iOS 10 Wi-Fi Tips: Fix Connection Problems

iOS 10 Wi-Fi Tips: Fix connection problems in your device

Have you ever connected to a Wi-Fi network on your iPhone and wondered why it’s not working?

Unless you’re an IT technician you may not know what you can try to resolve the issue.

The good news is that iOS 10, (released recently), has incorporated new Wi-Fi network status notifications within the Wi-Fi settings menu.

For example, if you try and connect to a Wi-Fi network which cannot connect to the internet, you will see the error ‘No Internet Connection’ :

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If you then select that Wi-Fi network, you will receive tips on how to resolve this issue :

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iOS 10 Wi-Fi network status can also offer security recommendations :

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The security recommendation can range from how to add security to an open Wi-Fi network, to how to improve the security.

In the below example, i have tried to connect to a Wi-FI network that has NO security :

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It can also suggest a stronger encryption protocol for your Wireless network password by displaying suggestions such as : ‘WPA is not considered secure. Configure your router to use WPA2 Personal (AES) security type for this network’.
These security suggestions can be useful to recommend to people how they can better secure their Wi-Fi networks as well as warn you that the network you are connecting to is not as secure as it should be.

Blog Summary

I hope you have found this blog useful and look out for other iOS new features, tips and tricks on our Blog.

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Disclaimer:
While the author has taken care to provide our readers with accurate information, please use your discretion before acting upon information based on the blog post. Amsys will not compensate you in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss/inconvenience/damage because of/while making use of information in this blog.

This blog was written and demonstrated using iOS 10.0.2 which was the latest release of iOS at the time of writing.

6 Replies to "iOS 10 Wi-Fi Tips: Fix Connection Problems"

  • Jeff

    Thanks for the info, will be very useful to point out to my clients how to improve their Wi-Fi networks!

  • I personally think that Apple didn’t think this feature through since it won’t allow WiFi connections to be established to a WiFi accesspoint without internet access. Most of the WiFi cameras and even a lot of Remote Control features are using WiFi as a communication channel.

    I really hope(!) they’ll release an update to this issue!

  • Lisa

    My ipad suddenly this morning is displaying the ‘WPA is not considered secure. Configure your router to use WPA2 Personal (AES) security type for this network’ message. And it won’t connect to the internet until I reconfigure the router. Most irritating. There doesn’t seem to be a way to ignore it.

  • Russell Harris

    Hi Lisa. Apple are very hot on security these days and really heavily encourage people to use newer and better security technology. Whenever they update their devices and their software Apple will elevate the security to a better option.

    WPA2 is now the recommended standard for securing Wi-Fi networks and so Apple are really trying to encourage this.

    You could try forgetting the WiFi network and rejoining by going to the Settings App and selecting Wi-Fi, select your Wi-Fi network and then select ‘Forget This Network’. Then reselect your network and rejoin.

    Apple also have a good support article at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202068 on Wi-Fi security and router configuration.

    Russell

  • Robin

    Thanks for the explanation but these notifications happen on public hotspots where I cannot change the settings (its not MY router!!!) and it STILL blocks the internet.
    How do I get round this?
    Thanks

  • Russell Harris

    Hi Robin.

    I am not sure you can do anything if you are getting these on public hotspots. This status is designed to let you know that there is something wrong with the router’s settings or its’ security.

    Apart from switching your Wi-Fi off and back on again to force a new connection to the router and waiting a good 5 minutes to give the router enough time to send settings to your device, the issue lies with whoever can manage the router.

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