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  • iPad Sees Battery Charging and Wi-Fi Connection Glitches



    We knew there would be some initial glitches with the iPad after launch. And with hundreds of thousands of units now in circulation, it appears the first widely reported "problem" relates to the tablet's ability to wirelessly connect to the Internet. And many of those who have succeeded in gaining a connection report either weak or frequently dropped signal.

    Yours truly can similarly report a habitual one bar of Wi-Fi signal. As the problem persists, more posts across the blogosphere have turned up to reflect the apparent Wi-Fi issue, with a large number of users explaining the extent to which they've gone to ensure it's the device causing the problem and not the Wi-Fi signal.

    For now, it appears the aforementioned glitch is prevalent with some third-party Wi-Fi routers - that is, those that are dual-band capable. Apple's support document for iPad owners experiencing the recurring problem of the iPad failing to rejoin a wireless network after being turned back on or powering up from sleep mode is scant on info, to say the least. Apple's official advice is to set up individual Wi-Fi network names to properly identify each band. In addition, if you are using multiple WEP keys on your Wi-Fi router, try configuring your Wi-Fi router to use only a single WEP key. Of course, if all else fails, a general reset of network settings may also do the trick.

    Beyond the most transparent concerns relating to Wi-Fi connectivity, there have been sporadic reports of battery problems as several iPad customers have reported difficulty or the outright inability to charge their iPad via the device's USB connection.

    Despite initial claims that nearly 700,000 iPads were sold over the weekend, it now looks concrete that the figure is actually closer to 300,000. With the iPad 3G models not yet released, for now, only iPads capable of Wi-Fi Internet connection are available.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad Sees Battery Charging and Wi-Fi Connection Glitches started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 61 Comments
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      I havent had any issues either,even if they put out an update i will not update my device.i see where this going, apple puts update and you are unable to jailbreak right not me hahahahaha.
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      @Melech518

      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      My source is Apple. Feel free to give them a call yourself. I have very close connections with apple and this is realistic information.
      Stop embarrassing yourself, it says right on apples website you can plug it into a computer to charge it.


      Apple - iPad - View the technical specifications for iPad.

      Battery and power

      * Built-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
      * Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
      * Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using 3G data network
      * Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system
      Freakin idiot. Hate people like you, spout off some stupid, blatantly wrong info and then say you are basically buddies with one of the apple employees...

      Grow up.

      iPad: Charging the battery

      iPad has an internal, rechargeable battery. To charge the battery, try the following:

      * Connect iPad to a power outlet using the included cable and the 10W USB power adapter.
      * Connect to a high-power USB 2.0 port using the included cable.

      Note: Some USB 2.0 ports and accessories do not provide enough power to charge iPad. When this occurs the message "Not Charging" appears in the status bar next to the battery icon.
      so, two apple pages VS some 12 year olds "apple buddies facts"
    1. blkeagle1's Avatar
      blkeagle1 -
      My source is Steve Jobs! He told me you can charge it via USB last weekend when we played a round of golf and THEN raced our Prius's around the Cupertino campus! LOL.
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      ^ rofl
    1. RKirk7741's Avatar
      RKirk7741 -
      If I may clarify, as I'm sure many of you know, the iPad comes with a 10W Charger adapter. This is because the iPad takes, you guessed it, 10 watts of power to charge. Now, it has been confirmed that you can charge it VERY SLOWLY from usb IF it is asleep. If you are using it and is connected via usb, it WILL NOT charge. So, go with the wall adapter.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Melech is not a "12 year old". He does hardware repairs. He will help you with hardware repairs and owns a apple repair shop I believe.

      But besides the point please keep it civil in here and stay near topic.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Oh the beauty of Internet insults.
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      while writing out a 3-4 paragraph post on another website, my wifi glitched out 3 times. it would try to reconnect 5 or 6 times and keep giving me errors along the way. I just concluded I had to sit back and wait for it to fix itself. no lock mode involved. screen was on the whole time, then suddenly had seizures.

      it's not the router, as nothing else on the network is having any problems. if it persists, Apple will be getting this device returned. when it comes to a stable wifi connection, it needs to "just work".

