iPhone 4S Newbie Question: Using WiFi automatic over 3G?

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  1. Ant

    Ant Guest

    Hello.

    I have an iPhone 4S newbie question with its wifi and Verizon 3G. How do
    I make a new iPhone 4S automatically switch over to wifi connections
    when available instead of using Verizon 3G that have data caps? It is
    annoying to switch between them manually through its settings. I assume
    there is a way to do this automatic. Basically, wifi preferred when it
    is available. A prompt to switch between them would be nice too
    especially with untrusted wireless acesss points (WAPs) and 3G caps.

    Thank you in advance. :)
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    Ant, Feb 6, 2012
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  2. Ant

    nospam Guest

    In article <>, Ant
    <> wrote:

    > I have an iPhone 4S newbie question with its wifi and Verizon 3G. How do
    > I make a new iPhone 4S automatically switch over to wifi connections
    > when available instead of using Verizon 3G that have data caps? It is
    > annoying to switch between them manually through its settings. I assume
    > there is a way to do this automatic. Basically, wifi preferred when it
    > is available. A prompt to switch between them would be nice too
    > especially with untrusted wireless acesss points (WAPs) and 3G caps.


    iphones automatically prefer wifi. you only need to join a wifi network
    once, and with a password if required. it will save that information
    and rejoin it the next time you are within range. there is also an
    option to auto-join any network it sees but you don't need to enable
    that if you want to only join known networks.
     
    nospam, Feb 6, 2012
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  3. Ant

    Chris Blunt Guest

    On Mon, 06 Feb 2012 13:20:38 -0600, (Ant) wrote:

    >Hello.
    >
    >I have an iPhone 4S newbie question with its wifi and Verizon 3G. How do
    >I make a new iPhone 4S automatically switch over to wifi connections
    >when available instead of using Verizon 3G that have data caps? It is
    >annoying to switch between them manually through its settings. I assume
    >there is a way to do this automatic. Basically, wifi preferred when it
    >is available. A prompt to switch between them would be nice too
    >especially with untrusted wireless acesss points (WAPs) and 3G caps.


    If you have both WiFi and 3G turned on at the same time the phone will
    choose WiFi as its first priority, if available, and only use 3G when
    it is not.

    I leave both WiFi and 3G turned on all the time, with "Ask to Join
    Networks" set to "OFF". My phone automatically connects to known WiFi
    networks as I move around and only uses 3G when no known WiFi networks
    are within range.

    Chris
     
    Chris Blunt, Feb 7, 2012
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  4. Ant

    Ant Guest

    On 2/6/2012 5:44 PM PT, Chris Blunt typed:

    > If you have both WiFi and 3G turned on at the same time the phone will
    > choose WiFi as its first priority, if available, and only use 3G when
    > it is not.
    >
    > I leave both WiFi and 3G turned on all the time, with "Ask to Join
    > Networks" set to "OFF". My phone automatically connects to known WiFi
    > networks as I move around and only uses 3G when no known WiFi networks
    > are within range.


    Thanks! But why let your iPhone to autojoin any new/unknown wireless
    acceess points (WAPs)? They should be untrusted due to possible security
    breaches (hackers, sniffers, etc.).
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  5. Ant

    nospam Guest

    In article <>, Ant
    <> wrote:

    > > If you have both WiFi and 3G turned on at the same time the phone will
    > > choose WiFi as its first priority, if available, and only use 3G when
    > > it is not.
    > >
    > > I leave both WiFi and 3G turned on all the time, with "Ask to Join
    > > Networks" set to "OFF". My phone automatically connects to known WiFi
    > > networks as I move around and only uses 3G when no known WiFi networks
    > > are within range.

