Some simple things you can do is to reset network settings on the iPad and attempt to reconnect to your wireless network. Just got to settings>general>reset>reset network settings this wont remove any of your actual data but will require that you put your wireless password in when joining. Also another simple step would be to power cycle your wireless router and modem just unplug them both from power for about 30 seconds to a min and them plug them back in. Let me know if that helps.
Thanks Timothy. I did the Reset thing this morning - but that doesn't seem to have solved anything! And now, after a long wait WiFi has connected - but everytime this happens I have to put in my Password. And that wasn't happening BEFORE I did the Reset thing!
I do occasionally have to unplug my router and then replug it - and this has been with my mainframe Mac. So I do kow about that.
I am shutting down now and will see what happens tomorrow!
Thanks again for your sugegstions - Lecia
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
6. Potential Quick Fixes When Your iPad Won’t Connect to Your Wifi Network
Wi-Fi Fix for iOS 6
iOS 6 Wifi Problems/Fixes
How To: Workaround iPad Wi-Fi Issues
Another Fix For iOS 6 WiFi Problems
Wifi Doesn't Connect After Waking From Sleep - Sometimes increasing screen brightness prevents the failure to reconnect after waking from sleep. According to Apple, “If brightness is at lowest level, increase it by moving the slider to the right and set auto brightness to off.”
Fix For iOS 6 WiFi Problems?
Did iOS 6 Screw Your Wi-Fi? Here’s How to Fix It
How To Fix Wi-Fi Connectivity Issue After Upgrading To iOS 6
iOS 6 iPad 3 wi-fi "connection fix" for netgear router
Apple's iOS 6 Wi-Fi problems
How to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal
Troubleshooting a Weak Wi-Fi Signal
How to Fix a Poor Wi-Fi Signal on Your iPad
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
How to Quickly Fix iPad 3 Wi-Fi Reception Problems
iPad Wi-Fi Problems: Comprehensive List of Fixes
Connect iPad to Wi-Fi (with troubleshooting info)
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.
Wi-Fi or Bluetooth settings grayed out or dim
If any of the above solutions work, please post back what solved your problem. It will help others with the same problem.
Texas Mac man - thanks for all your advice - lots to look at which will take me a while. Will let you knowwhat happens. But maybe you could save me some time if you could answer this one - when my iPad does eventually find my WiFi - it seems to always want my Password. how can I stop this happening?
I am having the same problem with my iPad 2 and my wife's Retina. Have done router power cycles, Network reset (now I have to look up and re-enter all of my other passwords), iPad reset, etc and still find my signal comes and goes from full bars to none over and over. No problems with any computers on teh network, and it happens away from home as well. Pretty much renders our wifi iPads as $800 door stops.
I have not tried changing the security or updating the Netgear router FW (although I checked since it started and saw no updates needed, will require time to update settings on many devices). Seems like Apple does not test their FW very well before release if there are as many complaints about this as I am seeing, and the actual issue after quite a bit of time is still not clear?