We have been hearing reports that Apples latest 10.6.8. operating system update is causing some problems for wireless networks. Many forums across the net have threads on the subject and a writer for Computerworld verifies that he has been experiencing the problem himself.
With OS X Lion due to ship very shortly, Apple have been applying some patches in recent weeks to prepare for the move. Unfortunately, it appears the new update is causing issues for some Airport wireless networks.
The problem isn’t affecting iOS devices, which would point the finger at the latest updates.
There is a quick ‘fix list’ which might cure the problems, if you are experiencing them yourself recently.
- Restart the modem/AirPort Extreme and Express stations
- Restart the Macs
- Delete Mac System preference files (Macintosh HD/Library/Preferences/Move SystemConfiguration foldr into trash, restart Mac).
- Run Disk Utility
- Rebuild the network using AirPort Utility
- Download and install the ‘Combo’ OS update here.
Hopefully Apple fix the problem by the time Lion hits the shelves. We have also noticed some other issues for people playing with the developer version of Lion, specifically when they try to connect to networked drives and NAS systems. Some users have already posted fixes which you can check out here.
Kitguru says: another patch is sure to come in the next couple of weeks.