WiFi to Bluetooth Handoff

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  1. rstark18, Oct 6, 2017
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    rstark18 macrumors 6502a

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    I am having an issue where if I leave my phone at one side of the house and I'm on the other side (wearing my watch) the watch will try to hold on to the Bluetooth signal even though it's too weak to make calls, use Siri, etc instead of switching over to the very strong WiFi signal. Anyone else have this problem or have any suggestions?
     
  2. deadworlds macrumors 6502a

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    Is your WiFi signal 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz? I’m asking because if it’s a 5Ghz the watch can’t connect to that, so maybe it’s holding onto the Bluetooth signal because that’s all it has.
     
  3. rstark18 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have both 2.4 & 5 but that is not the issue. If I turn off Bluetooth on my phone the watch connects to the WiFi network. So the problem is that it's holding on to a Bluetooth signal that is not strong enough to support the mentioned features even though the much stronger WiFi signal is available.
     
  4. fischersd macrumors 601

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    The watch prefers bluetooth as it's much more energy efficient. You didn't actually specify if you're having any detrimental effects by the watch continuing to use BT at the far side of the house?

    The watch will establish a wifi connection when the bluetooth signal starts to become weak and will switch to it when the BT signal is no longer viable.
     
  5. rstark18 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    As I said in the original post “even though it's too week to make calls, use Siri, etc “. This is detrimental in my eyes. I don’t want to have my phone in my pocket when I’m at home just so I can use my watch. I would think that if the signal isn’t strong enough to use functionally then it should switch over to WiFi.
     
  6. fischersd macrumors 601

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    Are you sure it actually is switching over to wifi? Are your 5GHz and 2.4GHz networks named the same (same SSID?). Forget the network on your iPhone. Turn off the 5GHz network. Then join your iPhone to it. Then disable bluetooth on the iPhone and see if the watch connects to the wifi network. (if you're comfortable looking at the client list in your WAP/router, that would verify it as well).

    Once the watch is connecting properly to the 2.4GHz segment, you can re-enable the 5GHz one, it won't get confused.

    What kind of WAP do you have?
     
  7. rstark18 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Two different SSID’s.

    See post #3. It’s not that it can’t connect to WiFi. It can and will IF I turn off Bluetooth OR if my phone is far enough away to loose the Bluetooth signal.

    I don’t care if it’s using Bluetooth or WiFi. I just want my watch to work when I’m not next to my phone. This is currently not happening at far reaches of the house because as I previously said it still hangs on to the BT signal but it’s not strong enough to use Siri, phone, etc.
     
  8. fischersd macrumors 601

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    And....that's twice now that you've pointed me backward. (you have to keep in mind that most people here have no clue as to how any of this **** works). Most assume it's doing X when it's actually doing Y.

    Not answering queries only means I'll not bother with troubleshooting anymore. Cheers.
     
  9. co1f macrumors regular

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    One suggestion is to turn off BT on your phone. Sounds like you should report that as a bug. I have not experienced that, but my house isn’t that large.
     

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