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Few wifi networks

Discussion in 'iPad Help' started by ukap123, Apr 24, 2011.

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    On my PC I can view many networks available in my neighborhood - especially with alfa network extender.
    I have WIFI only ipad yet can only see my own home network listed.

    This is not a problem at home but I plan to travel soon and it seems my choices to connect to available wifi are going to be limited. Can the range be improved?
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    I'm surprised. I have an iPad1 and a Sony Vaio with WiFi and the iPad definitely has far better sensitivity. I don't think you're going to have any trouble.

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    I just checked mine, sitting here in the lounge I can pick up 3 other wifi networks two of which are at full signal strength.......whilst not entirely scientific it doesn't seem too bad.

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    When I'm at home my Ipad sees only my home network as well but when away from home, though unlike my other wifi enabled devices seeing every network within half a mile, I have no problem connecting to a network somewhere. I don't know if it's by design or a flaw but it only "sees " ones it can actually connect to with enough strength to actually use, unlike my other devices. I have been in several places with mine whether out and about or my dads house (no computer there, no wifi) and was able to connect to a neighbor 2 houses down (he gave me his password) with plenty of strength and speed .
    My other devices see more than 10 networks at my home but only 1(mine) is strong enough to use on any of them.

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    I think Mountainbikermark may have pinpointed the issue: iP2 only attempts to connect with those networks with a strong signal. Example: if I take my netbook to the office, it will pick up around six or seven nearby networks of varied signal strengths (none "strong'). My iP2 draws a blank, yet if I park in the McDonald's parking lot, it will pick up the AT&T WiFi immediately and I've even logged on to a "guest" network located in someone's house near a local park.

    Agree that it may be by design - or a flaw. Just don't know.
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    How did you connect the Alfa wifi extender to your ipad?

    I have read it requires a powered hub, is that your set up?

    Other thoughts?

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