06-04-2017 7:49 PM
My iPhone is not recognizing my microcell, and it has been using it for years, but is not getting the signal even though all other registered iPhones are working. I have powered it off and on, but still not working
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06-04-2017 8:18 PM
@brtman64 - just curious but which model of iPhone? Have you recently upgraded it? We have iPhone's 3GS, 5, SE, and 7 all running up-to-date iOS's with no issues. If your model of phone has WiFi Assist, is it disabled?
06-04-2017 8:43 PM
@brtman64 - I'm assuming it was disabling WiFi Assist that worked. I'm not a fan of WiFi Assist and I believe that Apple enables it by default. It has nothing to do with WiFi-C (WiFi Calling) or WiFi in general, but it does chew up the battery as well as your data plan. It's meant to force your phone to keep an internet connection if cellular gets weak but WiFi is available.
If your iPhones are iPhone SE and above, you can do WiFi-C which offers better voice quality and reliability so you don't even need the MicroCell.
06-04-2017 9:01 PM
06-04-2017 9:23 PM
@brtman64 - good. LTE is problematic for some iPhones and I'm not sure why. It could be that the LTE signal in your area is just strong enough that the phone gets confused on which signal to lock onto. WiFi Assist is another issue that causes problems as well.
Keep in mind that if you use WiFi-C on your iPhone but your other phones are not WiFi-C capable, you'll have to decide on whether to use WiFi-C or the MicroCell. The reason being is that iPhones (and other phones as well) will preferentially attempt to connect to a cellular signal instead of WiFi so your will have conflicts. The only workaround is to enable Airplane Mode on your phone which turns off the cellular radio. Not all of our iPhones are WiFi-C capable so I don't use WiFi-C even tho I prefer it over the MicroCell.
07-08-2017 4:15 PM
@gia917 - Android-based phones have a long history of not playing nice with the MicroCell. Mainly because of the open-sourceness of the OS (just about anything can be added which may or may not interfere with other options/functions). Try disabling LTE on your phone and see if that helps.
07-09-2017 11:44 AM
Hey Chief, FYI!
WiFi Assist uses cellular data when WiFi connectivity is poor....not how you described it in the earlier post.
I am not an AT&T employee.
07-09-2017 11:51 AM
@Avedis53 - hmmm, I'll have to go back and see what I wrote. It's my understanding that WiFi Assist is there to help you maintain a connection when cellular is weak or non-existent and there is a stronger WiFi signal. It does chew up battery because of the constant "searching" for a signal and yes, your data plan will take a hit as well because even tho the connection is WiFi, it sill goes against your plan.
07-09-2017 12:29 PM
Actually you have it reversed, the wi-fi assist helps maintain connection by using cellular data when your wi-fi connection is weak. That's why it chews up battery and data, and why I have it disconnected
07-09-2017 12:52 PM
@brtman64 - yep. Thanks for the clarification.
Wi-Fi Assist helps your iPhone switch to cellular data with your carrier when your local Wi-Fi is too weak to offer fast enough loading speeds.
01-13-2019 4:28 PM
THANK YOU!! THAT WORKED!! I was using an iPhone SE and couldn't get it to pick up my microcell, just posted my own question and then saw this reply and it worked... thanks again for posting the help!!
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