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Why would my IPad suddenly be unable to connect to my own home network?

Asked by Dutchess_III (36366points) January 17th, 2012

It connected the first day I brought it home a week ago, it’s never had a problem since. I just walk in the house and it’s connected. But all of a sudden, today, it says it can’t connect. We don’t require a password and obviously, I AM connected to our home wireless network, or I wouldn’t be posting this question.

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Dutchess_III's avatar

This is extremely frustrating. I’ve also been trying to figure out how to coherently post pictures on face book….I posted a picture today, and immediately there appeared 3 comments under it that were posted TWO YEARS AGO (one by WillWorkForChocolate) that had absolutely nothing to do with the picture.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

I don’t know any of this tech shite works but it happens to us all the time. We unplug the cable from the wall which powers our pc which has a router that green lights our other devices. Try that if you’ve got a similar setup.

jerv's avatar

First off, a wireless network that requires no password is an accident waiting to happen. Not only are you at risk of getting sensitive info (like bank account numbers and passwords) stolen, you also are at risk in case somebody int he neighborhood uses your open wifi to download illegal stuff.

Now that I have that off my chest, it could be a few things. Maybe it’s a simple matter of reception. Sometimes my signal fades a bit in certain parts of the house, or if I put my hand in the wrong place. I had to move our router a few times to find a place where it could reach our whole apartment well without interference from electric lines in the walls.

I can think of a few other things, but they are far less likely than a simple lack of a clear signal.

Oh, and secure your wifi with a WPA2 password before you get into trouble ;)

Dutchess_III's avatar

How do I secure it with a password?

@Neizvestnaya Bleh. I’ll bet you’re right. But, I have the damn thing plugged into the computer now and it still isn’t seeing it.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Do you have a feature to reconfigure the IP address? I agree with using a password for your network too so your speed isn’t compromised by pirate users.

jrpowell's avatar

Press and hold the sleep/wake button until you see a red slider. Slide that to turn it all the way off. Then hit the sleep/wake button again to reboot the iPad.

jerv's avatar

As for securing with a password, that varies between routers; the instructions that came with it should tell you, but without knowing the make/model, I don’t think anyone can give you detailed instructions.

Charles's avatar

If it is like an ipod, it is probably because you can’t copy anything onto it until you completely delete everything off it first and prove you have the right to put anything on it

tranquilsea's avatar

Anytime any of our wireless devices are unable to connect we reset the router and voila it works again.

I 2nd, 3rd or 4th: get that signal locked down. People will use your signal (and bandwidth) to do whatever they want.

zenvelo's avatar

The Facebook photo problem was probably caused by adding the picture to an existing album that has comments on the whole album. That’s why an old comment pops up with a new picture.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@zenvelo I figured out the Facebook thing. Now I’m worried about securing our router….

jerv's avatar

Do you still have the original instructions that came with it? If not, you should be able to figure out the make/model of it from the sticker on the bottom; with that info, we could probably find the manual and walk you through it unless the Justice Department has taken down the manufacturer’s website :/

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