Weak wireless on ipad 2

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  1. D Roc
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    Has anyone else noticed that the iPad is not picking up wireless signal very well. I can have my iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPad with me, and my iPad is the only one that can not find a connection in the area. I am new to iPads so this may be normal. What are your thoughts?

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    I've been satisfied for the most part with it. Much better than my iPod touch. It never holds a signal anywhere for long. Ipad2 has been better than I expected.
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    I've no issues at home or hotspots, or places where friends have wireless. However, my office doesn't have wireless (I plan to fix that soon). I brought my netbook in one day and it picked up at least five or six networks in the area (a couple unsecured). My iPad 2 finds nothing.
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    Maybe I should do e update. I never liked doing updates on my iPhones, because something all ways seems to go wrong. Maybe that will help.

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    Weak wifi signal compared to ipad1

    This was the first thing I noticed after turning on my ipad2 for the first time. It shows one bar less than my ipad1 everywhere in the house.

    Both running iOS 4.3.1... So I guess they put in another wifi receiver than ipad1 has...

    Right where I am now it only shows 1 bar, and here my ipad1 used to show 2 bars..

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    As we found out from Apple during the iPhone4 "antenna-gate" episode, the bars are just graphics and can be set to anything the manufacturer wants. It really has little to do with actual reception.

    It's kind of like having a guitar amp that's louder because the volume knob goes to 11. :)

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    Mine is just not finding the connections in the area. I was in the drive through of taco stand and was trying to pull up the menu and place my order while waiting. The place offered free wifi but my iPad didn't show it. I pulled out my iPhone and was prompted with the join wireless network.

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    Sounds like a specific defect on the device, then - might be worth a service call to Apple to get it sorted.
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    Just a random thought - but I've come across it before...

    Are you certain that the lower signal you see on your iPad is actually from the same WiFi network that your other devices are locked on to?

    I've come across a case where a member had an iPhone4 and an iPad and was complaining about exactly the same thing. Because the status bar on the iPad doesn't tell you the name of the network that it's locked on to, he didn't notice that the iPhone was locked onto his network while the iPad had locked on to his neighbour's network! So it might be worth a quick check in the 'Settings' app to be certain it is the right network the iPad is locked on to...

    OK - as I said - just a random thought.....

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    The iPad showed no network for me to access while the iPhone picked up at least 2. Not really all that big of a deal....that's why I bought the 3G model. It just seemed odd and was wondering if anyone else noticed it.

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    Even if u have 3G, u still want the wifi to work perfectly. No reason iPad2 shouldn't be picking up signals. Reading a lot of people noticing ipad2 has weaker wifi, it seems, thn ipad1. More reason for me to hold out on ipad2. From backlight bleeding to glue holding screens, to facetime messing up to now wifi issues whether connecting, picking up signals or weaker reception, dang...lol. 1st wave of new electronics almost always has the bugs in them. I'm sure all these issues will be fixed on later produced devices.
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    This is common. It has been mentioned in reviews and I have observed the same with mine. iPad 1 shows full strength on my home network but the iPad 2 shows 1 bar less. They use the same Wifi card inside so it is thought it is the antenna arrangement in the iPad 2 that is causing this.
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    I still have not updated the os yet. Not sure if an update would change the wifi issue.

    @Tim : off subject, but do you leave your cellular data turned on all the time or do u just turn it on when you do not have wifi around. I have been wondering how much usage I will get with network data on and receiving push messages at night and through out the day if i wasn't around wifi.

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    Happened to me yesterday too, I stopped near by Starbucks on parking lot. Tried my iPhone 4 and it connects to wifi fine using Starbucks. Same time I tried my ipad2 and it can't connect, I went inside and I got signal. Looks like ipad2 having worse wifi antena or something than iPhone4 and need strong signal. That is disappointing.
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    I can be sitting in the same location in my home one day and never drop a signal, the next day might be just the opposite, and I've found this to be the case with just about everything. It happens with my Sony laptop as well as a Dell laptop I have. The only device I have ever owned that rarely drops a connection is my Kindle.
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    The original iPad launched with a wifi reception issue which was fixed in a subsequent OS update.

    My ipad1, ipad2 and iphone 4 all show the same wifi behavior so maybe this is a carrier specific problem?
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    You can leave 3G on 24/7 if there's WiFi. The iPad always uses WiFi in preference to 3G. The only issue is when the WiFi link goes down unexpectedly - the iPad will automatically switch to 3G and doesn't tell you. I have an unlimited 3G package, so I don't really care...:)

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    That was what I was hoping.. But ipad2 is loosing connection where ipad1 is still connected in my house. And yes they are on the same network. Neighbours live to far away to receive any signal from any of them.

    It IS an wifi issue with the ipad2 compared to ipad1!

    The ipad1 even have a case and ipad2 not!




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    Mine is fine, no problems

    Same strength as my iPad, iPhones, and MacBook Pro.
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    I feel like my ipad 2 gets worse wi-fi reception than my ipod touch (3rd Gen) at home. I lose reception more often on my ipad than my ipod.

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