Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm on OS X 10.6. When I'm downloading a torrent, the connection is sometimes lost.

And because of this, the download stops too, and the only solution I found to reconnect is to manually turn off the WiFi and turn it back on.

Is there a program or trick to restore the network connection automatically?

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

While this doesn't solve your problem immediately, I can say that I had the exact same issue with my iMac and OS X 10.6. My solution? Get a new router. From that point on, the wireless connection was far more stable, and while the issue itself exists (say I make a lot of changes in the router that requires the connection to drop -- my iMac won't always reconnect), the router itself seems to make a big deal in the connectivity. (I went after one of the newer N routers; my previous router was a G router.)

Other things to try (before shelling out $$$):

  • Make sure your router's firmware is up-to-date (Mine was, unfortunately)
  • See if you can install a custom firmware (like DD-WRT) that might solve the problem (this is really dependent upon router type, so not all routers are supported)
share|improve this answer
1  
Before buying a new router - you should check that your current router has the latest software applied. I had a Netgear router previously that lost wifi connections regularly - once I applied latest software - it ran for months without issues. –  barryj May 6 '11 at 7:24
    
Good idea; I'd forgot to mention that. For my router, it was already on the latest firmware, and since it was a b/g device and I wanted to have N speeds for the Mac, I figured it was time to upgrade anyway. –  Kerri Shotts May 6 '11 at 15:59

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.