Should I remember 2 wifi connections for my iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by shankar2, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. shankar2 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2009
    Hi I have iPhone 6 running latest iOS 10

    In home I have two wifi connections one the main wifi router connected to modem and another an extender

    My question is does ios 10 smartly switch from one wifi connection to the other based on signal strength?

    Should i just join one wifi connection or remember two?

    Please advise Thanks!
  2. geoff5093 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2014
    Dover, NH
    No it won't, it will only disconnect from one WiFi network is the signal is unusable, then it will start searching for another preferred network. The best solution for this is to have your main WiFi router and extender use the same SSID, same password, but on a different channel, then you will roam more intelligently between them.
  3. shankar2 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2009
    So I should have same ssid ?! And remember both?
  4. shankar2 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2009
    Are u sure about having same ssid for both wifi n extender?!
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    When I installed an extender it used the same WiFi network name and password. Worked great and I had great service all over the house.
  6. shankar2 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2009
    Also I checked can't change channel of my extender

    So i set router n extender to same ssid but both have same channel too

    Any problems with this setup?
  7. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    If your extender is a wireless repeater then the router and extender should have the same SSID and Channel. Everything on your wireless router is then repeated on your extender. This sounds like your setup. Note that throughput is reduced by about 50 percent in this setup since the repeater has to transmit and receive each frame on the same channel.

    The more efficient way is to have the extender or access point wired to your lan. In this case the extender should have the same SSID and be running on a different channel. This way the data does not have to be repeated and your iPhone will smartly switch to the device with the strongest signal.

    Either way your iPhone should only be setup for one wifi network.

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