macrumors regular
Original poster
May 25, 2016
So Our family all has the XS or XS max... we recently went to one SSID to accommodate a mesh system throughout the house. Everything has been working wonderfully, except our phones... they are USELESS on the home WiFi. The IPAD PRO which has not been updated to 12.1.1 works splendidly. Opens the security cameras instantaneously. We cant even browse the web on our phones without a significant wait. The Cheap ass 65 dollar android tablet our 5 year old has files on our 500 meg connection and nothing else has had a problem but our phones... there was an old article here indicating this was not confined to us back in September has this not been resolved.....????? TIA


macrumors 6502
May 29, 2014
North Carolina
It sounds like something may be wrong with your network setup and/or the way your phones are connected to it. Just using one SSID is not a problem as long as it is set up properly for your situation.

If you can post some more details about your setup such as what router you are using, some basic setup details like which band are you using (5.0 or 2.4), and what devices are connected to your network, maybe we can give some suggestions that may help.


macrumors 65816
Jul 31, 2013
I used to have some issues when we upgraded our Sky broadband router and got Sky Q TV at home. The set up includes a mesh network i believe that allowed the TV boxes to work with each other and the TV mini box acted as a wifi extender. I believe it had both 2.4 and 5 wifi networks on it under the same SSID and lots of folk had issues with how the phone handled moving around the house between boxes etc. I sometimes would have to turn wifi off and back on to refresh the connection if i moved from near the router to nearer the extender or vice versa. I'm not sure when it changed but thinking about it i've not had to do this in a quite a while now so something has changed at some point to fix it....i suspect it changed with an upgrade of iOS but not sure which.

The Oak

macrumors 6502
Nov 12, 2013
Typically, when my cameras are slow to pull up, it is because I have turned WiFi off and I am getting to the cameras from the outside in. Kick in WiFi ... super fast.


macrumors 6502a
Feb 26, 2011
Vienna, Austria
No issues on my XS using the same SSID for 2 WiFi 5.0 GHz access points which are

- cable modem connected to a dLAN power line adapter
- 2nd power line adapter at the other end of my flat which is my 2nd WiFi

Had to switch off the 2.4GHz for both - otherwise it wouldn’t have worked with the same SSID in my case.

Now it switches automatically between those 2 WiFi’s always choosing the strongest network.
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macrumors regular
Sep 26, 2018
Band steering (one SSID across multiple bands) is never a good idea. It’s always best practice to have separate SSIDs for 2.4GHz versus 5.8GHz. Join your device to only one band.

Different routers/wireless APs all use different proprietary implementations of band steering. Sometimes it works with some/all devices. Sometimes it’s garbage.

Using the same SSID per band across multiple wireless APs is fine as long as each is on a different channel, are connected to the same backhaul subnet, and share a common DHCP server and gateway.

Band steering should never be required for a mesh solution. But it may be enabled by default.
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