The iPad Has WiFi Teething Troubles

1:35 PM Users complain of weak signals and bad connections, Apple puts up a troubleshooting guide

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

April 6, 2010

1 Min Read
The iPad Has WiFi Teething Troubles

1:35 PM -- Some of the 30,000-plus owers of a new Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad have hit their first snag with the device: The tablet can have trouble getting on WiFi networks.

CNN notes that users have been complaining of weak WiFi service with the device. This might not be a huge problem if this version of the iPad had any other way to get connected to the Internet and download applications -- but it doesn’t. The 3G version of the device isn’t due until late April.

Apple has issued a guide to getting connected for iPad users. It also suggests resetting the WiFi router or switching off security to "rule out encryption issues."

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has said previously that it expects even the 3G version to be a WiFi-driven device first and foremost. This might change if 3G turns out to the more reliable method of getting online. (See CTIA 2010: Where's Carrier Support for 3G iPad? and Will the Apple iPad Crush 3G Networks?.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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