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Author Topic: Apple Macbook doesn't auto-connect to Dir-601  (Read 2885 times)

southpawboston

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Apple Macbook doesn't auto-connect to Dir-601
« on: December 25, 2012, 08:50:11 AM »

About six months ago I replaced my old router (some generic 802.11b/g router I got for free with a rebate years ago and which lasted a few years) with a Dir-601 after the old router started intermittently cutting out. Setup of the Dir-601 was straightforward enough and I have WEP enabled.  Both my Macbook and my wife's Macbook can connect fine if we choose the router from the drop-down wireless network list, and the router has been consistently reliable in maintaining a connection as long as the OS is running.

HOWEVER, neither computer will remember the wi-fi network and won't auto-connect when waking up from sleep or after a restart.  Our iPhone and Android smartphones remember the network just fine and auto-connect every time, zero issues.  I've gone through all the typical Mac troubleshooting steps, deleting saved network connections and re-establishing new ones.  Never solves the problem.  We always have to go to the wireless network menu and manually select the wifi connection to connect to.

It's not the Macbooks.  Firstly, both macbooks have the same issue, and they're each running different MacOS versions, so there's no version-specific issue that can be at play here.  Secondly, neither macbook had this issue with any previous wifi router.  Thirdly, anywhere else we take our macbooks where we've set up a wifi connection, they remember it and auto-connect without us having to manually select the network.  The only network where we have to manually select the network every time is the one set up with the Dir-601.  In fact, we're at my inlaws for the holidays and our Macbooks have been auto-connecting to their router each and every time.

Is there a setting I'm not seeing on the Dir-601 admin page?

Firmware version is 2.00NA. Firmware version B1.

Thanks in advance.
« Last Edit: December 25, 2012, 08:53:27 AM by southpawboston »
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Re: Apple Macbook doesn't auto-connect to Dir-601
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2012, 09:19:09 AM »

If other devices are re-connecting and the macs are not, you need to review settings in the OSs. The router always broadcasts a signal and does not maintain a memory of what device was connected. It only provides signal and authntication management. You need to refer you the Mfr for support of the mac OS and settings.

Also WEP does not provide the best possible security as WPA2 and AES does. WEP has been known to be compromised.
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Re: Apple Macbook doesn't auto-connect to Dir-601
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2012, 11:26:30 AM »

Thanks.  I'm no networking expert, so I'm a little lost.  The Mac OS limits the amount of user customization without 3rd party apps, and the only setting the Mac OS provides that I think is relevant here is the "Remember networks this computer has joined" check box, which of course is checked.

I'll change the encryption method, thanks for the tip.
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Re: Apple Macbook doesn't auto-connect to Dir-601
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2012, 11:30:19 AM »

Good Luck.
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