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  • Eddiewyatt Calculating status...
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    Apr 4, 2010 8:58 AM (in response to Dr. JB)
    My iPad is not dropping signal , but is downloading at about half speed ! Are others seeing this ?
    Ipad, iPhone OS 3.1.3
  • D7 Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
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    Apr 4, 2010 9:30 AM (in response to AlphaBetaOne)
    I'm using WPA over wireless N with 16mbps download on a 64GB iPad. My iPhone can't get anywhere near that speed. Upload is about the same between the devices. My router is an Airport Extreme base station.

    As for using MAC filtering you do not have a secure network. You have a router that will ignore devices not on your list. All your wireless messages are fully out in the open (not encrypted) with any nearby device able to receive and read. There is no ultimate impenetrable wireless protocol, but what you're doing is like placing your credit card fully visible in a clear plexiglass box bolted to the ground in the center of a mall. Sure no one can easily take your card but everyone can see it and write down the numbers for their next online purchase.
    MBP 15 2.4GHz, PBG4 15 1.5GHz, iMac G5 17 1.6GHz, Mac Mini 1.67GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Jacqueline Joy Calculating status...
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    Apr 4, 2010 10:06 AM (in response to Dr. JB)
    nope, and our airport is the original flying saucer one.. works just fine!
  • powerguru Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 4, 2010 10:10 AM (in response to Jacqueline Joy)
    Bestbuy was closed and called Apple store too before taking the long journey. Closed due to Easter.
  • Spectre Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
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    Apr 4, 2010 10:10 AM (in response to D7)
    Here is my network setup. Airport extreme base station running in 5ghz N mode only. I have a separatenlinksys wap running in 2.4ghz wireless G.

    The iPad running on the N network gets mid to low 5k Kbps down and 1.6k Kbps up
    The iPhone on the G network gets mid 5k to low 6k Kbps down and 1.7k kbps up

    I have noticed that the wireless signal on the iPad does seem to fluctuate quite a bit but I never get a dropped connection.
    24" iMac C2D, 250Gb, 2gig Ram, GeForce 7600GT, Mac OS X (10.6.3), MacBook C2D 2.0ghz :: MacMini C2D 2.0ghz (early 2009) :: TV :: 8GB iPhone
  • Jacqueline Joy Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 4, 2010 10:11 AM (in response to Jacqueline Joy)
    I would probably need to add that we live in a rural area, and anyone wanting to get in would have to drive up a very long (800 ft) driveway, and deal with our two Belgian Malinois urging them to leave ASAP, so we do not need to protect ourselves.
  • powerguru Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 4, 2010 10:14 AM (in response to Spectre)
    Anyone tried connecting to another wifi Network (Like Barnes and Noble, Starbucks or Borders) to rule out the router issue. I cannot right now. But that would be interesting. I tried to change the modem to N only mode. Did not help at all. Still the issue of extremely low speed still exists.
  • lp1968 Calculating status...
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    Apr 4, 2010 10:26 AM (in response to Dr. JB)
    My speed is great! That has never been my issue! I just keep dropping wifi and have to reenter the password.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • pchrist Calculating status...
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    Apr 4, 2010 10:45 AM (in response to Dr. JB)
    The update to the OS 3.1.3 made the WIFI connection to several devices unstable. I was finally told by an Apple Manager to buy a new Router. The connection seemed to vary depending on location. I told them this would be a problem on their new iPad because it relies heavily on the WIFI signal (just like an iTouch does). I thought they would have fixed it but it appears they are just going to let it happen to some iPad owners also.

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    iPhone OS 3.1.3
  • J.K. ROFLing Level 4 Level 4 (1,220 points)
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    Apr 4, 2010 10:44 AM (in response to Dr. JB)
    Dr. JB and others with this problem, please post more detailed information "airport extreme base station/latest generation, firmware up to date" doesn't always cut it. Specifically stating what model, what version of firmware, etc. is often needed to sort out the problem. Also be as specific as you can about exactly what is or is not working, what you have already done to troubleshoot/resolve and how you set up the wifi network and joined the network with your iPad.
    Mac Pro, iMac (aluminum), PM G5, iPhone, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • powerguru Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 4, 2010 11:21 AM (in response to J.K. ROFLing)
    Ok i made my router into "G only mode" and now the speed is amazing. I get 20 mbits/sec compared to 1.5 mbits that i was getting in the morning. Hope this helps atleast for a while. I have router wrt160N linksys.
  • luvlabs Level 4 Level 4 (3,610 points)
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    Apr 4, 2010 12:04 PM (in response to Dr. JB)
    I don't believe iPad WiFi is going to be any different than iPod touch/iPhone WiFi so here are the recommended fixes:

    1. Reboot your router (just unplug it from the power)
    2. Reset your network connections and then log back into your network by tapping Settings > WiFi > Other and re-entering your network name, security, and password.
    iMAC 20", iMAC 21.5", Mac OS X (10.6.3), 2G touch 3.1.3
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