How To Fix the iPad WiFi Problems

April 6, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

WiFi problems seem to be taking the sheen out of Apple’s wonder tablet, at least for the time being. Post-excitement of having sold more than 300,000 units on debut day, the iPad is now fighting a battle to keep WiFi glitch at bay. If you are someone who owns an iPad and are put to test with a certain WiFi hassle, it is necessary that you need to figure out what has gone wrong.  

The glitch, by and large, is that you are unable to keep the WiFi connection that is problematically unstable. While a handful of users have complained of very weak WiFi signal in their iPad even after standing close to a WLAN router, some others say that they suspect the poor placement of the WiFi antenna. Many others are irked by what they believe is a software issue that causes WiFi problems.

Apple has finally admitted to the WiFi hassles. The company has said that having a third-party WiFi router that supports both the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz bands may be subject to a connectivity problem. The company has suggested that it would be good if users setup different SSIDs for each band’s network. It would be better if it can be ensured that each network uses the same security type.

So what do you need to do to do away with the WiFi connectivity hassle? Suggestions are that updating your router’s firmware before attempting to connect an iPad to a home network could help. The point is that the latest version of the firmware needs to be picked so that the router is functioning at full capability.

Another reason for unreliable connectivity could be that you are using your iPad close to devices such as microwaves, cordless phones, baby monitors, wireless keyboards, or Bluetooth devices. Close proximity to these gadgets could cause interference on your iPad’s  WiFi signal.  So try stepping away from them.

Yet another remedial measure could be to try and set your router to operate on one 802.11 standard. As the iPad is available with support for 802.11n, it would be better that your router matches that standard.

Life with an iPad could be made better if you could also rename your networks. It has been revealed that Apple has suggested creation of separate WiFi network names to identify each band, by adding one or more characters to the current network name.

One important measure could be to change your router’s security encryption too so that WiFi works proper. Though it is a known fact that WPA and WPA2 encryption is more secure than WEP, it has also been pointed out that changing to a different encryption setting could help at times like these. Apple has also mooted using the same security settings across the entire network. Try these quick fixes and you might see a difference.

(Via PCMag)

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