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harveyb25 Level 1 Level 1
I have noticed since I have owned this ipad (5 days now) that the wifi icon will blink off for less then a second then come back on?? It will do this over and over again in about 1 to 2 min intervals. Has anyone else noticed this? I do not have any other wifi issues such as low, lost or dropped connectivity. I hope this is not a sign that I will soon be having problems with the wifi. It would seem to me maybe a power management issue with the wifi antennea but im not sure. I have a d-link extreme router n+ at home. I will have to take this ipad to another location hotspot to see if the icon blinks there as well. If anyone else notices this with there ipad let me know.

  • Largefarva Level 1 Level 1
    This is the same problem I was having, while my wife's iPad was having no problems whatsoever. Then after a few days of no problems for me, my wife started having this problem. Like it just switched from mine to hers. There's speculation about issues with dhcp on the iPad (I won't assume to be knowledgeable on the subject....but my wife is as she's an IT professional) that are causing all these problems with wifi. My wife says it makes sense, and should be able to be fixed with a firmware/software we just have to try to be patient until apple fix this.
  • Scott_1Ton Level 1 Level 1
    I've noticed the same thing. For me, it seems to happen more frequently when I use the iBooks application. Maybe it's just more noticeable in that app for some reason but it is definitely distracting...
  • BriZNiZ Level 1 Level 1
    Same here, I was starting to worry it was just mine. Luckily it always keeps a full connection and never kicks me off and makes retype my wifi pass.
  • harveyb25 Level 1 Level 1
    Well since I have started this discussion my problem went from a blinking wifi indicator to the full blown problems that most on these forums have experienced..I spent an hour on the phone with 2 apple techs the second one being the senior tech and he said that apple definitely nows there is a possible problem with the wifi and are going the extra mile with customers that call and complain. They wanted to know everything from my ipad settings to router settings.. Did 2 seperate restores and created some kind of data log from the ipad that i had to email to the tech. He could not resolve the wifi issue over the phone so he made an appointment for me at an apple store for a diognostic check. Basically from the techs it sounds like they are well into trying to find a fix they just dont know what it is or when its coming out!! Tommorrow is the last day of my 14 day return window and thats probably what Im going to do untill they figure this out, because if this is a hardware problem then that will suck bad...
  • Shawn Wood Level 1 Level 1
    Same thing I was having - from day 1. And on mine, normally after blinking off, it would prompt that it was disconnected, then would flash connecting, then would prompt me to choose a wireless network. Even worse - often when reselecting my network, it would forget the wireless key and reprompt me for it.

    Don't know if this is just wishful thinking, but it's been working really well for over an hour with these changes: 1) Changed to a static IP address (on both the ipad and on my wireless router for that device, and 2) rotated the ipad so that the home button is on my left rather than right when browsing the internet (antenna is to the left of the home button). Thinking maybe my right hand was interferring with the signal the other way.

    So, might be worth a try.
  • Bsdc Level 1 Level 1
    I'm having the same problem. It's very strange. Same thing as you described. Every 60 seconds, EXACTLY 60 seconds, my wifi icon will disappear and immediately reappear. I've so far experienced no connections problems, just the blinking icon. I reinstalled the iPad operating system and the problem was fixed, but started up again about a day or so later. It was happening constantly since it returned, but I just went into settings, turned off wifi completely, waited a couple seconds and turned it back on, and now it's fine. Very strange. I anticipate it's return, and hopefully its just a bug apple will fix with an upcoming software update. I'm using an apple time capsule router, by the way.
  • Shawn Wood Level 1 Level 1
    Well, it was wishful thinking. With the static IP address, WPA2 on the router, and holding the stupid table with the home button on the left - I do get fewer dropped connections, and 3 bars most of the time. But whatever cycle is happening still causes the icon to dip to 1 bar every now and then, and occassionally drops altogether - bringing up the annoying series of connection messages, prompt to reselect my network and a once-a-day forgetting of my network password.
  • harveyb25 Level 1 Level 1
    I feel your pain! I so wanted this ipad to work..but without wifi or at least a steady wifi connection this thing is a expensive paperweight! I am taking mine back today after work untill this is all resolved, then buy the second generation ipad when it comes out.
  • Mindzi Level 1 Level 1
    Having the same issue: exactly every 60 seconds I lose the signal for less than a second. It then reconnects automatically.

    This is how it looks like:

    I have an Airport Extreme base station. Wondering whether I should exchange my iPad or wait for a software fix.
  • 29twelve Level 1 Level 1
    I have the exact same thing, wifi icon goes off for about half a second every 60 seconds or so. Doesn't seem to make any difference to the connectivity but as soon as it does I'll either be off to an Apple store or on the phone ASAP.

    Would be nice to have this fixed Apple?
  • Mindzi Level 1 Level 1 didn't help for me either. Have the latest firmware, use WPA2, renewed the lease, disabled WiFi, restarted router etc. Connectivity not affected, but while reading I catch a glimpse of the WiFi icon.
  • Feroc Level 1 Level 1
    Same problem here, nothing serious till now, just annoying.
  • Mindzi Level 1 Level 1
    Hope they get an update out soon. I have a dual-band AirPort Extreme. Tried to change the name of the 5 GHz network so that it doesn't have the same name for both frequencies. Didn't help either...
  • Wolfie136 Level 1 Level 1
    Happening here too, with iPad and an Airport Extreme. Doesn't seem to happen on any other wifi networks.
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