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iBozz Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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Mar 20, 2012 3:21 AM

I'm new to iPads, but not Macs, and have bought the iPad [3/New/Whatever].

 

The manual says ...

 

Once you join a Wi-Fi network, iPad automatically connects to it whenever the network is in range. If more than one previously used network is in range, iPad joins the one last used.

 

Well, no it doesn't.

 

At home I have a wireless network, with SSID hidden and accepting trusted devices only.  I have added the Wifi and Bluetooth addresses to the trusted devices tab on the NetGear DG834G router.

 

So far, so good.

 

I can "see" my network, log on, do my business, switch off the iPad and ...

 

... when I start it up again it tries to log on to another local network (always the same network) and not to my own.  I have to go into the general settings and select my own network each and every time.

 

How can i get it to fulfil the Manual's enticing promise that ...

 

Once you join a Wi-Fi network, iPad automatically connects to it whenever the network is in range. If more than one previously used network is in range, iPad joins the one last used.

 

And if I might have a short supplementary question ...

 

When I reboot the iPad, it tells me there is no SIM card installed.  Every bl**dy time.

 

I know, I know, I really do know - and I don't want reminding of this fact everytime.

 

Hpw can I stop this annoying pop-up without, of course, geting a SIM card (that's for later when 4G hits the UK)?

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Mar 20, 2012 3:31 AM (in response to iBozz)

    I'll skip that SIM issue, that has been brought up recently several times on here and I don't remember the answer since I don't use the 3G/4G version.

     

    For the WiFi, highlight the network that your iPad wants to join and then tap forget this network...that should then force it to ignore the other network.  In spite of what the manual says, I've had mine want to join the strongest network on occasion.  Usually, howver, it does very well going back to the last network it was on when that is available.

     

    You might try going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset network settings.

     

    Power down the iPad.

     

    Power down the router, even disconnect power to make sure it actually is down, wait a couple minutes and power the router back up.  Let it stabilize and capture a new IP address, then power up the iPad.  Got to Settings > WiFi and join a network, what you did before entering the name of the hidden network, etc.

     

    Do some work and then sleep the iPad and see if it will now remember the network when it awakes.

     

    In many cases, a power cycle of both the iDevice and router work to get the iDevices attention.

  • bedardjr8 Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:58 AM (in response to iBozz)

    What I've done is just change the setting under wi-fi networks to -> Ask to Join Networks - Off.

     

    So, once you've added your hidden network and any other network you use it will grab the closest one that is trusted (Entered).  What's happening is that your hidden SSID isn't being picked up first and it's grabbing the first open network. 

     

    I'm not sure of the logistics when you are not near a trusted wi-fi if the iPad will continously hunt for the hidden SSID (Potential batter drain).  I'd be interested to know though. 

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Mar 20, 2012 6:27 PM (in response to iBozz)

    That is good news that you are up and running again.  Good luck and keep checking back for additional help.

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