Some iPad users reported that certain third-party routers have been experiencing iPad WiFi problems that have been causing their iPad to not automatically re-join an already known WiFi network after waking up from sleep mode. In some cases, the user reported the signal dropping unexpectedly in places where other devices (including other Apple products) seem to work just fine. Apple has issued a quick support article with instructions on how to fix iPad WiFi problems.
Fix Apple iPad WiFi issue
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
- 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.