Bought Airport Extreme because of wifi issues but I feel like...

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Peanut207, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. Peanut207 macrumors 6502


    Mar 2, 2010
    Apple's B#%@! Lol I've been having wifi issues with my iPad since the day I bought it. Bought it on the day it came out. Was dropping connection...requiring me to constantly enter password etc. Figuring I only had a few days before my 14 day return policy was up I went to my local Best Buy where I bought it with the intention of swapping my iPad for a new one in hopes it would solve my wifi problems. Of course, they didn't have any ipads in stock and when asked when they would get more in they had no clue. So me, loving my Ipad as much as I do and didn't want to go home without one, thought of alternatives. I remembered reading how people who were using the Airport Extreme weren't experiencing any wifi issues.

    So long and behold I bought the Airport Extreme and 2 days later haven't dropped my connection once. :) I'm very happy about that and has made the iPad even more of a joy to use ( not having to constantly put in my password) but I feel like Apple should take more responsibility with the wifi issue because it is definitely there whether it's a software issue or hardware issue. If my iPhone or laptops have never had any problems with dropping connection there is no excuse why soo many ipads should be having this problem. I have no idea how Apple didn't see this coming!
  2. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    I guess I'm amused by these threads because I have an old school linksys and haven't had any of these wifi problems some people are having...
  3. CarboysDesire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2008
    Las Vegas
    How old was your router? Maybe it was time to upgrade anyway.

    Mine is a 5-year old Netgear that I am thinking of replacing it too, with an Airport Extreme. I'm not hardware smart--does it work much better? Is the range very big? I have a single-story large home so I need a large range. The one I have is a Netgear Rangemax Mimo g and the model is WPN824. 5 years ago I bought it to replace a regular d-link router with an inadequate range.

    If anyone can tell me if I should upgrade that would be appreciated.
  4. Peanut207 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 2, 2010
  5. GregGebhardt macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2010
    Mine is a 7 year old commercial Cisco system that half my neighborhood uses and my iPad screams with it. I was so surprised how fast WiFi was on the iPad. It does the same on my new Netgear at the office with full encryption.
  6. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
    My experience has taught me that for the most part all the Apple products play very well together. I know this should not matter but that has been my experience since I got my first Mac 18 months ago.
  7. Peanut207 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 2, 2010

    My iPad is blazing fast since I've had the Airport Extreme. I'm Extreme-ly happy with it. Haha ok that was cheesy. But seriously, I couldn't be happier with it other than having to spend the $ for it.
  8. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    Well there's your problem. A friend of mine could not get Xbox live to work over that POC for his life many resets different xbox's and different routers. That thing is a POC and Verizon should be ashamed of themselves for putting out a crappy product. I have an AE at home and have brought my iPad to multiple locations with multiple different routers have not had one single issue at all.
  9. DravenGSX macrumors 6502a

    Aug 20, 2008
    The common theme in all of these threads is ... FIOS.
  10. undrpsi macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2010
    Gastonia, NC
    Argh...XBOX live and DSL (ATT) don't play well...went thru 4 weeks of troubleshooting (won't bore you with ATT's bad service center workers). Finally returned to cable problem.

    I use an AEBS Dual-band N and an Apple Express N (to extend my network) and have no problems. The problem was being generated by the POS motorola DSL modem. My cable modem is a 5 year old No Name modem (internals have Q-Shing Inc on them) that Time Warner installed...and it give me fast and no error service. Something to do with the ping being messed with downstream of my wireless (inside DSL modem itself). Even though you could use the html setup to tweak the never got close to what you actually selected. Hot *rumor* from a cable installer buddy is this is an undisclosed governer to keep you from maxing the bandwidth...don't know if that's true. I do know nettest showed my 6meg cable was getting up to 11 megs at times (and averaged 7-8 megs). DSL was 'supposed' to be 6 megs but never got above 5.4 megs max (to be honest it never got below 5 megs though). I also noticed very poor performance from all the other computers when we had wonder it's so much cheaper.

    Maybe we should have a poll on DSL or Cable to see if that could be causing some probs on our iPads?
  11. nolesfan macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2010
    I had a airport extreme and a linksys and my ipad would not work with either, go figure. And that was several hours of trouble shooting with the guys from apple. Bottom line, mine was just defective, but I should have my new one on Tuesday so better luck with it i hope. And to be honest, you should not have had to go buy a 175 dollar router to make your ipad work, I know that was your decision but i wouldn't have after spending 700 on the ipad alone. But if your happy, that's all that matters.
  12. ballen420 macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2008
    South of Boston
    I've got a FiOS router too and after searching found a quick and easy fix. Change the broadcast channel to 11 and your security to WPA. Problem solved.

