My iPad 2 Wifi 32GB is having persistent Wifi connectivity issue from day one. There is a mega thread in Apple support forum asking for asolution about this problem and possible solutions. Unfortunately
Many users here suggested the workaround that worked for them:
1) Upgrading to latest firmware of the Wi-Fi router
2) Configuring only in g mode or n mode instead of mixed mode
3) Configuring in mixed mode b/g or b/g/n
4) Changing the channel to 11 or 6 or 1
5) Using specific routers – Apple/Linksys/Netgear
6) Resetting the iPad. upgrading/downgrading the iOS
7 ) Changing the router location
8 ) Changing the DHCP to static IP configuration in iPad
9) Changing the wifi authentication to none,WPA,WPA2,WEP
10) Increase the brightness of iPad and turn off auto brightness. Yes! Apple approved solution for iPad 1. Not sure if Apple solved it or the users learned to live up with the problem. Sometimes works in my iPad2.
11)Launching a different app before firing the browser. In my case TOI app helps sometimes. I launch that app first before I use the default browser.
My iPad didn’t work out if the box. Just opened the iPad powered it on and it didn’t connect , though it showed full signal in the indicator. Then suddenly it worked after 1 hour. But the next day it didn’t. I did almost all other above suggestions. It worked when I changed the channel from 11 to 6.
But, the same workaround didn’t after few days. It worked when I changed the config to the default config which was not working earlier. So the solution does not seem to be in the Wifi settings. It’s jus the timing of turning on/off the router and connecting the iPad and the apps running in it.
As some users suggested in this thread, the most possible reason could be the iPad’s handling of power save mode with some routers.
After doing some Googling, I found this link on MS website: Even Windows 7 notebooks seems to suffer this problem:
But, the good thing with Win7 is that, we could turn off the power save mode in few clicks and not worry about the few hours/minutes lost due to that option. The WIFi works. That should be good enough for practical purposes.
If the power save mode is the problem with Apple, I am not sure what stops them from fixing it in one of the patches. I am not sure if the Wifi antenna used by the iPad does not have option to turn off the power save mode??less likely. Only Apple can confirm it. Well, they are not even acknowledging the issue itself.
Coming to my story, I bought iPad2 Wifi only 32GB here in India( with is approx $150 higher than US price). After sales service( though bit improving) is a nightmare here, let alone trying to get a refund for my iPad. Only the apple resellers are handling the support here.
If the Wi-Fi was 100% not working, I could have returned it. Here the problem is ‘not knowing’ when it works and when it does not. If I take this to them, they are going to start giving lectures on how I should configure my router or upgrade the firmware. That’s the reason I am looking for some concrete solutions in these forums or from Apple itself. Anyway I am going to visit them this weekend as my frustration( along with my BP) increases whenever the iPad drops the signal.
I had this problem even with Samsung Galaxy SII. The only logical solution to this iPad2 Wifi problem is getting a latest router. I got a new router ASUS RT-N16. This works well with iPad2. Now both iPad2 and SGS2 works well with the new router.