Apple shrugs to iPad Wi-Fi problems
Try standing nearer the router
Apple has admitted that its iPad isn't very good at Wi-Fi, and suggests that customers having problems move nearer to their hotspot to get a signal.
Most iPad owners seem happy with the device's Wi-Fi performance, but signal strength is a problem, as is reconnecting to networks which have the same name but operate on a different frequency. Apple suggests renaming frequency-divergent networks and checking that the router has power for those who can't get a signal at all.
Wi-Fi has become increasingly complicated, offering a simplicity of use that belies the complexity of scanning various frequencies and selecting suitable networks to join. Many routers offer 802.11b/g, and many now offer 802.11n too with the option to run the latter at 5GHz instead of the increasing crowded 2.4GHz band. While that might just seem like backwards compatibility it actually means the router is running two independent networks which happen to share the same name, and that's what gets the iPad confused.
If that's your problem then Apple recommends renaming the networks, thus allowing the iPad to remember which is which. For users having other problems the advice is to check the router is switched on and consider moving closer to it.
Some iPhone users have long experienced problems with Wi-Fi, though the greater size of the iPad may help by allowing antennas to be more widely spaced. To be fair the majority seem perfectly happy with the connectivity they've achieved, at least until they get one-upped by a 3G-toting colleague sneering at their hotspot reliance. ®
So it happens again
Christ Almighty do Apple NEVER test their products? This sort of thing happens every time Apple release a 'new' product. Do they even bother beta testing or do they simply rely on their hordes of drooling, mouth-breathing fanbois to do the beta testing for them?
"Many routers offer 802.11b/g, and many now offer 802.11n too with the option to run the latter at 5GHz instead of the increasing crowded 2.4GHz band. While that might just seem like backwards compatibility it actually means the router is running two independent networks which happen to share the same name, and that's what gets the iPad confused."
Erm. OK... My cheapo $40 wifi card can manage that just fine so how come Apple's $500 status symbol can't? Maybe that's what they mean by 'magical'?
As far as I'm concerned, they just write lousy WiFi drivers for their OS.
I have a white MacBook. It's a beautiful machine, runs Windows 7 really well, with awesome driver support. However, as soon as I boot it up as a Mac, it has awful wifi issues with every router I've ever owner. Having owned it since Leopard, I prayed that Snow Leopard would sort it. It didn't. Nor any of the 10.6.x releases.
Of course Apple just says that it must be my router. Well, my experience tells me differently. Works with Windows. Works with smartphones. Just not with MacOS.
So it's a PC instead.
Apple could just fess up and admin that their wi-fi implimentation blows.