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My ipad is having problems loading the internet when i'm 20 feet away from my wireless router. Loads fast when I place it 5 feet from the router. Tested at two locations with the same result. Is this a hardware problem? Any suggestions?

Asked by tonsing (31points) April 5th, 2010

Wifi problems with my ipad

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netgrrl's avatar

There have been a lot of people reporting wifi issues with their ipads. You aren’t alone. If it were me, I’d do some speed tests online (iPhone or wireless computer vs ipad on my home network) and then call Apple.

Others have reported no problem at all. No word yet if it’s a hardware issue.

Rarebear's avatar

My suggestion is to contact Apple. It just got released, what, today? I doubt anybody on Fluther is going to have more experience than you.

Pretty_Lilly's avatar

As you might already know,whenever you choose to buy a 1st gen,cutting edge electronic product,it will have tons of bugs. I learned my lesson with the iphone ,,,,,,,“WTF” 3½ months later they came out with a better cheaper version !!

Sandydog's avatar

According to reports I read last night, Lots of problems too with charging from usb ports from pc’s. As others have said this is the danger of buying an untested product.

netgrrl's avatar

Apple has stated that many pc’s & USB hubs do not have the strength to charge an ipad, and that it should be charged with the ac adapter. This is not a hardware fault. I’ve seen the same thing with some external hard drives.

misterx's avatar

I recommend you stop supporting the EVIL Apple corporation… EVER not just this product… APPLE = EVIL…. just saying

robmandu's avatar

Apple has a support document on this. Supposedly, the problem is sometimes due to the use of simultaneous dual-band routers.

If you encounter this issue, try the following:

Create separate Wi-Fi network names to identify each band. This can be done easily by appending one or more characters to the current network name.

> Example: Add a G to the 802.11b/g network name and an N to the 802.11n network name.

Ensure that both networks use the same security type (WEP, WPA, WPA2, and so on)

If the issue persists, reset your network settings using Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

Note: Always ensure that your Wi-Fi router firmware is up to date.

There’s also a discussion thread for weak signal as well as for inability to connect.

Kiev749's avatar

ok ok ok… since my cheap shot got knocked by the mod’s. i’ll do the nice thing… the iPad is quickly becoming known as not playing nice with dual banded routers. so if you have one, bingo. should be fixed as soon as apple decides to release a patch. see here.

robmandu's avatar

Ridiculous as this sounds, one guy found that if he increased the screen brightness on his iPad all the way to maximum, then his “wifi re-connect from sleep problem” disappeared.

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