Does the iPad 3G have no Wifi issues compared to the Wifi only iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Woodcrest64, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. Woodcrest64 macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2006
    I'm wondering if anyone knows if the 3G iPad performs better in terms of using its WiFi connection compared to the WiFi only iPad.
  2. JZ Wire macrumors regular

    JZ Wire

    Dec 18, 2003
    Miami, FL
    Well, I can't speak for everyone else but my 3G iPad works just fine while on wifi. I get great signal throughout my house, upstairs as well as downstairs. I haven't had any problems with dropped or poor signal even when using wifi in other locations.
  3. VvCompHelpvV macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2009
    I have a 3G model, a while back i had major wifi issues. It wouldn't connect to the internet. After like two days the problem magically went away. Since then I've had no problems with wifi. I was so thankful I had 3G to rely on in the meantime. 8)
  4. IrishVixen macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2010
    I can only attest to my own household, but my 16 GB wifi only loses connectivity with excessive frequency, while my husband's 32GB 3G model only rarely has issues. Router is an Airport Extreme b/g/n unit with WPA2 enabled, on an all Apple network. No other device on the network is having trouble, yet the wifi only iPad can be counted on to experience some sort of problem at least half a dozen times a day, anywhere from extreme sluggishness to having to reenter the password for access.
  5. Bulldog3777 macrumors 6502

    Apr 2, 2009

    My wife has the 16 gig wifi and I have the 64 gig 3G. I have traveled to NY and visited quite a few wifi free places and we have had no issues at all. They both connect and stay connected. I can say the wifi is certainly faster than At&Ts 3g service. 3G is better than not being connected, just too slow, especially in NYC.
  6. Beaverfish macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2008
    I'm in the uk with a 64GB wifi+3G and my WIFI drops out every few minutes at my house. Yet is fine at my girlfriends....
  7. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    This could be caused by interference from other Access Points nearby, specially if you live in a building.
    I haven't received my iPAD yet, but I'll try it. If you have an Airport Extreme, use different SSID names for 802.11b/g and 802.11n.

    Also, I'm not sure if the IPAD supports 802.11n at 5Ghz. If it does, it would be great, as not everybody uses it, and it gets subject to less interference.
  8. Macdicted macrumors regular

    Jan 22, 2010
    NYC > Tampa Bay
    I've had both , and have had the same problems on both. I get the "connecting" pop up several times a day. It's more of an annoyance than anything else , but I wish Apple would hurry up already and release their update. They acknowledged the wifi issues 2 months ago :rolleyes:
  9. BigCatz macrumors member

    Aug 30, 2007
    I'm in the uk with a 64GB wifi+3G and my WIFI drops out every few minutes at my house. Yet is fine at my girlfriends....

    Well shoot spend more time at her place then! :D
  10. sandydlc macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2010
    I've had both and although the 3G appears to have fewer problems maintaining a consistent connection when only on wifi, it still has connection issues, mostly when I'm at home. Oddly enough, we have an airport extreme.

    A couple of days ago I noticed that someone had mentioned turning off their wifi router for an extended power cycle (10+ minutes) and that that seemed to have resolved their wifi issues.

    I'll give it a shot and see if it helps. I do think that many of these issues will be resolved with an update.
  11. timish macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2002

    It appears it does work with 5Ghz 802.11N wireless

  12. OGDaniel macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2009
    Indeed. I haven't dropped off my wifi at all since my router has been reset.
  13. kutsushita macrumors regular


    May 9, 2010
    Haven't dropped or had any other problems yet. I take mine to work and there's a weak signal from next door and it picks it up fine and stays connected as well.
  14. iCrosoft macrumors regular


    Jun 23, 2010
    My wifi only iPad works fine. I specifically avoided the 3G model because it was not worth the extra $. Wifi + MHS is perfect for browsing on the go.

    There are other wireless devices (i.e. wireless headset) that WILL interfere with your wifi signal regardless if you have the 3G version or not.
  15. bt22 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2009
    I have the 16gb wi-fi only iPad. I was having a lot of problems with connectivity. I also have a dual band airport extreme. I was finally able to determine it was my home telephone that was causing my problem. I had the phones where only the base station had to be plugged into a phone jack and the other phones didn't have to be connected to a phone jack. It operated on the 5 ghz frequency. I purchased a new system that operates on the 6.0 frequency and have not had any problems since then. Maybe this will help someone.
  16. ArmCortexA8 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010
    Terra Australis
    I had other laptops and my brothers iPad dropping connection randomly when I had my previous airport extreme. I then replaced the airport extreme with the newer model and have it running on dual mode one ssid and WPA2 encryption, and not a single drop.
  17. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2010
    I have a wifi only and I'm glad it's been perfect for more than two months.

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