressful experience. Because the majority of the MacBook’s functionalities are tied to having a stable internet connection, it can be very inconvenient. Also, if we take into account just how much of a valuable commodity Wi-Fi has become in business, work, school, and just everyday life and you’ve got a very frustrating problem to fix and to make it worse, sometimes you may have no idea how to solve it. However, do keep in mind that it’s not uncommon to experience connectivity problems on a Mac, and because of that, we’re going to suggest a few working solutions that should get your connection back up and running pretty quickly.
Reboot Your Wi-Fi Connection & MacBook
The first thing you need to do in an attempt to restore connectivity is to reset your Wi-Fi connection. It’s possible the cause is due to a faulty signal or that your router is having an issue. Moreover, you can go ahead and restart your Mac just to be safe in the event there’s a program that is interfering with your connection. This will also mean you need to unplug any external devices you may have connected eg. printers, cameras, monitors, projectors; using a usb c multiport hub, to avoid any possible issues during the restart. Once you have rebooted both devices, you can try again to check whether your Mac will connect again.
Conduct an Internet Diagnostics Test
Every Apple MacBook comes with its own pre-installed network diagnostics tool which allows you to assess your network’s current health and also troubleshoot any problem you may plague with. You can access the application by pressing both the Command and Spacebar buttons then keying in “Wireless Diagnostics” in the search bar. Once the program is open, it will give you the options to scan for available networks as well as scan your current Wi-Fi connection and it will assess whether or not the issue is related to your router or if it is an issue with your Mac.
2.5 Conduct an Internet Speed Test
You can also conduct an internet speed test in an attempt to determine whether or not it’s your Mac or if it’s the Wi-Fi that is the problem. There are several online speed test tools, that will help you assess how fast your network is, in regards to file uploads and downloads. You can also be using these tools to be confirming that you are receiving the internet speeds that you are paying for. There are several websites like BroadbandNow, as well as third-party apps that you can utilize, such as Wi-Fi Explorer or NetSpot. You would also be surprised just how often users end up discovering that the reason they are experience internet issues is that their router is not producing a strong enough signal or that the furniture and walls may be blocking or reducing the signal.
Disconnect from The Network Completely
If you’ve already tried resetting your router and MacBook then the next best thing is to disconnect from the Wi-Fi network completely. In simple terms, make your Mac forget that it has access to Wi-Fi. You can accomplish this by heading to:
- Network Preferences
- Click on your Wi-Fi connection
- Disconnect from it by clicking the minus tab
You should also repeat this process with any other device that is connected to the Wi-Fi then re-connect to the Wi-Fi afterward by entering the password, and you should be back online once again.
Declutter Your File System
Another reason why you may be suffering from connectivity issues is probably a clustered file system. Whenever your Mac ends up storing excess junk files, like cache files, email backups, etc… these can start to eventually slow down the performance of your device which could also impact your internet connectivity. In such cases, it’s best to use a third-party app like CleanMyMac to clean up your file system. This app is very effective as you can use it to locate any lingering junk files that may be cluttering up your hard drive, remove any unused apps, clean email folders, and attachments, as well as eject any extensions or plugins that you aren’t utilizing.
Contact your Broadband Provider
In the event your internet connection is still not functioning properly, then it’s time to contact your service provider. They should be able to assess your internet speed and assess if there is a problem and whether or not they need to either increase the speed, replace the router or tweak some settings within your customer account portal.
Having problems with Internet connectivity can be a difficult thing to go through but these suggestions should help you get to the root of the problem and find a permanent fix for the problem. In some cases, if you urgently need to solve the problem to finishing up some work until the problem is solved, we would suggest perhaps going the faster route and temporarily using an ethernet cable to connect your Mac to the router directly. If you need to be more comfortable while working you can always connect an external monitor and/or keyboard using a usb-c hub long cable. If the Internet starts to work properly then you may have been experiencing signal issues with your Wi-Fi.
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