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    Hi there,
    I'm having an odd problem with my 3GS. I am trying to get it to connect to my home WiFi network which it has done perfectly since the day I bought it on the day they were released. However in the last couple of days, whenever I am at home it just says 3G in the menubar, and the little WiFi icon doesn't appear.

    In the Settings screen, my network is selected, and I have tried turning off WiFi on the phone, turning it back on, restarting the phone, but still no luck.

    It's running the latest software, so I don't know what else to try!

    Any suggestions please?

    Thank you!

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    1. Forget the WiFi network (connect then hit the '>' on the WiFI network and select Forget this Network at the top) then reconnect.
    2. Reset network settings under Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings

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    I just tried both of those, but to no avail. It pretends like it's connected to the network (I don't get any information otherwise), but it still says "3G" in the menubar.

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    WiFi access point (router) all working fine? Maybe you can give it a restart.

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    Yep, it's working fine (nothing's changed). All my Macs connect to it with no problems.

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    Restarting the modem has helped me many times... even when my Macs connect perfectly.

    Perhaps you might want to try connecting to some other external networks and see whether you can connect to those or not?

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    There aren't any other networks around here that I can check unfortunately. I did restart the modem but that hasn't worked. My network is selected in the Wifi screen, but still the 3G text stays in the menu bar

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    Turn 3G off just to test.

    It should pick up the WiFi and use that before 3G. Definitely if 2G is there only.

    Maybe you have a faulty WiFi chip now.

    Worst case is to reload the 3.1.2 OS.

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    Ok, turning off 3G made it pick up the WiFi no problems, but as soon as I turned 3G back on, the WiFi symbol disappeared and it's reverted back to 3G. Stupid thing!

    And just to clarify, it was doing this before the latest software update too.

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    I am experiencing the same problem.

    My phone doesnt seem to be discovering my wifi network. It had been doing well until last week. (my network is set to hidden mode). However the wifi seems to connect if I change my wifi to reveal the SSD. I restored the iPhone to initial settings. It seemed to have resolved the problem. But yesterday the phone was not connecting to my network again . . So I have restored it again.

    I am with Telstra. What network are you with?

    Incidentally my iMac(10.6.1) is temperamental with connecting to my bluetooth mouse, I think after the 10.6.1 . .

    I dont know if I have been invaded by aliens!!!
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    I'm with Vodafone. The phone doesn't seem to be able to use WiFi ahead of 3G. When I turn off 3G it connects to the WiFi, but with 3G on it won't.

    I'll see if I can try it on a different network today.

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    Mebbe my prob is different. For the moment its all good. I think with me the bug is in phone unable to connect to a hidden wifi network. Cos when I try to connect it manually, It just jays unable to connect.
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    My iPhone connects to hidden SSIDs just fine for what it's worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huy View Post
    My iPhone connects to hidden SSIDs just fine for what it's worth.
    I was having a problem with the airport being a private network as well as outlined in this thread: http://forums.mactalk.com.au/28/7504...tml#post885331

    Turning off the private network option solved all my problems…
    Not an ideal solution, but I have a good WPA2 password that would be pretty hard to crack

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    I've got a similar issue. My iPhone doesn't like my Airport Extreme's SSID being hidden.

    Additionally, it's very reliable on the WiFi network at home, but at work, it keeps getting disconnected but indicates that it's still connected. It's maddening. The WiFi icon is on and in the settings, it indicates that it's connected to the base station, but it isn't. It's also not connected via Optus. I have to turn off WiFi, then turn it back on in order to get on the network. Because it works at home but not at work, I have to conclude that the base station is kicking the iPhone off the network but the iPhone doesn't realise it. Anybody seen this?
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