Mobile Hotspot observation

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by gman901, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. gman901 macrumors 6502a

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    I discovered something interesting about using a Galaxy S7 Edge with a 2015 Macbook... up to just recent, I was using my iphone 6S plus as my mobile hotspot and was always bothered by the fact that my Macbook would never automatically connect to my phone. I always have to manually connect it, even after my Macbook screen goes off, I still have to manually connect. Now that I have the S7 Edge, my Macbook automatically connects quickly and stays connected even when my screen goes out. I thought it was weird that the S7 can do that but not the iphone (which I assumed would work perfectly with the Macbook).
     
  2. evamoree macrumors member

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  3. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020

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    All of the galaxys since the S5 have had great easy to connect mobile hotspots......
     
  4. satinsilverem2 macrumors 6502a

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    I think the iPhone has it set to if there is no network activity for a certain period of time then it shuts the hotspot off to save battery life.
     
  5. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

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    I think he means as soon as you turn the mobile hotspot on.

    This is something I noticed too. If there are no other networks for my MBP to connect to, as soon as I enable hotspot from my S7 edge or any Android, my MBP autoconnects. But it doesn't autoconnect to my iPhone hotspot.

    I haven't tried this recently, but I used to have issues connecting my iPad to my iPhone hotspot, but no issues connecting to an Android phone hotspot.
     
  6. gman901 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm glad I'm not the only seeing this as an issue. It's so irritating when I'm at work and my MacBook goes to sleep - I have to wait a while for my wifi to see my iPhone and manually connect it again. I wish it would work like Android where you just turn it on and it connects automagically.
     
  7. mi7chy macrumors 68040

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    I wonder if it has to do with ad hoc on iOS vs infrastructure mode on Android which is closer to a real WIFI access point.
     

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