More on iPad Wi-Fi connectivity issue

First, let me say, I have had this device for 5 days now and have not experienced any connectivity issues.  However, as we reported below, there have been a ton of complaints regarding the iPad’s ability to acquire a strong Wi-Fi connection or maintain a connection.  Apple has responded with suggestions for adjusting personal router settings to help with the issue.  However, after reading through the Apple support forums, it appears that many people are saying 1 of 2 things: 1) they have done what Apple said and have experienced little to no change in maintaining a Wi-Fi connection 2) they refuse to adjust setting (such as security settings) to combat an obvious device flaw (be it software or hardware) – one post on the apple support forum referred to Apples “fix” suggestions as having to “dumb down” his router in order to use the Wi-Fi device.  Wi-Fi Planet refers to another poster, “oneshot onekill”, who states:

“part of the attraction of this thing is the ability to use it wherever you can get a Wi-Fi signal. I seriously doubt that Starbucks, or Panera Bread, or the local library, or the airport, or anywhere else you SHOULD be able to use it will be messing with or replacing their router just so we can use our iPad there. APPLE needs to fix this…”

Of course, he is correct,  – this device is not intended for home use only, but wherever there is Wi-Fi.  In order for The Wi-Fi Revolution™ to work and replace old sluggish technology (like 3G), it is essential that Wi-Fi enabled devices work over available Wi-Fi networks without the need to customize settings – otherwise the entire purpose of portability is lost.  If someone is in a place which offers a  public Wi-Fi network (such as Starbucks or McDonalds) they need to feel comfortable using the better, faster, technology – not feel as though they are willing to deal with the slower 3G network to forgo Wi-Fi connectivity issues.  And as the poster said, I feel as though in order for The Wi-Fi Revolution™ to take place, the device needs to be responsible for being able to connect to the available routers – not the other way around.

Now if this is a flaw with the hardware design, as some are saying, that is another story,entirely and Apple should step up.  There is talk that the placement of the Wi-Fi antenna behind the Apple on the back of the device is a part of the issue and that when put down on a table the iPad looses Wi-Fi signal.  According to FierceCable: “Early speculation among the early users with the early problems is that the poor antenna placement is to blame.”
The reason that I do not buy into the above theory, is because, as I said above – I have not had any issue with signal loss.  I have placed the iPad on a table, against the wall, in my lap and on all different tops of materials trying to create signal interference and it has remained fine.  If this were a fatal hardware design flaw, it should really be happening more consistently (FierceCable puts the amount of complaints as of 4/7 at around 10,000)- but we will have to wait and see.  One thing that does concern me, however, is not seeing any certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance for the iPad.  All the certifications for other Apple devices are there – no iPad, though.

That all being said, we all know the iPad is a first generation device, and there is a trade off to running out and purchasing the very first iPad, iPhone, etc. – it’s a bit of an experiment.  As long as Apple steps up to the issue, be it hardware, software, whatever – it will be fine.

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6 Responses to “More on iPad Wi-Fi connectivity issue”

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