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Right now my MacBook Pro is set to go to sleep after 1 hour and then when I wake it back up, I have to wait for it to find/connect to Wi-Fi again.

How can I maintain the Wi-Fi connection so when I wake the computer, it's already connected?

I'm running OS X 10.9.1 on a Retina MacBook Pro.

Here are my Energy Saver preferences:

Energy Saver Preferences

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If your Mac enters its full sleep state, then your network connections will be disconnected. Your Mac can not be connected to a WiFi network and be asleep at the same time.

You can avoid full sleep by setting your Computer Sleep to Never. Your MacBook will then sleep all the sub-systems possible when idle, but will remain awake enough to maintain a WiFi network connection.

PowerNap is not the same as full sleep. This is a special state controlled by Apple and, for now, available only to Apple's chosen processes.

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See where System Preferences -> Energy Saver says:

Wake for Network Access? If your mac is asleep it can still be accessed via Wi-Fi, and woken up.

Power Nap wakes up and connects to services and then disconnects, going into Bonjour Sleep Proxy mode for being woken up again via Wi-Fi.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5963

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3774

One thing to note tho, when Power Nap "wakes up" for the brief moment, the screen does not wake up...

  • This doesn't sound like a solid answer, if you "believe" it. – Rob Apr 9 '14 at 6:36
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    I got rid of the, I believe, pause, because I don't know everything that goes on, but really a -1? wow, so yeah kinda from what I read I could seriously say "I believe" but I don't understand how can with 100% certainty give a guarantee of anything, anything dude... oh well "The sun will come out tomorrow, tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow will be there, what if you die? Bye – rezwits Apr 10 '14 at 6:47
  • that -1 was not mine. – Rob Apr 10 '14 at 6:49
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    My bad, I just need to learn to not use slang, or sargon I guess, but I don't know... seems like quick speech, quick chat, or shortcuts are everywhere, who draws these lines in the sand? – rezwits Apr 10 '14 at 7:12
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    I would say, SE is not a slang-location if I may call it that way. This is kinda a knowledge base and help for others, thus readability is important. – Rob Apr 10 '14 at 7:16

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