What is in a Name ? – Good and Bad SSIDs

Now we have observed that fairly a number of of our WL450 and WL510 prospects are utilizing their lengthy vary Wi-Fi set up to connect with a “private hotspot” or “tethered telephone” relying upon whether or not they’re an Apple or Android person.

When you have an excellent or limitless knowledge plan in your telephone, then it is a very helpful method to get web in locations the place the Wi-Fi will not be so good however the 3G sign is powerful. Usually it’s the different manner spherical, but when you end up on this scenario, it’s a “good software to have in your software field”.

The lengthy vary efficiency of the WL450/WL510, means that you may place the telephone wherever on the boat to get one of the best 3G sign and the WL450/WL510 will hook up with it. In case you even have the WL450/WL510 linked to a router like our iNavConnect then everybody on board linked to the router, can even have the ability to use the 3G web connection.

Final week we have been contacted by a buyer attempting to just do this along with his iPhone however he couldn’t get his WL510 to connect with his private hotspot.

After a little bit of head scratching, we realised that he had an apostrophe within the SSID just like the one within the picture above “Paul&Kay’s iPhone” and this use of a particular character was stopping the WL510 from connecting to it.

Trying on-line there didn’t appear to be a definitive Specification or RFC that said what characters should or should not be utilized in an SSID, however the basic advice appears to be that SSIDs ought to use commonplace characters, avoiding using particular characters and areas. So in our instance above a way more suitable SSID can be “PaulandKays_iPhone”.

As soon as we modified the iPhone’s title (SSID) to a extra suitable set of characters, the WL510 linked first time and he was capable of get an excellent 3G connection within the Norwegian Fjord he was moored in !

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