IPad WiFi Is Weak, Users Complain

Apple advises them to move closer to their router
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2010 3:00 PM CDT
IPad WiFi Is Weak, Users Complain
A customer uses an Apple iPad on the first day of Apple iPad sales at an Apple store in San Francisco, Saturday, April 3, 2010.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Those lucky few who have managed to buy an iPad are finding to their dismay that its wireless capabilities aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Complaints over weak WiFi signals, dropped connections, and slow web browsing are flooding into Apple, ComputerWorld reports. As of this afternoon, a thread on the official iPad support forum entitled “Weak WiFi” had more than 25,000 views.

“Signal is weak, downloading anything is painfully slow and it will drop the signal every 5-10 minutes,” wrote one user. “Pretty annoying.” Apple posted some support documents yesterday recommending users sit closer to the router or modify its settings, and users had a few other suggestions. A few other complaints have also cropped up, most of them related to recharging the tablet on Windows machines or syncing the tablet with another computer. (Read more iPad stories.)

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