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  • iPad WiFi Fix On Its Way… Someday

    Apple recently released an updated support document with greater detail on the WiFi problems experienced by what the company calls "a very small number of iPad users." Although no release date was specified, the document did promise that Apple will "address remaining Wi-Fi connectivity issues with a future iPad software update," and provided some additional workaround suggestions, including adjusting the screen brightness and updating the WiFi router's firmware.

    Almost as soon as users got their hands on their new iPads, they noticed issues with their WiFi connections: disconnects, poor signal, or complete failure to associate with a wireless network after waking the tablet from sleep. Apple issued a support document on the last issue soon after it was reported, which it claimed was limited to multi-band capable WiFi access points.

    Separately, some large campus network administrators noticed that iPads were hanging onto their DHCP-assigned IP addresses after the lease had expired. This caused some devices to be unable to use the network after the DHCP server determined they were using an unauthorized IP address and blocked their MAC addresses. Princeton University found this issue had occurred with more than half of the iPads on campus, and "recommended" that iPad users not connect their devices to the network. Princeton network administrators determined that this is an issue with iPhone OS 3.2, and published some workarounds that "may prevent" the malfunction, including turning off WiFi before putting the tablet to sleep, powering it down completely, or just never sleeping it at all. They say they are working with Apple to help correct the problem.

    It's unclear whether the vaguely-promised update will also deal with the DHCP lease issue, but the support document update does make mention of manually renewing the DHCP lease and turning the wireless radio off and on in addition to the configuration and firmware-related hints.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad WiFi Fix On Its Way… Someday started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. NArush's Avatar
      NArush -
      "Small number"? Sounds like a political statement.. both of my iPads have this issue from time to time.
    1. vampr's Avatar
      vampr -
      Yeah, I have dropped WiFi on my iPad too, and I can't even blame AT&T...
    1. alirz's Avatar
      alirz -
      I have linksys wrt610N dual band router. My G and N networks already had different SSID's, i dont use any encyption key, just a basic mac filter.

      Initially i had the same wifi problems on my ipad, it would not connect after waking up from sleep. Had this issue for a few days, then i just changed the channel frequency of the G band to 6 from 4. Now the ipad connects fine without any problems,,,, weird!!!

      the ipad is JB. although open ssh is not installed as that does make the wifi signal icon go away..
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Time to choose:

      Working WiFi or Jailbreak

      btw my iPad hasn't had any WiFi issues
    1. coloradoxmfan's Avatar
      coloradoxmfan -
      Well, I'll deal with some Widi issues so I don't lose the jailbreak

      Try that again - WIFI
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Changing the channel on my N router seemed to help the problem as well. I still get varied signal from time to time though.
    1. eg6motion's Avatar
      eg6motion -
      Mine does this as well. I recently upgraded to an "N" router though, and my iPad connects only to the 5ghz N channel. Since then it's been 100% reliable.
    1. hoppy1028's Avatar
      hoppy1028 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Time to choose:

      Working WiFi or Jailbreak

      btw my iPad hasn't had any WiFi issues
      same here so i will not be updating
    1. rockjohn's Avatar
      rockjohn -
      I just got one yesterday it hasnt had any problems with wifi
    1. inzandity's Avatar
      inzandity -
      Fortunately I haven't had any problems either.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      watch out for 3.2.1
    1. fletch33's Avatar
      fletch33 -
      i had some problems when running on N and when i switched to my G network it has been fine ever since.

      i run a G and an N network and since the only benefit to N is transferring large files within your network i ididnt care about putting it on G since G can handle all of my 20 down and 1 up internet connection.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      of the people i know with iPads, none of them are having problems
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      good. mine was returned explicitly because of this wifi issue.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      I bet that they are pushing to finish this WiFi fix now that Spirit is out!
    1. willis0037's Avatar
      willis0037 -
      This update better come after may 28th when I get my iPad beacause I need to jailbreak it!
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      I have had issues re connectong to my secure wireless at home. I have had to reset the wireless password on my router in order to get my ipad to re-connect.
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      The only issue that I have is that after a while of not using my iPad, when I go to use it again, I need to re input my WEP password. Not a big deal...maybe we will have a 'tweak' in Cydia!
    1. coloradoxmfan's Avatar
      coloradoxmfan -
      It is interesting to note what folks are saying about the issues with WiFi and their N routers - I just bought an N wireless router this weekend.

      Thanks for the tips!
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      "and what is the deal with the iPAds WIfi? it comes it goes..it comes it goes. just pick a signal and stick with it"

      **my best Jerry Seinfeld if his show was still current today** =P)