ipad sometime weak in wifi, examples

Discussion in 'iPad' started by tolsthoorn, May 5, 2010.

  1. tolsthoorn macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2010
    On Denver Intl Airport (20 April and 21 April), my ipad 64G refused to connect to the free wifi. Fortunately, I also carried my MacBook, which immediately picks up the wifi and has perfect contact. Does anyone else have the same experience and is there a clou why?

    In the Hotel on Miami beach I searched for Public transport. Website was a mess, and the maps don't show (just a red cross) on my ipad 64G. Fortunately I also carried my MacBook, which connects in a flash, shows the entire website, all pictures and beautifully clear also the public transportation maps. Finding the info with the MacBook, saved me $37 taxi versus $2.25 dollars for bus back to the airport. But it riddles me why this ipad, which was promised to be fabulously good at websites, failed completely.

    Does anyone have a clou?

    tolsthoorn, Netherlands
  2. mrdinh macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2007
    i get the inconsistent of wifi for all of my mac products...ie. mbp, iphone, ipad...sometimes i have to move closer to the router to increase the signal

    not sure if that is due to my internet service or the mac router
  3. cRuNcHiE macrumors 6502a

    Jan 2, 2007
    I've noticed my iPad doesn't like it when nearby devices are using wifi as well.

    e.g if my MBP is copying a file over the wifi network, for the duration of the copy, the signal level goes down on the ipad.

    My ipod touch doesn't exhibit the same behaviour
  4. tolsthoorn thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2010
    Many wifi and youtube problems solved with a hard reboot of the ipad

    I had a lot of problems with wifi at Denver Intl Airport and in my hotel in Miami Beach, also youtube hung forever. However, after carrying out a hard reboot of my ipad at least youtube worked fabuously, making me as enthousiastic as I guesses Steve Jobs was during his presenstation of the ipad.

    A hardboot is by pressing on/off first and holding the home/hardware key for a couple of seconds.


    Theo Olsthoorn, the Netherlands
  5. mrdinh macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2007
    what is the best setup to max the apple airport extreme base station at home?...what are your settings?
  6. iRabbit macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2007
    Hubby and I own the wifi and 3G models... Have had them both in multiple places with wifi at this point with no problems.

    Diner, beach, parking lot in shopping center: connecting to optimum wifi that much of long island is being blanketed with.

    Mom's: Netgear wnr2000 router.

    His Mom's: wrg54s Linksys router.

    Home: Apple Time Capsule.

    We HAVE noticed that sometimes the meter goes up and down a bit (in both models), however, it doesn't seem to be indicating any REAL loss in signal. We don't lose our connection and we don't seem to notice any detectible slowdown.
  7. EDH667 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 25, 2009
    Northern California
    I also had the same problem with very inconsistent wifi for mi iPhone and iPad. After reading Apple's suggestion of turning off the auto brightness setting, both have worked perfectly.
  8. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    One thing about WiFi is that it doesn't pass though people very well. Given that the iPad is held differently than a netbook/notebook, moved around more often, and may not have as good/high an antenna inside as most notebooks, it doesn't surprise me there are problems.
  9. tolsthoorn thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2010
    Better after a hard reboot

    Everything was better after a hard reboot.

    Theo Olsthoorn
  10. tolsthoorn thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2010
    Try out to see yourself iPad crashes, MacBook works great

    You can try for yourself. The URL below belongs to Miami public transport bus from south beach to Miami international airport.


    The iPad tries to load the page but fails, safari crashes. If you open the same site with a MacBook the site works without any problem. So there is something not kosher with the software of the iPad. I was happy to also have my mabook with me when I stayed in Miami.

    Theo Olsthoorn, Netherlands

  11. jimHdk macrumors regular

    May 10, 2010
    I loaded that page with Safari on my iPad with no problems. The MapQuest link also worked. You might want to reload the S/W on your iPad.
  12. Md2000 macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2010
    Bright, iPad

    Just a aside note about wifi. I found that my iPad one day started forgetting my home network. I had to tell it to connect every time it went to sleep. It fortunately remembered the WEP key, so I just had to select the SSID

    The solution I found online evetually was to not have the brightness on lowest and or auto. Why??
  13. random person macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2008
    Where did you read this? Thanks for the information!
  14. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    This is a documented issue, and has been talked about several times. For whatever reason, if the brightness is set to the lowest level, the iPad will, under a lot of circumstances (mine included), not connect to the wireless network.

    Solution: Move the blue bar a little bit above the lowest setting.
  15. Bentov macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2007
    I was able to load the page as well on my iPad. No problems.

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