Personal Hotspot, hit or miss?

gottafly

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Please share your experiences, both positive and negative.

Connecting my iPad Air to my iPhone 6 for Hotspot access has been hit-or-miss, at best.

I am referring more specifically to the phone being in sleep mode with Hotspot turned on, and trying to link the Air to it without waking the phone. I'm 99% sure that is how it is designed to work, but no joy here.

Ultimately, I end up having to wake the phone and be on the Hotspot screen for it to connect.

iOS 8 running on both.
 

maflynn

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Its worked well for me, always have. IT doesn't matter if I'm connecting my Mac using USB for the network connection or wifi when the Mac is running windows. iphone to ipad hotspot works seamless and without any problems.
 

big samm

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Hotspot works for me if i try to connect a pc or a non apple product As soon as try to connect a ipad,iphone or ipod touch it won't work at all...
 

ttmrn

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Are we talking about the continuity feature?

Personal Hotspot? or Instant Hotspot?
 

saltd

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I find that it reliably connects-eventually. Definitely doesn't always "just work." I'm tethering to a Nexus 7, if that matters.
 

sviato

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I may be buying the next iPad and the Instant Hotspot feature looks interesting to me.

So I could have hotspot on on my iPhone (in my pocket), and when I start using my iPad it'll automatically connect to my iPhone's hotspot and disconnect when I'm done with the iPad?

How is it in real-life use?
 

McPc

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It's been a Godsend for me using my iPhone as a hotspot w/iPad but I do find it to be a bit finicky when trying to establish a connection at times. Never really took the time to troubleshoot and get to the bottom of the issue but I always end up making the connection. Sometimes I fight with it other times it just works.
 

redman042

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I've definitely had to do some fiddling at times to get my hotspot to show up on the device I'm trying to connect, whether it be an iPad or a Windows laptop. Running latest OS at all times. It works, but I think we are a few patches away from a "just works" solution.
 

ttmrn

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Not continuity, Hotspot (Personal Hotspot on menu, aka Instant Hotspot).
er.. i thought Instant Hotspot was the continuity feature.

Since both are running on iOS8, why don't u use the Instant Hotspot feature?
Then u wouldnt need to have the Personal Hotspot running all the time (and try to reconnect when ur iPhone is on sleep mode).

https://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/continuity/
see right below
 

posguy99

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I am referring more specifically to the phone being in sleep mode with Hotspot turned on, and trying to link the Air to it without waking the phone. I'm 99% sure that is how it is designed to work, but no joy here.
The phone will, of course, not have anyone connect to it if it has gone to sleep.
 

samiznaetekto

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Please share your experiences, both positive and negative.

Connecting my iPad Air to my iPhone 6 for Hotspot access has been hit-or-miss, at best.

I am referring more specifically to the phone being in sleep mode with Hotspot turned on, and trying to link the Air to it without waking the phone. I'm 99% sure that is how it is designed to work, but no joy here.

Ultimately, I end up having to wake the phone and be on the Hotspot screen for it to connect.

iOS 8 running on both.
Yep, that's how it is. Apple doesn't care. That's why I simply bought a dedicated hotspot and now always have WiFi with me, just like from a router - it's always on. This, instant connectivity, and not having to worry about iPhone dying in an hour of hotspotting, is worth carrying an extra device in my bag or pocket. If :apple: doesn't care about us, we don't care about :apple:. :rolleyes:
 

redman042

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So I'm testing out Instant Hotspot on iOS 8.1 on my iPad. It's a cellular iPad but I want to see if I can live with a Wifi-only iPad in the future. I turned off Cellular Data and connected it to my phone. Working a little better so far, but I have some questions:

  • Is it supposed to connect automatically when I start browsing, or do I need to pick my iPhone in the Wifi settings every time>
  • When I get to a place where Wifi is available, shouldn't it connect to Wifi automatically? It hasn't so far.
 

linds15

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Is there any way to manually disconnect it without turning off wifi. Half my subway ride has service, and when I loose it my iPad stays connected to the phone.
 

Charadis

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It is one of the major reasons I still jb my phone (besides Activator). I use TetherMe on my i5, and it always works out for me when I need to connect my iPad (I have a cellular Air, but only the Tmo 250mb plan on it). I usually have to open the hotspot screen though because, sometimes, it doesn't automatically connect, but I usually turn the hotspot feature off when I'm done using it.

Only other device I could think of using it with is my MacBook, and it works out just the same. Definitely a great convenience on those occasions when out and about. Sent from my iPad.
 

iMrNiceGuy0023

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How well does the instant hotspot feature on ios 8.1 work when connecting to an iPad? Does it connect automatically ?

I want to know before I decide to get a cellular iPad
 

Steve686

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With the free bump I got from 10GB to 20GB on ATT, it is a HUGE hit between my rMBP and iPhone.

I finally feel like I have some room to spare when I take my laptop on the road and start surfing heavy through the hotspot.

No longer compromising use to look for a public WiFi hotspot, and as far as I know, it's much more secure anyway.
 
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