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Cerbo WiFi Won't Auto Connect to WiFi

My Cerbo will not automatically connect to any wifi source. All connections have to be manually initiated through the menu. Rebooting the Cerbo or the WiFi router does not help. Other networks and phone hotspot all show exactly the same behavior. Connections can be manually initiated, but never automatically.

The installation is on a sailboat where the wifi environment is challenging. A connection rarely lasts more than a few hours, so having a lack of automatic reconnection is more than a bit of a pain.

Is there a setting I am missing?

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billknny answered ·

I will answer my own question here, and see if I can accept it myself...

The setting I was missing was "Enable access point". If you have the access point enabled, then the device will not automatically connect to another WIFI point.

I guess this was obvious to everybody else, but there might be other people out there with my level of networking sophistication so this is for all of us!

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Thanks, so you need to disable the access point in the Cerbo GX to prevent it from not reconnecting to the local AP you want to use. But if you do that, then when you want to locally access the settings in the Cerebo, you need to be able to plug into it on its LAN port, because the Bluetooth remote console uses the Cerbo GX access point to change the settings. Very frustrating.
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seb71 answered ·

Best option would be to use a LAN/UTP cable between Cerbo and your router.

Another option would be to use an external Wi-Fi USB dongle, which might get you a better connection.


There is also the option to set Cerbo to reboot if there is no connection for a certain time, but you said that rebooting Cerbo does not help.


If you have the external display, there is a known issue with some older Cerbo units (the internal antenna wires must be re-positioned).


Also, which firmware are you using (for Cerbo)? Some are better with WiFi.

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I can not routinely use a hardwired connection. Frequently I am connecting to either my phone's hotspot, or to a marina wifi connection.So no local router to plug into.

The wifi antennas have been reposition in the case as per the tech bulletin on the subject.

Let me repeat: There is also no problem with manual connections. tThose are made without issue. As far as I can tell, when known wifi networks are shown in the wifi list, no attempt is made to connect to them. Not even when comming up from a reboot.

Current installed Firmware is v2.80~21-large-23