iPad 3G: Another iPad with wifi connect problems

Posted on by Mike Evans

While working to a full review of my new iPad, I have realised that mine suffers from the wifi problems reported by other users. It keeps losing the connection, despite having a full signal. While travelling, I'm using my well-tried MiFi portable router. I've used this extensively with both the iPhone and MacBook Pro and have had absolutely no wifi issues. Once either device is introduced to the MiFi, the signal is automatic and reliable.

Not so with the iPad. Repeatedly, but particularly after a few minutes of no web-access, the wifi icon disappears from the top bar and the dreaded "not connected to the internet" warning appears. The only solution is to exit the app and go to settings (which always says "Not Connected), select the MiFi and reconnect. This is happening all the time and is immensely frustrating. It makes working on the iPad such a chore than I fear it is clouding my judgement of the new device.

Incidentally, my iPhone, connected to the same MiFi router, sails on all day without losing the signal. This must be a problem specific to the iPad and I have heard reports that Apple is planning a software update soon. It can't come soon enough.

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