Will a smart speaker work in my dorm wifi?

so I live on off campus student housing and we have a wifi router in our apartment but im wondering if its worth getting a smart speaker since im not sure if it will be able to connect to the wifi...I remembered last year I got a google smart speaker and I wasn't able to connect it and atm im kinda of interested in buying the HomePod mini but obviously I want to know if it will work for me or not. 

for those who are living in the dorms do you have smart speaker?

1 Answer

  • 1 month ago

    This has nothing to do with the fact that you live in a dorm. "Dorm Wi-fi" is no different from any other Wi-fi. Your problems with your Google speaker were most likely due to one of five factors:

    1.) Failure to follow setup directions correctly

    2.) Insufficient signal strength / interference

    3.) VLAN isolation (devices on the network aren't allowed to talk to each other)

    4.) Using a "captive portal" that requires authentication over HTTP(S). Since the device cannot authenticate or agree to anything, it fails.


    5.) Using an outdated / unsupported security protocol, or in an invalid configuration.

    Most of the scenarios are described here:


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