Some things to try first:
1. Turn Off your iPad. Then turn Off (disconnect power cord for 30 seconds or longer) the wireless router & then back On. Now boot your iPad. Hopefully it will see the WiFi.
2. Go to Settings>Wi-Fi and turn Off. Then while at Settings>Wi-Fi, turn back On and chose a Network.
3. Change the channel on your wireless router (Auto or Channel 6 is best). Instructions at http://macintoshhowto.com/advanced/how-to-get-a-good-range-on-your-wireless-netw ork.html
4. Go into your router security settings and change from WEP to WPA with AES.
5. Renew IP Address: (especially if you are droping internet connection)
• Launch Settings app
• Tap on Wi-Fi
• Tap on the blue arrow of the Wi-Fi network that you connect to from the list
• In the window that opens, tap on the Renew Lease button
iOS 6 Wifi Problems/Fixes
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Apple's iOS 6 Wi-Fi problems
Look at iOS Troubleshooting Wi-Fi networks and connections http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1398
iPad: Issues connecting to Wi-Fi networks http://support.apple.com/kb/ts3304
WiFi Connecting/Troubleshooting http://www.apple.com/support/ipad/wifi/
How to Fix: My iPad Won't Connect to WiFi
iOS: Connecting to the Internet http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1695
iOS: Recommended settings for Wi-Fi routers and access points http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4199
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Fix iPad Wifi Connection and Signal Issues http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwWtIG5jUxE
Fix Slow WiFi Issue https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2398063?start=60&tstart=0
How To Fix iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch Wi-Fi Connectivity Issue http://tinyurl.com/7nvxbmz
Unable to Connect After iOS Update - saw this solution on another post.
Note - When troubleshooting wifi connection problems, don't hold your iPad by hand. There have been a few reports that holding the iPad by hand, seems to attenuate the wifi signal.
If any of the above solutions work, please post back what solved your problem. It will help others with the same problem.
Thanks Tom. Unfortiunately, this is not possible. My problem ONLY happens with some PUBLIC WiFi locations like Starbucks. My iPad does in fact show the WiFi network (AT&T in this case) and then "connects" to it.
But, being a publiuc location, Starbucks then requires you to accept their "Terms" of access on a webpage. This webpage used to open automatically uncer iOS5 as soon as you clicked on the network name. A screen would open with the Terms and had the ability to tick the box and accept. Now, I must soft reset my iPad each and every time I want to use one of these public networks. The same happens on my iPhone 5.
As you might imagine, Starbucks will not allow me to go in their back room and play with their router. Plus, this is a Mac issue with iOS6. My friend has an Original iPad that can't run iOS6. So, his Terms screen just pops right up.
Very frustrating when you spend all this money with Apple and they keep issuing fixes that don't address this problem. Makes me want to throw my $20K in Apple investments in the road and buy Android. I'm getting close!
I had this same issue, it seems any wifi that requires you to complete a guest page fails until you reset the device or network settings. My iPhone 5 did not have this issue, strangely enough I figured it would. The kicker is the iPad Mini appears to connect but fails to open any web pages. This is just one of many problems I have experience with this device?
Yup. I see the same problem with my iPad 2 (iOS 6.0.1). I frequent 3 Starbucks regularly and have problems at all of those locations (i.e., 'connects', but no log on page). Only way to make it work on those networks seems to be resetting the network settings, but that blows away the home and work wifi settings (where the iPad is working fine).
I know it isn't the Starbucks network, since I also have an iPhone 4S (iOS 6.0.1), and it works fine (i.e., get log on page immediately) at those locations.
There appears to be tons of threads on this topic. Anyone heard of solutions aside from resetting the network settings?
Despite "WiFi fixes" being listed in the last iOS update, I still have the same problem. The only way I can clear it now is to reset the iPad Mini each time I want to use that WiFi network at Sbux and elsewhere. Sometimes I even have to fiddle for a few minutes to get the device to reset.
It looks like Apple simply ignores the issues here. Again, the company will eventually decline if they continue to ignore customer issues like this. I know that I am watching the market carefully and after 12 years of Apple use, I will switch to any new device that is stable, integrated and works for me. iPhone and iPad only really offer better integration than other options, so that is the only reason have stuck with this junk. As far as innovation, Apple is seriously lacking.
Have you tried iOS 6.1? (Released Jan 28)
I installed it to my iPad 2 and connecting to various Starbucks hotspots works fine now, i.e., no more resetting network settings every time. The log on page comes up consistently and reasonably quickly, too.
In any case, you might want to give 6.1 a try if you haven't yet. Good luck.