Wireless local area networking, also known as "Wireless Internet"; stands for "WIreless FIdelity"

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How does the Mac choose which connection to use when both Wifi and Ethernet are connected?

When I'm connected to two networks with separate routers using Wifi and Ethernet, how does my Mac know what connection to use when I visit a website?
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Is there any way to view saved wifi passwords on the iPhone?

I've previously connected to a wifi network on my iPhone but I've no way of finding out the password. So is there any way to view saved wifi passwords on the iPhone?
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Wi-Fi disconnects when I lock the mac

Everytime I lock my mac and log back in two minutes, It has disconnected the wi-fi network. Is there a setting to disable this? Model: Mac Book Pro - 15-inch, Mid 2010 I lock it by clicking 'Login ...
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How can I prevent an SSH session from hanging in OS X Terminal?

When I close my MacBook with an active SSH session in Terminal and then wake it up, the prompt goes unresponsive. In about five minutes it says Write failed: Broken pipe and terminates. This ...
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Can I force Mac OS X to select certain Wifi network?

When I turn on Wifi on my MacBook, it always selects some open network. Can I somehow force the system to choose another network (it is password-protected but I have the password stored in the ...
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Is there an application like Connectify for Mac OS X Lion?

There is a well known app for Windows named: Connectify, used to share a wifi connection between a computer that only has wifi with other devices which requests that connection from the computer. ...
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How to automatically login to captive portals on OS X?

How can I automatically login to captive portals on OS X? A captive portal is used by (often not password-protected) wireless networks that present a web page as soon as you connect to them, ...
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Start/stop internet sharing from a script?

Is there a way to start/stop internet sharing from the command line or maybe an apple script? The thing is that I move around my laptop between home and work. At one place I get wireless internet ...
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Will Time Capsule work on a college dorm's WiFi network?

My daughter is headed off to college. I'd like to send her off with a Time Capsule so she can wirelessly backup her MacBook automatically. My concern is that Time Capsule will not work properly on ...
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Wi-Fi connection randomly disconnects on 2012 MacBook Air

My 2012 MacBook Air has problems with Wi-Fi – random disconnections, every few minutes. The problems occurred with Lion, and persist after an upgrade to Mountain Lion. It seems the Wi-Fi drops ...
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How do I troubleshoot my Wi-Fi connection when an exclamation mark appears?

Sometimes, when I am in a public Wi-Fi an exclamation mark appears in the greyed out Wi-Fi icon. I can connect to the Wi-Fi (I get assigned an IP address), but I cannot establish an internet ...
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Can I connect to a specific access point by BSSID?

Is there any way to get Mac OS X to connect to a specific access point by BSSID? I have a network with the same SSID for multiple access points, and I would sometimes like to specify which specific ...
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Why won't my MacBook Pro connect to Wi-Fi networks that use a sign-in page (captive portal)?

Some wi-fi networks require viewing and agreeing to terms before Internet access is allowed. When my MBP connects to such a network, it attempts to redirect and isn't able to connect. I tried all ...
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What are the risks of connecting a MacBook to an insecure wireless network?

What privacy and security risks am I exposing myself to when I connect my MacBook to an open insecure wireless network? Are there any risks that are worse or better when compared to a Windows PC ...
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How can I set the priority of Wi-Fi networks on my iOS device?

I have two Wi-Fi networks in my house, one at one end of the house and one at the other. While signals crossing from one side of the house are usually audible on the other side, they are generally ...
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Can a Mac's airport card run 802.11 N, G, B or A only?

Occasionally it's nice to hard code a wired connection network port to not auto negotiate and force things to be 100 half duplex even though a higher speed is configured and negotiable on the switch. ...
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Connecting using WiFi Protected Setup in OS X

I have a MacBook Pro, and in OS X (running Lion), I can't figure out how to connect using the WiFi Protected Setup feature of my router. When I boot into Windows (Windows 7), using Boot Camp, I have ...
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How can I mirror my iPad display wirelessly?

I am looking to display my iPad screen wirelessly to an external display to demo applications. I found this video showing exactly what I want to do with an iPhone but no explanation as to what the ...
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How to share internet with WPA/WPA2 security?

I'm using a macmini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard to share a cable internet connection. Sharing works fine except that security is limited to 40/128 bit WEP that is insecure (can be hacked in minutes). ...
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To let a Mac automatically use Wifi and Ethernet to double the connection speed?

I am staying at a hotel, and for some reason, I think they limit each Wifi connection to 95 kbyte / s. So that is roughly 1.2 Mbps... and since I have 18 Mbps at home, I am using a speed that is less ...
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How do you force a 5 GHz wifi connection?

Wifi networks are often set up in dual-band mode, with the same SSID served on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. I'd like to always use the 5 GHz band (due to interference with Bluetooth and other devices ...
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What tools are there for measuring Macbook wireless strength?

I often have trouble connecting to wifi with my MacBook Pro. To help identify the problem, I was wondering if there were any tools for measuring wireless signal strength.
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Have to reconnect to WiFi every time computer goes to sleep

I recently purchased a new MacBook Air (2011) with Lion preinstalled. There is this persistent and incredibly annoying problem that is occurring with the WiFi. Every time I close the lid or let the ...
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Does turning on WiFi on iPhone use battery?

Does turning on WiFi (without connecting to any wireless network) use battery?
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Why does iPhone Maps app sometimes ask to enable Wi-Fi for “accuracy”, even though Location Services (GPS) is enabled?

Background: I have an iPhone 3GS with iOS 5.1, and a 3G data plan that I keep enabled. I also keep "Location Services" (GPS) always on, since I use applications that take advantage of it. However, I ...
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Can I “Forget this Network” when the wifi network is not in range?

