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iPhone 3.0 Wi-Fi problems to be fixed in 3.1?

updated 09:55 am EDT, Mon July 6, 2009

iPhone 3.0 Wi-Fi problems

The public may have to wait for the release of v3.1 firmware to see a fix to current iPhone Wi-Fi issues, accounts suggest. Following the release of the v3.0 update on June 17th, a number of users have been reporting a diminished or total inability to connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot, forcing dependence on EDGE or 3G for data. Users can be within feet of a hotspot without gaining a connection, and resetting either an iPhone or a router does not appear to help.

Though Apple has yet to offer a solution, at least one developer notes that iPhone 3.1 appears to resolve the issue. The beta also remains exclusive to developers however, and no release date for the final firmware has been announced. The underlying problem is inconsistent moreover, leaving some iPhone owners unaffected, and others unable to exploit a suggested fix, involving toggling the RIP settings on a router. Downgrading a phone to v2.2.1 has likewise been proposed as a solution.




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  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Not happening here

    It should probably be mentioned in the story if the problem is very widespread or isolated. Nobody I know who has upgraded to 3.0 has had this problem, but that's just anecdotal evidence.

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    What problem?

    What are the symptoms? I haven't encountered any, personally...

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Haven't...

    I haven't run into problems... though now that I think of it the last few days my AirPort express has been being flaky wonder if my iPhone might be causing that.

  1. apple4ever

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    Good to know...

    that I'm not the only one. I thought something was wrong with my iPhone. The symptoms are that it first pops up with "Wrong Password" when trying to join a known network. Then entering the correct password it says "Unable to join network."

    If 3.1 does fix it, I'm going to upgrade to the beta (I'm in the developer program). Interestingly, this wasn't a problem under the 3.0 betas (that I could even remember seeing- maybe beta 4 or 5).

  1. chotty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    No problems here,

    3G and original iPhones.

  1. davlab

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    This fixed the problem...

    I was at a friend's office a few days ago to help them install a new dual band Airport to replace their 802.11G D-Link router. He said he had not been able to make a Wi-Fi connection on his 1st gen. iPhone since upgrading to 3.0 firmware.

    After getting the new Airport up and running, his iPhone's Wi-Fi connection started working automatically without any intervention. Evidently its not strictly a software problem.

  1. apple4ever

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Good to know...

    that I'm not the only one. I thought something was wrong with my iPhone. The symptoms are that it first pops up with "Wrong Password" when trying to join a known network. Then entering the correct password it says "Unable to join network."

    If 3.1 does fix it, I'm going to upgrade to the beta (I'm in the developer program). Interestingly, this wasn't a problem under the 3.0 betas (that I could even remember seeing- maybe beta 4 or 5).

  1. jameshays

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Similar issue

    I had a similar issue, but determined it was because my router was in a defunct state. Restarting the router fixed the issue.

    I haven't had any other hotspot issues.

  1. b9robot

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Not my 3G

    Not my 3G. It is getting WiFi perfectly with 3.0. Anyone with the problem probably should restore there phone and setup as new. This must be limited to a few because I haven't heard of this problem until this article.

  1. LogicalVue

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Interference Robustness

    I was having trouble connecting to my home wifi network (not other wifi networks) and it turned out that I had "Interference Robustness" turned on in the Airport Extreme Base Station settings.

    After disabling that, I'm now getting full bars and a great connection.

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