    I'd return that router and spend that money elsewhere.
  13. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
    I'm glad for you!

    I have the Time Capsule product which has the built in airport extreme. My wife's WiFi iPad performs very well. The internet speeds are comparable to what I get on my MacBook Air in the house.
  14. wilycoder macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2008
    I just got an Airport Extreme yesterday.

    OP make sure you enable the 5GHZ band and join the 5GHZ network the Airport Extreme offers. It is FAST :)

    With 5GHZ I was getting a full signal strength on the third floor of my house and my router is in the basement. When I connect to the regular network of Airport Extreme (2.4Ghz band) I get a weak signal on the third floor.
  15. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    did you try changing the fios routers encryption from WEP to WPA? that seems to be the issue with the ipad and I know my fios router is default on WEP.
  16. sdsvtdriver macrumors 65816

    Jul 31, 2008
    Southern California
    The Actiontec is a great piece of hardware. The only issue is the VZW firmware only allows for a small NAT table which affects P2P stuff only. The primary problem with FIOS routers is the user. It isn't as simple to use and has some powerful abilities that normal users can easily screw things up with.
  17. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    I don't know if you switched, but a lot of the old netgears just plain sucked.

    I had one I got about 5 years ago for free (was literally for free with rebate from Fry's), and the thing over-heated perpetually causing it to have to be rebooted all the time. It was a wreck.

    Even if you aren't having a problem, I would look at upgrading at somepoint, although I still feel like we are in transition to N so if you can wait and are not having problems I would.

    Nobody should be running WEP in the first place. I know there is some legacy stuff that uses it, but in that case you might as well just turn encryption off. I would suggest that as a first step test for anyone having drop problems. Turn off encryption altogether and see if that improves things. I don't want you to leave it that way, just to test. And as CrAkD said, use WPA, not WEP.

    Using WEP is like having a key-shaped rock with the key in it on your front porch to your house.
  18. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

    Mar 21, 2010
    Got Rid of Linksys !!

    Got an Airport Extreme before I got the IPad, just to make sure things worked well. Can not be happier. The Airport Extreme works perfectly well with the iPad and even picked up my laptop to enable wireless printing on it. Yeah it's expensive, but worth it.
  19. Merlosso macrumors 6502


    Apr 20, 2008
    With a FiOS router and Xbox Live, give the Xbox a static IP at the high end of the IP range (so there are no conflicts with other devices) and set up DMZ for it in the router settings.

    For the iPad, do what others have said and change from WEP to WPA and set a specific channel (like 11).

    The router itself isn't bad, it just requires too much from the user to get all your devices working properly. Now if it was only an 802.11n router then we would be set...
  20. Nash Bridges macrumors regular

    Nash Bridges

    Apr 2, 2010
    San Francisco
    Replacing a home router will resolve your issue when you are home, but what if you need to take the iPad to a hotel or someones office? What happens then? Are Airport sales going to spike because they work with the iPad. Out of curiosity I would like to know if someone who has the issue with having to re-enter the encryption password can alleviate all of their WiFi issues by removing encryption from their router totally.
  21. bosox2009 macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2009
  22. stringbeanie macrumors 6502


    Aug 25, 2008
    Southern California
    Just very curious how you do this. I am having some significant signal issues with my Airport Extreme. Thanks in advance.
  23. klrobinson999 macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2008
    There is no better Wi-Fi than the Airport Extreme. Period.
  24. h3nG macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2010
    I like how apple try to make it sound like it's a problem with peoples router and not an iPad. Let us know if the speeds are better for the iPad in general. I don't think I have any issues other than randomly having the signal quality drop every now an then.
  25. Trek2100 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    Sevierville, TN
    If what has been already stated is true, that is; change your wep to wpa encryption and change the channel to 11. You have to go into your fios settings: url=

    1. select Wireless settings
    2. select Basic security settings
    3. change channel from automatic to 11 and turn off wep
    4. select Advanced security settings
    5. select wpa or wpa2

    Just to verify you can call verizon. They have always been helpful in the past.

    Buying the airport extreme would be a waste of money. The FIOS router is a G router, unless they have a newer model that has N. Since your connection from the FIOS box to the router is coax cable and not ethernet, you would have to connect the airport extreme to the FIOS router. That is G out from FIOS and G in to airport. You cannot get N out from a G in unless someone can explain to me how you get more out of less in. Thats like trying to get 20 amps out of a 15 amp circuit breaker.

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