Setting up both home and phone Wi-Fi connections

  • Open the Network page, scroll to the Wireless settings section.
  • Make sure Advanced mode is turned on to see all 5 Wi-Fi slots. There's a checkbox for enabling it at the bottom right of the web interface).
  • Set your home Wi-Fi as SSID #1 (and key) and your phone's Wi-Fi as SSID #2 (and key).
  • Click on the Save button.

If your home Wi-Fi (SSID #1) is not reachable then the openSPOT4 will automatically try to connect to your phone's Wi-Fi (SSID #2).

Make sure you enter passwords case sensitive.

iPhone® notes

  • Make sure you use the Save button at the Wireless scan list to save the iPhone's Wi-Fi network to SSID slot #2 as it contains a special apostrophe character which you can't enter using your keyboard.
  • Make sure you keep the phone's Wi-Fi hotspot settings page open while doing a wireless scan on the openSPOT4, because the iPhone® only broadcasts its Wi-Fi network name while that page is kept open on the phone. We have tested with iOS versions up to 13. Newer iOS versions may work differently.
  • Make sure the option Maximize compatibility is enabled on the phone's hotspot settings page.
  • Some time ago Apple changed how its phone's hotspot works - the first client can only connect when you have the Personal Hotspot settings open on the phone:

    • Go into the Personal Hotspot settings and disable Allow others to join.
    • Turn off the openSPOT4.
    • Go into Personal Hotspot settings end enable Allow others to join. Don't leave this settings page!
    • Turn on the openSPOT4.

The openSPOT4 should then connect. The downside to this is that after some time if nothing is using the phone's hotspot, to connect the first client you need to open the page again and wait for it to connect. When the phone's hotspot is in use other clients can connect freely later, but it stops broadcasting the phone's SSID after some time.

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