version 4.1.4 doesn't see iPhone 12 SSID

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W6TRF
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version 4.1.4 doesn't see iPhone 12 SSID

Post by W6TRF »

Greetings. I'm running pi-star version 4.1.4 and have an iPhone 12 running iOS 14.4.1 (latest). When I choose "Scan for Networks" in pi-star, it returns a number of SSIDs but not my iPhone hotspot. I have made sure my iPhone has a very simple name (Jon) AND I have the hotspot page open on the iPhone while I perform the scan as I've seen posts that claim that you have to be on that page for it to be recognizable.

I have also "manually" added the SSID and password but unfortunately, the pi-star does not find the iphone that way either.

Any suggestions of things to check on the phone or pistar or workarounds?

Thanks in advance for the help.
KE7FNS
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Re: version 4.1.4 doesn't see iPhone 12 SSID

Post by KE7FNS »

W6TRF wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:41 pm When I choose "Scan for Networks" in pi-star, it returns a number of SSIDs but not my iPhone hotspot.
Your iPhone 12 is using 5 GHz only. A RPi Zero W only has 2.4 GHz capability.

There is an option in the hotspot settings to enable "Maximize Compatibility"

https://twitter.com/zollotech/status/13 ... 9199557633
If someones previous actions are any indication of their future actions, then I predict the deletion and removal of access will happen at any moment. 7-11-2020.

"07/13/20 This Website Has Been Taken Down" ... again :lol:
W6TRF
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Re: version 4.1.4 doesn't see iPhone 12 SSID

Post by W6TRF »

KE7FNS....thank you for the spot-on answer. That did it.

I had no idea that the iPhone 12 was only using a 5Ghz Hotspot by default. It makes sense since the range of "discoverability" is pretty short.

Thanks again
Kd2oqo
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Re: version 4.1.4 doesn't see iPhone 12 SSID

Post by Kd2oqo »

I have an iPhone 11 with the same problem. The Phone
Hotspot is working correctly but I cannot connect to it with my pi-star. It finds the iPhone but cannot get WiFi to operate.
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