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Apr 14, 2012

My iMac is connected to the internet wirelessly.

Every hour (or even more often), I get the message "Safari cannot connect to the Internet", followed by a prompt to run diagnostics. I run the diagnostics, re-select my network (provided via BT Hub) and pronto - the issue is fixed, by why does the connection drop so often. Surely this can't be right - I can't be doing that every time I want to go online.  

Interestingly, my iPad (which uses the same network and Safari) never drops the connection, so it is something to do with the iMac.

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--- SPECS --  Model Name: MacBook Air  Model Identifier: MacBookAir6,2  Processor Name: Intel Core i5  Processor Speed: 1.3 GHz  Number of Processors: 1  Total Number of Cores: 2  L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB  L3 Cache: 3 MB  Memory: 4 GB  Boot ROM Version: MBA61.0099.B12  SMC Version (system): 2.13f9

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