HomePod PISSED about HomePod

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  1. Amacfa macrumors 68000

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    Just got my HomePod yesterday and was super excited! It sounded amazing and really did rock my house. The quality was excellent and I LOVED the bass it produced.

    I was so excited that I decided to pack in my luggage for my 13 day trip to daytona. I couldn’t wait to get to my hotel every night and jam out as if I was at the club.

    Unfortunately, when I got to my hotel my HomePod would not connect to the WiFi network of the hotel even though my other devices were connected.

    Then I saw this

    This made me livid. I wasted space and time packing the HomePod and it won’t even work at all on public WiFi.

    Is there ANY workaround guys??

    Love the HomePod but these stupid restrictions have me leaning to returning it before the 14-day window.
     
  2. DesterWallaboo macrumors 6502a

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    Set up your phone as the base? Maybe that would work.
     
  3. Shadow Jolteon macrumors regular

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    I'm guessing the reason for this is your hotel requires you to access a certain page and agree to their terms and/or sign in when you first connect a device. Since the HomePod does not have a web browser, it is unable to access that page and allow you to perform the navigation steps required to access the network.

    Like @DesterWallaboo said, using your phone's personal hotspot is probably going to be your best bet for getting that sort of device working in that sort of situation.
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors Core

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    This ^^^

    And I have found hotel WiFi to be quite finicky at times even with sign ins completed

    This is a limitation/restriction imposed by the hotel and not an issue with the HomePod itself
    It works and functions as it should
     
  5. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    The upcoming TravelPod will be perfect for you.
     
  6. NT1440 macrumors G5

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    Wait, you're pissed because you think a hotel wifi network would somehow operate like your home wifi? That's not an Apple problem.
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors Core

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    Hotels do this so you won't leave rings on their tables in the room
     
  8. richard371 macrumors 68020

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    Turn in hotspot on your iPhone and connect that way. I did it at work
     
  9. Rum_Becker Suspended

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    Just use it with bluetooth or use the AUX-in, oh wait...
     
  10. chiefsilverback macrumors 6502

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    It is for exactly the same reason that your Apple Watch (if you have one) also can't connect to these same networks!
     
  11. Rum_Becker Suspended

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    Exactly the same, the Homepod will also connect with your iphone when nearby with Bluethooth just like the Apple watch.
     
  12. Amacfa, Mar 7, 2018
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    Thanks to those who actually gave me solutions, I’ll try them when I get back to the hotel.

    I paid for a speaker, it’s so silly that a speaker requires WIFI to even be allowed to play music.
     
  13. chiefsilverback macrumors 6502

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    This isn't strictly true. As with the Apple Watch, HomePod gets WiFi network settings from the iPhone it's paired with, but only when the WiFi network is completely open or protected with a key/password e.g. WEP/WPA. As soon as you need to login into/authenticate yourself on the WiFi network the Apple Watch/HomeKit are left out in the cold, because the iPhone can't transfer that information.

    Our corporate WiFi network is like this, I can log into it from my iOS/MacOS devices, but my Apple Watch can't connect.
     
  14. Amacfa thread starter macrumors 68000

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    This didn’t work. You can’t connect to the WiFi hotspot if your own device is making the hotspot. Also you can’t pair HomePod with a MacBook.

    Do I really have to drive to Best Buy to buy a WiFi repeater just to get my stupid ass speaker to play music? Jesus.
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    Some people have suggested using peer to peer airplay. But this only works if it has already been set up.

    I may drive somewhere to do the initial setup on an open network, then enable peer to peer, and drive back to hotel to test it out.
     
  15. mkenne2586 macrumors newbie

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    It is called the HomePod, so I was always under the assumption that it is strictly designed for the home and not for travel. With that being said, if you knew the MAC address, a quick phone call to your hotel concierge could get you to the internet support folks that can just add it into their trusted device list for your stay. I've done this with an Apple TV all over the world.
     
  16. DesterWallaboo macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't want to access a public WiFi without a VPN anyway.
     
  17. chabig macrumors 603

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    An Airport Express could offer a good solution to this problem.
     
  18. oneMadRssn macrumors 601

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    That won't work either, because the repeater won't be able to connect to your hotel Wifi for the same reason. One of the reasons hotels use captive portals is to prevent this very thing - they want only computers, tablets, and smartphones (stuff with real web browsers) using the wifi, and they don't want people using the hotel wifi for dozens of smart devices.

    If you're going to drive to a Best Buy, you should instead buy a bluetooth speaker. I'm not a fan of bluetooth speakers in general, but they are the best way to listening to music while traveling, or when away from a power plug. If you like bass, Apple even makes a pretty good one for you: Beats Pill+.
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    No, Airport Express can't connect to networks behind a captive portal either. The only way to connect to these networks is (a) with a proper web browser, or (b) get your mac address added manually by IT.
     
  19. Buerkletucson macrumors 6502

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    It doesn't work on my motorcycle either.......what a POS. o_O
     
  20. Amacfa thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the replies. This issue was fixed with peer to peer airplay. I can play music at my hotel without WiFi :)
     
  21. vipergts2207 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, completely comparable scenarios...
     
  22. Buerkletucson macrumors 6502

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    If you don't get my point, I can't help you.......

    Use a product outside the scope it was intended then call it a POS is just plain stupid......
    ....and if you impulse buy without researching a product first, you have no one to blame but yourself.
     
  23. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    You can find much smaller BT speakers than the HomePod.
     
  24. bopajuice Suspended

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    I don't think there has been much publicity regarding intended usage. Only way we can find out the limitations or practical use of anything is from experiences like this. Automatically coming to the defense of Apple, and making ridiculous analogies to prove a protectionist point really adds nothing.

    I think the thread starter genuinely did not know the limitations of an "intended use" speaker. He even thanked those who "contributed" to solving his issue. Sometimes the best response is not criticism or sarcasm.
     
  25. ericwn macrumors 68020

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    What is the difference to other Airplay and how is it activated?
     

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