4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 27, 2009 6:48 AM by wjosten
ansciath Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
Is there any way to order known wifi networks, so that the iPhone will connect to a specific network when it is available, regardless of what other networks are visible?

I have a wireless router set up in my office. My office network is faster and more reliable than the campus network. However, the SSID of the campus network is broadcast in a much larger radius. This results in the following situation: In my office, I connect to my office network. As I leave the campus, my iPhone loses the signal for my office network and automatically connects to the campus network. When I return the next day, my iPhone automatically connects to the campus network, the last known network to which it was connected. However, as I approach my office, the iPhone will not automatically connect to my office network, since it is already connected to the campus network. Consequently, in order to get the better connection, I have to manually connect to my office network whenever I return.

I would like to configure my iPhone to automatically connect to my office network when available, despite the fact that it may already be connected to the campus network. Is this possible, or must I manually set the network every time I return to my office?

iPhone 3G, iPhone OS 3.0.1
  • BananamanUK Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've got the same problem, but related to functionality between networks and it's incredibly frustrating. Even the most basic wi-fi enabled desktop / laptop has this functionality built into the OS.

    Is there any 3rd party application which can provide this level of functionality?
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,760 points)
    Question, do you ever use the campus network?
    If you don't, when you are connected select "forget this network" or select it from the list of previous networks.. You won't connect anymore. However, if you use the campus network then you're gonna have to live with the way it is now, or Set iPhone to ask if you want to join a new network: Choose Wi-Fi and turn “Ask to Join Networks” on or off. You will then have to manually join each network. By default, once you’ve joined a Wi-Fi network manually, iPhone automatically joins it whenever the network is in range. If more than one previously used network is in range, iPhone joins the one last used.
  • BananamanUK Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    wjosten wrote:
    Question, do you ever use the campus network?
    ...If more than one previously used network is in range, iPhone joins the one last used.


    And that's the crux of the issue. It sounds like myself and the OP have a small range network that we want to be the preferred network, however when we leave the range of that network we still want to be able to use the larger range network.

    Clearly the OS itself hasn't been programmed with the 'Network Preference' functionality built in, so I was wondering if anyone was aware of an app that could essentially hijack the WiFi functionality and provide this service?
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,760 points)
    No.
    Apple does not permit third party software to change the underlining software. Third party apps will show you wifi networks available, some better than apple, but you still have to manually join.