So almost every morning my day starts with going online. Some mornings (on hula hooping days) it's via roku and likely netflix, but most mornings it starts with email. This morning I had the fun of not being able to get online. Ahhh... panic at 5 am :). Kept showing me that I had a wifi connection to my network but telling me I wasn't connected... ok.... Went to Airport utility which told me that some new device had been installed... ok.... Rebooted - still the same. Left network reconnected all fine but still same problems, connected but not connected.
Finally calmed panic to think a little more clearly and went into other room to check router and saw that lights did not look right on either one - yes I have two, long story. Decided to go for simple solutions first and unplugged everything and then plugged it back in. Went and rebooted computer again.
Checked and roku was connected so that was a good sign either way. Still couldn't connect to Safari(!) and computer still told me I had wifi. Went back into airport utility and notice was still there - but while I was reviewing it, it kinda fixed itself.... Ok, I'll take it! :) Went back and Safari was accessible again. Figure after everything restarting it needed a drop more time to refind every thing it needed to locate. I've been noticing that lots of stuff can get screwy when cable reassigns addresses and while I don't know how often this happens I think this has created issues before. While I don't know if this was the problem, I am glad I ended up going the unplugging replugging route before intense system fiddling around.
Might have been a simple silly solution (as well as an alliterative phrase) but it made me feel like a computer whisperer at 6 in the morning! :)