iPhone 8(+) Long Time to Connect to Personal Hotspot

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  1. dgbarar, Feb 21, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2018

    dgbarar macrumors 6502

    dgbarar

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    Hi All,

    I am using a iPhone 8 with iOS 11.2.5 and two Mac laptops both operating under 10.13.3. Both of these computers take a long time to connect to the iPhone personal hotspot if at all.

    I have gone through all of the usual gyrations:
    • Reboot both devices.
    • Start laptops in safe mode
    • Reset the SMC and NVRAM
    • Toggling Airplane mode.
    • Toggling WiFi on/off on the laptops.
    • Signing in and out of iCloud.
    • Renaming the iPhone.
    • Resetting network connections on the iPhone.
    • Deleting wifi connections in System Preferences.
    None of this stuff works. In fact, establishing personal hotspot connections with iPhones going all the way back to an iPhone 5S and all of the iOS permutations in between have always been difficult. Apple support has been of zero help and they do not seem to understand!

    At the same time, I have also had a "burner" Android phone that I used with these same laptops and personal hotspot connections have been almost instant.

    Does anyone have ideas on to improve the time it takes to make personal hotspot connections with an iPhone?

    Donald Barar
     
  2. Ffosse macrumors 68000

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    Why do you need personal hotspot connections, anyway? Don't you always have wi-fi?

    Just checked, and with my iPhone 8, X and Macbook 12 it's all pretty instant.
     
  3. dgbarar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    FFosse:

    How does your response help me? But if you must know, I am a Realtor, frequently mobile, and require a hotspot connection. Waiting 60 seconds plus, having to re-boot, etc. for an iPhone connection is painful for clients. For the future, if you have nothing to add to the conversation don't write.

    Don
     
  4. Orlandorealtor macrumors regular

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    Could be the area you are in. Realtor here too and I sometimes experience connection using Cellular. On ATT
     
  5. dwfaust macrumors 601

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    I don't understand how asking for more information is a bad thing. Perhaps he could offer another solution...

    Back on topic, my iPhone 7+ personal hotspot to both iPad and MBA is pretty quick - 5-10 seconds, typically.
     
  6. Ffosse, Feb 23, 2018
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    Ffosse macrumors 68000

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    I'll write as I see fit and not how you dictate. I'm sorry if I came across as harsh but can see how as a realtor this would cause an annoying delay for you. Surely any potential client would be busy exploring the property before needing the internet connection, though?
     
  7. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    How do you connect? Wi-Fi or Bluetooth? Or Wired?
     
  8. dgbarar, Feb 25, 2018
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    FFosse:

    I guess that Shakespere was correct. "An empty vessel makes the loudest sound!"

    Don
     
  9. Ffosse macrumors 68000

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    Perhaps - I hope you get your problem resolved, though.
     
  10. dgbarar, Feb 27, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2018

    dgbarar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    For those of you suffering from long connection times to WiFi and making a personal hotspot connection to your iPhone it is possible that the network plist files associated with network connectivity on your Mac OS laptop have become corrupted.

    Follow this procedure to resolve:
    1. In system preferences, select network
    2. Locate cursor on WiFi and select advanced
    3. Delete all remembered WiFi connections
    4. Locate cursor on WiFi and delete with the "-" in the lower left hand corner.
    Delete the following files from your Macintosh Hard Drive. They are found at the following location: Macintosh HD/Library/Preferences/System Configuration/
    • com.apple.airport.preferences.plist
    • com.apple.network.eapolclient.configuration.plist
    • com.apple.wifi.message-tracer.plist
    • networkinterfaces.plist
    • preferences.plist
    Restart your computer. The network pfiles deleted will be re-created by the operating system. Go to System Preferences and select network. See if a WiFi interface has been created. If not, select the "+" button in the lower left corner. Create a WiFi interface.

    After doing the above, go to WiFi connections in the upper left corner of the display and add back your WiFi connections including personal hotspot for your iPhone.

    The above should eliminate slow connection times to WiFi and personal hotspot.

    Donald Barar
     
  11. EugW macrumors 603

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    I have a similar problem but with my iPhone 7 Plus and iPad Air 2, both running iOS 11.2.

    It's really really irritating, and I didn't have this problem back in iOS 9 or whatever. The only way to make this reliably work is to reboot both machines.
     
  12. dgbarar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hello Kitty,

    Good that it works for you. But we should not have to reboot our devices to get rapid connections to WiFi and personal hotspots. Try what I have outlined above as there is zero risk. It does work and you will no longer have to re-boot.

    Don
     
  13. EugW macrumors 603

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    What you outlined above does not apply to me. No Mac in my setup. As mentioned, it’s an iPad.
     
  14. dgbarar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hello Kitty,

    You did state that. My apologies for not thoroughly reading your comments. Wish I had a solution for you for slow connection times between iOS devices.

    Don
     

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