Troubleshooting OS X 10.10.1 Wi-Fi Connection Issues

Nov 19, 2014 - 53 Comments

OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 Wi-Fi Troubleshooting

A number of Mac users who were experiencing wi-fi connection difficulties with OS X Yosemite have found the problems continue to persist after updating to OS X 10.10.1. The reasons for this are not entirely clear given that OS X 10.10.1 has aimed specifically at improving wi-fi reliability, but some of the traditional troubleshooting steps still apply and may help alleviate the issue.

If you’re experiencing a dropping wi-fi connection in OS X Yosemite after updating to 10.10.1, we recommend following the steps outlined below, as well as wi-fi troubleshooting tricks detailed here. Let us know in the comments what solution has worked for you.

Wait, are you sure the Mac updated to 10.10.1?

Are you positive you updated to OS X 10.10.1, and rebooted to complete the installation? The easiest way to check if you’re actively on OS X 10.10.1 is to go to the  Apple menu and choose “About This Mac” to discover the version of OS X you’re running. If it’s not shown as OS X 10.10.1, you need to download and install the update from the Mac App Store, and reboot the Mac as instructed to complete the process.

This may sound absurd and I’m sure it will offend a few advanced users, but the complete update process is fairly easy to overlook, especially if you’re in the habit of dismissing or putting off notifications. I’ve seen this apply to at least one user, and their Mac never actually installed the update as a result. If there’s a doubt, or you’re troubleshooting someone else’s Mac, just double-check the system version and update if necessary so you can rule this out.

Create a New Network Location & Reboot

A few users have discovered that simply creating a new network location after updating to OS X 10.10.1 has been sufficient to resolve their wi-fi troubles post-update. Do this even if you created a new network location in previous troubleshooting efforts. It’s straightforward and easy to do:

  1. Go to the  Apple menu and choose “System Preferences”, then select the “Network” panel
  2. Choose the “Locations” menu near the top of the network panel, and select “Edit Locations” from the list
  3. Click on the [+] plus button, provide a new network location name like “OS X 10.10.1 Wi-Fi” then click Done to create the network location
  4. Next to “Network Name”, select the desired wi-fi network and join it as usual
  5. Make a new Network Location in OS X 10.10.1

  6. Click on “Apply” and close out of System Preferences
  7. Reboot the Mac

You can also try using the custom DNS method mentioned in our prior Yosemite wi-fi troubleshooting guide. Setting manual DNS is particularly effective if your wi-fi difficulties are manifested as abnormally slow DNS lookups in web browsers, domain name resolution failures, especially while something like ping continues to work to reach an outside IP address.

Perform an SMC Reset on the Mac

Resetting the SMC has been noted to work for some users who experience wi-fi issues. Other than dumping power specific settings (like time to sleep, etc), there is little harm to trying this as a troubleshooting step.

You’ll need to shut down your Mac to do this, if you’re unfamiliar with the process you can follow Apple’s guide here or use our own walkthrough on resetting Mac SMC, which varies per Mac model. Because the Mac will be turned off, you’d likely want to load the appropriate instructions onto another computer or your iPhone so that you can be sure you properly reset the SMC.

Wi-Fi Connection Drops from Inactivity? Try a Simple ping Keepalive

Some users have discovered reports their wireless connection has dropped due to inactivity. This is obviously not normal behavior, but a ping workaround that has been effective for prior versions of OS X can still work here too. Essentially you will leave ping running in the background as it pings your own wireless router (you can also ping an outside world IP, but note that many online services are almost certain to eventually reject your pings).

Open Terminal (found in /Applicaitons/Utilities/) and use the following syntax:

ping -i 5 -n IP

Most home router IP addresses are and, you can double-check yours through the Network preference panel. Here’s an example of what such a ping command would look like in the former IP:

ping -i 5 -n

Hit return and leave Terminal open, then try to use the internet as normal. If you discover that your wi-fi connection no longer drops, you can make a very simple keepalive bash script using this guide that will run in the background and maintain the ping. Otherwise, just leave the Terminal window open with ping running. You will need to repeat this process every time you reboot the Mac.

