Tuesday, May 3, 2011

iPhone Hotspot Tip

My PlayBook works with my iPhone WiFi hotspot. Connection is seamless and easy. Of course that often means my hotspot is also accessible to others who might want to connect to my phone without my knowledge.

Protect your hotspot with a strong password, using a mixture of upper/lower case characters, numbers and symbols. You type this password infrequently, so a long password is not a big inconvenience.

Here's my tip: Use a misleading network name in place of the default which is something like 'Craig's iPhone'.

I routinely use hotspot names like unavailable, offline, not available,  disconnected and disabled. It is amazing how well this kind of name works. Even when I tell someone exactly what to do, they get confused and have trouble connecting to unavailable or offline.

BTW - Taking snapshots of the PlayBook screen (like above) is easy:
Just press the < volume down and volume up > buttons simultaneously to have a snapshot placed in your PlayBook camera folder.


  1. Craig, how did you figure out the < volume down and volume up > shortcut? Is there a list somewhere?

  2. Sorry Mario but I can't remember where. It was a geeky PlayBook Blog somewhere. After a while, they all look the same :)

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  4. Unfortunately, screen shots don't work when the BlackBerry Bridge is enabled.

  5. I have an iphone4 and a playbook. I cannot get my playbook to connect to my iphone when I enable the Wifi HotSpot. I used my neices IPad, and her ipad connected with no problem which means my iphone setting is 'probably' correct. Is there something I need to do on my playbook to get this going? Thanks,

  6. I think the problem I'm having is explained here:

    I'll give it a try and see how it goes.

  7. Thanks for the tip.

    To avoid difficulties I try to use SSID names that are 1) all lowercase letter and 2) no spaces. By default, Apple assigns a name like "Craig's phone". That's just plain bad.

    The iPhone uses 'WPA2 Personal' encryption. The PlayBook has no problem with this protocol. When initially setting up a hotspot I'll start with just lowercase characters and numbers in the password. After that works, I change to a more secure password.

  8. How do I change the name of my phone to unavailable?