Fix macOS 12.4 Monterey Wi-Fi issues on M1 MacBook Air/Pro in 2022

Last Updated on May 17, 2022

So finally, macOS Monterey is installed on your Mac, hope so you are enjoying Monterey Beta except when you encounter any bug. One bug can make your world upside down, which is Wi-Fi not working on macOS Monterey/macOS Catalina or Wi-Fi issues on macOS Monterey/macOS Big Sur. When I updated my macOS to Monterey, in my mac when I put my mac on sleep mode and when I wake mac, macOS Monterey drops Wi-Fi connections.

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Although the speed of the Wi-Fi connection decreased suddenly, Wi-Fi connectivity issues on macOS Monterey/macOS Catalina, etc. are the common issues that are reported by users. If you’re one of them and want to fix Wi-Fi macOS Monterey issues, then read this article and try to fix Wi-Fi issues on macOS Monterey or later.

One of our readers “Bernd” noticed and give positive feedback, after implementing [Fix 2] changing the DNS to the Google ones he got huge success in stability and speed as well.

Fix Mac Won’t Connect to Wi-Fi Problems: Free Tips and Tricks

Quick Tips

  • Connect your mac with different Wi-Fi connections, and mac works perfectly then there might be an issue with your router.
  • Check your Router is turned on, Then Try after power off Router and turn on again.
  • Wi-Fi drops during sleep/wake? As I said before some of them reported mac is dropping Wi-Fi during sleep or wake and sometimes it takes more time to re-join Wi-Fi. Try these steps.
    • Step 1: From the “Wi-Fi” menu turn off Wi-Fi.
      Step 2: After few minutes turn on the Wi-Fi and connect to your macOS Monterey.
  • Try to connect another device to your Wi-Fi.
  • Turn off VPN if installed and Turn on in your Mac.
  • Switch the Wi-Fi channel from 5GHz to 2.4GHz or vice versa.

Solution 1: Update your macOS

Before implementing any hard solution to fix Wi-Fi macOS Monterey issues, check if any update is available for macOS and if you find an update then update your macOS Monterey to the newest version. Please take a backup if you are updating your Mac Computer.

Mac Catalina or Later: Apple logo > About This Mac > Software Update.Software Update Beta to Public macOS install on Mac

MacOS Mojave or Earlier:

Step 1: Launch the “App Store”.
Step 2: In the “Update” section check for updates and download and install.

Solution 2: Contact Network Service Provider

Did you contact the network service provider? If not, then it should be your first step towards troubleshooting the Mac Wi-Fi issues. Sometimes, the broadband provider goes under maintenance, without informing their customers and so this type of problem arises.

Therefore, directly make a call to the Support Team of your respective network provider and ask them. If they confirm, that everything is running perfectly from their side, its time for you to be in action and fix Mac wifi not working Big Sir/Catalina.

Solution 3: Stay Close to Wi-Fi Router

When Mac Wi-Fi not working but is connected and showing poor signal, make sure you are close to the Wi-Fi router or modem, whatever. For better speed and performance, we need to keep the Mac near as much as possible.

Long-distance between the device and router can also result in network connection/disconnection frequently.

Solution 4: Forgot the Wi-Fi Network & Reconnect/Check Network Name

Wi-Fi won’t connect on Mac if your Mac is battling with two same name connections. For say, I’m connecting Mac to my home’s Wi-Fi network named, ‘Private Network’, and on the other note I’ve renamed my office’s Wi-Fi network, ‘Private Network’, under such cases, you’ll definitely face issues.

Even though the network names are different you should Forget the Wi-Fi Network and reconnect by entering the password.

  1. Click on the Apple logo on the top menu bar.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. Find Network and open it.network-under-system-preferences-on-mac
  4. Choose Wi-Fi from the sidebar.
  5. Click Advanced and then select the Wi-Fi network.
  6. Lastly, click on (-) to remove it.remove-wifi-configuration-from-network-preferences

After doing this, I’d recommend you to restart the Mac before reconnecting to the Wi-Fi network. Jump to the next section.

Solution 5: Restart Mac and Wi-Fi Modem

Up next is to reboot the Mac and Wi-Fi router to rule out the problems that lie between them. Press the power button on the Mac and after a while boot it. Similarly, unplug the power adapter of the Wi-Fi router and plug it back in.

