At home, wifi?

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  1. hugoleveille macrumors member

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    I am pretty sure they said could connect to phone via wifi at home so we could use it in a completely different room. But so far, it pretty much disconnect from phone when going not that far from the phone.

    So, can the watch really use wifi?
     
  2. TxRN macrumors member

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    Nope. Verified this with a genius who owns one yesterday at the Apple Store. It's definitely on my wish list for a software update because Tim expressly said it was a function of the watch.

    That's the one function that I feel was misrepresented. Tim Cook didn't say it was a function that was to be expected in the future. He implied it was a function immediately available of the watch. This was one of the many reasons why I purchased my AW. I'm patiently waiting to see if/when this feature will arrive. Is this feature enough to return my AW? No, but it may change my perception of the company.
     
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  4. wepiii macrumors 6502a

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    Only if your phone is connected to wifi. If you connect your phone to your home wifi, the watch will connect to it as well. The watch will stay connected to the phone as long as both are in range of the wifi signal.

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    I'm definitely not a genius, but I own an apple watch as well, and that is incorrect. Even if I turn bluetooth off, I stay connected to the phone at my house.
     
  5. iggypod macrumors 6502a

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    I am able to connect to wifi via my AW as well (with bluetooth off I can make calls / text etc via the AW).

    There are quite a few threads on here that you can search for detailing how other users also connected to their home wifi.
     
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  7. xraydoc macrumors 604

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    Wrong. It most certainly can and does connect to wifi. If yours isn't, then something isn't right. But it's been proven repeatedly that the watch can connect to wifi, communicate with the phone as long as it's on the same network (and not blocked by firewalls, etc) and do virtually everything that a Bluetooth-connected watch can do.

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    Mine doesn't work over wifi at work, either, though I'm certain it's due to many factors including a very tight firewall (blocks all but a few specific ports) and a 34 character network password. At home, it works over wifi perfectly.
     
  8. amro macrumors 6502

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    I used those steps to get it working with my home WiFi on Sunday.

    It DOES work!

    I think you have to have a 2.4GHz signal. I put my phone on it temporarily until I got the watch to see the network. Once that was completed, I put the phone back on the 5G Wireless AC and the watch still worked.
     
  9. savagewatts macrumors regular

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    Agreed. My watch is connected to my Wifi.
     
  10. fischersd macrumors 601

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    You may have to talk to some of the higher-ups in your company's IT department and get them to relax the "guest" segment. Most company's set this up that devices can't communicate with each other on that segment - to protect them from each other.
     
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  12. Fwingonga macrumors member

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    I have been able to turn BT off both at home and at work and have the watch connect to the iPhone with the wifi. I'm not sure yet if all the functions are available with wifi that are available with BT, but I have certainly been able to do simple things such as receive texts, at quite a distance from my iPhone.
     
  13. capitanbuzo macrumors 65816

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    I was doing some speed tests but I think the Apple Watch might be slowing down my wifi speeds. I used to get 100mbps but now I was getting 12-20. I think that it doesn't support the AC band and is slowing down that 5ghz band.
     
  14. BvizioN macrumors 601

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    Corrcet.

    I have turned bluetooth OFF on my iPhone 6, still I was abble to send and receive messages to myself on the Apple Watch.
    I have Turned ON the Airplane mode, still I was abble to send and receive messages to myself on the Apple Watch.
    I have totally swiched OFF the phone, still I was abble to send and receive messages to myself on the Apple Watch.

    This is while on the range of home wifi.
    Have done the same experiment on the public wifi, but it didn't work. Probably because these whifi providers ask you to log on everytime you sue them.
     
  15. xraydoc macrumors 604

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    I think the watch is 802.11g only (2.4GHz). Not certain, but I think that's the case. Shouldn't impact 5GHz network performance at all.
     
  16. big samm macrumors 65816

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    At home, wifi?


    The wifi on the AW is b/g/n 2.4ghz compatible
    My router is not cconfigure on b and the AW works fine
     
  17. DarthBarbieDoll macrumors newbie

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    I certainly appreciate your suggestion. I work in a public school system so I am not sure that the IT department would honor such a request. As teachers, if we want to use the school wifi with our phones or iPads, we have to log in to the wifi network with our computer sign on and password. Wifi works just fine on my iPhone so I don't know if I need to do something with the wifi setting on my phone to get the Apple Watch to work. I'm still trying to figure that part out.
     
  18. fischersd macrumors 601

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    It could just be the "existing network glitch". Delete(Forget this network) the wifi network on your phone and re-add it. That may be the "kick" the watch needs to pick it up.
     

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