If Apple Can't Resolve the WiFi Issue will you buy an Airport

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Nash Bridges, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. Nash Bridges macrumors regular

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    I was initially planning on purchasing a 64GB + 3G when they come out. All of this WiFi stuff is giving me pause. I am debating whether or not to purchase now. Since the iPad works fine with Apple's own WAP I could purchase one of them. But since I would not primarily use it at home (after the newness effect wears off) would it be feasible?

    3G is good for email but web browsing isn't the best. All that I can say is that Apple better get the WiFi issue resolved soon or 3G sales may disappoint.

    It would be interesting to see if there was a spike up in Airport sales this week.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Tech-Boy macrumors regular

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    I own two Airport Extremes for my Network. Have had them a couple years now, and they are perfect. Never have had a single problem with any device, I recommend them, although you are paying a premium. ;)
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    People who replace an otherwise perfectly functioning router because of their iPad are idiots. It's an iPad problem, not a router problem.
     
  4. samcraig macrumors P6

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    I've had no issues with my Linksys router which I've had for several years. It's not "N" - but it is blazingly fast.
     
  5. mcdj macrumors 604

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    I have never owned a more simple and problem free router than the AEBS.
     
  6. jaykk macrumors 6502a

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    +1
    Airport is one of the technology that just works - set it up once and forget about it.
     
  7. dan5.5 macrumors 6502

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    I cannot agree more with you. It's a great router and it just works. It's the easiest thing to set up. I love my airport extreme.
     
  8. noah82 macrumors 6502a

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    Apart from a lack of a web based utility, the Airport Extreme Base Station is perfect.
     
  9. ThePope43 macrumors member

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    I have had absolutely zero problems with my iPad, charging or wifi. Now I have had weak signals in my house, but I live in a 150yr old(remodeled though) 3-brick-thick house with plaster walls. So wifi in this house doesn't go more than a room or two, but still my iPad holds up probably even better than my other wifi products.
     
  10. rayward macrumors 68000

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    Has anyone considered that the comparatively weaker WiFi signal experienced on an iPad compared to an iPhone in the same location is because the iPad is on a "N" network, which is known to have shorter range than the "G" network to which the iPhone connects? Just a thought...

    FWIW, I have no charging or WiFi issues either, but I am running a dual band network off an AEBS which is further bridged to a Time Capsule in another location that expands the network.
     
  11. Ibjr macrumors 6502a

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    Considering i have this issue on a Airport Express (G) and an Airport Extreme (duel band), I don't think this is an answer.
     
  12. Star-fire macrumors 6502

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    I have to say my time capsule is my router and I have never dropped a connection once on my ipad yet. The problem is router settings not the ipad.
     
  13. gwynne macrumors 68000

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    You don't mention what your current hardware/configuration is that is worrying you.
     
  14. Ibjr macrumors 6502a

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    So, the Duke Campus network is misconfigured and my iPad is fine? I am sorry, when the network works with countless phones (iphone, iphone 3g, iphone 3gs), ipod touches, and laptops, but not my ipad, I am going to blame the ipad.
     
  15. claygill macrumors newbie

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    I've had no WiFi problems with my iPad. Not at home on my network where the device seems to have great speed and connects anywhere my iPhone or MBP does. Or tethered to the iPhone with MiWi. Again the range and speed are good.
     
  16. spectre51 macrumors 6502

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    N is supposed to have better range than G unless everything I have read is wrong.....


    Don't think the issue with wireless is an issue with specific manufacturers routers but rather a combination of how some are configured and/or the sensitivity of the ipads wireless. I have a airport extreme and the iPad gets significantly weaker signal strength than my MacBook or MacMini.
     
  17. Star-fire macrumors 6502

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    They are most likely broadcasting N and G and using the same name for both, which technically is wrong since a device that might be N capable might end using the slower G network by random choice, in a perfect world a device should always chose the fastest but it's not a perfect world.
     
  18. Ibjr macrumors 6502a

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    Wrong. Like most schools that built out their network-they did not include N.
     
  19. Nash Bridges thread starter macrumors regular

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    The N routers have a greater range than G. See here
     
  20. Nash Bridges thread starter macrumors regular

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    Next question:

    Short of a recall of all affected units how is apple going to fix this?

    iPad 2.0 = iSlate (iPad with working wireless)
     
  21. dave1812dave macrumors 6502a

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    Are you going to carry an Airport to every place you want wifi? I think the iPad should "just work" at every hotspot that all other equipment can log onto without issue. why should ipad owners have to buy a "special" router to get connected? ANSWER: they shouldn't!
     
  22. Nash Bridges thread starter macrumors regular

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    Could this end up ruining Apple? All the bad publicity and such. Wireless has been around for about 9 years now, why can't they get it right.

    Maybe I should wait for the HP Slate
     
  23. Ljohnson72 macrumors 6502a

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    I have two airport extremes and an airport in my house filling my house with WiFi and I've still had issues with connection via WiFi as well as signal strength.
     
  24. Arkwater macrumors newbie

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    If Toyota can not fix the gas pedal sticking issue will you buy a drag chute?
     
  25. leesweet macrumors demi-god

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    I was a bit surprised to hear of all the WiFi issues, but not, sorta. Because: I started with the notorious Actiontec FiOS router. My iPod touch (2G) wouldn't connect/download worth a damn. Windows PCs were fine.

    I researched Access Points and new routers (with WiFi, of course) for a while, and found that all of them have problems. Then, I looked at the Airports, and decided I'd give it a try. My Apple devices love it and so do the Windows ones. Since then, have added what's in the sig, and everything works (including the WiFi (duh) iPad).

    However, all my devices also work fine at work, where we are running HP Enterprise Access Points. (But, it's only 'G' at work, which may explain that...)

    So, it's a mess. Anyone that thinks wireless technology is simple only has to look at AT&T's problems. Apple has done a good job with the Airports, but if you look at any 'Windows' WiFi Router beyond the top level, you need a lot of experience in the area to know what you are doing.

    Add in the possible issues with the placement of the WiFi antenna in the iPad (and interference with metal surfaces, etc.), and people using it more often laying flat..., and you have a ton more variables in trying to troubleshoot users' problems.
     

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