Wi-Fi Works But Has Slow Speeds with Bluetooth? Use 5GHz WLAN

Some users continue to experience dramatically slow and erratic speeds when their Mac is using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Typically these users are on a 2.4GHz wireless connection, which can interfere with Bluetooth. A workaround is to join a 5GHz network, or to change the broadcast of the connected Wi-Fi router to 5GHz. This is going to vary per router, thus there is no reasonable way to walk through this for all users in all scenarios.

Another option is to disable Bluetooth, but that is hardly appropriate for users who have a wireless Apple keyboard, Trackpad, Magic Mouse, or other Bluetooth hardware.

Further Troubleshooting & Help

There is no single specific cause found or resolution that works for all users, which makes this a challenging problem to address. Many reports left by users in our comments, MacRumors Forums, and on Apple Discussion boards indicate the randomness of the issue persisting after updating to the latest version of OS X available.

Whether you have found a solution for your wi-fi woes or not, let us know your experience in the comments!

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting


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  1. ElmoHome says:

    Absolutely UNACCEPTABLE. No user should have to do all of these things to make software from the richest company on earth hoarding cash to actually work. Apple is where Microsoft was 20 years ago. Gates is laughing his head off.

    • vdiv says:

      Agree, this is rudimentary stuff. If they can’t get that to work by this point there’s little hope for the rest.

      Actually considering the money MS invested in Apple, instead of laughing Gates is probably crying his eyes out as he knows how it all ends.

      • Kevin says:

        Gates bailed Apple out because he felt guilty about getting rich by stealing Mac OS to make windows.

        • Chas says:

          Kevin, just ignore Elmo. He’s a troll. He writes things like this in order to provoke people into a battle of wits. Unfortunately, like most trolls, he’s unarmed.

          • Johnny says:

            You sound brainwashed and simple-minded not to acknowledge the firestorm and backlash from hundreds of thousands of users in the Apple forum bitching about Yosemite. Sad really.

        • Johnny says:

          Ludicrous. He bailed out Apple to ensure competition and not be singled out by the Department of Justice. As well, the best selling Mac application is Microsoft Office, so he wanted to make hundreds of millions off Apple saying alive. You just sound ignorant.

          • Yosemite Sucks Hard says:

            Johnny, you are an interesting creature: an erstwhile friendly muppet concealing untold rage and bile, which you spew on minor websites like this one because it makes you feel powerful. You are obviously not powerful enough to speak to Apple directly, so you foment discord in the comments on OSXDaily. The simple fact (that you will undoubtedly deny) is that those who are having problems, while they are indeed significant, are in the minority. And those, like you, who “rage against the machine” and cry for the Halcyon days of Steve Jobs are an even smaller minority. A completely insignificant and powerless minority. These actions of yours are the province of trolls and griefers; wholly ineffective and useless people. Go outside, Elmo. Come out of your mom’s basement dungeon. Get some sunshine and fresh air. Step away from the computer you hate so much, the machine that causes you such terrible psychic pain. Go buy a Microsoft machine. Or a Linux box. Because Apple is ruining your ineffective soul. You should just avoid it before you have a heart attack or aneurism from your uncontrolled rage. Have a nice day

      • Raven says:

        MS did NOT invest money in Apple. This was an out-of-court patent infringement suit settlement. If you look it up, Appled sued, and lost, when Windows 95 came out.

        From Wikipedia:

        “Apple Inc. (known as Apple Computer, Inc. at the time), which accused Microsoft in the late 1980s of copying the “look and feel” of the graphical user interface of Apple’s operating systems. The courts ruled in favor of Microsoft in 1994. Another suit by Apple accused Microsoft, along with Intel and the San Francisco Canyon Company, in 1995 of knowingly stealing several thousand lines of QuickTime source code in an effort to improve the performance of Video for Windows. After a threat to withdraw support for Office for Mac, this lawsuit was ultimately settled in 1997. Apple agreed to make Internet Explorer the default browser over Netscape, and Microsoft agreed to continue developing Office and other software for the Mac for the next 5 years, purchase $150 million of non-voting Apple stock, and made a quiet payoff estimated to be in the US$500 million-$2 billion range.”

        Plus Apple got access to MS patents.

