Possible to ignore a certain WiFi connection?

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MorningZ

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Jul 18, 2007
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I've got a secured WiFi network that is nearby my office somewhere... i have absolutely no desire to ever join it.... is there a way to make my iPhone never ask me if i want to join it? because every time i fire up the browser or email menu's that is the first thing it waits for me to answer

I'd rather not just turn off WiFi, because i do want to use it on my home network plus wherever else i may be out there where i can get online that way instead of Edge
 

dafuser

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Jul 21, 2007
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Yeah, i am not looking to turn off the whole entire feature, just this one network.....
There should be a option to "forget this network" when you phone joins a WiFi network. Click on forget this network and your phone will no longer join that network.
 

Tinman

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Jul 16, 2007
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Settings > WiFi > Click the Blue Arrow at the far right of the network you wish to ignore > select Forget This Network.
AFAICT forgetting a network does just what it says: it forgets all about joining the network. If you think about it, how could it ignore it if it forgot all about it? And indeed in my tests it doesn't: if Ask to Join Networks is on forgetting a WiFi network will cause it to come right back and ask me to join again. I believe the point is to stop it from auto-joining an existing network (since it "forgets" it).

I don't believe there is a way to selectively suppress a WiFi network from asking to join; you have to turn Ask to Join Networks off. And that's exactly what I have done. It's not much of a problem (no problem at all, actually) for me to pick one--and that gives me a chance to see all that are available too . Once I connect to one it will auto-connect in the future (till I "forget" it, which means it won't auto connect any longer, and with Ask to Join off, I won't be bothered with it again).

So to the OP, why wouldn't you want to turn Ask to Join off, considering your lack of other options? It won't stop you from joining--and saving for auto connect--future WiFi networks. Do you use Ask to Join extensively?

Or is there really some way to selectively ignore a WiFi network? (I couldn't make it work using Forget this Network.)


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Mike
 

uptick

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Jul 2, 2007
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Settings > WiFi > Click the Blue Arrow at the far right of the network you wish to ignore > select Forget This Network.
Is there a way to see a list of all the WiFi access points "remembered" in the iPhone and manage that list?

It seems the only way to selectively "forget" or delete from memory a WiFi AP is to be currently connected to it. Suppose I want to forget a particular WiFi hot spot at some airport or hotel I visited some thousands of miles away?

As a matter of security, does the iPhone "remember" (and thereforee automatically join) access points merely by the SSID name, or by access point MAC address (or some other unique AP ID)? My concern is how does the iPhone discern a trusted "Public Hot Spot" from a malicious "Public Hot Spot" (since the SSID is the SAME)? :eek:
 

Tinman

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Is there a way to see a list of all the WiFi access points "remembered" in the iPhone and manage that list?

It seems the only way to selectively "forget" or delete from memory a WiFi AP is to be currently connected to it. Suppose I want to forget a particular WiFi hot spot at some airport or hotel I visited some thousands of miles away?

As a matter of security, does the iPhone "remember" (and thereforee automatically join) access points merely by the SSID name, or by access point MAC address (or some other unique AP ID)? My concern is how does the iPhone discern a trusted "Public Hot Spot" from a malicious "Public Hot Spot" (since the SSID is the SAME)? :eek:
Don't know any way to see and delete previously connect networks, but would agree that would be nice to do (I occasionally "clean" my laptop of unused WiFi networks).

As far as how it remembers WiFi networks, in my brief testing it seemed to only use SSID. I had previously connected to a "Linksys" (just a little common!) unprotected WLAN and when I was in a different area it connected to another Linksys SSID without asking.

Obviously it wouldn't have auto-connected if these WLANs were protected. But I don't know if it would have allowed two WLANs with identical SSIDs yet different security keys to be saved independently. I doubt it though.


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Mike