How to fix ‘the wifi network requires a WPA2 password’ on mac?

How to solve 'the wifi network requires a WPA2 password' on mac?

While traveling abroad and trying to connect to new wifi networks to do some work, you might face some difficulties to connect. The solution here differs, so I’m gong to list most common issues and their fixes as they appear to me.

As a mac user, I usually select the wifi network, enter the password and connect, but sometimes illogical errors appear and I do not know what to do.

The wifi network requires a WPA2 password

I spent an hour trying to figure out what’s wrong, there’s a lot of advice on this problem and it’s been persistent. I tried all of the usual suggestions without any success:

  • Forget the WIFI network, remove it from System Preferences – then reboot
  • Delete Spaces preferences in the Library folder – then reboot
  • Rebooted the WAP/router
  • Change the WIFI password on the router

Until I found a discussion on Apple Community addressing the same issue “the wifi network requires a WPA2 password” and providing a solution. It is really a simple yet very effective one.


Open System Preferences / Network / WIFI / Advanced / TCP/IP and then click the Renew DHCP Lease.

The wifi instantly connected.

I hope this helps some with this annoying issue.