    • gabriel c says:

      the best part: these issues are present because Apple ditched mDNSresponder (used for years, written in C, works great) in favor of DiscoveryD (written from scratch in C++). This is why Yosemite and iOS8 sucks for networking and can’t figure out DNS.
      Like Apple Maps switching away from Google, I’m sure this is part of their greater plan. What that it, i have no idea, as the previous process was solid.
      “Apple knows better than you, so just take it fanbois, we know you won’t switch another platform” is the feeling you get. This is why i have no allegiance to any platform anymore…whatever the right tool for the job is.

  2. vdiv says:

    My relatively minor problem, which remains with OS X 10.10.1, is that when switching from a Location without configured Wi-Fi connections (say Work) to a Location with Wi-Fi connections (say Home) the Wi-Fi interface activates and connects to the SSID, but the menu bar status icon still indicates that the interface is off. Logging out of OS X and back in refreshes the status icon and it then indicates the Wi-Fi signal strength.

    • Jon says:

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one seeing this behaviour – I’ve reported it as a bug to Apple, but from reading this thread I guess they have bigger (buggier) fish to fry

  3. Here we go again says:

    Apple releasing a software update aimed at solving problems that ends up causing more problems is pretty much why I don’t trust any Apple updates these days.

    I have work to do. I have a job that requires a computer that works, and I need the computer and OS to be out of the way to allow me to work without interference. Seriously, who has time for this and that breaking, the in-your-face interface, all the troubleshooting stuff? Whatever happened to “it just works”?

    OS X Yosemite is obviously a headache that won’t quit. I can’t afford to use such a mess as my primary OS. My advice to everyone is simply to use a stable and reliable release of OS X, the most recent being Mavericks. OS X 10.9.5 is probably the new Snow Leopard in that regard, it’s stable and it works. Maybe OS X Yosemite will be decent by OS X 10.10.5 but I doubt it, I suspect it will be the Lion of this generation.

    The old mantra applies to the new; if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    • Paul says:

      OS X Mavericks is a great release and there is no harm to staying put on that version of Mac OS X if you are satisfied with the features and how it works for you. Eventually the older versions of OS X will stop being supported, which is really the biggest downside to staying behind.

      OS X Yosemite works well for most users, but some of these persistent issues can be a real nuisance to those who experience them, particularly for users who do not have the time or adeptness to troubleshoot some of the more technically complex intricacies of an operating system.

      • Chas says:

        The people who come here to complain have read a relative handful of negative opinions and are delusional and narcissistic enough to believe that their problems are reflective of the majority of users. This, simply, is not fact.

        • Johnny says:

          Actually they are. FAIL.

          • Mr. Bill (8-o says:

            Wow! I suggest all those who hate Apple cancel their subscriptions, buy a Windows box, see what you think and leave the rest of us alone. I’ve been using every version of Windows since it was MS DOS and Mac since Lisa. Every operating system has issues, especially when new versions are first released but in a comparison of Apple new release issues and Windows there’s no comparison. In either case if you aren’t willing to put up with some issues, don’t be an early adopter. Wait until at least the .2 release before updating or more likely .3. In my experience, even after the software is mature Windows has substantial and difficult to resolve issues that Mac users never encounter like registry corruption to name just one. On the surface and under the hood, Mac is a far superior OS.

          • JohnnyO says:

            Mr. Bill, you are spewing out rhetoric from Windows 95. The current Microsoft operating systems are robust and just work. No one is buying your anti-MS rant because it is dated, very dated.

    • Kevin says:

      Do you have any specific problems with Yosemite or do just enjoy hearing yourself moan like an old woman?

      If you have an issue, state it, otherwise leave your idiotic bile at home.

      • Chas says:

        The anti-Apple brigade is out in full force. Fortunately, their comments mean exactly nothing.

        • Wallus Arthur says:

          I don’t think it’s the “anti-Apple brigade”, it’s people who are furious that something used to work suddenly stopped working because of an ‘upgrade’ to their operating system. How pleased would you be if your wi-fi stopped working and the only thing that changed was the crappy appearance of your operating system? Probably not too great.