I have an iPod Touch that I upgraded to iOS 4 (but this an issue that also existed in iOS 3.1). When I travel, and I join a WiFi networks (e.g. hotel, etc), I don't always remember to forget the ...
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Why does my Mac take a long time (30+ seconds) to find my home wifi?

I have a retina MacBook Pro 15" running Mac OS X 10.9.4. When I wake it from sleep at work, it's connected to the wifi network before I've even entered my password. But at home, with a Airport Extreme ...
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Internet stops working frequently on OS X Lion

After upgrading to Lion, I started experiencing this issue: Internet stops working frequently. - I open Safari and browse for some time - Suddenly I can't open any sites; Internet will stop ...
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How do I share a Wi-Fi connection via a Wi-Fi hotspot?

This question is an extension of this question. While my answer did answer the question, there was one part that wasn't answered: how do I share a Wi-Fi connection via a Wi-Fi hotspot?
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Can iOS 5 Wi-fi sync be used over VPN?

With iTunes Wi-fi sync in iOS 5, it seems that the host iTunes machine and the iOS device have to be on the same LAN. Is it possible to circumvent that requirement by accessing the user's LAN (with ...
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Wifi Won't Connect; Connection Timeout (Mac)

I'm having issues with my macbook pro OS X 10.7.5. It used to connect to the wifi router (D-Link N300, DIR=615) no problems. But for the past several weeks, I haven't been able to at all. What pops ...
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Can I use an old iPhone as a wifi-only device?

I have an AT&T (GSM) iPhone 4. If I were to upgrade to an iPhone 5, could I simply pop the SIM out of my iPhone 4 and continue using it on wifi only? Would I also need to get the SIM deactivated ...
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Access Airport signal data

I want to be able to write the current list of Wifi networks in airport, and their respective strengths, to a file. I would like to use some sort of bash script to do this, but I am unsure how to ...
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OS X status bar wifi icon - meaning of bars?

On my MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini, the status bar includes the standard "radiating sector" wifi icon which you can click on to select a wifi network, or Option-click on to see additional ...
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Is it possible to remember a wifi network in iOS 6 without automatically connecting to it?

Once in a while I need to use my iPhone 4 for work related tasks that require a lot of bandwidth. When doing this I will connect to the wireless network at work, do what I need to do, and then ...
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Multiple simultaneous wifi connections

With the release of airdrop it is apparent that my WiFi network card is capable of making more than one network connection. Are there any apps, documentation, command line tools, etc. for managing ...
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How to set custom DNS entry for a particular wifi connection

Is there a way to set custom DNS settings for a single wifi connection without affecting other connections? I use my laptop at home and work. When at work I need to type in an IP address of a local ...
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Internet sharing through WiFi disconnects

I am currently using an iMac running Lion and am having problems sharing my internet through WiFi. The iMac is connected to the internet through ethernet and I share that connection through WiFi to ...
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How to change network connection order?

I have multiple network access in the same area. How can I reorder the priority to which the connections are made ?
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Share iPhone WIFI with computer over USB?

Due to a water leakage, we had to move offices temporarily. In our temp offices, we have WIFI network, but not cabled network (yet). Since my computer doesn't have WIFI (it's a stationary desktop) I ...
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What, precisely, does “reset network settings” do on an iPhone?

I use "internet sharing" on my Mac, but lately I've been having trouble connecting my iPhone 5 to the resulting WiFi network. I've read advice online to do Settings -> General -> Reset -> ...
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How can I wirelessly transfer photos from my iPhone to my computer without using Photostream?

Sometimes I take a quick photo with my iPhone's camera and I need to get it onto my iMac. I'd love to do this wirelessly (like syncing and everything else). I'm aware that iCloud's Photostream should ...
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Can I use 2 iPhones as walkie talkie? (without internet!)

I want to use 2 (or more) iPhones as walkie talkie (i.e. they talk each other without needing internet/voice call). Of course this should work with wifi, because it doesn't make much sense a to have ...
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Is it possible to connect an iPhone/iPad via WiFi Protected Setup (WPS)?

I was wondering if anyone know if it is possible to connect your iPhone/iPad to a router via WiFi Protected Setup (WPS)? I would like to bypass entering my password on my iOS device and speed pairing ...
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MacBook Pro Encountering High Latency

I'm encountering latency trouble with my 15" 2011 Macbook Pro (running 10.6.7) when on an 802.11n (5GHz) wireless network hosted by a Time Capsule (version 7.5.2). When I ping the Time Capsule, the ...
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Change Mac OS X Wireless Card Country Code

I have problem connecting to a wireless router using Mac OS X which is on channel 13. This is because there is some other router nearby which is broadcasting the US country code. The only way around ...
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What to do about broken WiFi on iPhone 4S after iOS 7 update?

Several iPhone 4S owners have noticed a problem with their WiFi not working after upgrading to iOS 7. It appears to be both a software problem (our phones have been working for nearly two years with ...
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MacBook Pro WiFi keeps shutting down for no apparent reason

I've got quite a problem with my Macbook Pro (late 2010, running OS X Lion 10.7.3). Since a few days ago, my wifi frequently keeps shutting down. It starts by the network not being functional and then ...
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How can I prevent OS X from resetting/disconnecting from wifi when left idle?

Doing work at home, I noticed that OS X would drop my wifi connection when I left my 2011 MacBook Pro and it went into idle mode (screen black, but still powered on). When I moved the mouse or ...
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iOS6 on iPod Touch (4) no Wi-FI LAN, when there is no Internet?

I got a question of one of my customers: They are experiencing problems when connecting a iPod to a WIFI LAN without Internet connection. Basically, the iPod connects, gets a IP from DHCP, but then ...