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iPad 2 WiFi issues... Frustrating!!

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    I've found that other ipad 2 owners are experiencing the same issues as myself. I know it's not my network. My ps3, MacBook, iPhone, evo 4g etc all connect perfectly. This is very annoyng!!

    Basically it drops signal frequently. Especially when resuming from sleep. Have two different routers. Sometimes it picks up both. Often times just one or the other. Even had trouble picking up a signal period. Like I said everything else works great. Freaking apple... Btw this is my second iPad 2 (first had a blown mic) and the problems are still here.
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    Is this apples way of getting us to purchase 3G models? Haha! I'm using 32gb wifi...
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    Have you updated to current iOS 4.3.1? Sometimes that can resolved issues by updating the firmware. iPad 1 had some similar issues with wifi antenna back then. You want to isolate the issue first. If firmware doesn't resolved your issue, then it's definitely hardware issue.
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    Before upgrading the OS of my original iPad I had the same type of connection issues. After upgrading to the newer OS the connection issues went away. I have never had any connection issues with my iPad 2 from the get go. Wonderful device, finds all available wifi networks within it's range and connects easily to them including my phone as a hot spot when used in that manner.
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    A number of members have reported similar problems. I guess you've tried the 'fix all problems' first step cure for the iPad - complete power down and then power up, which seems to cure a significant proportion of iPad 'ills'.

    If not, then one of our moderators has suggested this when members were reporting problems with WiFi after upgrading to a recent version of iOS and I wondered if it might help here.

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    This has resolved many issues and worth a try.
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    - Sometimes after you perform a upgrade from say iOS 3. to iOS 4.2 *the iPad or iPhone wifi or 3G speeds *may be slow.*
    - This is an easy fix which does work. Please do the following:
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    1. Go to Settings->General->Reset
    2. Then select "Reset Network Settings" (this will not erase ur devices content, music, videos, email, etc. It will only erase any WiFi networks you have defined).
    3. Once your device completes the action and gives you the normal home screen or Passcode screen, go ahead and power your device down and once you are sure the device is fully powered down wait an additional 60sec to allow internal components to fully discharge.
    4. After the 60sec is up, power on your device again and re-add any encrypted WiFi networks you had defined.
    5. Enjoy the "back to normal" WiFi and 3G speeds like you had prior to the OS upgrade.*
    -*
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    col.bris, Brisbane Australia

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    Hope this helps but, if not, please get back to us.

    Tim
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    I've been fairly happy with the wifi but as far as Apple products go I only have the iPod touch to compare it with, and have 2 of those, both 4g, and they are the worst at dropping signals of any device I have ever owned.
    However if I compare the iPad to my Sony laptop, or kindle, or my phone, all those rarely drop a signal. So guess it depends on what you are used to. It works well enough for me most of the time, but not nearly as good as my other devices.
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    Yes I've upgraded to 4.3.1. That did nothing as far as resolving these issues. I'm going to try to do a network reset. Thanks for the help.
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    Also try other wifi areas, to see if whether is your router or not.
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    Just did a network reset and this issue is kicking my ass. Right before the reset the wifi was working decently... At that moment. After the reset I couldn't pick up ANY signal. After allowing the searching circle to do its thing a few times, I disabled wifi then enabled it immediately and found one of what should be two available signals.

    I would bring the iPad back, but like I said this is my 2nd one, both having the exact same issue. I've gone through my network configuration numerous times and everything is how it should be. That pretty much boils it down to an iPad bug. Hope they fix it soon.

    FYI I am using a Medialink Wireless N Router broadcasting in b/g/n mode w WPA2 encryption. I've tried using just N mode, tried turning WPA2 off etc etc

    So far I haven't found a solution.
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    Like I said try any coffee shop that offers free wifi. Also you said you are running 2 routers? That also can contribute to your problem. Turn one them off and just run one of them alone. They may be causing some interference.
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    2 story house on the water. One router is for the house, which is directly plugged into the modem. The other router is located a good distance from me. It's purpose is to provide enough signal to reach the boats on the water. More of a "booster" if you will. The booster is running on G. Your interference idea makes sense, but why is the iPad the only one experiencing these problems and not my iPhone, MacBook etc.? I will try turning the house router off and see how that effects the marina router. Thanks for the help! Much appreciated :)
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    Wifi connection is strange that way. And what are the odds you got another lemon from Apple? Somehow I have a difficult understanding that.
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    Does the ipad connect to other wifi hotspots outside your home?
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    I had the same problem as well, but was able to resolved it by using 2 routers.