          Once upon a time I migrated completely away from Windows for the endless headaches, and ditched Linux because it was nonstop tinkering to get anything to work. Now the Mac OS is moving in that direction… that’s a big letdown. Where to next? Chrome OS? A fax machine?

          • Chas says:

            I don’t deny that people are having troubles. They are, however, in the minority. And many of the people who come here to scream about it say things like “Apple is the new Microsoft” and “Steve Jobs is spinning in his grave”. These people make up the “anti-Apple brigade”. They have forgotten Windows Me, Vista, Windows 8, System 8 and 9… and they offer nothing to the conversation but bile and nastiness. And the one key thing they miss is that they are not the majority of users. I’m sorry you’re having trouble. I hope if you’ve left a comment that you’ve described your problem in detail so that it can be learned from.

          • Clive says:

            I love how the iSheep keep defending Apple for releasing a horrid software package. This is why they did, because the Sheep will defend anything from Apple. The people having issues are not in the minority, nice try.

          • Billy says:

            Exactly. Apparently it is OK if Apple cripples the internet connection interface with no built-in Ethernet port. What a joke. Keep drinking the Apple koolaid. This is why Apple is not considered seriously by any Enterprise.

          • Mr. Bill (8-o says:

            To repeat, if you’re not prepared for some problems, don’t take anything earlier than .2. Even then, computers are complex beasts and no amount of testing and beta will uncover every issue. I had the precise problem addressed by this article and step 1 resolved it for me. Thanks “OSXDaily.” For my part I always take release .0 and expect some problems. From Apple I’ve never encountered anything I couldn’t find an answer for or deal with but that’s just me.

        • Ed says:

          The comments mean nothing to you because you are a clueless sheep that cannot acknowledge a software mess. You just sound simple.

          • iSheep says:

            Ed, Johnny, Billy (aka the former Elmo and ElmoHome)… Allow me to repost my reply to Elmo… Elmo, you are an interesting creature: an erstwhile friendly muppet concealing untold rage and bile, which you spew on minor websites like this one because it makes you feel powerful. You are obviously not powerful enough to speak to Apple directly, so you foment discord in the comments on OSXDaily. The simple fact (that you will undoubtedly deny) is that those who are having problems, while they are indeed significant, are in the minority. And those, like you, who “rage against the machine” and cry for the Halcyon days of Steve Jobs are an even smaller minority. A completely insignificant and powerless minority. These actions of yours are the province of trolls and griefers; wholly ineffective and useless people. Go outside, Elmo. Come out of your mom’s basement dungeon. Get some sunshine and fresh air. Step away from the computer you hate so much, the machine that causes you such terrible psychic pain. Go buy a Microsoft machine. Or a Linux box. Because Apple is ruining your ineffective soul. You should just avoid it before you have a heart attack or aneurism from your uncontrolled rage. Have a nice day

  4. Nevus says:

    This may work for you too:

    * Install OS X 10.10.1 Update

    * Turn off wi-fi on Mac

    * Restart router (turn the actual wi-fi router OFF and back on)

    * Turn Mac Wi-Fi back on

    * Create a new network location with the wi-fi router

    Give it a try.

  5. Yosemite user says:

    The same ‘tricks” like restart, turn BT off, turn off continuity & handoff, clear SMC, buy new router

    Hey Apply

    What happened to It just works?!

    Apple. Fix the buggy Wi-Fi !!!

  6. Ploth says:

    Why are ppl defending Apple? Seriously they have made a huge mess with software the last few months.

    I too came to OS X for the ease of use, lack of problems and easy updates. 5 years or so of absolute bliss…then iOS 8…
    I’m still going through issues with many calls to support and fresh install. I’ve got it working apart from syncing keyboard shortcuts (and text entry in websites like this and bt keyboard support…)but not willing to risk touching it again. At least I can use the phone at the moment.

    NO WAY I’m willing to risk Yosemite yet even though there’s a few features that would save me a great deal of time and I’ve been looking forward to them since the first keynote.

    Now it’s a POINT ONE release for bug fixes and THEY’RE STILL THERE!
    I can’t afford my business machine to have WIFI ISSUES – that’s like a car having a missing fuel tank!

    Defending this by saying it’s only a minority’s problem is absurd. TC and ℅ need to leave their sexual orientation agenda and get back to what they used to be good at.

