Network drive issue
I have a 2011 iMac and a 2017 MBP connected to my network which consist of a TC and APE w/ HDD attached. The past week or so any time I select the TC or APE in the finder it asked me for the password to connect. I click the box to remember to password but it never does. I have deleted the paaaword in Keychain and tried again but no luck, it still asked for a password every time. Next, after I connect as soon as I click on something other than the selected network drive, it disconnects. Thoughts?
I was prompted to connect to the server w/ my password and it connected and ran a TM back up. But still disconnected in the Finder
I am suspecting wireless interference in this case, is it possible that you can place the Mac nearer to the Time Capsule (TC)? If you can position the Mac and TC nearer to each other and results are normal than you might otherwise be too far from the TC and or the materials surround the TC reduce the effectiveness of the Wi-Fi radio signal. It might also be the layout and material of your home that are reducing connectivity. Seeing the you have an AirPort Extreme as well as the Time Capsule be sure that the two of them are not too far from each other or it may contribute to a low quality signal.
If you, like me suspect wireless interference, then consider this Apple Support Article, Potential sources of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth interference.
You could also consider entering a new password for the TC, not the network password, and then updating. Also be sure the firmware is up-to-date on the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule which you can do from the Airport Utility app.
Could you let us know how it goes but I think ruling out Wi-Fi interference due to the disconnection problem you report is a first step because without it there will a cascade of potential failure points.
Like what was recommended on Apple discussions, resetting your Airport devices is a good choice, it strips a lot of doubt away as the config would be clean. You could save the configuration for each device and then reimport after a factory default reset.
By the way, after a factory default reset, which I might recommend you consider, I would bring both the AirPort Extreme and Airport Time Capsule, and your Mac into the same room and configure them there.
This helps avoid wireless interference and in some cases keeps you from running around the house. Once the two devices are set to create a network, you can disconnect them from power and settle them back into their previous locations. This shouldn't take longer than 10 minutes to do, it's just unplug from power, bring into the same room, factory default them both, set one up and have the other extend the new wireless network (WPA2 of course), join the network from the Mac and mount your TC on the desktop which I believe you describe is contentious.
Once it's setup, return the airport's to their previous location and upon power-up the Airport routers are designed to scan their environment for other networks and choose the best channels automatically in an effort to avoid wireless interference.
Finally, the connection between the router creating the wireless network should be hardwired to the network router (your ISP network). I would not extend the wireless network of your network router using an Airport device because it is 3rd party relative to the ISP router which can cause wireless connectivity issues when it comes to extending the wireless network.
ISP Router - - - - ethernet cable - - - - Airport TC ••••• wireless •••• Airport Extreme
Please report back so we can continue to help if needed.
Nope, no luck with that
Again, no dice. The HDD attached to my APX is partioned. I believe I read somewhere the APE doesn't like portioned HDD attached for some reason. Think I will reformat the drive and see if that fixes the issue, bit I doubt is as my unpartioned TC is doing the same thing. If not then believe my next step will be a "nuke and pave" of the TC and APE 😳 😤 . I hope it doesn't come to that.
I reset and stared new my APE (which is extending my network from my TC) with no luch resolving the issue. So wiped out my TC and APE password in Keychain and no luck. Im thinking this may be a corrupt Keychain issue.
So my next try will be turn OFF iCloud Keychain on both my Mac's and wipe out the TC and APE passwords the turn back on. Thoughts on my corrupted Keychain password theory?
I’m definitely in agreement that this is likely a problem being perpetuated by iCloud Keychain. Turning syncing of that off might well help solve this, at least on one machine... and then hopefully you can replicate that elsewhere.
do you have iPhones or iPads also having this issue?