Network problems introduced by 10.4.4: Now a ‘known issue’

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
June 15th, 2006 • 12:38 pm

This is a quick follow-up on the serious networking problem that started for me with Mac OS X 10.4.4. I first described the problem in this post, and then indicated in a follow-up post that I had received a response from Apple to my bug report asking for more information, which seemed to indicate that Apple was investigating.

I have now received another response from Apple, with the standard “this is a known issue, which is currently being investigated by engineering” statement.

In plain language, this means that Apple’s engineers have been able to reproduce the bug themselves, and are presumably working on a fix. Maybe it will surface in an upcoming system update. (Maybe when the system update with the fix is released I will get another e-mail asking me to confirm that I can no longer reproduce the bug after applying the system update, but this is not guaranteed. They often fix bugs without letting us know that they are fixed.)

Interestingly, since I got my AirPort Extreme Base Station and started using it instead of my old Graphite AirPort Base Station, which I now use as a secondary base station in a “roaming network” setup to expand the AirPort range for my TiBook, I have not seen the problem again.

It might be that the settings I used in the AirPort Extreme Base Station are slightly different from the ones I had in the Graphite ABS. Or it might just be that the networking bug only affects networks using the Graphite ABS for the Internet uplink.

We might never know. But at least we can reasonably expect the issue to be fixed some time soon.

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