Apple iPad Forum Riddled With Wi-Fi Complaints

While many have been concerned about the impact the iPad would have on AT&Ts wireless network, the potential for Wi-Fi problems wasnt on the radar screen. But thats exactly what a lot of new iPad owners are finding.

The iPad customer support forum had 92 comments as of 2:15 p.m. ET on Monday regarding weak Wi-Fi reception. More than 7,000 people had read the comments. Many users said other devices in their home were getting strong signals, while their new iPads werent cutting it.

Examples from the forum include:

  • “My signal keeps fluctuating from strong to weak, while my MacBook and iPhone show a consistent signal at the same location.”
  • “I have also noticed very weak wifi signal in my 16GB iPad. Even when standing in front of the wlan router the signal fluctuates from strong to very weak. The router has very strong signals as every other computer here has full signal strength, even 20-30 meters from the router. So there is definitely a wifi signal issue here with the iPad.”
  • “Yes I have seen weak performance too while surfing the web. My macbook and my iPhone seems faster than my iPad.”

AT&T has taken a lot of heat over its wireless network issues that have come about from heavy data downloads on the bazillion iPhones out there. For that very reason, Apple and AT&T have been marketing the iPad as a device that will be use Wi-Fi as a primary way of getting online. So this might spell trouble if there are already a number of concerns about the Wi-Fi connection.

Of course, the iPad has only been available for two days, so theres still time to work out the kinks. But the fix needs to come before too many people get fed up and decide they’ll take their iPad back to where they bought it.

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