I had this problem when I restored my settings to a new iPhone.
The iPhone asked my for a zillion passwords e.g. pass code, exchange server, gmail, facebook, Apple id and WIFI. Only trouble is no one on the planet can put all these passwords in that fast! The wifi password box was probably lurking in the background somewhere...
So the solution is to forget the network:
Settings > WiFi > Blue Arrow > (Pull Down?) > Forget this Network
Then you can join the network and it will ask you for a password as expected.
Hope this helps someone. Apple, anytime you want to pay me for my services as a technical writer, be my guest.
Oh and if you were using a MAC Address Filter, remember your new device will have a different MAC address.
Is this some sort of sick joke by Apple? For what it's worth, here's the voodoo I used to finally get a friend's iPod Touch to work on my network (after spending 2 friggin' hours reading through this, among other, forums): On my Linksys router switched from N-Only to mixed, and from WPA2 Personal to WPA Mixed. Inexplicably, that worked. Go figure...
First off, the answer to this does not involve my wireless router, so no suggestions there please. Why? First, my old 3GS has no problem connecting. At all. My new 5 first started having this connecting problem several weeks ago (I did not change any settings)... while I was traveling and unable to connect to the wifi in the hotels. Mucking with hotel routers is generally not an option. Plus none of the other computers or phones around had any problems... Anyway, now that I am finally home, I see the same problem. The phone either says unable to connect, or if it does connect, it drops after a while. Signal strength is at the max. No problem on the lobotomized 3GS of course. I have powered off. Reset network settings. Reset all settings (what a nightmare to get all my stuff recreated)... nada. Nada. And more nada.
Running 6.1.4. The 3GS is 6.1.3. Other family members are on 6.1.4 and have no problems. Yet.
Given the number of people who are victimized out of the blue with this problem, one would think Apple would be concerned. One would think.
At this point if I have to pay for a new phone, it will be a Samsung.
If anyone has any magic that explains or at least fixes this, I would be eternally grateful.
This problem just cropped up for me a few days ago. I've been using this same wifi connection for a year now with no issues. I used my iPad using the wifi right before I left on a 2 day trip and I left my iPad at home still connected to the wifi as always. When I got back and checked my iPad, I discovered it had disconnected at some point. I figured it was no big deal and just went to the Wi-Fi in settings to reconnect only to be created with
"Unable to join the network "thenetworkmyipadhasbeenconnectedtoforthepastyear""
I tried restarting my iPad and forgetting the saved wi-fi and autoconnect settings as well as resetting my router all to no avail. This is quite frustrating...
Ha! From another thread about this on this very forum, from a user named wkholi, this finally makes sense:
"i finally found where the problem is with " unable to join network " error message , after months of research and trying every single trick on the net not working , the problem is with channel overlapping from the router . i have downloaded " inSSider " network analyzer and found that my home network is overlapping with four other networks , though when i try to connect from another place where there is no channel overlapping it connects just fine . most routers use 2.5 Mhz frequency , so you get a lot of overlapping there , but if you try to connect from a 5 Mhz router , its fine . so you could download the inSSider app for pc and check for the channel where there is no channel overlapping and use this channel . This is a hardware issue anyway , if the wifi circuit and wifi antenna are ok in your phone then you should not have any problem connecting , but if either of them are faulty , you will get that error . so you either fix it or taking it to apple to replace it . and it is possible that when you go to apple store you would not see the problem , thats what happened to me , that is because they probably have a 5 Mhz router and that would rarely interfere with other networks ."
I knew it smelled like a hardware error. Time to replace this POS.
Can I say, "me too." Why is Apple not doing anything about this? I have an iPhone 5, never jail broken, latest OS (ios6.1.4). Why, why, why, why, why, why?! This *****. And I have tried every suggestion on this thread. Reset network setting, reboot, Wi-Fi on/off dance, etc. All my other devices working fine the whole time -- even when I disconnect and reconnect. 2 laptops, Kindle, desktop, etc...All good. This is at least disappointing. C’mon Apple…
1 more thing, for the person who keeps saying its a hardware issue, then why can I still connect to every other network I've tried, including very weak and very strong ones, but the one at my home evades the iPhone 5 suddenly -- after 10 monthnths of working perfectly. No I did not change the router.
I have been meaning to come back and report that the hard reset appears to have worked.
I say appears because I have not been to a hotel again yet, but the phone is behaving better at home, so I am guardedly optimistic!
Thanks Vernon A! If it continues to behave in more challenging environments I will report back.
Meanwhile, try the hard reset everyone. Of course, this makes one wonder why the hard reset suddenly becomes necessary. But I won't look a gift connection in the mouth.
May as well add my problems to this list. Was having Netflix streaming problems on my iPad2. One of the threads suggested Reset Network Settings. I knew it was a mistake... but I did it anyway.
I reset... now I cannot reconnect.
Laptop and iPhone 5 are working fine.
I am on U-Verse with a Motorola NVG510 - Up until the reset it worked perfectly except for Netflix. I did speed tests on my iPad and they matched my hardwired desktop connection so I knew it was a Netflix issue.
Like others, the FORGET NETWORK & RENEW LEASE are nowhere to be found. They show up on my iPhone and my Laptop but not on the iPad.
I have tried: Turning iPad on and off. Turning Modem on and off. Turning Wireless on and off. Hard restart on the iPad. I reset the entire iPad settings. I changed the name of my router and tried reconnecting. I have manually inserted all the IP address info. HTTP PROXY - Off.... HTTP PROXY - Manual... HTTP PROXY AUTO
I have tried connecting through Safari.
I have tried alternate DNS address (as per U-Verse Tech support)
I have tried everything in this thread.
This issue has apparently been going on for years. Apple is making it very difficult to remain loyal. Do they even read these threads?
I checked my iPad over at Starbucks and connected with no problem. I connect to a friends wi-fi... no problem.
What a pain...