iPad 2 Drops WiFi Connection

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Jack Tripper, May 18, 2011.

  1. Jack Tripper, May 18, 2011
    Last edited: May 19, 2011

    macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2011
    My iPad 2 keeps dropping my home wifi connection, usually after 5-10 minutes. For example, when surfing with Safari, all of a sudden the connection hangs up and web sites don't respond. I have not had any problems with other devices on my network.

    When the iPad drops connection, other devices on the network also lose their connection. The only way I've found to restore the connection is to power cycle the router, after which the iPad will again drop after 10 minutes. Web browsers say "no DNS server found," presumably referring to the router connection. There have been no issues before the iPad.

    Has anyone else encountered this issue? I have updated firmware on my router and 4.3.3 iOS.
  2. macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2011
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  3. macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006

    I am confused, you contradict yourself. You say it's only the iPad that is affected, but you also say all network devices lose the connection. It sounds like a router or ISP problem.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2011
    Sorry for the confusion. Let me clarify.

    Before I got the iPad, my network and devices were fine. Using the iPad, the connection will drop; the connection would also be down for other devices. The iPad is the only cause, but all devices are affected.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2011
    not a router or ISP problem

    I'm having the same problem if anything more acutely than the original post. It's only affecting my iPad. All of the other devices on my network remain connected. My fix has been to turn off and turn on the wifi connection in my ipad's settings, but I sometimes have to do this 10 times an hour, so it's gets old fast. What's weird is that I'm not getting these drops on other wifi networks (e.g., Starbucks), only with my home network. I've gone into my router settings to see if there's something that would be blocking the ipad, but I'm not seeing anything. Anyone with a clue would be most welcome!
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jun 21, 2009
    I can't speak to the iPad (just got mine last week), but a few months ago my Kindle had an awful time with dropping the wifi connection, and our laptop occasionally would too. We ended up having to get a new modem because of some changes Comcast made, and have never had a repeat of the issue since. Not an easy or inexpensive solution, I know, but maybe if your modem is getting older you could consider it.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2010
    Got mine last week too. It won't speak to me either. One of those shy and intelligent types. :D
  8. macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2010
    OP: How old is your router? Try your ipad on a different network (friend, work, etc.) and see if the same behaviour occurs. It's almost certainly a router or network settings option if it's not happening on other networks. Otherwise, take it in for a replacement.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2011
    iPad Drops WiFi Connection

    Coincidentally, I had this happen to me yesterday; all other computers and devices were connected to my network, but the ipad couldn't connect...

    I googled the issue- found stuff going back quite a ways- and one of the "fixes" I found was to turn off the autofill option in Safari (in settings). I tried this first as it was so easy, and it worked for me. It's worth a try- maybe it'll work for you.
  10. macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    If your iPad is taking down the network for all other devices, maybe you have an IP address conflict?

    I had issues with my iPad 1. It would drop off my 802.11g network but liked my 802.11b. This didn't affect other devices though.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    N. Kentucky
    I find that whenever I lay in bed and rest the bottom of the iPad on my stomach or chest, it loses wifi signal. Something similar to the attenuation your finger would have on the iPhone 4's outer band. I generally have to hold it up or just deal with a slow connection (which sucks when playing Fleck and fighting zombies on the iPad).

    So it may just be the way you're holding it. No Steve Jobs joke intended at all.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2013
    I'm having this exact same problem but can't find an answer. If anyone has heard of a solution to this problem, I would be very thankful for some help.

    My router is a SMCWBR14S-N4 that keeps dropping the connection for my iPad2 only. Like in the quote, the iPad2 only has this problem here at home and never looses connection at any other locations. I'm a subscriber of (Time Warner Cable).
  13. macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2011
    Halfway between the Equator and North Pole
    Try forgetting your network, then in the "other" section, adding it, your password, and instructing it to "renew lease."

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