Wi-Fi Connection Problems With the iPad

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In 2010, after the first iPad was launched to the public, Apple acknowledged the tablet computers may experience Wi-Fi connectivity issues. With the launch of the iPad 2 in March 2011, some users reported having Wi-Fi connection problems, too. If you are experiencing no signal, a weak signal or sporadic connectivity with your iPad, Apple offers a dedicated support page on its website with possible resolutions.

iPad Software Updates

  • Check to see if the Apple iPad iOS software is up to date. You can check the firmware version from the "General" section in the "Settings" up, but the easiest way is via the iTunes program on your computer. Open iTunes from your desktop and connect your iPad to the computer. Under the "Devices" panel, click the label for your iPad. Then look for and click the "Check for Update" button. The software will automatically check and prompt you to install if a new firmware version is available. If one if not available, it will tell that your device is up to date.

Wireless Router Update

  • Check the wireless router in your home or office, and make sure it has the latest firmware version installed for the unit. You will need to consult the owner's manual or manufacturer, as each router is different on its update process. Some routers allow automatic software updates from its control panel. Other routers make it impossible to update the software automatically, requiring you to go to the manufacturer's website to download the new firmware.

Renew Network Lease

  • You can often solve your Wi-Fi connection woes by renewing the network lease via the iPad. To do this, tap the "Settings" app and go to the "Wi-Fi" section. Tap your network from the list and hit the "Renew Lease" button. When prompted, press the "Renew" button. Afterward, search for your network and enter the password to connect again.

Reset Network Settings

  • If all else fails, reset the network settings to start anew. Pull up the "Settings" app and tap the "General" option from the menu. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap "Reset." Press the "Reset Network Settings" option and when prompted, tap the "Reset" button. You will need to connect to your home or office network again after a full network reset.

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