Mac users are reported to be facing a wide range of wireless network connectivity issues after upgrading their Mac to OS X Yosemite version 10.10. The problems include internet slowdown, dropping Wi-Fi connections and inability to connect to the outside world, despite being connected to a Wi-Fi router.

The issues are attributed to improper network setting and preferences or could be due to a corrupted file. However, different users could have different reasons .

Following are a few tricks that might help you in resolving the Wi-Fi network issue on OS X Yosemite.

Remove network configuration and preference files

Step-1: Go to Wireless menu item and turn off Wi-Fi

Step-2: From the OS X Finder, hit Command + Shift + G then enter the following path

  • /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/

Step-3: Within this folder select the following files

  • NetworkInterfaces.plist
  • preferences.plist

Step-4: Move all these files into a folder on your desktop and name it Wi-Fi backups or anything you like

Step-5: Reboot your Mac

Step-6: Turn the Wi-Fi on from the wireless network menu

This should force the OS X to create all network configuration files.

Create new Wi-Fi network location via custom DNS

Step-1: Open Apple menu and got o System Preferences and choose Network

Step-2: Pull down Location menu and choose Edit Locations. Click the Plus button and give the name for the new network location like Yosemite Wi-Fi, then click Done

Step-3: Join your desired Wi-Fi network in the Network Name tab

Step-4: Click Advanced button and head over to DNS tab

Step-5: Click the plus button and specify a DNS server

Note: This tutorial uses for Google DNS but you can use the fastest DNS server for your location. You can also use your IPS DNS servers.

Step-6: Go to Hardware tab and click on Configure and choose Manually

Step-7: Click on MTU and change it to Custom and set MTU number to 1453, finally click on OK

Step-8: Click Apply to set the network changes

You may now quit and relaunch any apps that require network access like Safari, Chrome, Message, Mail. You should now be able to enjoy flawless wireless connectivity with full speed

Upload and reload discoveryd

Step-1: Go to Applications>> Utilities>> or with Spotlight to open Terminal. Enter the following command

  • sudo launchctl unload –w
  • /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

Step-2: Return and enter an admin password to use the sudo command

Step-3: Type in the following command to reload discoveryd

  • sudo launchctl load -w
  • /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

Step-4: Press Return to finish the command

Note: You need to relaunch the apps that require network connectivity. Also if you reboot the Mac, you will have to repeat the above steps to upload and reload discoveryd into launchd

Wi-Fi troubleshooting trick

Step-1: Join a 2.4GHz network (N network)

Step-2: Set Wi-Fi router 5GHz channel between 50-120

Step-3: Turn Off Bluetooth. Disabling Bluetooth seems to have resolved Wi-Fi issue with some networks

[Source: OSXDaily]