WeFi

Hundreds of Millions of Wi-Fi Hotspots and counting

Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is a connectivity technology. A device enabled with Wi-Fi, such as your PC (Notebook, laptop or netbook), smartphone or tablet, can connect to the Internet via a wireless network access point. An access point (or hotspot) has a range of about 65 ft (20 meters) indoors and a greater range outdoors. Hotspot coverage can comprise an area as small as a single room with walls that block radio signals or a large area, as much as many square miles, covered by multiple overlapping access points.

Why do I need Wi-Fi connection? I have my data plan...

In most cases, Wi-Fi is significantly faster than the Cellular network, so your Internet browsing, videos and games will work smoother. Of course, when your device is connected to Wi-Fi, usage is NOT counted against your data plan so you have MORE to use when Wi-Fi is not available, WITHOUT paying for overages or being throttled to lower speeds.

Do I have to pay any extra for Wi-Fi connections?

In most cases - NO. Millions of Wi-Fi hotspots (including, of course, your home and workplace) are 100% free, so you can enjoy higher connection speed and quality without any additional charges. In some cases, hotspots do require payment. WeFi SHALL NOT automatically connect you to these and SHALL NOT deduct any funds from your cellular account.

Why do I need WeFi Client when I can use my phone’s default Wi-Fi network list?

WeFi Client automatically connects you to the best available Wi-Fi network, saving you time and effort. You can still use your phone’s default Wi-Fi networks list to manually choose networks you want to join. In addition, WeFi has knowledge of millions of qualified hotspots all over the world, and can automatically connect you to those spots.

Will my phone calls go through Wi-Fi now?

No. All your voice calls go through the Operator’s network as before. Your Internet browsing, videos and online games will use Wi-Fi connections where available.

With WeFi you can enjoy more VoIP calls availability when using apps like skype which needs Wi-FI to connect.

What operating systems are supported?

WeFi application is compatible with:

  • Android version 2.1 and higher. Custom ROMs are not supported
  • Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Symbian

Operating the software

How do I operate the WeFi Client Software?

WeFi Client is working automatically in the background, connecting your device to the best available network - Wi-Fi or cellular, requiring no user intervention or actions most of the time. At times, WeFi Client will show notification icon, prompting you to perform some action that will further improve your device connectivity.

Symbian:

When you are using some application that requires an Internet connection (Browser, YouTube, etc.) a popup typically appears, asking you to select a connection. On phones that support Destination choose "WeFi Internet". On older phones simply select the "WeFi - Automatic" access point directly. WeFi will start looking for the best connection around and attempts to connect to it.

Note that WeFi will not be able to connect if the device is already connected to Wi-Fi via a different access point. You will have to disconnect first. See "Disconnecting Wi-Fi" below.

If you never see the connection-selection popup, check the settings of the application you are using. Most probably it is configured to always use a different access point. To change this on most important applications:

Browser:

  1. Go to Options -> Settings -> General -> Access Point.
  2. Select "Always Ask" if you want the dialog to pop up when you need a connection
  3. Choose "WeFi Internet" (or "WeFi - Automatic") if you always want the application to use WeFi when looking for a connection.

YouTube (version 2.4.10):

  1. Menu -> Change Connection
  2. Choose "WeFi Internet" (or "WeFi - Automatic")
  3. Note: When connecting takes too long, you may need to refresh the application that you were using after WeFi has found a connection.

How do I connect to a specific Wi-Fi Network?

PC:

  1. Open WeFi client by clicking the WeFi icon on your taskbar (if WeFi is not running use the start menu to open WeFi). You will see a list of all available Wi-Fi networks in the vicinity.
  2. Double-click on the name of the network you want to connect to.
  3. For encrypted networks, you will be asked to provide a password.

Android:

  1. On your smartphone, open Settings -> Wireless and Networks -> Wi-Fi Settings. Make sure the Wi-Fi box at the top is checked.
  2. You will see a list of all available Wi-Fi networks in the vicinity. Press the name of the network you want to connect to and choose "Connect". For encrypted networks, you will be asked to provide a password.

Symbian:

  1. Make sure device is not already connected to another Wi-Fi network. If it is, disconnect it (See "Disconnecting Wi-Fi)".
  2. Open WeFi client by clicking the WeFi icon on your application list.
  3. Go to Network list, click on the name of the network you want to connect to and select "Yes". Alternatively, just press the "Manual" button.
  4. For encrypted networks, you will be asked to provide a password. You should see the selected network isolated from the reset.
  5. WeFi is now configured to connect only to this network.
  6. Continue in the same way as described in How do I operate the WeFi Client Software.

How Do I Disconnect from Wi-Fi?

PC:

  1. Open WeFi client by clicking the WeFi icon on your taskbar (if WeFi is not running use the start menu to open WeFi)
  2. You will see a list of all available Wi-Fi networks in the vicinity.
  3. Right-click on the name of the network you want to disconnect from.
  4. Then right-click on the name of the network again and select "remove from my favorites"

Android:

  1. Open the Wi-Fi Settings dialog. There are 2 ways to do it:
    1. Open WeFi, choose Menu->Networks
    2. Go to home screen, choose Main->Settings->Wireless and network->Wi-Fi settings
  2. Long press the connected network and choose "Forget".
  3. Alternatively, you can just switch Wi-Fi Off in the same screen.

Symbian:

  1. Go to home screen.
  2. Menu->Tools->Connectivity->Conn. Mgr.->Active Data Connections
  3. Use the arrow keys to highlight the active connection
  4. Options->Disconnect

Can I use WeFi Client and install other Wi-Fi management applications?

