WiFi access via hotspot spotty after iOS 6 upgrade

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    Some time ago, I purchased an iPad 2 and have been using it to read news & listen to music on the train ride to work. I use the hotspot capability on my smartphone to access the Internet via the iPad 2's WiFi connection. This has been working fine for over a year but right after upgrading to iOS 6, the iPad's Internet connectivity has become unreliable. When I get home and the iPad connects to our ISP's router, the iPad seems to work OK. The issue seems to be specifically when it is connected to my cellphone's hotspot.

    I double-checked a few times and my smartphone is able to connect to the Internet so I know the issue is limited to the iPad. Furthermore when I restarted the iPad and the WiFi connection was reestablished, the iPad was then able to access the Internet just fine. I really don't want to have to reboot the iPad every time I need to connect to the hotspot. Is anyone else having this problem?

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    This has been a problem since iOS 6 was released.

    Try Settings/General/Reset/Reset Network Settings.

    That should sort it out. One of the changes in iOS 6 was the ability to drop weak wifi service in favor of 3G, so the internal changes were probably enough to upset known network connections. I had to reset my iPad in this fashion. I never had to reset my iPhone, so it's hit and miss in my experience. You will need to input passwords for all networks that you formerly had access to.
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    How does one "Reset Network Settings" on the IPad 2?
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    Just like Kevin said in his post. Here are some screenshots to help.

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    KevinJS,

    After some additional testing using my hotspot while on a train into work yesterday & today, the WiFi connection seems to be working fine. Seems the reset worked - THANKS!

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    Good to hear, and thanks for the feedback.

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    Thanks. OK, I've been doing the "re-set" routine while vacationing here in Mexico on a weak DSL out-dated router availability. It works.... but then it still drops out a lot. Question: Does re-setting it a second, or many times do anything? I've been re-setting this multiple times with mixed results. Is the re-set something that just re-sets the OS back to pre- 6.01, and pointless to re-do again?
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    How do u create the red box & arrow on the screen shots?
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    It's done with a free app called Skitch. It's available in the AppStore.
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