Solution 6: Create a new custom network location

Step 1: Open “System Preferences”, from the Apple Menu.
Step 2: Open “Network” and then select “Wi-Fi”.
Step 3: Now, on the top, you will find the “Location” panel, drop down and select “Edit Locations”.
Step 4: Next, Tap on the “(+)” sign and give some identifiable name that suits you. Then tap “Done”.add-a-new-wifi-profile-on-mac-network-preferences
Step 5: Pull down the “Network Name” panel and select the Wi-Fi network to join.
Step 6: Tap the “Advanced” button.advanced-settings-for-wifi-profile-on-mac-preferences
Step 7: Now click on “TCP/IP” and then click on “Renew DHCP Lease”.renew-dhcp-on-mac-wifi-settings
Step 8: Now tap on the “DNS” panel and then click on the “(+)” symbol and enter “8.8.8.8” and “8.8.4.4”.add-custom-dns-on-wifi-profile-on-mac
Step 9: Then, open the “Hardware” panel and set “Configure” to “Manually”.
Step 10: And “MTU” to “Custom” and enter “1453” below in the section.
Step 11: Tap “OK” to end this.change-hardware-settings-from-mac-wifi-profile
Step 12: To save all the changes you have made to tap “Apply”.
Step 13: Close this window.
Step 14: Now, launch “Safari” and check if it is working or not.check-internet-speed-on-browser

If still Wi-Fi issues on Monterey isn’t fixed?

Solution 7: Create a new Wi-Fi configuration in macOS Monterey

Before implementing this fix back up your mac, these steps involve system-level changes. So if things go south, then you will not lose your data.

Step 1: From the upper right corner, drop down the “Wi-Fi” menu and turn it off.
Step 2: Now, create a new folder on the main screen, or even you can use the existing folder and name it “Wi-FiConfigBackup”.
Step 3: From the “Finder”, expand the “Go” menu and then select “Go To Folder”.go-to-folder-in-finder-using-command-on-mac
Step 4:/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/”, enter this code into the window and tap “Go”.
Step 5: Search and select all these files.

com.apple.airport.preference.plist
com.apple.network.eapolclient.configuration.plist
com.apple.Wi-Fi.message-tracker.plist
NetworkInterface.plist
Preferences.plist

Step 6: Open the “Wi-FiConfigBackup”, and drag the above selected into the folder.
Step 7: Now, reboot the mac.
Step 8: After mac restarts connect the Wi-Fi as usual.

Solution 8: Use Mac in Safe Mode

Still can’t connect Mac to Wi-Fi? Then try rebooting Mac in Safe Mode. Now, it depends on Which Mac Processor is installed on your Mac, Know your Mac has Intel or M1 Chip.

For m1 Mac:-

  1. Shutdown your Mac and Wait for 20 seconds. Now Press and Hold the Power button [Touch ID Button]. Until your Mac show Startup volume and Options gear icon on screen.
  2. Select Startup Volume [Continue] and Press and Hold on Shift key and Click on Continue in safe mode.m1-mac-safe-mode
  3. Login your Mac and check the WiFi is working on not.

For Intel Mac:-

  1. Shut down the Mac.
  2. Power On the Mac and at the same time hold the Shift key until the login window appears.
  3. Enter the login credentials.
  4. The Mac will restart in Safe Mode.
  5. You can exit Safe Mode by a simple restart.

Solution 9: Reset PRAM/NVRAM

if your Mac is Apple Silicon M1 or T2 Chip then Skip this step.

So far reset PRAM/NVRAM worked greatly. Let’s see if it fixes your issue or not.

  1. Turn off the Mac.
  2. Turn On the Mac and immediately hold down the Command+Option+P+R for almost 20 seconds.
  3. If your Mac chimes while boot, then release the keys after you hear the second chime.

Solution 10: USB-C Dongle Killing WiFi Connection With MacBook Pro/Air

Remove all the Unnececcory connected Device Like USB Drive, USB 3 or USB C Dongle, and more. Recently some manufacturers affected what WiFi connection when that’s plugged into Mac. Because of Poor shielding near to USB port. So, There is some wifi frequency disturbance and your WiFi might be Dropping or Slow down.

usb-c-dongle-kill-wifi-on-macbook
usb-c-dongle-kill-wifi-on-macbook

The solution is to Cover the Cable with aluminum foil.
Recommend using Apple Certified USB C Dongle or Extension if that’s really needed for LAN, and Other Accessories.

if you looking for more help and a Troubleshooting guide on your Specific WiFi issue then comment to me.

2 Comments
  1. Wow, I changed the DNS to the Google ones – was set to the IP of my router [which had the Google DNS] – and also adapted the MTU.
    Blazing fast, sites load in an instant now.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  2. Thanks fix 2 worked….super.

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