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mlody

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Every so often, I will see this on some of our HomePods - see the screenshot. Does anyone know the red text 'wifi network' means?


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Meuti

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It usually means that your HomePod is connected to a different wifi network than the rest (for example 2.4 instead of 5 Ghz). If you long press on the tile there should be an option to move it to the correct wifi.
 

mlody

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It usually means that your HomePod is connected to a different wifi network than the rest (for example 2.4 instead of 5 Ghz). If you long press on the tile there should be an option to move it to the correct wifi.

Thank you for the response. Since I have a mesh network, I wonder if that is the reason why this HomePod hopes between different access points? I need to keep an eye on this.
 
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Meuti

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That's likely the reason. I have turned off my 2.4 network completely, because it kept messing up. Unless you have no devices that require the 2.4 frequency turning it off should solve your problem, too.
 

mlody

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I have been poking with the idea of turning off 2.4 Ghz until I performed a network assessment and found out that none of may smart home WEMO plugs or wall switches are 5.0Ghz compatible. I also have a WIFI printer which is only 2.4 GHz and Logitech Circle View camera, so I am stuck in the 2.4 Ghz world for a while unfortunately.
 

Meuti

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That's a pity. On the other hand you could consider turning of the 5 Ghz instead...
 

mlody

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That's a pity. On the other hand you could consider turning of the 5 Ghz instead...
Yeah, that is not really an option as I get crappy speeds, not even hitting 100 Mbps, whereas on 5.0 Ghz I get up to 600 Mbps. Since l live in MDU, there are on average 40 other 2.4 Ghz networks, so I only keep what I must on 2.4Ghz and force everything on 5.0 Ghz. I guess I just gotta deal with it.

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Meuti

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I feel you. That sucks, but yeah. Sometimes we just have to deal with it ?
 
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