Picture it: Your morning commute and it’s before a single cup of coffee. You are still a bit groggy and the last thing you want to deal with is an iPad that will not connect to WiFi. Sure, you could just flip on the 3G but guess what? You opted out of that model and decided instead on the WiFi-only model. Fair enough. Regardless, you can’t connect to any Wireless network and you want answers before you decide to experiment and see if the iPad will in fact act as a Frisbee. Fear not, we have you covered here on TCGeeks.
Common Networking Issues On The iPad
The iPad is pretty robust. If you care for your iPad in a sensible way, it will be your best friend for life. But sometimes things just get weird. Take WiFi for example. There are times when you can literally lay you iPad on top of your wireless router and it still won’t see it. Then there are times when you are connected and working away only to look up and notice that you lost your WiFi connection for no apparent reason.
Yes, the iPad can have issues recognizing Wireless networks.
In any case, it’s frustrating and of course it will happen at the most inconvenient time. I’ve had it happen while trying to send an important email. I’ve had it happen when I have just a few minutes to get something done. If you are in this boat then here are some things you can do to solve the issues FAST.
5 Things You Can Do To Fix iPad Wireless Issues
1. You can go to Settings> Airplane Mode and tap the slider to turn it “On”. Wait a few seconds and then tap it again to turn it “Off”. This will actually clear up some networking issues in a few cases. It’s a fast, easy fix.
2. Go To Settings > General > Wi-Fi and tap the slider to turn it “Off”. Wait a few seconds and then tap to turn it “On”. At this point it should show you a listing of the available wireless networks.
3. Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap “Reset Network Settings”
4. Reboot the iPad. Hold down the “Home” button and the “Sleep” button and wait for the red button to appear and then slide it over to power it off. Wait a few seconds then press the “Sleep” button on the top of the iPad to turn it back on.
5. This great tip is from one of our readers. He found out that some networks will not connect if “AutoFill” is turned on for Safari. So if your iPad can actually see the network but not connect then go to Settings > Safari and turn off Autofill if it is on. (thank you Tim for this great tip)
One of these 5 things should solve the issue. If they do not then it might be time to troubleshoot a little deeper. You can check out our brand new iPad troubleshooting page for some great articles and resources. Most importantly, don’t give up – eventually you will get the issue solved!
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Originally posted 2010-10-05 10:07:17.