Wi-Fi signal strength an issue for users of the new Apple iPad

Wi-Fi signal strength an issue for users of the new Apple iPad
The new Apple iPad is less than a week old and already there seems to be a problem with the Wi-Fi connectivity on the tablet. Some users are complaining that the Wi-Fi signal strength on the new iPad is too weak. One user in a hotel room said that the hotel's Wi-Fi signal registered as the strongest possible and yet the iPad showed a weak signal. Another user had to post to a blog about the new iPad from his OG Apple iPad because his new tablet wouldn't pick up the Wi-Fi signal that his older Apple tablet did.

Some buyers of the new iPad are ready to return it. One frustrated iPad buyer is upset because in a room where there is perfect Wi-Fi reception for an Apple iPhone and two MacBooks, the new iPad won't hold a Wi-Fi connection for more than 2 minutes."Ready to return iPad!!!," said the user. One iPad owner said that the Wi-Fi on his iPad wouldn't work unless he was within 6 feet of the router.

If this all sounds familiar, it's because Apple had similar problems with the original Apple iPad in 2010 and that problem was resolved with a subsequent software update. And in addition to the problem with Wi-Fi connectivity, there was also talk that the third iteration of Apple's tablet was running hot, about 10 degrees warmer than the iPad 2. The Cupertino based firm has denied this, saying that the new iPad runs within "thermal specifications."

The only other issue regarding the tablet is the speed at which users are blowing through their monthly data cap. If you are streaming video, your best bet is to do so over a Wi-Fi hook up. In 2010, PC Mag's mobile analyst S
ascha Segan showed how easy it was to burn 5GB over Verizon's LTE network in just 32 minutes. If you call Apple or Verizon, they would suggest that you use your Wi-Fi connection. And you might have no problem doing that except for the problem that iPad users have had with Wi-Fi connectivity. See what we did there? It's the whole Circle of Mobile Life thing.

source: PCMag

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43 Comments

1. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

"no. there is no problem with new magical ipad. they are just connecting it wrong"

10. Shangri-La

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

people just need to learn how to hold an ipad in the correct way.

46. Lizzbeth

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

This problem was so irritating, I got so fed up with it. I have spent a lot of time on google, looking for a solution to this. I did a bunch of research came across WIRED magazine and found a extensive and detailed review of Pong Research cases. These guys make a very special case which has a built-in antenna in between its layers, which redirects and boost the signal and range of your new iPad, iPhone and other devices. As a result, I'm able to connect to my router from much further without a problem. Besides that, this also comes with an improved version of the Apple Smart Cover which asides from retaining the sleep/wake function, because of its origami design, you can fold it and stand it in 5 different positions - very cool in my opinion!

2. hankito

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Well...frankly I don't deny the people with issues, but I haven't had any issues with anything so far.

33. Pdubb

Posts: 250; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

How has your experience been? Have you had the overheating problem? My wife is thinking about a tablet and I am pushing her towards the iPad2.

3. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

L M F A O Good old apple quality and innovation, can't even figure out how to make wifi work, LMAO. Wait for it, they'll say "you have to hold the iPad upside down, at a 68 degree angle tilted forward when the moon is full or it won't work. Duh."

6. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Haha! I'm in the library and burst out laughin at that comment!! LMAO!!

35. CM_Punk

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Of course, Samsung can't even make a phone that can get your location right. I hope you don't end up in the wrong location because of bad GPS. Of course, since it's Android, it's excluded. #pipebomb

36. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

eerrmm, since when, punk? anyway, GPS is not really a necessity, you don't use GPS that often, unlike WiFi that is kind of a necessity with tablets/smartphones.. it's like saying, apple don't have an umbrella to walk under the rain, but you defend that by saying that Samsung don't have a purse to walk under the rain, but still have an umbrella..

4. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

"Ready to return iPad!!!".... Like I believe Apple fanatics will.

5. CM_Punk

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

As usual, people overreact.

17. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

Yeah, expecting a $500+ product to do something as simple as wifi is over reacting. K.

34. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I'm not surprized. The Asus Transformer Prime has issues with long range wifi just like the iPad 2 does. Part of the problem is the aluminum back.

19. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Right, only 3 things wrong so far and not even a week later. Not like you ever overreacted from 1 thing wrong with an Android device eh?

21. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

A few days old and three bad faults,hardly over reacting,lets not forget this device is meant to be resolutionary!

37. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

andro, you forgot that Resolutionary is different with revolutionary, so now people can only complain about the screen and resolution, but not other things.. and that's about it with the new iPad, only the screen, and nothing much.. not even proper WiFi..

7. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I really think that device manufactures need to take some time to make better devices and not really worry about how fast they can produce devices. Instead of releasing a new iPad every year, take a couple years and make a higher quality device and actually test the device in REAL WORLD situations and not in test facilities. This should go for everyone, not just Apple.

8. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

maybe the position is just wrong try holding it up as far as you can. just tilt your head upwards and problem is solved. silly newbie new ipad users they complain too much

11. drtech

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

We'll see about 90 comments of haters and trolls. I'm sure this is an issue for some, but most likely it will be a minor issue and won't affect the majority of users or sales.

12. denmcdon

Posts: 91; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

This is bogus will you please find something else to write about besides the iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad itts the best tablet out there get over it all these stupid post won't change any thing there selling millions of them for a reason They work period.

39. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

oh, yeah, they work like period..

13. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Why does phone arena need to have an article for each of the problems with the ipad. No device is perfect, samsung galaxy s2 had heating problemshttp://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s2-international/349947-heating-problem-s2.html and the samsung galaxy nexus had radio problems as wellhttp://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s2-international/349947-heating-problem-s2.html All of the comments have been troll comments or jokes, if there is something wrong with the ipad, take it back, get a new one, it hasn't even been out for a month yet! Most of the bugs will get ironed out in updates, like the s2 and nexus, they were resolved in updated, but they had problems in the beginning.

15. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

20. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Considering its THREE things so far and the iDevices are sooooo popular what did you expect honestly.

40. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

ok, so you said the S2 had ONE problem and the GNx has also ONE problem.. so two out of two devices.. and this is THREE out of ONE device.. "Why does phone arena need to have an article for each of the problems with the ipad" PA had its fair share of the shiny features of the iPad, too.. so it's fair to state both sides, i think.. and they also features articles about problems of other devices, most notably the GPS issue in the Transformer Prime..

16. denmcdon

Posts: 91; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

I was a diehard android user still have some android phones but after buying my iPhone 4s and now my iPad3 I have got to say these devices are great they just work no lag no studdering ther smooth and just work no pulling batteries turning phone on and off like my wife with her droid x stop hating people give credit where credit is due.

41. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

i give credit where it's due, but i give critics when they are due as well..

42. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yeah, when those Apple products can do half the things the Androids can without jailbreaking and encountering problems, tell me...

18. denmcdon

Posts: 91; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

Doesn't get any warmer than my Samsung galaxy tab 7.0 plus I had.

22. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

So it overheats, has WiFi woes, battery life complaints, heavier and bulkier, and isn't as fast on LTE as many phones? Yep, that's revol- ...sorry, reSolutionary all right

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