iPhone iOS 5 Mobile Hotspot Breaks Cradlepoint WAW and Nexaira BC2 Tethering

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Friday, 28 October 2011

iPhone iOS 5 Mobile Hotspot Breaks Cradlepoint WAW and Nexaira BC2 Tethering

Apple recently release iOS5 for the Apple iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS as well as iPad 1,2 and third/forth generation iPods. This software adds over 200 new features to the device like improved notifications and Siri on the iPhone 4S, but breaks compatibility for users tethering to routers. Before the mobile hotspot craze, the Nexaira BC2 was the only option to connect your iPhone to share connectivity with multiple users. When Apple released an update that allowed the mobile hotspot feature, Cradlepoint's WiFi as WAN feature became a popular choice for people looking for failover or a simple backup. However, as of iOS 5 neither the Nexaira BC2 or ANY Cradlepoint NetBSD routers will work tethered or by WiFi.

If you already have a Nexaira or Cradlepoint router for iPhone tethering DO NOT upgrade to iOS 5. You WILL LOSE the ability to connect your iPhone to the router and will need to wait for both manufactures to release firmware updates to support this. We've contacted both the manufactures so they're aware of the issue and working on it. At this time we don't have an eta on when there will be a fix, but we will update this article when we receive more information. Let us know in the comments if you're having issues with your tethering via USB or WiFi as WAN!

Update 1: We have confirmed that the Pepwave Surf Mini and Pepwave Surf On The Go isn't effected by iOS5. If you need something that supports iOS5 at this time we recommend the Pepwave Surf Mini.

Update 2: Cradlepoint has released firmware for all NetBSD routers and now works with iPhone tethering on firmware version 3.4.0 or higher!

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Last Updated ( Monday, 23 January 2012 )
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