Is there a way to prevent the iPhone from trying to connect to a specific wifi?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by saltyzoo, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. saltyzoo macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2007
    At my office there are several wifi networks but none of them "work" 2 provide no IP and the third has no connection to the internet so it's useless.

    The problem is that it seems my iphone spends all day "trying" to connect to these networks over and over again.

    Besides, manually disabling wifi every day and re-enabling it when I leave work, is there any way to deal with this type of thing?
  2. soberbrain macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2008
    There's a couple wireless networks at my job, but none connect to the internet so I keep Wifi off.

    If you want to keep Wifi on, try:

    Clicking "Forget this Network" for all your work networks.

    Turning off "Ask to Join Networks"
  3. saltyzoo thread starter macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2007
    That's what I do now, but what a PITA that is.

    You can't forget a network you've never successfully connected too...... That's part of the problem.

    There's not much point in having wifi on then.... :(
  4. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    But even if you disable these specific networks, the iPhone will spend all day looking for other networks (that don't exist).

    In other words: Battery drain.

    You have the perfect solution now. Turn off the Wi-fi. Why look for a way to run your battery down faster? Seems like a step backwards to me.
  5. saltyzoo thread starter macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2007
    Because looking for a network doesn't drain that much battery. Attempting to connect to the same network over and over again on the other hand does. That's why I was looking for a solution.

    Manually turning on and off a setting twice a day seems like a step backward to me.
  6. iFerd macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2007
    I routinely leave Wi-Fi on, but I turn off the option to ask to join networks. The phone will still automatically join networks it has previously joined, but it won't pester you with new networks whenever you encounter them. So when I get home, I'm automatically connected to Wi-Fi. Same when I return to another location where I have joined in the past.

    I have a similar situation at work - a network I can't use - and this option suits me fine. I also grew tired of being asked if I wanted to join new networks as they were encountered, no matter what else I was in the middle of doing. If I want Wi-Fi when I'm elsewhere, I try to see if it's available manually. I'd prefer this option even if I didn't have a useless network at work to nag me. Of course, YMMV.
  7. mlemonds macrumors 6502a


    Apr 9, 2008
    Lexington, KY
    settings > general > reset > reset network settings
  8. saltyzoo thread starter macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2007

    Yeah, I suppose this is a reasonable solution. I still think you should be able to filter out a network you know you don't want to connect too.

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