updated 10:25 am EDT, Mon April 5, 2010
Apple acknowledges at least one problem
Some iPad users are suffering serious problems with their Wi-Fi connections, talk on Apple's support forums reveals. A number of tablets are said to be experiencing weak connections in spots where other devices, including Macs and iPods, have no trouble whatsoever. Transfer speeds can fall to a fraction of their normal levels. Connections may in fact degrade within a matter of minutes, potentially dropping entirely.
The problem could be related to an issue Apple has already acknowledged, in which an iPad won't automatically join a Wi-Fi hotspot after waking or rebooting. That conflict has been traced back to dual-band Wi-Fi routers in which both networks use the same name, or have different security settings. The solution involves renaming one of the networks, and/or setting both of them to use the same security protocol, such as WPA2. Apple also insists that iPad owners should ensure their router firmware is up-to-date, and reset their iPad's network settings if all else fails.