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Sometimes on my macbook my wireless icon looks like this. enter image description here

In the past I've only seen this when connecting to my iphone's hotspot, and I pressumed it was something along the lines of "we're using bluetooth as well" but when I took the screenshot I was connected to a normal everyday wireless access point. What causes the change?

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That's clearly a tethering icon, so you have three options:

  • your Mac OS is interpreting things incorrectly from the WiFi chipset (either due to needing a reboot or some systematic error)
  • the router is sending mixed signals
  • the hardware is detecting something that is not being sent (error or failure)
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