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cityunity Level 1 (0 points)

Hi,

 

I have an ipad 2 that I want to use to connect to public open wifi signals but my iPad wifi range is not strong enough.

 

I have looked into various wifi booster apps but I don't want to go that route.

 

I have found usb external antennas (though I am not sure they are for receiving wifi as opposed to transmitting it from a router!)

and usb adapters for iPads that theoretically would work, but I am no expert and I don't like to waste money.

 

Does anyone have experience or knowledge to help me answer this question?

 

Thank you.

 

JB


iPad 2
  • Rudegar Level 7 (25,544 points)

    no you can't but you can get standalone wifi signal repeaters which recive the wifi signal from your ipad and boost it giving it a wider range

  • cityunity Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow! Thanks for the fast response.

     

    My specific problem with my ipad2 is that it doesn't show open public networks that I can use with all my other computers. I have heard of people using cydia apps to tweak their ipads so they show ALL available networks rather than just strong ones but I don't want to go that route.

     

    Would a wifi signal repeater boost a signal if my ipad is not currently readin it (or not showing me that it is reading it)?

     

    If so, then I will start looking for a standalone signal repeater.

     

    Thanks again for your advice.

     

    JB

  • cityunity Level 1 (0 points)

    After looking into wifi signal repeaters, I came across these wireless pocket routers designed for travelers.

     

    http://www.amazon.com/Sapido-RB-1602-Detachable-Broadband-Firewalls/dp/B00451JVK 0/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1333838157&sr=1-9

     

    http://www.amazon.com/TRENDnet-300Mbps-Wireless-N-Travel-TEW-654TR/dp/B002G1CLS0 /ref=pd_cp_pc_1

     

     

    Would something like this work with my iPad 2? Would I also need to get a USB adapter for my iPad2?

     

    Thanks for your feedback, and your patience;-)

     

    JB

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 (46,565 points)

    Look at iOS Troubleshooting Wi-Fi networks and connections  http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1398

     

    Additional things to try.

     

    Try this first. Turn Off your iPad. Then turn Off (disconnect power cord) the wireless router & then back On. Now boot your iPad. Hopefully it will see the WiFi.

     

    Change the channel on your wireless router. Instructions at http://macintoshhowto.com/advanced/how-to-get-a-good-range-on-your-wireless-netw ork.html

     

    How to Quickly Fix iPad 3 Wi-Fi Reception Problems

    http://osxdaily.com/2012/03/21/fix-new-ipad-3-wi-fi-reception-problems/

     

    If none of the above suggestions work, look at this link.

    iPad Wi-Fi Problems: Comprehensive List of Fixes

    http://appletoolbox.com/2010/04/ipad-wi-fi-problems-comprehensive-list-of-fixes/

     

     Cheers, Tom

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 (13,261 points)

    cityunity wrote:

     

    Would a wifi signal repeater boost a signal if my ipad is not currently readin it (or not showing me that it is reading it)?

    No.  That's a physical impossibility.  You can't repeat something that you don't hear.

     

    Knowledge of the origin of the word "repeater" is quite useful.  It was originally a Western Union job classification.  Telegraph signals would travel maybe twenty miles before becoming unintelligible so a human was stationed at roughly the 18-mile point.  This "repeater" would listen to the weak incoming signal and then repeat it to go another twenty miles.  If he was at the 25-mile point, he wouldn't hear anything to repeat.

  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 (15,882 points)

    Look at the big brain on Philly!

    Nice trivia(or was that your first job?) ;)

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 (13,261 points)

    Hey, watch it!

     

    The latter half of my career was in communications.  I was an instructor in private industry and frequently had to explain the benefit of a repeater compared with an amplifier.

  • cityunity Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey folks,

     

    Thanks for all the feedback.

     

    My understanding from reading all about cydia apps is that my ipad2 can read a lot more wifi signals than it actually shows me are available. Why Apple imposed this limit is beyond me.

     

    Anyway, I am just trying to figure out how to make my ipad pick up free public wifi connections more effectively. If I had an external antenna or some other way to boost the reception on my ipad, I would have more options where I plant myself when I want to get online.

     

    Thanks again.

     

    JB

     

    PS I understand the concept of repeating. I was hoping that a "repeater" would operate externally from my ipad by picking up weak wifi signals and repeating them more loudly so that my ipad would acknowledge them. ;-)

  • deggie Level 9 (52,739 points)

    Maybe you should get your iPad looked at, mine has no trouble at all picking up usable signals for area wifi sites.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 (13,261 points)

    cityunity wrote:

     

    PS I understand the concept of repeating. I was hoping that a "repeater" would operate externally from my ipad by picking up weak wifi signals and repeating them more loudly so that my ipad would acknowledge them. ;-)

    That's circular logic.  If a repeater was capable of decoding the WiFi signal, the iPad would also be capable and the repeater would not be necessary.

  • cityunity Level 1 (0 points)

    Not necessarily circular logic.

     

    I have tested 2 different laptops, a pc tablet, and my ipad2 in a single location and had all but the ipad, find and connect to a free wifi hotspot. If these other devices can do it while the ipad can't, there is reason to believe that an external repeater (or some other wifi receiving device) could find the available wifi network and repeat/amplify it in such a way that the ipad2 could then work like it is supposed to.

     

    All of this is assuming that a repeater doesn't just bounce  a signal, but rather, makes the signal stronger than the signal would be without the repeater. If I am wrong about this, it is not because of circular logic. It is just a misunderstanding of what a repeater is actually capable of, which gets back to my original question.

     

    Thanks.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 (13,261 points)

    I'll rephrase...

     

    If the repeater can decode the signal and the iPad can not, the iPad has a problem and you should be dealing with Apple Support.

  • OregonRebel Level 1 (25 points)

    Philly Phan wrote:

     

    If the repeater can decode the signal and the iPad can not, the iPad has a problem and you should be dealing with Apple Support.

     

    That's probably not true at all.

    A repeater may have, and probably does have, a better antenna since its entire purpose is to send and receive signals, and it's not limited to the confines of an iPad.

     

    Not all devices have the same receception and transmitting abilities, they vary greatly from one to another. Just because the iPad can't see a signal that the other 2 devices can, doesn't mean it has a problem. The iPad may be working perfectly, yet still not be capable of seeing weaker signals. Now, if several similar iPads in the same location (not just the same cafe, but at the same table in the cafe) were receiving signals that cityunity's wasn't, then they should have it checked.

     

     

    I can recommend a great USB antenna for computers, but it's not compatible with portable devices.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 (13,261 points)

    The operative word is "may."  For example, an Airport Express antenna is less effective than an iPad antenna.

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