4 Replies Latest reply: Jun 15, 2011 12:57 PM by LarryKo
erikfromallentown Level 1 Level 1

The issue is;


I have a iphone 4 from verizon.  I have a ipad 2 wifi, no 3g.  I bring up the personal hotspot on the iphone and connect the ipad via wifi.  The link connection appears and then starts to blink randomly and disconnects in a matter of a few seconds.  There are time I have a connection for about 30 seconds and then it is gone al together.  I have tried all of the regular steps, forgetting the network, reset network settings, etc. short of restoring the devices, which I find hard to believe is a solution to the issue.  Both devices have the most up to date software, both devices are able to connect to other wifi sources.  The hotspot can be seen by other devices and can support attachments to other devices, laptops etc.   Since both devices can connect to other wifi sources I have a hard time believing its a wifi issue.  I'm starting to think this is a proximity issue, or signal interference.

iPad 2
  • LarryKo Level 1 Level 1

    Exact same issue here, except AT&T iPhone 4. This is my first attempt at WiFi tethering, so I should be able to try somewhere else to see if it is an interference issue. In the mean time I'm connecting via Bluetooth and it seems stable, although I'm not getting anything pushed to my iPad. I don't know if that's a limitation of Bluetooth tethering or tethering in general.

  • ryan Johnson10 Level 1 Level 1

    I think you are running into the following issue.


    From: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2756


    Note: If you leave the Personal Hotspot screen or put iPhone to sleep, iPhone only broadcasts the Wi-Fi network for an additional 90 seconds. If no devices join the Wi-Fi network during that time, iPhone 4 stops broadcasting your Wi-Fi network. You can start broadcasting your Wi-Fi network again by tapping Settings > Personal Hotspot.


    So, if I understand correctly, if you you leave your iphone on the the Settings --> Personal Hotspot screen, than it shouldn't disconnect.

  • Ropetoy Level 1 Level 1

    I have the exact same problem on my AT&T iPhone4.  I figured out that if I have bluetooth on, my wifi connection from my laptop to my iphone keeps dropping and reconnecting.  Impossible to keep a reliable connection up.  But if I shut off bluetooth the wifi connection works perfectly.

  • LarryKo Level 1 Level 1

    I have found, now with some experience away from work, that the WiFi hotspot works flawlessly everywhere but at my desk... Must be some kind of interference. Figures... Good news is Bluetooth is solid, which just means a few extra steps when transitioning from home to office.