Using The Same SSID (name) at Different Safe Places is Not Supported

Scenarios:

  • User sets up two router SSID names with the same name
  • User sets up two safe places with these routers with the same name.

In-App Behavior: Your Pet will be assigned to the initial place the is set-up with that SSID (WiFi) name each time it sees that SSID regardless of where it is. Similar behavior can be seen if the user has a generic SSID (xfinitywifi) and is walking their dog near a house with the same SSID. This will cause the device to think it is in it's Safe Place at home.

Hidden Wi-Fi Networks 

If your Wi-Fi network is hidden, your Whistle device can't see it to communicate with. To keep the Whistle device communicating over Wi-Fi, you must un-hide the network. 

Public DNS Assignment

Users may experience difficulty uploading/downloading data over WiFi if their router is not set to respond to local DNS queries. This is most noticeable from the user’s side by checking the firmware version of the device via the mobile app. If the version is the factory release and they successfully have WiFi set-up otherwise this could be the root cause. If the router setup is giving out google DNS 8.8.8.8 to the DHCP clients. The Whistle does DNS query not to 8.8.8.8 that was being assigned to them but to the local router and the local router by default doesn’t respond to local DNS queries as it is assigning public DNS to connected devices. Resolution: Enable the router to respond to local DNS queries. 2.4GHz vs 5GHz network
Whistle devices will only support 2.4GHz networks. If you're attempting to set up the device on a 5GHz only network, you will not see your network on the "Connect to WiFi screen".

Behavior in-app: 

If user’s network is on 5Ghz, no SSIDs should come up.

Things to Check: (contact Internet provider if help is needed)

  1. Ensure wireless router is broadcasting at 2.4GHz 

802.11n Settings

Users may experience difficulty uploading/downloading data over WiFi if their router is set to use 802.11n. Whistle does not support 802.11n and we have seen connection problems with devices not be able to communicate over WiFi. 

Behavior in-app: 

  • iOS app - User will be able to complete setup successfully 
  • Android app User will be able to complete setup successfully 

Things to Check(contact Internet provider if help is needed)

  1. Check if the router set to use 802.11n data rate in their router settings
  2.  Check if any advanced features are being used (Whitelisting, guest networks, MAC address filter, DMZ) 

802.11x Settings

Users may experience difficulty uploading/downloading data over WiFi if their router is set to use 802.1x. Whistle 3 Wi-Fi module cannot support 802.1x and we have seen connection problems with devices not be able to communicate over WiFi.

Behavior in-app:

  • iOS app - User will be able to complete setup successfully but struggles to download firmware or check in over Wi-Fi
  • Android app - User will be able to complete setup successfully but struggles to download firmware or check in over Wi-Fi

Resolution: This is a limitation of hardware. The user will need to change their settings or use a different router to properly use Whistle.

IPv4 v IPv6 Settings

Users may experience difficulty uploading/downloading data over WiFi if their router is set to use IPv6 instead of IPv4. Whistle does not support IPv6 and will not be able to communicate over WiFi. This is most noticeable from the user’s side by checking the firmware version of the device via the mobile app.

Behavior in-app: 

  • iOS app - User will be able to complete setup successfully 
  • Android app User will be able to complete setup successfully 

Things to Check(contact Internet provider if help is needed)

  1. Is the router set to use IPv4 or IPv6 in their router settings?
  2. Any advanced features that you are using? (Whitelisting, guest networks, MAC address filter, DMZ) 

WPA/WPA2 Mixed Mode on Specific RoutersUsers may experience difficulty in attempting to connect to WiFi if their security type is configured for WPA/WPA2 mixed mode for specific routers. 

Behavior in-app:

  • iOS app will present a list of SSIDs, but when attempting to connect to WiFi, “Unable to connect” message will appear. 
  • Android app will not show a list of SSIDs OR will present a list of SSIDs, but when attempting to connect to WiFi, “Unable to connect” message will appear. 

Known incompatible hardware that were using mixed mode 

  • Linksys WRT1900 AC
  • Linksys EA4500
  • Cisco-Linksys E1000

Things to Check(contact Internet provider if help is needed)

  1. What is the security type in your router settings
  2. Has there been any changes to the WiFi password/ or security type within the last few weeks? 
  3. Any advanced features that you are using? (Whitelisting, guest networks, MAC address filter, DMZ)