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In last week's newsletter, we included an article that described a quick solution to a poor Wi-Fi signal.
But does your Mac's Wi-Fi keep joining the wrong Wi-Fi network?
If you live in an area that has Telstra Air - or have multiple Wi-Fi Access points or networks that you choose between - then you can find that your Mac seems to 'prefer' the wrong Wi-Fi connection and automatically joins that one.
If this happens, your Mac looks like it is connected to Wi-Fi (and you therefore assume you should have internet), but you may find your internet slow or non-existent.
This issue came up again last week, from a client who lives in Southbank (Melbourne) and finds that her Mac keeps joining Telstra Air ahead of her own Wi-Fi.
In fixing the problem for this client, I noticed that Apple has provided a new setting in relation to 'remembered' Wi-Fi networks and whether these networks are 'auto-joined'. So I have updated this tip to reflect this new feature. Read on below.
The quick solution to the problem is to simply click on the Wi-Fi symbol in the menu bar at the top and click on the Wi-Fi network that you wish to join (instead of the network that was automatically joined).
This will solve your immediate problem, but it may continue to occur in future.
There is a more permanent solution, one that stops your device from automatically connecting to the wrong network every time you start it up.
This can be achieved by adjusting your Network preferences, to tell your Mac which Wi-Fi network/s should take priority and, with macOS Mojave, which networks should be 'auto joined' (or not).
We have included a Handy Hint on this one in the iTandCoffee Club library (select below button to view), for those of you who are members of our Club. (Find out more about The iTandCoffee Club here.)
There is a similar feature available on the iPhone and iPad - which we cover in this separate article: How to stop your iPhone and iPad from joining the wrong Wi-Fi network.
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