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  • lilbittyjojo Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2010 11:51 AM (in response to Dr. JB)
    Okay, I went through all the steps and did finally get web access. I use a personal key with AES encryption on my router. The refresh rate is 3600 so every 3.6 seconds my signal droped. Once I turned OFF the security, BOOM, I had access to the web. My guess, and it is only a guess, is that the software does not recognize the PSK and/or AES encryption. Well, I hope there is a fix soon because I don't want to run to McDonald's to use the free unsecured WiFi every time I want to download a book or check my email. I will wait, somewhat impatiently, for an update.
    Hp Quad Core-Wn 7 and iMac-Snow Leopard, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Edmund Pirali Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
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    Apr 5, 2010 12:03 PM (in response to dmacintyre)
    I'll add a "me too" here. I have an all airport set up (Time Capsule, Airport Extreme and an Airport Express g/n) acting in one WDS extended network. And regardless of which node I am near I see fluctuations from high signal level to 1 bar, where MBA and other devices see no fluctuations and solid signal levels. And the performance directly corresponds to the signal level, so its not just a "display" issue.

    Like others this signal level will start off well and drop off over time. Before this I had only seen this behavior on older Powerbook 12" (g only) that would start at 3 bars and drop down to 1 bar, even when very near the airport express.

    This is an issue, specially for a device whose primary function is connectivity.
    MacBook Air Rev B (1.86/128SSD), Mac OS X (10.6), 2GB RAM
  • David B1 Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2010 12:16 PM (in response to Dr. JB)
    I am having the same issue as many of you seem to be having. Strong consistent WiFi signal on both of my MacPro and Macbook Laptops - but flucuating strengh signal on my new Ipad. I have not lost the signal yet ..... but often get down to one bar. I hope that this can be resolved with a software fix - and soon.
    Windows XP
  • ireadcomics Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
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    Apr 5, 2010 12:25 PM (in response to Dr. JB)
    I would like to chime in on this as well. I haven't really had any problems with the iPad and have been extremely happy with it (though critical when it was first announced).

    I was working on a paper in Pages last night and I kept getting distracted by something flickering in the top left of the screen. Sure enough it was the WiFi signal flicking from 4 to 1 bar. I haven't noticed actual connection issues as I haven't watched streaming video yet but I am hoping this is a software issue that will be patched up soon.
    iMac/Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Windows 7
  • syunker Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2010 12:29 PM (in response to Dr. JB)
    I'd like to add that I'm having a wifi issue as well. My wifi went down to 1 bar after working great for a few hours. My download speeds started to crawl, I couldnt even surf the web. I rebooted my router and it didnt help.

    Thanks for investigating!
    iPad, iPhone OS 3.1.3
  • cblaudow Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2010 12:40 PM (in response to syunker)
    My wifi was weak as well. I have a linksys wireless router WRT310N. WEP encryption. Other devices such as iMac and 2 iPhones have full bars. iPhones receive full reception throughout house and outside. iPad reception dropped continuously to 1 bar. Experienced full wifi drop when downloading apps from app store twice. I returned my iPad to Best Buy where I purchased this morning.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Monty1945 Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)
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    Apr 5, 2010 12:42 PM (in response to Dr. JB)
    Greetings,

    Nope, My WiFi works fine - it gets what I would expect from an "N" Class network at home (Apple Extreme Base Station), and an "N" at work (Aruba).

    The Starbucks connection this morning, was excellent, as well, for a "G" class network. My Exchange mail is working as it should, as well as my MobileMe mail.

    It works as advertised, and no issues have shown up, and I've use the heck out of it since the 3rd. It has been run down completely, and recharged a few times, and it charges up fairly quickly. Nope, so far it has been a treat. We've been enjoying the heck out of it.

    It's at work today, and going through it's paces - it's great in meetings. This is going to be so nice to use instead of my larger Notebooks, for basic communications.

    It was never meant to replace a true Notebook computer, and Apple doesn't bill it as a computer anyway. I'll tell you what, it will replace my Notebook, at work for 95% of what I was using it for. At work, I have to use a PeeCee Notebook, unfortunately, but I'll use the iPad for most things, even though I'm paying for it myself.

    Cheers,
    M.
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    20" iMac 2.33, iPhone 3G&3Gs, Air, Macbook Pro, Mini, Mac Pro Quad, AEBS N, Mac OS X (10.6.1), 17" iMac PPC, 17" iMac Intel, G-4 Tower, iMac Flat Panel, more
  • David Farah Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2010 12:46 PM (in response to JP007)
    And I read the wifi antenna is between the two batteries. Anyone know if that is influential in signal drop?
    iMac 2.8Ghz, 24", 2gb RAM, 750 gig HD, Mac OS X (10.6.2), WD 2TB Ext HD, iPod 3G 40gb+Classic 160gb
  • wheelman76 Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2010 1:10 PM (in response to David Farah)
    Add me to the list of dropped wifi signals. I have a macbook pro and iphone that had no issues within feet of my ipad, yet I found myself having to refind and reconnect my ipad no less than 5/6 times this weekend.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • JoelEsler Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2010 1:19 PM (in response to Monty1945)
    Ditto for me. I am already using this more than my laptop.
    G5, Powerbook, MacBook Black, Macbook Pro, MacBook pro unibody., Mac OS X (10.6), iSight, iPod, 20in Cinema, iPhone, iPhone 3G, 20G iPod
  • JoelEsler Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Apr 5, 2010 1:20 PM (in response to David Farah)
    The chip is in the center, I think the antenna is at the bottom.
    G5, Powerbook, MacBook Black, Macbook Pro, MacBook pro unibody., Mac OS X (10.6), iSight, iPod, 20in Cinema, iPhone, iPhone 3G, 20G iPod
  • Dollardoctor Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2010 1:21 PM (in response to Dr. JB)
    Put me down for the same issue here. Intermitent wifi signals. Goes from full to one bar all over my house no matter where I am in relation to router. No problems with other devices. This could be a MAJOR problem for Apple if they don't get td figured out ASAP! Let's ll hope it's a software issue that can be fixed with a firmware update.

    So far I have not been kicked off the Internet or anything major and speed seems to be pretty good overall, but still annoying to see signal constantly fluctuating.

    Guess that's what we get for being apples guinea pigs.... yay us!
    iPad
  • fjfjfjfjfjfjdksllair Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)
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    Apr 5, 2010 1:24 PM (in response to JoelEsler)
    The antenna is behind the Apple logo on the back of the iPad.
    Lots of stuff, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • John Trussell Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2010 1:43 PM (in response to Dr. JB)
    Mine has shown this a few times, overall it's been reliable and constant. However, I did notice fluctuations with my network signal on the iPad.

    I'm using a new Airport Extreme dual band, in 802.11n (5Ghz) mode with MIMO enabled.
    27" iMac Core i5, 8GB, 1TB Caviar Black, 4850, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • was_fred Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2010 1:44 PM (in response to Dr. JB)
    Go figure. Am I the only one who is having great connectivity? I'm using a Cisco Wireless-N router, which is in my basement, and my 32G iPad. On Comcast, using speedtest.net, I'm consistently getting about 10Mbps down and 4.5Mbps up when I'm on the first floor of my house (12 ft from router). Upstairs, I get about 4.5Mbps down and a little over 1Mbps up (22 ft from router). In my back yard, I get about 350Kbps down and about 70Kbps up (40 ft from router).
    iPad 32GB
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