OS X Lion and WLAN

by Administrator22. October 2011 17:19

It seems since my Lion upgrade my MBP has been randomly failing to connect to my wlan. This was fairly annoying and usually had me rebooting a good few times until it seemed to see the wlan network and connect, once connected it was fine, until the next time i booted the MBP or resumed from sleep. It would occasionally see the network in the wifi list, and when I clicked it would return a failure to connect, with 'connection timed out' error. Very useful! My iphone and other devices connect fine, also booting the MBP into windows works fine too, so looks like a Lion problem!

I didn't think too much of it, but today I received my Mac Mini and had exactly the same problem connecting that to the WLAN.

After a bit of digging I found this discussion, and some suggested it was to do with WPA vs WPA2 on 802.11n networks.

So, I swapped my Billion router from WPA/WPA2-PSK to WPA2 and now my MBP connects every time!

Crazy, it seems lion prefers WPA2 rather than WPA, but the shit error message it gives when it decides (randomly i might add) that it won't connect doesn't help diagnose the issue!

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Windows Environment Vars for curl

by Administrator21. October 2011 05:00

After regularly forgetting these proxy env vars when setting up my machine to use curl, thought I'd post them here:

 

http_proxy=proxy1:8080
https_proxy=proxy2:8080
no_proxy=exception.com,exception2.local

 

Either set the them in the advanced system settings control panel, or use the SET command at the command prompt.

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