      Quote Originally Posted by CMOSlabs View Post
      Im using the WRT350N and it does B,G and N. I set it up for 40mhz wideband ch-5 and channel 3 for the standard ch. , and using a basic 64bit wep key. Hope this helps out.
      people. don't compromise the safety and security of your network and networked computers by dropping your security to WEP just to try to accommodate your iPad. that's a patently absurd compromise.
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      Well...that's my consolation for it not having arrived in the UK yet....by the time it gets here and I get one, all the glitches would hopefully have been sorted out
    1. randelljack's Avatar
      randelljack -
      If you have a jailbroken iPhone, install mywi from cydia and use it to tether internet for your iPad. It's cool when you're outside and you use your iPad to connect to the internet, thus no need to buy the 3G version and pay for the monthly bill.

      For security purposes always dedicate all your gadgets to your wifi.
    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      Quote Originally Posted by randelljack View Post
      If you have a jailbroken iPhone, install mywi from cydia and use it to tether internet for your iPad. It's cool when you're outside and you use your iPad to connect to the internet, thus no need to buy the 3G version and pay for the monthly bill.
      Sure, you can do that.. but in the end you're still paying a monthly bill, one much higher than the $30/month, are you not? :P

      For those of us without an iPhone, maybe even having this be our first or only Apple Touch-based device, (at the moment, at least), the wireless and monthly fee is an incredible deal. Once we can get Skype and other VoIP services working on the iPad, combine it with some Google Voice and Gizmo (which there are already many, many guides for around the internet solely for the iPhone), and wrap it all together with a bluetooth headset/earphones w/ microphone, this will be a pretty slick $30/month unlimited internet & voice device.
    1. sdjmchattie's Avatar
      sdjmchattie -
      Quote Originally Posted by iLaw-One View Post
      Well...that's my consolation for it not having arrived in the UK yet....by the time it gets here and I get one, all the glitches would hopefully have been sorted out
      I would like to believe the same thing ... but Apple never fix issues like these that quickly, unfortunately, and the ones which will be sold in the UK are almost definitely already manufactured / being manufactured and will have all the same issues. Unless this is software related of course, but I doubt that.
    1. Mike_7318's Avatar
      Mike_7318 -
      That's why you never buy first gen models
    1. ClerkDante's Avatar
      ClerkDante -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mike_7318 View Post
      That's why you never buy first gen models
      Apple is the only company I am willing to buy first gen from. Most companies say "too bad" when you've got issues, but Apple has always stood behind their stuff. Ipod, AppleTV, Time Capsule, etc. No matter what I've adopted early, whatever problems may present themselves, they've always taken care of them with quick patches or swap outs.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ClerkDante View Post
      Apple is the only company I am willing to buy first gen from. Most companies say "too bad" when you've got issues, but Apple has always stood behind their stuff. Ipod, AppleTV, Time Capsule, etc. No matter what I've adopted early, whatever problems may present themselves, they've always taken care of them with quick patches or swap outs.
      Yeah well, i'm still having wifi issues with my iPhone...when's that going to get fixed?
    1. ClerkDante's Avatar
      ClerkDante -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      Yeah well, i'm still having wifi issues with my iPhone...when's that going to get fixed?
      You've taken it into an Apple Store and they've said "too bad"?

      Never once been my experience.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      i have no idea what this argument was about, but i'm in love with my new sig.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Wired just did a whole article on the confusion of the battery charging.

      Here is the short version:

      Older, USB 2.0 ports deliver 0.5 amp, which is only enough to charge the iPad when it’s off. Newer machines that feature USB ports conforming to Battery Charging v1.1 standards, and the iPad’s own power outlet, have enough power that the iPad can draw the full 1.5 amps it needs to recharge the battery while it’s running, according to the USB Implementers Forum.



      Source: Apple’s iPad Power Needs Cause Confusion | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      Melech is not a "12 year old". He does hardware repairs. He will help you with hardware repairs and owns a apple repair shop I believe.

      But besides the point please keep it civil in here and stay near topic.
      He clearly has no clue what he is talking about.

      I am very confused as to how that makes him right?

      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      Oh the beauty of Internet insults.
      You certainly made yourself out to be...

      Whats the name of your repair shop, I want to report you to apple for spreading false information that is clearly stated otherwise on their site.
    1. iggychins's Avatar
      iggychins -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I havent had any issues either
      Ditto here!(knock on wood)& it does charge on my on my Macbook Air. Not speeding fast, but does!