    Apparently the iPad2 doesn't really support the 2.4GHz (needs a 5GHz instead) but iPhone and other devices need it. So I end up setting up 2 routers with different settings. Now all my devices can share wifi simultaneously and no more disconnecting on my iPad2.

    Google: how to set up dual band wifi

    Hope this helps =o)
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    That's weird. My apple extreme is set up as 2.4 ghz and my iPad works. I think it might have something to do with the routers brand. Long time ago I had issue with first gen iPod touch with linksys brand router, but when I switch to a different router my iPod touch then stopped having issue. So go figure, right!? :)
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    Also noticed that alot of your wireless house phones operate @2.4ghz range and anytime the wife or even neighbor were on the phone I would intermitenally lose wifi signal...
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    It is always a good idea to make sure that the own wifi is not on the same channel as someone else's.

    Under windows, InSSIDer is a great and free tool to analyze the surrounding networks, so one can quickly determine on which channels the other wifi's operate.

    But if it is possible, then the 5GHz network should be preferred over 2.4GHz, as it causes less interference with other devices and also has a larger range of channels available.
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    Mine was working fine until the other night when I let the battery go dead. I'm thinking it's coincidence but I'm not totally convinced it is. I've done all the above steps suggested but when my iPad goes to sleep it no longer pings my router when I wake it up and try to access the wifi. I turn wifi off then on , it starts working fine again. This issue is not just on my home network and didn't start until a full battery drain. My Omnia used forget my network at least twice a week or do what my iPad is doing but it was a known Windows Mobile issue. My Inc refused to work with my Belkin router and changing routers was the only way I was able to get wifi for it. My iPad worked flawlessly until the other night. My first iPad( screen broke on it) acted like this one is doing now until I upgraded to 4.3 but this one is on 4.3.1. I'm apprehensive about upgrading to 4.3.2 until I read more than just a bugs thread unless that is the only way to solve it.
    I agree with the above post about cordless phones. My wife has one upstairs on the opposite end of the house from the wifi router,which is downstairs and it shuts the wifi down to everything when she uses the phone, thankfully only about once a month if the other cordless phone is on charge when she needs the home phone.
    My wife has the same model but with 4.2 on it and hers is trouble free on wifi.


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    I just upgraded my wireless router's firmware yesterday and left my ipad 2 idle.. checked after 2 hours, still connecting to internet with no issues. no need to switch to airplane mode on and off any more... Before it was taking 10 mins of idle time to lose the wifi connection.

    My router is Belkin F5D8235-4 and upgraded its firmware from 2.01.04 (default one when I purchased it more than a year ago) to 2.01.09 which is the latest release as of 7/14/2011..

    I kept the original default settings for wireless access - still connecting to G&B&N..

    Only change I did was switching from auto channel to a random one I picked.. (I picked wireless channel as 8 and extension channel as 4) thinking many people are keeping that on auto..

    Over 24 hours passed, slept and woke up - ipad2 still connecting to Wifi with no issues.

    I was lately having similar disconnects on my IMAC and Macbook and they are fixed as well together with Ipad2.

    But this does not fix the problem on Apple's end. I still have similar disconnect issues at my friend's house. We can not force everyone to upgrade their router firmwares for Ipads..

    Apple help us out here.... I left my same comment on apple discussion board as well..
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    I'm not exactly sure what all the previous problems were that had been discussed, as there is more than one possibility for a WiFi disconnect/reconnect problem. Mine has been with internet connectivity of the iPad2 tethered to the iPhone4. When the iPad comes out of sleep, the two cannot re-negotiate a full connection. The link between the two might be established, but the DHCP entries for gateway and DNS get lost and can not be re-assigned without restarting the whole connection process - which entails turning off WiFi and tethering modes on both the pad and the phone, then turning them back on again (in the proper sequence). This being with the native tethering protocols - which I have signed on and am paying for through Verizon.

    I also have MiWi installed and, just yesterday, discovered the MiWi OnDemand service and installed it on both units. It's a Bluetooth operation, and is FAR MORE RELIABLE than the WiFi. Still, I need to resolve the WiFi issue so that I can use that which I'm paying for (Verizon's tethering plan, at $20.00 a month). I haven't yet investigated using Verizon's/iPhone/iPad tethering through Bluetooth yet (frankly just thought of it right now. Boy, writing this stuff out can really help the thought processes sometimes.)

    So, even with iPads 4.3.3 and iPhone's 4.2.8, there still is definately a problem with all this. It isn't bad enough for me to chuck either the phone or the pad, but annoying enough for me to take the time to write about it. Hopefully there's some more recent discoveries and info by knowledgeble folks here.

    Thanks for reading.

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