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Wi-Fi Network Seems Slow

Wi-Fi Network Seems Slow
Wi-Fi Network Seems Slow

Wi-Fi Network Seems Slow

Wi-Fi Network: Your Wi-Fi network seems to be slow on your Mac. Webpages do not load quickly, iTunes and other downloads take an unusually long time to complete, and streaming movies skip or pause.

You can try to find a solution. If your Internet connection is slow, first of all you should confirm your network supports the correct Wi-Fi standards. In fact, 802.11n provides the fastest Wi-Fi speeds. Other standards are fast, but you should confirm that your Mac is using the fastest protocol available. To do this, hold the option key while clicking the Wi-Fi menu. Next, press the AirPort option key. The PHY Mode line shows the protocol your computer is using to join the Wi-Fi network.

If the 802.11 protocol is being used, check the settings of your Wi-Fi router. You should consult the manufacturer of your router for information about configuring it.

Next step, disable other active network services, because they consume a portion of the available bandwidth. Examples of these include video streaming, file servers, online games, etc. When these services are in use, they may cause your computer to slow down.

Turn off unused network applications to increase the speed of other applications. Be aware that other devices connected to your network may also contribute to poor performance. To check if your computer is associated with a Wi-Fi network which is causing poor performance, turn it off or disconnect your Mac from the network.

Use WPA2 authentication, if available. The WPA2 authentication mode meets the highest standards for Wi-Fi compliance. This should be used to provide the greatest speeds for modern Wi-Fi networks. In order to change the authentication method offered by your Wi-Fi router, you will need to contact the manufacturer.

Check the range of your Wi-Fi router. If your computer is too far from your Wi-Fi router or your environment has too much Wi-Fi interference, your computer may not detect the Wi-Fi network properly. To check for range limits with your Wi-Fi network, move your computer or your Wi-Fi router closer together and make sure that there are no obstructions between the router and your computer.

Try connecting to a different Wi-Fi network. If your computer works fine when connected to a different Wi-Fi network, then the issue may be related to your network router or ISP.

Keep in mind that after restarting or waking from sleep, the computer might not connect to the internet. It may still indicate that it is connected, but it is not. To solve the issue, check your TCP/IP settings in the Network pane of the System Preferences. Click the “Renew DHCP lease” button, choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, choose Network from the View menu, and select Wi-Fi. Next, click the Advanced button in the lower-left hand corner of the screen, click the TCP/IP tab from the top of the screen, click the “Renew DHCP lease” button, then select the Wi-Fi tab and view your Preferred Networks list. From there, select each network and click the minus (-) sign to remove those networks from your Preferred Networks list. Now, click OK and close the Network preferences.

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4 Comments

  1. Wilford

    August 29, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    All this is true, but you also can use Facebook Messenger to make phone calls even if your network is slow. On all Apple iPad models, for instance, Facebook’s Messenger app (you can dowload this application for free) now allows user to make phone calls to their Facebook contacts using Wi-Fi or their data plan. The whole process is quite easy and it seems the communication is not affected by the slow WI-FI connection. Try it.

  2. Delores

    September 16, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Marvelous, what a webpage it is! This weblog provides valuable facts to us, keep it up.

  3. Steven

    September 19, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    I’m not sure why but this site is loading very slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a issue on my end? I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists. But my old Apple Mac may be the cause, I’ve been using it for 15 years now and everything seems to download very slow.

  4. Kathy

    October 3, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Even making Phone Calls with iPad mini is getting harder when WF network is slow. Although the iPad Mini tablet has not been designed to make telephone calls over a cellular network, I could easily place phone calls over Wi-Fi or cellular. However to make and receive phone calls, users should use a VoIP application and a headset or the built-in speaker and microphone. I read that the operation can be used with any version of the iPad mini. But with this new problem if slow Wi-Fi Network is problematic.

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