    • JohnnyO says:

      Exactly. Only the iSheep like Chas think releasing buggy software over and over again is acceptable, because it is Apple. The current iOS8 and all its patches and Yosemite are a mess. Plain and simple. To deny this just advertises one’s complete and utter naivety. Chas, let’s hear you defend your employer!

  7. Steve Dietrich says:

    The is absolutely unacceptable.

    Apple’s senior management seems far more focused on meeting Wall Street’s earnings expectations than either serving the user’s needs or protecting their reputation.

    For most of us using this equipment it’s mission critical to a real business. All these little surprises on software releases are a disaster when we are in a client’s office starting a presentation and wifi will not work as the result of an update.

    Most pathetic of all is the email program for which there seems to be no real fix. Some days it simply does not fetch emails and others it forgets passwords. That may not be a problem for a techie but is for someone outside that area.

    MS lurker – hardly , I ditched a batch of windows based desktops and laptops for Apple based on my experience with the iphone, ipad and as a stockholder…….

    A lot more than Steve Jobs has died…..

    99% of us are not digital test pilots. We are paying passengers and we expect not to need parachutes or to buy extra insurance. Forget the political stuff and get back to excellence.

    • Philip says:


      You just nailed it. Having things perform as expected in mission critical environments is why we’re paying the big bucks for Apple products. OS X Yosemite and it’s myriad of bugs and flaws does not live up to that standard, or that promise.

      • DG says:

        I agree. iOS maybe making some inroads, mainly because people use them a lot in thier private lives but OSX will never even get a foot in the door with large IT if they have to suffer a new release every year with limited if any support for older versions.

      • JohnnyO says:

        Actually, Apple is purposely not used in mission critical environments, Microsoft is. Apple is for consumers.

  8. Bharat says:

    I tried to update my mac book from 10.10 to 10.10.1 but failed to do so since the wifi half way on the update disconnected, now when I check on the updates it shows no update available and the mac is still on 10.10.

    Any suggestions.

  9. Mike says:

    Both my iMac & MBP are running much faster than they have since I bought them in 2011 & 2012. It feels as though they have removed a major bottleneck.

    I did have a problem with internet connection dropping still but I can connect to the Sky router with WiFi. If I ping a website with the router the connection picks up again. I’ve changed the DNS settings on my computers to the standard Google ones. So far so very good and fingers crossed!

  10. Mike says:

    Sorry – forgot to mention that this is after the latest update

  11. Kris says:

    When a Mac misbehaves, go to Disk Utility and repair disk permissions. Then restart the computer.
    And stop the MS vs Apple madness. It’s pointless.

  12. Chris says:

    I’ve tried each suggestion on this and the previous post. Nothing has solved the problem.

    Wifi continually connects and disconnects every 3 or 4 seconds on my iMac – here’s what it looks like:

  13. Charlie says:

    I am still on Mountain Lion which works fine. When Maverick came out, I waited a month and then read the latest reviews on the App store and many people were complaining about different problems and even after the first update fix was released, I waited a week, read the most recent reviews and there were still problems being reported so I never updated to Maverick. Now Yosemite has been released and the first update has been issued and many people are still reporting problems and I don’t want any of those problems. I usually keep my Macs for 5 years before I buy a new one. I bought this one in Sept. 2011 and I think I will just wait the 2 more years when I buy a new iMAc and then I will have the operating system that is on that machine. I would like to update my OS when they come out but it does not seem to be worth it. It is a shame that seems to be the way it is. To update to get all the new bells and whistles is fun but when you have all the problems listed, it is not worth it. I’d rather have an OS, in my case Mountain Lion, that is working well then to download Yosemite and have different problems which causes grief and headaches. The lesson to be learned is when you buy your Mac, stay with that OS until you buy your next Mac, with exception of security updates and you can avoid all these problems. Sad but true.

