iPad Wifi slow downs at Panera and the like?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ninermac, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. ninermac macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2011
    Ever since iOS 6, my iPad 3 has had a terrible time at Panera with page load times, timing out, losing connectivity, etc. Works great on my home wifi and other places that don't have a landing page for access to wifi. However if a landing page is used to gain access, it seems my iPad ends up not working too well.

    Wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience?
  2. Carla748 macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2012
    I had trouble connecting at Panera with a galaxy tab 2.7.0
  3. bagelmaker macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2012
    I've had similar issues at Starbucks with my mini. Works great at home, drops wifi at Starbucks. Thought it might be a problem with my new device.
  4. JtheLemur macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2002
    Duh and/or hello: bread, especially dense loaves, muffins, etc, absorbs WiFi on the 2.4 GHz band. Try the WiFi in a park and see the difference.
  5. T4R06 macrumors 65816

    Oct 8, 2007
    if you have phone to tether that is the best way. i dont like connecting my iPad on public place like panera and starbucks. unsecured, slow and unusable.

    i have verizon S3 grandfathered and its amazing when tethered on iPad and watch netflix on starbucks without any buffering :)
  6. nostresshere macrumors 68030

    Dec 30, 2010
    Thirty people trying to share a low speed internet connection. What is the problem?
  7. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Are you sure it's not the restaurant's WiFi system? It's one thing if you get great speeds on one device, but not another, at the same place and time. But just to say your speeds are slow at a particular place leaves many variables. I don't see how you can pin it on the device.
  8. aka777 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    It's public wifi people, what do you expect. Those stores probably do not even use the 80211.n yet either.
  9. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Panera like many other restaurants do not offer 80211.n but the slower 80211.g (or even the 80211.b).

    Get the free app speed test and you can see for yourself.
  10. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    troubleshooting public wifi is about as useful as the spam link in the OP's sig.
  11. ninermac thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2011
    When I've had issues, I have tested with other devices and had no issues... Not just one single Panera store either...
  12. glen e macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    "It's the bread"....

    best post of the day so far....LOL
  13. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    This. OP, like others have said, it's unsecured, unreliable, and many other users are using it at the same time. You may look into tethering your iPad with a smartphone.

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