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iPad Wireless Network Connection Problems? Here Are Some Possible Fixes…

Are you having problems connecting your iPad to a Wi-Fi Network? In this article we will help you identify what is causing the problem, troubleshoot and then repair the issues you are having with connecting your iPad to a wireless network connection.

There are a few frequent issues that may be causing the problems with your iPad connecting to the Wi-Fi.

A few of them include:

  • Unsteady or weak Wi-Fi signals
  • Continual drops of Wi-Fi signals
  • A sluggish or slow Wi-Fi connection

There are really a number of things that could be causing Wi-Fi connectivity problems with an iPad. There may be issues with the network for a multitude of reasons that include:

  • Hardware problems (updates needed, etc)
  • Router security key issues
  • Overall connection issues

Next we are going to cover a number of different ways and approaches to repairing Wi-Fi connectivity issues with your iPad. After each step, prior to proceeding be sure to check your internet connection.

  1. Is Your Router Turned On?

This is a very easy task to check. To make sure your router is turned on:

  1. Locate the router
  2. Make sure the lights on the router indicate it has power
  3. Make sure all of the cable for the router are properly connected
  4. Make sure that your router is connected to the modem

Sometimes when lights are blinking on a router it can be an indication of a firmware problem. If you believe you are experiencing any issues of that nature, it is a good idea to reference your router’s manual.

  1. Are You Within Range of the Wi-Fi You Are Trying to Connect to?

If you are not within the supported range of the router you are trying to connect to, this will cause connectivity speed issues and undependable connectivity. There may also be an problem with a barrier between the iPad and the router that interferes with the signal and range as well.

  1. Is The Internet You Are Trying to Connect to On?

The complication may be a result of the network you are trying to connect to is either not available (a service issue) or not on at all. In this case we recommend that you try connecting another device to the same Wi-Fi network to check connectivity. If you are experiencing the same issues with a different device, we recommend you contact your internet service provider for further assistance.

  1. Re-Boot!

When all else fails in the tech world, re-boot it. Re-boot your iPad, the router and the modem.

  • Turn off/on iPad
    • Hold down the sleep/wake button until “power” slide appears
    • Slide to off position
    • Wait 10 to 15 seconds
    • Hold down the sleep/wake button until the Apple logo appears
  • Turn off the modem
    • Turn off the Power button
    • Wait 10 to 15 seconds
    • Turn power button back on
  • Turn off the router
    • Turn off the Power button
    • Wait 10 to 15 seconds
    • Turn power button back on
  1. Network Settings – Reset

To reset your Network settings, follow these instructions:

  • Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings

Please note: This action removes any stored passwords and previous Wi-Fi settings.

  1. Factory Re-set Your Router

This is not as nearly of a daunting task as it sounds. Check in your router’s operation manual for the instructions on locating the “reset” button on your router. In most cases just holding the reset button on your router for ten seconds will reset your router.

  1. Remove The Network Your are Trying To Join And Rediscover It

To forget and then rejoin a Wi-Fi network, follow these instructions:

  • Settings > Wi-Fi
  • Locate the Wi-Fi network name
  • Tap the (i) symbol
  • Tap “Forget This Network”
  • Rejoin
  1. Is Your Device in Airplane Mode?

With all of the travelling people do today, it is easy to overlook your device might be in Airplane Mode. To remove your iPad from Airplane Mode, follow these instructions:

  • Settings > Airplane Mode > Turn Off

Consider toggling the Airplane Mode even if your iPad is not in Airplane Mode. Toggle on, wait ten seconds and then toggle back on.

  1. Turn the Wi-Fi On The iPad Off & Back On

To turn the Wi-Fi on your iPad on & off, follow these instructions:

  • Settings > Wi-Fi
  1. Do You Have the Latest iOS Upgrade?

It is important for a number of reasons to make sure your Apple devices stay upgraded with the latest iOS. If your iPad is lacking the latest iOS upgrade, this can be a WiFi connectivity issue. To make sure you have the latest iOS updates, follow these instructions:

  • Settings > General > Software Update
  1. Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (or WPA2)

If you are not already using WPA2 on your router, try switching to that.

  1. Try Turning the Wi-Fi Assist On and then Off again

For some reason, Wi-Fi Assist may be interfering with your Wi-Fi connection options. To tune the Wi-Fi Assist on and then back off again, follow these instructions:

  • Settings > Cellular
  • Scroll down to the Wi-Fi Assist option
  • Toggle to “on” position
  • Wait a few seconds
  • Toggle back to the “off” position

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