  14. taskelly says:

    I had a major MAC Mail problem happen yesterday and I’m wondering if anyone else has experienced this or has a solution:

    My MAC Mail suddenly and without warning stopped receiving incoming emails and LOST all of my email already in the inbox. I spent almost 4 hours online with remote IT services trying to fix this but it is still not working. I hear the incoming mail sound but no one can figure out where my mail is going as it is not coming into MAC Mail, and I have no other mail applications installed on my computer. All my SENT email is clearly visible and operating normally. We rebuilt MAC Mail but that didn’t resolve anything. I upgraded to 10.10.1 the previous day. Could this be caused by the upgrade? I’m receiving my email on my iPhone and through webmail so it seems to be isolated to my MACBook Pro MAC Mail application.

    I’m reading that others are having this problem in IMAP from Godaddy. I’m using POP settings from a completely different host email name servers than GoDaddy (secure server). This suggests to me that the problem is more widespread.

    THANKS in advance to anyone who knows how to resolve this.

    MacBook Pro, OS X Yosemite (10.10.1), 17″ non-retna display

  15. forkboy1965 says:

    If my memory serves wi-fi issues seem to be commonplace with new OS X versions. Seems every new release has as one of the biggest issues wi-fi connectivity problems.

    And I’m not so certain Mavericks is still without issue. I haven’t yet upgraded to Yosemite and my Mavericks running iMac, MacBook Pro and older iMac all have recently experienced wi-fi connectivity issues.

    And yet, neither my iPhone or iPad suffered at all. Or the daughter’s Asus laptop. Or the wife’s Lenovo laptop or iPad. The only common denominator was Mavericks.

  16. natch says:

    I’m sorry people are having problems. It sounds like a bit of a gong show.

    I’ve been lucky, I suppose. My Apple products are working fine, with nary a hiccup. Mavericks worked well enough, and Yosemite hasn’t given me any problems yet. *knock on aluminum*

    What makes me sad though, is the Apple versus MS war that inevitably results when one company or the other messes something up. It’s so completely ridiculous to watch, but the people involved are so blinded by their frustrations that they can’t see how silly they sound.

    I am self-employed. I use a Mac and a PC. They are tools for what I do. They both have their advantages and disadvantages.

    I like the upgradeability of my Windows box. I don’t like Windows 8. And quality can vary severely from machine to machine and company to company.

    I love the ease of use of my OS X machines, but I don’t like that I can’t really tinker with them. I really hate that the RAM is now soldered in.

    I’ve used Microsoft software since DOS 5. For a long time it was the way to go. It was in all the businesses, it had all the software. Apple was esoteric and pricey. But when I bought my first OS X machine, I fell in love.

    All things being equal, if the same software is available for both OSes, I will choose Apple because I don’t feel like I’m fighting something. Or at least I haven’t felt that way yet.

    I’m really sorry that people are having such problems. It does sound like Apple dropped the ball somewhere.

    But please, stop the MS versus Apple nonsense. It makes those who are arguing sound like schoolyard children. “My dad’s bigger than your dad!” “Star Trek is better than Star Wars!”

    Just stop. Contribute something worthwhile in the comments so we can learn from what’s happening.

    If you just want to rant and vent, start a blog and have at it.

    I hope Apple fixes things soon.

  17. Norman Christie says:

    Does anyone have a cure for this problem?
    I have an iMac (2012) running Yosemite 10.10.0. The program runs well though I daren’t switch it off ad it can take hours to boot up if it chooses to do so!
    This week I tried to upgrade to 10.10.1, after two days it finally responded. Checking Apple>my iMac, the version is still 10.10.0!
    Would a disk reformat and clean installation improve things? The reason I upgraded was that Mavericks wouldn’t run properly screens freezing etc. It ran well on Mountain Lion.

  18. T. Brown says:

    I wonder if it’s an issue where the more OSX is adopted, the more people write software for it, and the harder it is to change APIs/functionality without odd side effects.

    I’ve programmed for web and desktop for 20 years, and I’m convinced the biggest challenge Windows had was that they had to keep so much spaghetti code around to continue to support all the crappy win32 shareware apps that existed. (If you remember, haha)

    Anyway, for me personally, I have two identical machines, one for home and one for work. My home machine has less apps installed and hasn’t had a single issue. My work machine has more utilities installed to help me be productive, and it’s so terrible, that I’ve started calling Yosemite OSX Vista. It’s *crippling* to my productivity.

