7732 Views 19 Replies Latest reply: Apr 28, 2010 3:53 AM by caa100
Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2010 11:06 AM (in response to caa100)I have observed that, despite sitting right next to my router & having full signal strength, the moment I try to use the "Back" button in the Safari browser, the connection completely drops. It re-instates itself in a few seconds.
This is just the latest of the many Wi-Fi issues I've noticed in three days of ownership.
I've done the Reset, turned up the screen's brightness, changed router settings, used different Wi-Fi hotspots, used a Verizon Mi-Fi. Still having random drops.
I'll be calling in a ticket to Apple tomorrow, and I have no intention of making multiple trips to the (not close by) Apple store. I also have no intention of paying a restocking fee on a faulty device. This is unacceptable.iPad 32GB, Windows XP Pro
Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2010 11:51 AM (in response to tvdavis)I've observed a 100% signal strength with the router when the ipad is asleep. When I wake it, the signal drops to 50 - 60% within 30 sec and drops even lower when I load a page.
I too have given my ipad a static ip to workaround the dhcp lease issue.iPad WiFi 64 GB, Windows XP Pro
Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2010 11:53 AM (in response to coppertrail)
I've observed a 100% signal strength with the router when the ipad is asleep.
Out of interest, how did you see that ? if its asleep the display is off isn't it ?MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.6.3), iPhone 3GS 32G
Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2010 11:56 AM (in response to Graham Outterside)Hi Graham,
I'm actually seeing this on my router's wireless status page, not on the device itself. Log into your router and you. May have a similar page. My router is a DIR-655.iPad WiFi 64 GB, Windows XP Pro
Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2010 6:30 PM (in response to coppertrail)Theory disproved.
Static IP, and once again while browsing (with full bars) I was interrupted by the annoying "Connecting..." popup.
DHCP lease renewal and/or IP address conflict definitely ruled out.
Perhaps I need to return this iPad....
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2010 5:33 AM (in response to caa100)Despite my previous post, I think that the *static IP has solved my problems*. I have been running that way close to a week, and have not been dropped.
Every once in a while, I will be in the browser and the screen will dim while the "connecting..." popup displays. But it always manages to reconnect.
When I was using DHCP, I would often wind up in a "not connected" state.
I do think the iPad's DHCP client is wiggy.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2010 9:58 AM (in response to caa100)caa100,
What is the make and model of your wireless router and what firmware are you running?Snow Leopard and yes my wireless works., Mac OS X (10.5.5)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2010 12:00 PM (in response to DrVenture)
What is the make and model of your wireless router and what firmware are you running?
Linksys WRT-54Gv3,FW 4.30.5. Configured for G-Only, WPA2/AES, DHCP enabled with 24 hour client lease time. It is using a channel that was selected for minimal conflict with neighbors after taking a site survey with NetStumbler (which I periodically repeat.)
The router and its configuration are not the issue. More devices than I can count have successfully connected to it as DHCP clients. Between our own devices and those belonging to guests: desktop PC's, laptop PC's, wireless printers, iPhones, iPod touches, video game consoles, and even a TV. (Yes, it is configured to allow enough DHCP clients, and yes, static IP's are not overlapping with the range for the DHCP pool. )
Among these devices, only the iPad has ever had a problem.
I am satisfied with my workaround at home (using static IP).
But this is not something I can do when traveling, where I do not control the router or network.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2010 12:22 PM (in response to caa100)This seems to be a known problem with DHCP leases. Apparently the iPad will not drop the lease, keeping the previous IP and not renewing. The router gets the signal that the iPad goes offline, so it reassigns the IP to another user. When the iPad goes back online, two users have the same IP and loss or connectivity occurs. Here's some writeups from problems happening at Princeton U.
http://db.tidbits.com/article/11195 and http://news.softpedia.com/news/Lay-Off-the-iPad-Princeton-University-Tells-Stude nts-139830.shtmlg5, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2010 2:32 PM (in response to caa100)I have tried various networking configurations at Apple Care's request. As per Apple's suggestion to Restore your iPad to the factory settings *will fix* the issue, until you load the iPad with content. I'm currently trying to determine just what is kicking the iPad off the network, blocking or corrupting the iPad.
When loaded, my iPad will stream, browse, transfer files just fine, but when the iPad goes to sleep it will have a problem connecting after it wakes up and using the workaround to turn wi-fi off then back on again. I had to restore my iPad as a new iPad and not from a backup, because the backup restored the fault. I've restored this iPad three times so far and two more times a new iPad at Apple Care's request. This morning Apple disabled over dozen apps on my iPad, NetFlix, ABC.com, Yahoo Entertainment and more which still didn't fix the problem.
As of this writing I've got my iPad restored back to factory settings and it is currently working just fine, when I start putting apps back on the thing just might be a different story.iPad
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2010 2:52 PM (in response to UG64)You might be onto something. Don't some apps like Aim and Facebook constantly push data through? Maybe it's an app that's causing issues.imac 21.5, Mac OS X (10.6.2), N/A
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2010 3:37 PM (in response to UG64)They had me restore back to factory settings but that didn't work. (The senior support tech apologized for the underling who made me do it.)
What did fix the problem for me was switching from 64-bit WEP to 128-bit WEP encryption.iPad WiFi, Windows 7
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2010 6:22 PM (in response to caa100)I had the same problem this just worked for me, but you are sooo close
http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2401779&tstart=0mac mini 2 ghz 120gb 4gb ram, Mac OS X (10.6.1), mac newbie but techie (convert from windows)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2010 6:49 PM (in response to caa100)I'm also having strange behavior with the wifi connection. Sometimes won't connect even though wifi has strong signal and ip address. I think it's a bug in the wifi settings app. It doesnt know how ton save the settings or may be a dhcp. I've switched to static ip to see if I experience the same. The problem in general appears sporadic, only shows up about once every day or so.iPad