Wifi Stalling at Work
November 13, 2012 3:55 AM Subscribe
At work, my wifi connection frequently stalls (MacBook Pro 9,1, OS X 10.8.2). The connection never drops, but websites will "hang" while loading and I am unable to receive/send mail. Although I'm still connected, if I click the Wifi icon on the menu bar so that it starts "Looking for Networks", the connection is immediately restored. This happens every 4-5 minutes.
posted by Yiggs to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This also disrupts any file downloads that take longer than a few minutes, causing them to stall (but not stop... the Chrome download manager still shows them as downloading, but the progress freezes and the speed slowly drops.)
Occasionally the connection isn't restored by letting it "Look for Networks". In this case, if I turn Wi-Fi off and then immediately back on again, it connects without a problem and works fine, until it stalls again several minutes later.
This never happens with my home wifi connection, so I don't think it's my wireless card. Other computers (and my iPhone 4) connect fine to the work connection at the same location, so I don't think it's the router at fault. I don't have any firewalls/VPN/etc. running. My only guess is somehow my laptop is configured incorrectly. Is there a way I can better diagnose this problem (perhaps by monitoring the traffic?) Has anyone run into a similar problem before? I'm in Germany, if that matters at all.