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How do I prevent my MBP from connecting to certain wireless networks?


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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   BrianShort

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Posted April 21 2008 - 11:34 AM

I'm in a condo unit, so there are several surrounding wireless networks my MBP detects. Most of them are secure, including mine (as secure as wireless can be I guess), but there is one that I think is in one of the neighboring units that is unsecured, and I've noticed my MBP will try to connect to that one instead of mine sometimes. Is there a way I can tell it NOT to connect to certain available networks? Brian

#2 of 5 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 21 2008 - 09:09 PM

I wish I were writing this from my Macbook Pro right now. Someone else is going to give you the definitive answer but I would suspect clicking on the Airport wireless icon in the upper right toolbar, selecting LOCATION and EDIT LOCATIONS may be the key to removing networks you don't want to connect to.

 

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#3 of 5 OFFLINE   Daryl L

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Posted April 22 2008 - 08:21 AM

Go to System Prferences, then Network, click the Advanced button. Click the + button and add the network you want to auto join to the Preferred Network box. Add or remove any as you wish. I believe it chooses by order from top to bottom. Maybe uncheck Remember any network this computer joins so it won't add any automatically to the list that you happen to use like coffee shops or airports. This is the steps in Leopard. I forget the steps in Tiger but it's similar. Hope this helps.
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#4 of 5 OFFLINE   BrianShort

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Posted April 22 2008 - 10:57 AM

Daryl: OK, that's basically what I tried yesterday, and it does seem to have worked. It's annoying using the net for awhile then realizing you're stealing the neighbors bandwidth. Then again, if it's the noisy neighbors, I guess I really don't mind so much! Posted Image But my Internet is way faster than theirs.

#5 of 5 OFFLINE   Daryl L

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Posted April 22 2008 - 11:16 AM

Hehehe, good one. Posted Image

I have the same situation. Three local wireless networks (not including mine), 2 secured and 1 unsecured that's slower than mine. No problem of accidently connecting to that unsecured network with the procedure I posted above. Posted Image
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