In the Morning Copy office we all use Apple Macs. We’ve found our Macs to be mostly hassle-free bits of kit, but there is one problem that seems to pop up on a semi-regular basis: Apple WIFI drop outs.
Drop outs don’t happen every day but they do happen regularly enough to annoy; especially when so much of our work requires us to be online.
Last month we put our heads together and decided to get to the bottom of the WIFI drop outs. After a few hours of detective work we found a solution that worked for us. That’s right, no more Apple WIFI drop outs!
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We provide this tutorial to help people who experience the same issue with Airport WIFI.
Please read over this tutorial before you change any settings on your computer or router and refer your problem to a real techy if you think it is above your knowledge level.
When a new Mac logged onto the local WIFI network it would kick off the other Macs on the network. Navigating to the Network System Preferences would give you a message like:
We realised that the new Mac was ‘stealing’ the IP address of the other Macs connected to the network. Our solution was to lock down the IP address so it couldn’t be stolen again!
Open System Preferences and choose Network. Select your Airport network from the left hand menu and click the Advanced button in the bottom right.
Select TCP/IP from the top navigation menu, then select Using DHCP with manual address from the top drop down menu.
Find out what range of IP addresses (eg. 10.1.1.1 – 10.1.1.99) that your WIFI router uses, then enter your chosen IP address into the iPv4 Address field.
Click OK to return to the Network section and then click Apply to apply your changes.
We’ve listed this as a temporary fix because manually assigning the IP address could cause problems for the user when they try to log onto other WIFI networks.
Log into your WIFI router and assign a unique IP address to every computer on the network. This is a permanent fix because it means each user will not have to update their settings when they try to log onto other networks.
Note: You will need to find the MAC address of each computer before you can assign an IP address to it.
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