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After upgrading from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion the Wi-Fi on my 2010 MBP basically stopped working. It would stay connected for a few minutes at a time and then drop the connection, connect, drop, etc.

My Wi-Fi access point continued to work with all other devices - it just stopped working on this one machine.

It appears that this issue is also in Lion - there are many threads on with users complaining about similar issues:

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The only solution I found that actually worked was to replace the Mountain Lion Wi-Fi drivers with the ones included in Snow Leopard.

NOTE: This solution is not for the faint of heart and please ensure you've backed up your system - at worst this should only bork your Wi-Fi (which I'm assuming is already broken if you're trying these steps) but it's better to be safe than sorry.

Insert the Snow Leopard DVD into your DVD drive.

Open a Terminal:

sudo -s
cd /System/Library/Extensions
mv IO80211Family.kext /Users/<your acct>/Desktop 
cp -R /Volumes/Mac\ OS\ X\ Install\ DVD/System/Library/Extensions/IO80211Family.kext .

Run Disk Utility and Repair Disk Permission on your system drive

Rebuild the kext cache:

sudo touch /System/Library/Extensions

Wait a few minutes to ensure that the cache has been regenerated and then reboot.

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I tried all the tips imaginable. The only solution was to set the channel on the wireless router on channel 11.

It seems to me, the Mountain Lion has a problem when the channel the router is in automatic, then every time the channel is changed, the connection of the wifi card of Macbook disconnects and reconnects.

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