    >
    > Thanks! But why let your iPhone to autojoin any new/unknown wireless
    > acceess points (WAPs)? They should be untrusted due to possible security
    > breaches (hackers, sniffers, etc.).


    if you disable ask to join networks, it will only join the ones to
    which you have previously associated.
     
    nospam, Feb 7, 2012
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  6. In article <>,
    Ant <> wrote:

    > > I leave both WiFi and 3G turned on all the time, with "Ask to Join
    > > Networks" set to "OFF". My phone automatically connects to known WiFi
    > > networks as I move around and only uses 3G when no known WiFi networks
    > > are within range.

    >
    > Thanks! But why let your iPhone to autojoin any new/unknown wireless
    > acceess points (WAPs)? They should be untrusted due to possible security
    > breaches (hackers, sniffers, etc.).


    Um, it autojoins only known WiFi networks. If it's never joined that
    network before, it asks.

    However, all networks with the same name are considered to be the same
    network. So, for instance, if you join Apple's customer network in an
    Apple Store, you will autojoin the network in any Apple Store.

    Similarly, if you join a network named "Linksys", you will autojoin any
    network named Linksys so long as they are not password protected or have
    the same password as the one you manually joined. This can be dangerous,
    but it's highly unlikely that there will be any adverse fallout.

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    Michelle Steiner, Feb 7, 2012
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  7. Ant

    Ant Guest

    > > > If you have both WiFi and 3G turned on at the same time the phone will
    > > > choose WiFi as its first priority, if available, and only use 3G when
    > > > it is not.
    > > >
    > > > I leave both WiFi and 3G turned on all the time, with "Ask to Join
    > > > Networks" set to "OFF". My phone automatically connects to known WiFi
    > > > networks as I move around and only uses 3G when no known WiFi networks
    > > > are within range.

    > >
    > > Thanks! But why let your iPhone to autojoin any new/unknown wireless
    > > acceess points (WAPs)? They should be untrusted due to possible security
    > > breaches (hackers, sniffers, etc.).


    > if you disable ask to join networks, it will only join the ones to
    > which you have previously associated.


    Ah OK. Good and thanks! :)
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  8. Ant

    Ant Guest

    Michelle Steiner <> wrote:
    > In article <>,
    > Ant <> wrote:


    > > > I leave both WiFi and 3G turned on all the time, with "Ask to Join
    > > > Networks" set to "OFF". My phone automatically connects to known WiFi
    > > > networks as I move around and only uses 3G when no known WiFi networks
    > > > are within range.

    > >
    > > Thanks! But why let your iPhone to autojoin any new/unknown wireless
    > > acceess points (WAPs)? They should be untrusted due to possible security
    > > breaches (hackers, sniffers, etc.).


    > Um, it autojoins only known WiFi networks. If it's never joined that
    > network before, it asks.


    Ah good.


    > However, all networks with the same name are considered to be the same
    > network. So, for instance, if you join Apple's customer network in an
    > Apple Store, you will autojoin the network in any Apple Store.


    > Similarly, if you join a network named "Linksys", you will autojoin any
    > network named Linksys so long as they are not password protected or have
    > the same password as the one you manually joined. This can be dangerous,
    > but it's highly unlikely that there will be any adverse fallout.


    Ooh, that's bad. I am surprised it doesn't check for MAC addresses. I
    know they can be spoofed, but still!
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  9. Ant

    DevilsPGD Guest

    In the last episode of <>,
    (Ant) said:

    >Ooh, that's bad. I am surprised it doesn't check for MAC addresses. I
    >know they can be spoofed, but still!


    That would be unproductive, all but the smallest wifi networks have
    multiple MAC addresses and multiple access points serving a single SSID.

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    DevilsPGD, Feb 9, 2012
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  10. Ant

    Ant Guest

    On Feb 8, 8:07 pm, DevilsPGD <> wrote:
    >
    > >Ooh, that's bad. I am surprised it doesn't check for MAC addresses. I
    > >know they can be spoofed, but still!

    >
    > That would be unproductive, all but the smallest wifi networks have
    > multiple MAC addresses and multiple access points serving a single SSID.


    Ah, I didn't know that. Thanks. :)
     
    Ant, Feb 12, 2012
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