Sometimes iPhone won't hook up to wi-fi

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Kurt Ullman, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. Kurt Ullman

    Kurt Ullman Guest

    I have had a couple of times recently when my iPhone (5s running
    8.1.3would not hook up with open wifi networks. I could see the network,
    click on it, but then I just get the indicator that it was trying to
    connect but nothing. One time I let it go a full 10 minutes before it
    timed out. I would try again a little later and same thing happen. Any
    suggestions as to why and whether I can do anything about it?
    There were people around me (including some with iPhones) that
    were connecting okay.
    Kurt Ullman, Mar 10, 2015
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    Adair Bordon Guest

    Kurt Ullman wrote, on Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:37:17 -0400:
    In my experience, the antenna and gain and sensitivity of the iEquipment
    sucks, as compared to Android.

    On Android, you can run inSSIDer which will tell you exactly how many
    decibels each wifi access point is being received at.

    On iOS, they don't allow that software. You can try "Net Analyzer" and
    "Fing" freeware on iOS, which will only give you minimal information.

    Another thing you can do is shut off and restart the WiFi. That works
    often when iOS can't switch between two SSIDs of the exact same name
    (which is common in WiFi extender situations).

    Good luck.
    You might do better at
    Adair Bordon, Mar 11, 2015
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  3. Kurt Ullman

    Kurt Ullman Guest

    Thanks for the advice, but since the WiFi's in question are at public
    places, I doubt that is an option. ;)
    Kurt Ullman, Mar 11, 2015
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    Pat Guest

    He meant on the iPhone. You can turn wifi off for a few seconds in
    settings or just put the phone into airplane mode for a few seconds
    (which also restarts your cellular connection).
    Pat, Mar 11, 2015
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    Adair Bordon Guest

    Kurt Ullman wrote, on Wed, 11 Mar 2015 01:21:21 -0400:
    I wasn't precise in my suggestion. I meant to switch off the WiFi on
    the iEquipment, and then turn it back on.

    I have a variety of iEquipment and Android equipment, and I have my
    spare router set up as a WiFi extender with the same SSID as the
    primary home broadband router.

    The home broadband router has two channels (2.5Ghz and 5Ghz) and I
    find that the iEquipment gets confused about once every few weeks
    where this on/off trick works.

    I held the iDevice in my hand along with an Android tablet running
    inSSIDer and I could easily see the switchover on the Android side
    but the iDevice just held on like a spider hanging onto a thread
    until I switched it off.

    It was clear as day that the iDevice was being stupid when it came
    to switching from the far away SSID to the closer SSID as I walked
    back and forth around the house.
    Adair Bordon, Mar 11, 2015
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    Adair Bordon Guest

    Pat wrote, on Wed, 11 Mar 2015 07:26:55 -0400:
    Thanks for clarifying, as you are correct.

    There's also an iPad ng, and
    for the rest of us.
    Adair Bordon, Mar 11, 2015
  7. Kurt Ullman

    Kurt Ullman Guest

    Oops. I tried that. Then I powered down the entire iPhone and tried it
    again. No luck. FWIW, the signal indicator showed strong signal.
    Kurt Ullman, Mar 11, 2015
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