Just me or iPhone hotspot not reliable?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BENJMNS, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. BENJMNS macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2005
    iPhone 5
    Macbook Air
    Verizon 4GB w/ hotspot

    My 4s/5 actually shows up on the wifi list maybe 5% of the time after making numerous refresh attempts. And even when it shows up on the list, the "connection timeout" error pops up. I cannot for the life of me reliably, consistently connect via hotspot.

    Atypical or are you guys experiencing the same thing?


  2. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    Is this wifi or bluetooth?
  3. BENJMNS thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2005
    when i turn on personal hotspot it turns on wifi and bt automatically. i try to connect via wifi as i have bt shut off on my macbook to conserve batt.
  4. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    Worked perfectly fine for me. I didn't have the signal drop at all.
  5. bostonte macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2007
    I use the Verizon hotspot on my iPad daily for hours and have no issues like that at all. A variety of odd devices always seem to find the network and connect without issue.

    Unfortunately I don't have feedback on using it from an iPhone 5... but at least I can confirm its not some widespread issue with how iOS implements the feature. It should work better for you.
  6. darster Suspended

    Aug 25, 2011
    Turn BT off on iphone too.
  7. BENJMNS thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2005
    i tried several combos and it's the same type of outcome for me. weird. i'm no power user either.
  8. thehumorpolice macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2012
    My iP5 tethering is very flaky. I often have to turn it off and on again for my mac air to find the network.
  9. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    I've had problems with the Personal Hotspot feature since it was introduced on the iPhone 4.

    I sometimes turn it on (Wi-Fi only) and nothing can see it - Windows, Mac OS, Kindle, Android device etc.

    Toggling it off and then on again fixes it.

    I've had this happen on my iPhone 5 too.
  10. robopath macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2010
    Wifi is a much larger battery draw for both devices (especially the phone). I've always used BT and it works fine on my 5. The speed difference between them is negligible.
  11. Blinny83 macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2011
    I had this problem as well. Here's the deal. Your iPhone will only be discoverable when it's displaying the personal hotspot screen in settings. It will disconnect if there isn't any activity on the connected device for a certain period of time.

    To have it show up again in the list of available wifi hotspots, just go back to the personal hotspot screen on your iPhone.


    The difference is negligible on 3G. With LTE however, there's a world of difference. Wifi is 10-20x faster on my phone with WiFi as opposed to BT.
  12. JasonR macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2008
  13. BENJMNS thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2005
    neat idea thx!!!
  14. jbromer macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    MD, USA
    I've had this problem too. Sometimes the only fix is a phone reboot. Annoying, but no deal breaker.
  15. darkside flow macrumors 6502

    darkside flow

    Aug 11, 2010
    Hotspot has never been stable. Always have to toggle or restart after a while.
  16. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2012
    Can't wait for the jailbreak so I can try this out
  17. PhoenixMac macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2010
    USB tethering works no problem, and I've used wifi for long periods of time with no problems the only hiccups i face is the initial getting my laptop to see the the iPhone over wifi.
  18. pure3d2 macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2012
    Sometimes even if the laptop is connected, you still wouldn't be able to get internet.

    Here's what I do to fix that without rebooting:

    Turn Airplane mode on, wait 5 seconds
    Turn Airplane mode off, notice cell reception icon
    It may say searching for service, no service, or give 1 bar
    After a few seconds, it will go to 3 bars, then quickly to 5 bars, then back down to 2 or 3 bars
    At this point, enable the personal hotspot and then 5 seconds later, your laptop will pick it up.
  19. Martog macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2008
    It's been flaky as all get out on my VZW iPhone 4 ever since I started using it. It always works via USB tethering, but WiFi is hit and miss, even connecting my iPad to it gives me fits. I generally always have a cable on me but does not help when I try to use my iPad.
  20. homerun360 macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2010
    My iP5 is very flaky also. MyWi was much more reliable.
  21. PhoenixMac macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2010
    This is a solution thanks 100x! I tested it thoroughly and this works.
  22. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
  23. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    Where you have a specified allowance (e.g. 500MB, 1GB) of data.

    It's tiered because the carrier will normally offer multiple plans, with more data available for more money.

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