For the hivemind: the Wifi password’s working for SOME of the phones.

[UPDATE]: I swear to God, it’s just sympathetic blipping magic. Everything works now, now that I’ve unplugged the router and powered it up again.

Mine, and the Kindle; but it’s not working for my kids’ phones. Every time I try to log them into the network I get an authentication error. It’s absolutely the right password; I’ve triple checked, and what I tell you three times is true. The router identifies my phone as being connected, and says that their two phones are not connected, if that helps.

Thoughts? The router did lose connection yesterday, so in an hour I’m going to unplug it then plug it back in to see if that restarts anything. …Which is more or less the equivalent of a magical cantrip, but we all realized that we were going down that particular road a long time ago.

11 thoughts on “For the hivemind: the Wifi password’s working for SOME of the phones.”

  1. Good news first .. Ryk Spoor’s project has funded! (and it’s not too late to jump on the bandwagon … some folks, I understand, prefer to wait until it’s funded, because then you’re buying a sure thing, not a .. cooler cooler)
    Regarding the router .. totally random guess .. could be the poor thing has failed to forget their phones?
    If the power-cycle cantrip fails, power off both phones and the router, then see what happens.
    If that doesn’t work, you may need to pony up a silver dime for an actual wizard, not just a hedge-techie.

  2. 1. Are the routers and phones talking the same type of wifi? I. e. if the phones support 802.11g (or whatever), is that supported and enabled by the router?
    2. Does the router have any variety of MAC address filtering enabled? If so, are the other phones’ MAC addresses listed?
    3. The dumb question would be to verify that it’s the correct network and not a neighbors’ wifi with a very similar name.

    1. Also need to check the security in use, i.e. is it WPA, WPA2, WEP .. ?
      From memory, WEP uses the shortest password, but many devices aren’t very bright, and will let you type a longer WPA or WPA2 password into a WEP config .. and it won’t connect.

  3. How many Wireless devices are active in your home at one time? Most consumer routers have a limit of four or six connections. If you, your wife, and some of the other toys like Switch™ are on already, it will be maxed out and your kids phones are blocked until one of the other toys is disconnected.

    1. If everything was successfully hooked up and working before the problem showed up, it’s almost certainly a handshake issue.
      Or a hardware issue with the router.
      Rule out the free and easy fix (that’s much more likely) before worrying about the other.

  4. Have got tried turning it off, and turning it on again? (Ducks)
    Sure, it’s a cantrip, but it’s great for fixing handshake issues.
    On an unrelated note, have you guys seen the season 2 Apex legends trailer?
    Battle Royales are really not my thing (you’d think otherwise, but for some reason I just haven’t enjoyed them) but I’m still kind of hyped.

  5. Often, a Sperry Reset works.
    Yes, of course it’s magic. When you see smoke, that’s the magic escaping.

  6. Glad to hear the simple cantrip worked, and you’re now able to send them off to amuse themselves for a while ..

  7. [I apologize in advance, sorta]
    And he turneth off the device, for it hath offended him: its transgressions bloteth out the sun, both the sky and and the wifi were covered in darkness.
    Yet, even in his wrath he discovereth mercy. Kindness and budgetary Thrift guide his heart.
    He turneth the device on once more.
    Truly, a device so chastened shall continue not in error. It shall not embrace the Persuader nor the Circular File in it’s folly.
    Behold! Various devices speaketh to one another as of old. All the Devices of the House rejoice and are made as one by it’s repentance.
    –Excerpt from the prophesies of St. Eniac of Darpa.

  8. > The router did lose connection yesterday, so in an hour I’m going to unplug it then plug it back in to see if that restarts anything

    Everybody else has already weighed in on troubleshooting, but… Power cycling a device – especially one that’s “always” switched on – should be legitimately at or near the top of your troubleshooting cycle. Stuff happens that can whack a bit in memory out of place (firmware bugs, solar wind, magnetic flux, power surge, ley lines shifting, whatever) that will cause stuff to act up. Once the trivial things are checked (is this the right password? right network?), try rebooting stuff.

    Although, the step before that should be putting the kids’ phones in Airplane mode, waiting a few seconds, and then switching back to normal mode. That should force the phones to renegotiate with the router. I have to use that with my own phone when going from my office (where the router lives) into the dining room (on the other end of the house).

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