    Now all of those productivity apps worked flawlessly in Mavericks, but are they at cause? Are they oddly contributing to a new network stack? I don’t know. But it *seems* like Apple is moving too fast to keep their legendary quality and “it just works” philosophies intact.

    Specifically, here are the bugs that drive me bonkers:

    * Wifi – I would have to reboot my machine daily to get wifi to last more than a few minutes. BUT, that is better with 10.10.1 so far. However:

    * Bluetooth – since 10.10.1, my Bluetooth touchpad disconnects about 10 times a day. This is a touchpad I’ve used for 2 years with zero issues and I am about 50x less productive having to stop and re-pair the device over and over and over.

    * Sound – I have external monitors and hook to them through HDMI; but I use the optical port for my headphone system (also 2 years old.) With Yosemite, certain sounds automatically go through HDMI, *even though* the sound output is to the optical. It is so obnoxious.

    I just hope they take these things seriously and get them fixed. I am seriously considering back to Windows 10 when it’s out. *cries*

  19. geezer says:

    Looking for a solution to my wi-fi problems brought me here and the first thing I tried: (Create a New Network Location & Reboot) did the job. It took me 5 minutes. Thank you so much for the help. This newfangled internet thing just might last after all. ;)

  20. Kelsey says:

    None of the fixes are working for me, although I have reconnected twice (seems completely spontaneous). It’s definitely an issue of inactivity causing it to drop the connection. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it will connect again and set up the ping. So obnoxious. Trying to get my damned thanksgiving meal together and I’ve got a brick for a computer.

  21. PaulJ says:

    Frustrating, what? Worst thing is what seems to be inconsistency: the suggested SMC reset worked but issue returned; a new location worked but the problem returned; Disk permissions worked, then…
    Does someone know what this tells us?

  22. Sepand says:

    After reading all the negative reviews on the wifi troubles of Yosemite, I decided to hold off on the update. Then 10.10.1 came out, and I was still afraid to upgrade because a lot of people were still reporting problems.

    But I did, and everything works smoothly. As others have mentioned, this is a problem that affects a minority of people (who obviously become more vocal than the majority), and for most others it’s not an issue.

    And so far I really like the OS. Notifications is nice, I like the new Mail, there’s a cool signature feature as well. Haven’t explored the rest though.

  23. Ciaran says:

    Hi, thanks for the ‘new network’ tip – worked out great.

  24. Louiskbb says:

    I have problems with my Vdacom LTE 4G USB modem now that I have upgraded to 10.10.1
    Please, is there any software available to solve this problem.
    Thank you kindly.

  25. JamesC says:

    I’ve had the wifi problem ever since upgrading to Yosemite. None of the subsequent updates helped, neither did creating a new location.
    This afternoon I did the PRAM and SMC ‘fixes’ and it seems to be working better. However, I’d like to explain what I’ve noticed on my system. (Mid 2012 MacBookAir 13″ 8GB DRAM).

    When opening a site in Safari seemed to be stalling, I’d do the following
    1. Open Network Prefs
    2. Open ‘Assist Me’
    3. Open Diagnostics
    4. I’d have a choice to ‘continue’ and would do so.
    5. A further choice to ‘continue’ (when asked if I was wifi connected).
    Choosing ‘continue’ at step 5 almost always brought up a keychain admissions window where I would choose ‘always allow’
    Often this fixed the problem, but not always.
    To avoid this process I went into keychain, found every wifi service I used regularly, including all those at home, and changed them all to be permanently at ‘Always Allow’. This made no difference. The admissions window still was coming up.
    I’ll see if the latest fixes (PRAM/SMC) have cured the wifi problems.
    Thanks for your help.

  26. DI says:

    Your post helped me. So, thank you very much. That said, I scanned very quickly through the comments and I agree with several. I used to laugh at Windows users as they tried to connect to printers or networks. I’d always snigger and say “get a Mac.” Well, I just got a $250 Asus laptop running Windows 8, and it is easier to connect to the internet and easier to add printers. I’m sort of shocked that this could happen. My first computer was a Macintosh thirty years ago, and I’m thinking this machine might be my last Apple computer. Sad.

    But, thanks again for the usable and workable tech tip.

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