I need WIFI help...


macrumors regular
Original poster
Jul 11, 2007
has anyone been able to get wifi to work reliably? when trying to connect to my home network:

1) sometimes it says I'm connected but then I get no cell service nor am I really connected to my wifi network...

1)sometimes it says I'm connected on the wifi setup screen and I do have cell service but I'm not really connected...it says I have the IP address and subnet mask but no DNS...I'm connected to Edge...

I have it set to WEP hex or ascii with what I'm sure is the correct passkey...

this also happened at the Apple store while trying to connect to their open network...


macrumors 6502
Jul 1, 2007
when i was at the apple store a while back a woman had a similar issue. I would make an appointment at the genius bar if you can.


macrumors regular
Jan 1, 2006
I have 2 iPhone's in my family, bought on different days from different stores... they both recently started not working on free WiFi... like at 4 different coffee shops I have been too. They work fine on my pasword protected home network... but out about the town they connect to the networks, but then can't find any servers. Same issue with YouTube. The only thing I fond in these forums was to perhaps try a restore, which I will do later today.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 5, 2007
I am not a wi-fi expert, but I don't think that this is an iPhone-specific issue. I tried connecting to public wi-fi hotspots from the Nokia N800 Internet tablet. A lot of what you all are discussing here happened with that also.

The N800 would connect to a public free wi-fi location, but when I tried to access any web page, I would get a network error message. This is also happening with the iPhone at free, public wi-fi spots, but again, I do not think it's an iPhone issue. It's likely a universal wi-fi connectivity issue, I believe. Maybe it's an issue that affects cell devices moreso than laptops.

At home & at Starbucks, I have not had a problem connecting to wi-fi w/my iPhone.


macrumors 68040
Jun 9, 2007
I'm a wireless expert. It's obvious the issue with the wifi software on the iPhone.

Mine has been working perfectly...


macrumors member
Jul 13, 2007
Lewisville, TX
Mine has been working flawlessly. I have been using it all week at free wifi spots around the DFW area. Havent' had a problem yet...Knock on wood!


macrumors 6502a
Dec 28, 2006
On one of my Macs of course
Aloha everyone,

I've noticed that my wireless strength tends to vary, even if I'm lying on my bed the entire time! It's not too strange, as I've noticed the same thing on both my former PCs and my current Macs.



macrumors 601
Jul 1, 2007
Southern California

I've noticed this issue as well. I can connect to my home and work networks fine, never an issue. When I'm out somewhere and see an unlocked wifi signal 9 times out of 10 it will either not connect at all or it will "connect" and give me the check mark but when I go back to the home screen the wifi icon is not on and only the edge 'E' icon is on. Very rare to actually connect to a supposed free wifi signal.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 5, 2007
But I'm trying to tell everyone, the same thing happened with the Nokia N800 Internet tablet.

I bought it a few weeks before the iPhone, but because it would not allow access to web pages on open wi-fi connections, and was not a phone with any web connectivity backup -- just an Internet tablet, I returned it.

The issues you all are describing about connectivity are identical to the N800's issue. I am not convinced that this is an iPhone issue as much as a wi-fi connectivity issue generally. Because of my experience with the N800, I sensed that the iPhone's wi-fi connectivity would not be reliable on-the-go.

Anyone? Opinions about my speculation?