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Losing Wifi connection

Discussion in 'iPad Help' started by DeniseS, May 4, 2011.

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    My IPad kicks my wifi connection out. This doesn't happen on my IPhone ever. Does anyone have this issue?
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    Two possible solutions.

    First, the easy one....

    Try switching the iPad completely off and then on again - it's known to fix a whole load of unexplained problems and even Apple recommend you do this about once a week. Press and hold the Power button until the slider control appears, accept the offer to switch off, wait until the screen goes completely blank, then switch on again by pressing and holding the Power button until the white Apple logo appears. It then takes a few seconds for the iPad to power up and the orientation control is disabled during this time so don't worry.

    See if this fixes the problem. If it doesn't one of our other moderators has suggested this...


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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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    Hope one of these works for you

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    I don't know whether this is what you're experiencing, but my wifi just stops working occasionally. The symbol is still up in the corner, but no data is transferred. (other wifi devices on the network continue to work). I've found that turning the iPad's wifi off and back on restores the data flow. I've only had this happen on my home network.
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    I have IPad 1. No problems here.

    Sent from my iPad 32gb WIFI 3G 1st generation.
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    If you keep on disconnecting from your wifi then there's something wrong with your wifi connection. I been using apple gadgets for the past years and never encountered wifi disconnection not unless there's something wrong with my wifi modem.

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    True there have times when I had to reboot my computer router.
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    New guy here. New to iPad 2 as well. I'm running 4.3.3 as my operation system and I'm having the standard issue of the iPad losing wifi on my home network. I haven't ventured out of the house yet to see if it stays connected to other networks.

    It really seems like whenever it goes into standby mode the connection is lost.

    I've gone through the steps of powering down the iPad and also resetting all my network connections.

    I read a thread that apple wasn't too concerned about this because it wasn't a big problem. By reading the threads, I think it's a bigger problem than what they think. It would be nice if there was an easy fix.

    Anyone out there know of anything else I can do? I would really appreciate it.

    Thanks,
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    Mine does it away from home and has no set pattern. Sometimes it does it every few minutes, sometimes not all day, sometimes in the middle of a download/upload.
    Mine showed up when I updated to 4.3.1 and my wife's on 4.2 does not have the problem.
    When it happens the lights on my wifi router and modem flash for about 5-10 seconds like data is moving at home.
    I've tried all the solutions I've seen on this forum to no avail.
    When I go to settings the iPad shows it's connected to the network but the connecting icon above it is spinning like it's trying to connect to a network


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    There are a fair few threads regarding iPad wifi drop out.

    The problem has to be backwards engineered if a solution is to be found. Which I don't know how to perfectly do. But I do have a theory.....

    I do know the only constant in all these complaints is the iPad. Ipad hardwares are the same for every single model. Even the various versions of the iOS don't differ in this respect. So the different item here, the 'spanner in the works', must be the wifi router of the user. this is the only item that changes from user to user and why there's issues.

    I've always had perfect wifi reception likely, but in work it can sometimes be dodgy at best. Same for all other fellow employees with their devices. We know this is a wifi router issues.

    Don't assume that your router is flawless just because it works on other devices. Or just because it's yours ;)

    Apple can't cater perfectly for making a perfect wifi connection with every router. Each and every router follow standards, but there is no set 'must', so components in each manufacturer's routers differ, meaning Apple can only please most of the people most of the time with their divice's wifi equipment. You've either got the right router or you haven't. My last 'cheaper' router was great for my iPod touch, but iffy with my smart phone. I now have a new connection and router and all works perfect. Put my old router back in the mix and it's dodgy again. Try various router security configurations ;)

    That's my theory anyway :p
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    Reading threads since coming on here, the trend has been the router, most of the time, I personally haven't had problems, maybe because it's a BT HOME HUB but I agree with you.

    from Somerset UK on my iPad using IPF app
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    Change your wifi connection to WEP-64...should work like a charm.
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    Something changed on mine because when I bought my Ipad it had 4.2 and worked flawlessly . When I upgraded to 4.3.0, same thing. When I upgraded to 4.3.1 the problem showed up, again not just my home network and my wife's same model with 4.2 does not do it. As far as other equipment not having the issue I agree totally with your words and would still be pointing at my router if it was only at home and/or didn't start with an upgrade and/or the exact model with a lesser ios number not having the problem.
    It may very well be the networks but I don't see StarBucks, my local McDonald's, my library, Burger King or Books a Million, my dads next door neighbor (yes I have permission to use his network) doing a firmware upgrade on their network so I can use my Ipad there

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    When I had these symptoms, it seemed like the iPad, but was not.
    I rebooted the router and everything went back to normal (I.e working just fine).
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    I have had the same problem with the drop offs with the ipad2. Never had this with the 1. I've rebooted the router and the iPad and it's been ok for the past 2 days. Now here's the kicker. I'm on a 20 mbps Fiber op network with Bell and the download rates on the ipad1 were consistently 18-20 mbps. With the ipad2 I can't get more than 8-10. Even my iphone 4 gives me over 15 Mbps. I have had this issue with all versions of the OS on this iPad. Can only hope a firmware upgrade will fix the problem. Makes me wish ihad kept the ipad 1. Anyone else experienced this?
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    In A Nutshell

    Your theory is spot on. I was using a Dlink router which has (in no particular order) My TV, Blue Ray DTS system, PVR and PC all wired connections.

    A re-boot would restore connectivity to wireless devices... (laptop, Ipad and mobile phone) Purchased a netgear high gain modem / router combo, and have had no problems since. It's all down to the signal strength. Also, if you live in an area where your wireless devices can see many other networks, the one with the strongets signal is often the cause of the issue. Router modem combos are cheap, and it certainly solved my problems!
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    Hello folks! Thanks for the info about resetting the router. I did it and my iPad hasn't dropped off line yet (for several hours).

    I hope my connectivity problems are a thing of the past.

    You all have a great day!

    Jono
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    Hi

    I notice one thing that hasn't been mentioned yet, and that is wifi signal enhancement.

    I replaced the very little antenna that came with my router with a 7dbi indoor omni-directional antenna, which is supplied with a 1.5 m extension cable, allowing a much better placement of the antenna together with a greater received signal strength throughout the extended service area.

    I would suggest that you must be sure that your wifi security is enhanced otherwise everybody in the local neighborhood will be hooking into your improved wifi AP.

    Additionally while home I generally hook up to wifi in airplane mode, which seems to focus and concentrate the iPad's mind on the job at hand.

    I hope this adds to the discussion of possible solutions.

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