New iPad 3. Weak WiFi . Anyone else?

Voragon

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Mar 16, 2012
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Netgear N600 iPad 2 strong signal same with phone and notebook all on same network. Now have iPad 3 and have only 1 or 2 bars for WiFi. IPad 2 uses 5.01 New iPad uses IOS 5.1. Os ver only difference. Have both iPads on now 5 bars for ipad2 And only 2 bars for iPad 3.

What to do? Appreciate any thoughts.
 

rzucker

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Mar 6, 2011
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No problems here. I have 2 MBP, 2 Iphones, 2 iPads, and ATV 3 all on the same network.
 

pat park

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no issues here and my home is basically an Apple store. iPhones, 2 iPads, iPod touch, mbp, apple tv all humming along. Everyone's playing nice.
 

St8kout

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I took a walk outside with my iphone4 and ipad3 side by side (feeling a bit nerdy in front of the neighbors) and at the edge of my wifi access point range the ipad consistently had 1 bar more than my iphone. It didn't seem to matter which direction I was facing either.
 

Voragon

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Mar 16, 2012
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Thanks for the feedback. Relocated router.

Relocating router seems to have fixed problem. Wifi has 4 bars. Cellular connection is weak but I guess that goes with LTE and AT&T.
 

Mainely Jazz

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Mar 19, 2012
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Weak Wi-Fi signal

I've been having the same problem. I've walked around the house with my iPad 1 and my iPad 3, and the iPad 1 has a full connection in places where the iPad 3 has no connection. I have a Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router that reaches the entire house with two Mac laptops and a PC laptop, but the iPad 3 loses its signal and keeps jumping to the 4G.

Moving the router is not an option, nor should it be necessary.

I'm really unhappy about this.
 

zipur

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Mar 3, 2011
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I had bad result with my iPad, slow wifi an lte. Power cycle did not help, closing all my apps did not help. I was very unhappy, finally I did a reset of the iPad and the numbers are looking better. Here are my results you may want to give this a try.
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Velin

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No problems with two recently purchased wi-fi only iPad 3s. Reception is solid even several rooms and multiple walls away from the router.
 

Menel

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Yes, but inconclusive for me. I've seen hints its worse, but not done extensive experiments yet.
 

Techwriter

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Apr 1, 2010
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My new iPad's Wi-Fi reception is terrible in comparison to my iPod Touch. There are sections in my house that do not have any Wi-Fi access. It's odd.

This is my first iPad so I thought I'd ask the question here? Will this be corrected in a software update or is it a hardware issue? I'm wondering whether to request a new unit.
 

Jbush36

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Mar 24, 2012
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Weak signal on iPad 3

I have compared iPad 1, iPad 2, and iPad 3 and when the signal is weaker the iPad 3 loses the signal while the iPad 1 and 2 was fine. we were in the same exact location. I had the att cellular turned on but had not subscribed yet. I contacted apple about this and the engineers are blaming the router. They wanted to take my iPad and replace it, but still aren't sure if there is a problem. so far they make it seem like it is not an issue. How many of you have had this issue?
 

irishgreenapple

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Apr 2, 2011
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Yes same weak wifi issues here too. Granted, probably don't have best router in the world but have no problems connecting with iPhones and MacBook. Tried everything- reset router, reset network settings on iPad, renewed lease etc etc etc. Nothing helps. Was so excited for new iPads and now are so frustrated & disappointed.
 

Mikes2pads

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Mar 24, 2012
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Guess I should have just replied here instead of inserting a newer thread above.
Ipad2 is perfect everywhere since day 1
Ipad3 was great since I purchased it on march 16 up until about the 23 rd. weak signal caused noticeable wifi fluctuation. Now , since about 30 hours ago I am running nice again. Fast and crisp. What the frig is up?
I. Plan on waiting until apple addresses this somehow instead of a replacement request right now.


Has anything been said by Apple yet?

Update - as of 2 pm eastern , about 3 days after noticing no further wifi fluctuations I can't help but wonder why I had a week ( week 1 ) of perfect signal strength then the a couple of days of weak signal . Again , the last 2 or 3 days have been good. ???
 
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Gary86

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Mar 22, 2012
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No issues. I have 2 iPhones, iPad, 2 Macbooks, and 2 Apple TVs plus my wifes Kindle and PS3 with no issues.