Struggles with mini

Last week I decided to exchange my credit card points for another HomePod mini, this one for my work desk where the one I bought last year sits in my bedroom and is now booming wonderfully when I play titles from one of my AppleTV units.

Perhaps I had forgotten difficulty with which I connected the first unit to the wifi last year, memory like a sieve at times, but getting the HomePod mini that arrived today to connect to the wifi proved an Everest-sized effort. Every attempt I made to get it to accept my home wifi was met with a message that our wifi was not acceptable.

I plugged the unit into my new MacBook Pro M1 Pro, nicknamed “The Tank”, and managed to update its firmware to v15.1 from 14.2 that it arrived with, hoping this might resolve things, sadly no. After about 45 minutes of updating and multiple attempts changing things on my router and iPhone, I decided to try one last trick, and it worked.

HomePod mini can’t connect to wifi

So what worked in the end, resetting the iPhone’s settings by quickly pressing volume up, then volume down then holding the power button down until the Apple logo appeared.

Then, I went to use the other HomePod mini later that evening and things stopped working, the same truck didn’t work. I tried resetting both devices, forgetting networks, and resetting network settings, basically the whole kit and caboodle and nothing worked.

Then, I pulled out the iPad Pro and tried it, within minutes I was able to connect. The initial attempt I received a wifi issue, but the second attempt I was connected. Phew. Apple has much work to do to improve the user experience here, I feel they’ve focused too much on profit making in recent years and too little on the user and quality, they desperately need another Jobs who truly demands quality.

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