For some time now (maybe since I upgraded to Android 7), whenever I have been in movement, e.g. in a train, my phone’s hotspot has been disconnecting every few minutes. To reconnect, I have to deactivate Wifi on my computer, then deactivate and reactivate the hotspot on my phone, and reactivate Wifi.
This doesn’t happen (or not often) when I stay in one place.
So I understand right that when “your phone’s hotspot has been disconnected” your computer is no longer connected to the wifi created by your phone’s hotspot mode. And then the phone’s wifi is no longer seen in the available wifi networks from your computer (until you do the steps you’ve described)?
That’s right, the computer can’t use the phone’s connection anymore. But on my computer, it looks as though the connection were still active. The WiFi symbol is still active. I notice something has gone wrong because e-mails go to the outbox rather than being sent. The Dropbox icon is also greyed out.
It happened again just now. The dropbox icon greyed out, my e-mail programm shows a warning for an account error. The connection icon on the computer seems active; on the phone, the hotspot is still active and shows 1 connected device.
Simply clicking on my Fairphone’s hotspot on the computer does not reestablish the connection. Deactivating and reactivating wifi on the computer (without de- and reactivating the hotspot on the phone) does.
I haven’t had time to install the update yet (I want to backup everything first).
As to your first suggestion: the problem appears only when I am travelling (and using my phone as a hotspot). When I stay in one place, it never disconnects. Isn’t that a hint towards a problem linked to the phone?
It’s a hint that it might happen when mobile network changes or is temporarily not available. But still no proof…
It might help to see what another device connected via WLAN Hotspot says while notebook does not work anymore (although I know it might be difficult to have an additional device during a trip…).
I have exactly the same problem - or at least very, very similar:
I have FP2 and I am using it for mobile hotspot since some months regularly when taking the train and working with my laptop - without problems. But now I changed provider (to be exact, it’s the another brand of the same provider, I switched from Austrian “bob” to “yesss”, both belongs to “A1 Telekom”).
Now, with the new provider I am loosing connection after a very short period. So my question is: Are there any solutions in the meantime for this problem?!?
It’s funny. As I was writing this, hotspot via FP2 was working about 15 minutes in train. Afterwards I closed the connection and reconnected - and the problems appeared again. Really annoying… I guess it will be hard to find the reason/solve the problem.