If you wish to fully enjoy the benefits of WeFi Client, it is not recommended to install any other connectivity application while using WeFi Client.

What is Network Tagging and why am I asked to tag networks?

By tagging networks, you help WeFi to work better for you. You can tag networks as your Residence, Office or Public. WeFi Client will always try to prefer your Residence and Office networks over other networks. Moreover, by tagging networks, you help WeFi to work better for you.

Are my Wi-Fi Passwords secured using WeFi?

For most Wi-Fi network you use, especially your home network - WeFi is not involved in asking you or using your password (it’s the work of the Android operating system). These passwords are stored securely on your device and WeFi Client has no way (and no use) to know what they are. For some networks, operated by Wi-Fi operators like Boingo, WeFi Client may ask you for your password so you can be connected automatically. For these networks, WeFi Client stores your password securely on the device, does not share them with anyone and does not send them to anyone or any Internet server outside your device.

Can I tell The WeFi Client to stop?

WeFi Client is always running in the background to ensure best connectivity at all times. Should you choose to stop WeFi Client from working for you, you can terminate it using the Settings->Applications menu of the device.

How does the WeFi Client handle browser logins?

When WeFi Client detects networks that require you to log into the browser, such as Starbucks, McDonalds or hotel networks, it notifies you of such networks, and opens the browser for you.

How can I prevent my phone from connecting to a certain network?

Try going to your smart phone’s Wi-Fi Networks Settings (go to device setting, open Wireless & network, Wi-Fi settings and select your home network from the list), long press to select the undesired network and press "Forget". If that still does not help, try turning your device’s Wi-Fi Off.

How can I uninstall WeFi?

We hate to see you leave, but if decide you want to uninstall we will be happy to get your feedback first (open the WeFi application and select feedback on the option menu)

PC:

  1. Go to the start menu > programs > WeFI > select uninstall WeFi.

Android:

  1. Go to your device Settings ->Applications->Manage Applications, and select WeFi Client.

I tagged my home network as residential/office/public. Does that mean other people can now connect to it?

If your home network is protected by a password, no one can access it without your knowledge. WeFi Client does not store your passwords or send them anywhere.

I tagged my home network as Public. Can I revert that?

Please connect to the network, and tell us the CNR number that appears in the About window. Your request will be reviewed and the network will be removed from the database.

Troubleshooting

I am connected to a Wi-Fi network and I can’t surf the Internet through the browser

It is possible that this particular Wi-Fi network is malfunctioning at this moment.

Try disconnecting from it:

PC:

  1. Open WeFi client by clicking the WeFi icon on your taskbar (if WeFi is not running use the start menu to open WeFi). You will see a list of all available Wi-Fi networks in the vicinity.
  2. Right-click on the name of the network you want to disconnect from.
  3. Then right-click on the name of the network again and select "remove from my favorites"

Android:

  1. Go to Settings -> Wireless and Networks -> Wi-Fi Settings.
  2. Select the network you are currently on, and press "Forget".
  3. Alternatively, you can just switch Wi-Fi Off in the same screen.

Symbian:

  1. It is possible that this particular Wi-Fi network is malfunctioning at this moment.
  2. Try disconnecting from it (See "Disconnecting Wi-Fi").
  3. Let WeFi connect automatically.
  4. I am connected to a Wi-Fi network but can’taccess my email or games.
  5. Please open the Internet Browser. In some places, you have to accept usage terms of the local Wi-Fi hotspot provider before surfing the Internet.

Why does my Wi-Fi switch on at times?

WeFi Client strives to keep you connected to the best available network at all times. To fulfill this purpose, the software will sometimes automatically switch your device’s Wi-Fi when your return to places where you connected to Wi-Fi in the past or where Wi-Fi connectivity is expected based on WeFi internal knowledge. You can always temporarily disable Wi-Fi if you choose so, although it is not recommended.

Android:

  1. You can also disable the "Wi-Fi Wakeup" feature in WeFi Client settings, so WeFi Client shall not automatically switch Wi-Fi ON for you. If you do so, please remember to switch Wi-Fi ON when you want to connect to Wi-Fi.

PC:

  1. This feature is not available

Symbian:

  1. This feature is not available

I can’t connect to Wi-Fi. What do can I do?

Verify that your Wi-Fi is on, Make sure you are in the vicinity of a Wi-Fi hotspot, and the signal strength of that hotspot is at least two bars. If the hotspot is encrypted, make sure you have the correct password.

Why doesn’t WeFi connect to my home Wi-Fi Network?

Verify that your Wi-Fi is on and Connect manfully to your Home Wi-Fi.

Android:

  1. Go to Settings -> Wireless and Networks -> Wi-Fi Settings.
  2. Select your home network, if needed enter your password), if your connection was established successfully Wi-Fi will make sure to reconnect you automatically in the future.

PC:

  1. Open WeFi client by clicking the WeFi icon on your taskbar (if WeFi is not running use the start menu to open WeFi)
  2. You will see a list of all available Wi-Fi networks in the vicinity.
  3. Double-click on the name of your home network.

Symbian:

  1. I feel that my device runs slowly. Can WeFi be the reason for that?
  2. WeANDSF Client is very lightweight software, and has no noticeable impact on your device performance.
  3. My battery is running low. Can WeFi be the reason for that?
  4. Using Wi-Fi is generally more battery-efficient than using your Cellular network connection, so WeFi actually helps you save battery power.

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