Tough question to frame ;) .. but I have a situation that plays out often: firing up the laptop (latest MacBook 15") at Starbucks will often never connect unless I restart the entire box. This tells me there is something amiss somewhere, to which I have no clue. I run nothing out of the ordinary and see no pattern.

I wondered if there was a terminal command that could somehow "reset" network settings. The Wi-Fi is seen properly, and attempts the connection but sits and sits and sits. It eventually connects but it is far faster to restart.

Tough one perhaps, just thought to ask.. thx..

  • I've not had this problem on a MB, but I have on Win7 laptop at $tarbuck$. On Win7 I've discovered I can toggle wifi off and back on and win7 will the connect correctly. I've never figured out why it doesn't like to on the first try.
    – Tyson
    Nov 4, 2014 at 15:24
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    PS- Suggestion for a title revision... drop "secret to", including those words makes it seem like you're seeking a loophole to the normal connection.
    – Tyson
    Nov 4, 2014 at 15:34

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Easiest way is to create a new Location. Go to System Preferences > Network

Click on Location as the top and pick Edit Locations...

Click the + at the bottom and call it Starbucks or something.

  • This, and every possible solution i can muster, makes not difference. The only solution i can find is to reset my laptop... not a huge deal due to the SSD but still a pain. And thanks, the title edit was perfect.
    – drew..
    Sep 28, 2016 at 23:53

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