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iOS6 - Wi-Fi on iPad gives error "Unable to join network"

27539 Views 53 Replies Latest reply: Apr 10, 2014 4:24 PM by Birdman4114 RSS Branched to a new discussion.
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    On intermittent wifi issues...I have been posting here for awhile, so my update is that I made an appointment to go see the Genius Bar, after speaking to a rep on the phone - who by the way was quite well aware of the wifi issues. Given how much troubleshooting I had tried on my own, I skipped over any attempts to do anything by phone and went to the store. The Genius Bar guys decided that the best thing to do to fix my intermittent wifi fails was a factory other words, all my content, apps everything will have to be re-synced from itunes as they told me to delete my old backups and not use them.  Their words "the firmware was likely corrupted during the upgrade, we have seen this before", though the tech did indicate that I was the first person to see him regarding this wifi issue with IOS6.  I have now brought my now basically out of the box iPad home and its been running without errors on the wifi for 1 day.  I will post an update on whether or not the complete reset worked or not.  As a note, the type of reinstallation they did can only be done at a store, it's apprently not the same as resetting the device yourself - complete reinstall of the IOS and firmware from their server.  Best advice to all if you are going to go see the Genius Bar - offload your photos and make sure you have copies of anything else you want to keep from your device, because it will basically be a new machine that you have to start over with.  I have to say that gone are the days when I believed the Apple hype that "it just works".  I will be treating IOS upgrades from now on the same way that I do Microsoft - waiting for awhile after release to see what goes wrong before deciding to upgrade...

  • Tmemphis Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    intermittent wifi issues as well since upgrading to iOS6

    In my case apple replaced the iPad and wiped my old one clean. 

    I got it home and I have the same issue. 

    Went back and said it still plays up Mr Apple

    Mr Apple said the only thing incommon was the WiFi (My Router).

    I explained that there waa sone other thing incommon.  iOS6


    Got home and thourght I'd look up and see if I could find a solution on Google and got About 37,000,000 results (0.22 seconds)


    Mr Apple forgot to mention this  

    Dickheads !!!

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    Vi que tu és Brasileiro e que tiveste este mesmo problema. Será que tens como tu me ajudar a resolver o meu?

    Também tenho iPad3 com a última versão do iOS (6.0.1), porém, quando eu não tinha esta versão, eu sempre conseguia conectar às redes wi-fi da Net Virtua e/ou da Vivo nos aeroportos. Hoje em dia, somente com meu iPhone 4 (iOS 6.0.1) eu consigo, com o iPad não!

    Será que esta solução seria a mesma para o meu caso?

    Aguardo teu retorno! Desde já, muito obrigada,



  • sea517 Calculating status...

    Sigh.  I just went through the same exercise (going to the Apple Store, Genius Bar, and having IOS 6 reloaded from scratch), and it did NOT fix my (wifi connectivity) problem.  In fact, it is actually worse now -- I can't even get the wifi running long enough to access the Apple Store (to try to reinstall all the apps that got deleted from my "refreshed" iPad 3). Prior it was sporadic at least...

  • aceslick911 Calculating status...

    I was having a huge amount of trouble with my iPhone 5 with iOS 6, WiFi was not connecting at all even though my iPad and family's phones worked fine. In the end I just messed with my router settings and cycled the wifi channels (Go into your router control website and advanced wireless settings) until it connected and I also used a static IP address with manually copied DNS addresses from my PC.


    Give this a go if you're hopelessly lost like I was.

  • ptnik Calculating status...

    In my case I finally was able to join my WiFi network by setting it up manually instead of relying on the iOS "auto-join".

  • travart Calculating status...

    Try this - i read all of there fixes (to no avail) and found a static IP seemd to do the trick.


  • trotz98 Calculating status...

    Had "unable to join network" for both iphone 4 & iPhone 3GS since their 1st upgrade to ios6

    What worked for me was to force the 2.4Ghz channel to a "manual" fixed value instead of having Channel selection set to "automatic" in my router configuration.


    My router is an Apple Time Capsule so what I did in detail was :

    In Airport Utility go to the Wireless tab.

    Change the radio mode to 802.11a/n-802.11b/g.

    Change the radio Channel Selection to "manual".

    Set the 5GHz to automatic and the 2.4GHz to 11.


    All the other reset on the phone &/or the router in whatever order, all the restore & all iOS upgrades since iOS 6 had FAILED but THIS, worked in a snap for both phones after monthes of false hopes & struggle !!....

  • Birdman4114 Calculating status...

    Had the same problem with my wifi extender from Netgear and my iphone.  I ended up changing the password for the extender (forgot that I did) and in doing so my phone saved the old password and that's why I guess it was giving me those same messages.  I clicked the forget network button, tried joining again which it asked me for my password again and put the right one in and now it works!    Hope it does the same for everyone else, I was fiddeling with it for about an hour before I found this out.

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