Quite a few iPad owners have been complaining that their new tablet devices wont play nice with their Wi-Fi internet connections. Weak signals and unrecognisable Wi-Fi networks are being blamed on the iPad’s small antenna, but Apple believe they may have a fix for the issue. And guess what? It’s not Apple’s fault, but your router’s instead.
According to Apple’s Knowledge Base:
Under certain conditions, iPad may not automatically rejoin a known Wi-Fi network after restart or waking from sleep. This can occur with some third-party Wi-Fi routers that are dual-band capable when:
Using the same network name for each network
Using different security settings for each network
If you encounter this issue, try the following:
Create separate Wi-Fi network names to identify each band. This can be done easily by appending one or more characters to the current network name. Example: Add a G to the 802.11b/g network name and an N to the 802.11n network name.Ensure that both networks use the same security type (WEP, WPA, WPA2, and so on)
If the issue persists, reset your network settings using Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
Note: Always ensure that your Wi-Fi router firmware is up to date.
Let us know if this helps, but if it’s a hardware problem like many suspect, the symptoms may be a lot harder to shake.