As it can be expected from Apple, there is no user interface to adjust or change the wifi roaming agressiveness.
This is VERY IMPORTANT if for example you use Macbooks in a very dense wifi environment. If you have a Macbook that’s dropping packets when roaming or having trouble roaming from AP to AP, then open a terminal and run the following.
sudo /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/A/Resources/airport prefs joinMode=Strongest
Of the options available, the “strongest” option tells the wifi drivers on the Macbook to connect to the AP with the strongest (and thus hopefully the closest) AP, when multiple APs are available to connect to. Apple has configured the default setting to keep you connected to the same AP as long as possible, even if a better one is available. This is great at home, but not in a corporate environment.
Here are the other options available:
airport – the Little Known Command Line Wireless Utility
For anyone who has struggled finding mDNS (aka Bonjour) service strings for various services, hopefully this will help you!
_adisk._tcp.local Time Capsule Backups Apple Proprietary Link _afpovertcp._tcp.local. AppleTalk Filing Protocol (AFP) Apple Proprietary Link _airdroid._tcp.local. AirDroid App 3rd Party Custom _airdrop._tcp.local. OSX AirDrop Apple Proprietary Link _airplay._tcp.local. Apple TV Apple Proprietary Link _airport._tcp.local. AirPort Base Station Apple Proprietary Link _amzn-wplay._tcp.local. Amazon Devices Amazon Proprietary Link *._sub._apple-mobdev2._tcp.local. OSX Wi-Fi Sync Apple Proprietary _apple-mobdev2._tcp.local. OSX Wi-Fi Sync Apple Proprietary _apple-sasl._tcp.local. Apple Password Server Apple Proprietary Link _appletv-v2._tcp Apple TV Home Sharing Apple Proprietary Link _atc._tcp.local. Apple Shared iTunes Library Apple Proprietary Link _sketchmirror._tcp.local. Sketch App 3rd Party Custom _bcbonjour._tcp Sketch App 3rd Party Custom Link _bp2p._tcp.local. ??? Unknown _Friendly._sub._bp2p._tcp.local. ??? Unknown _invoke._sub._bp2p._tcp.local. ??? Unknown _webdav._sub._bp2p._tcp.local. ??? Unknown _companion-link._tcp.local Airplay 2? Undocumented Apple Proprietary Link _cloud._tcp.local Cloud by Dapile 3rd Party Custom Link _daap._tcp.local Digital Audio Access Protocol (DAAP) Apple Proprietary Link _device-info._tcp.local. OSX Device Info Apple Proprietary Link _distcc._tcp.local. Distributed Compiler Apple Proprietary Link _dpap._tcp.local. Digital Photo Access Protocol (DPAP) Apple Proprietary Link _eppc._tcp.local. Remote AppleEvents Apple Proprietary Link _esdevice._tcp.local. ES File Share App 3rd Party Custom _esfileshare._tcp.local. ES File Share App 3rd Party Custom _ftp._tcp.local. File Transfer Protocol (FTP) File Protocol Link _googlecast._tcp.local. Google Cast (Chromecast) Google Proprietary Link _googlezone._tcp.local. Google Zone (Chromecast) Google Proprietary Link _hap._tcp.local. Apple HomeKit – HomeKit Accessory Protocol Apple Proprietary Link _homekit._tcp.local. Apple HomeKit Apple Proprietary Link _home-sharing._tcp.local. iTunes Home Sharing Apple Proprietary Link _http._tcp.local. Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) File Protocol Link _hudson._tcp.local. Jenkins App 3rd Party Custom Link _ica-networking._tcp.local. Image Capture Sharing Apple Proprietary Link _ichat._tcp.local iChat Instant Messaging Protocol Apple Proprietary Link _print._sub._ipp._tcp.local. Printers (AirPrint) Universal / Shared Link _cups._sub._ipps._tcp.local. Printers Universal / Shared _print._sub._ipps._tcp.local. Printers Universal / Shared _jenkins._tcp.local. Jenkins App 3rd Party Custom Link _KeynoteControl._tcp.local. OSX Keynote Apple Proprietary Link _keynotepair._tcp.local. OSX Keynote Apple Proprietary Link _mediaremotetv._tcp.local. Apple TV Media Remote Apple Proprietary Link _ndi._tcp.local. _ndi._udp.local. NDI Discovery for video streaming discovery Universal / Shared Link _nfs._tcp.local. Network File System (NFS) File Protocol Link _nvstream._tcp.local. NVIDIA Shield Game Streaming 3rd Party Custom Link _androidtvremote._tcp.local. Nvidia Shield / Android TV 3rd Party Proprietary Link _omnistate._tcp.local. OmniGroup (OmniGraffle and other apps) 3rd Party Custom Link _pdl-datastream._tcp.local PDL Data Stream (Port 9100) Apple Proprietary Link _photoshopserver._tcp.local. Adobe Photoshop Nav 3rd Party Custom Link _printer._tcp.local. Printers – Line Printer Daemon (LPD/LPR) Universal / Shared Link _raop._tcp.local. AirPlay – Remote Audio Output Protocol Apple Proprietary Link _readynas._tcp.local. Netgear ReadyNAS 3rd Party Custom Link _rfb._tcp.local. OSX Screen Sharing Apple Proprietary Link _physicalweb._tcp.local. Physical Web Google Proprietary Link _riousbprint._tcp.local Remote I/O USB Printer Protocol Apple Proprietary Link _rsp._tcp.local. Roku Server Protocol 3rd Party Custom Link _scanner._tcp.local. Scanners Universal / Shared Link _servermgr._tcp.local Server Admin Apple Proprietary Link _sftp-ssh._tcp.local. Protocol – SFTP File Protocol Link _sleep-proxy._udp.local. Wake-on-Network / Bonjour Sleep Proxy Apple Proprietary Link _smb._tcp.local. Protocol – SMB File Protocol Link _spotify-connect._tcp.local. Spotify Connect 3rd Party Custom Link Credit: Radek _ssh._tcp.local. Protocol – SSH File Protocol Link _teamviewer._tcp.local. TeamViewer 3rd Party Custom Link _telnet._tcp.local. Remote Login (TELNET) File Protocol Link _touch-able._tcp.local. Apple TV Remote App (iOS devices) Apple Proprietary Link _tunnel._tcp.local. Tunnel File Protocol Link _udisks-ssh._tcp.local Ubuntu / Raspberry Pi Advertisement 3rd Party Custom Link _webdav._tcp.local. WebDAV File System (WEBDAV) File Protocol Link _webdav._tcp.local. WebDAV File System (WEBDAV) File Protocol Link _workstation._tcp.local. Workgroup Manager Apple Proprietary Link _xserveraid._tcp.local. Xserve RAID Apple Proprietary Link
OSX has problems “mounting” shared drives. The typical process is to open finder, click “Go” and then “Connect to Server”….
By following these quick steps you can get a Shared Drive icon on your OSX Dock.
Open Finder, go to Preferences, Enable “Show Connected Servers”
Connect to a Share via Finder -> Go -> Connect to Server (Typically SMB Share from a Windows Server or computer)
After Connecting, you’ll see an icon for the Share on your Desktop. Drag that icon to the right side (document side) of your OSX Dock.
Click the Icon for the Share anytime you need to connect to it!
Why Apple has to make this so difficult, I’ll never know. OSX needs a “Mount Shared Drive” option like Windows does. Until then, this is the closest solution.