** Update 10.29.12 ** I’ve been covering the iOS 6 WiFi problem from day 1 (actually from the first hour iOS 6 was released) – I don’t profess to know everything, but I’ve found (and a lot of the readers that have communicated with me have also found) that more than likely one of the fixes I’ve written about below will resolve your WiFi connectivity issue. If not, then it’s possible your WiFi problem is outside the scope of iOS 6.
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The iOS 6 WiFi problem just will not go away. Perhaps the ultimate fix (above and beyond those listed below) is going to happen when Apple releases a new version of iOS 6 that addresses that ultimately addresses the WiFi connectivity problem once and for all. For now though, stay tuned to Tablet Crunch as I continue to add to the list of confirmed fixes.
And speaking of that growing list of iOS 6 WiFi connectivity fixes, I can’t type another word without first thanking all of the readers and supporters of Tablet Crunch who continue to call me, write to me, and engage me with their problems – and share with me their due diligence that leads them to ultimately fixing their WiFi connectivity problems. It’s because of you – the readers here at Tablet Crunch – that I’m able to share with the rest of the world these fixes. And trust me, A LOT of people from all over the world are being helped because of the insight you all continue to pour in here at Tablet Crunch.
Latest Fix for iOS 6 WiFi Connectivity Problems – Resetting Your Wireless Router’s SSID
I was speaking with a reader from Montreal, Canada today who was telling me about his unique set of circumstances and how ultimately he couldn’t resolve his WiFi connectivity problems on his iPad. Of course, he had upgraded to iOS 6 and he said that the WiFi connection would be fine for around 45 minutes or so, but after that, the connection would be lost. He said the WiFi connectivity would also get dropped whenever his iPad went to sleep. So before the iPad going to sleep, WiFi was working great. But after he woke up his iPad, the WiFi connection would be gone.
Strange, I know!
And perhaps some of you have been experiencing the same thing.
But the reader from Montreal said he had a wireless router that hadn’t issued an update since 2007, so there was no way he was going to be upgrading to the a firmware that supported IPv6.
So after much frustration, he finally just logged into the dashboard of his wireless router > changed the SSID of his router > switched it to auto channel, and now he no longer has WiFi connectivity problems.
Changing / renaming your SSID
In case you are wondering what the SSID is on your wireless router, it’s the name of your wireless router that gets broadcast out to devices. So if you look at the list of wireless networks that are showing up on your iPhone or iPad and you see one called “Tablet Crunch” or “Bobby’s WiFi”, etc… that network name is what has been set as the SSID on the wireless router your device is picking up.
What is SSID?
From the SSID Wikipedia page:
An extended service set (ESS) is a set of one or more interconnected BSSs and integrated local area networks that appear as a single BSS to the logical link control layer at any station associated with one of those BSSs; the BSSs may work on the same channel, or work on different channels to boost aggregate throughput.
Service set identification (SSID)
Each ESS is identified by a service set identifier (SSID); for an IBSS, the SSID is chosen by the client device that starts the network, and broadcasting of the SSID is performed in a pseudo-random order by all devices that are members of the network. The maximum length of the SSID is currently 32 bytes long.
But the reader did a little bit more than just reset his SSID – he also switched his channel to “auto”. On most wireless routers this will be called “auto channel”, but it could vary depending on your exact manufacturer. Basically, you are setting the channel frequency for your wireless broadcast to “auto”.
Once the reader changed the name of his SSID, and switched to “auto channel”, his WiFi connectivity problems were fixed even without upgrading his wireless router to the latest firmware to make sure it is was IPv6 compatible.
iOS 6 Wireless Drivers
With some many problems, and just as many fixes that are being confirmed to fix these wifi connectivity problems on iOS 6, it seems to all point to a driver problem in iOS 6. This means, the drivers that Apple released in iOS 6 that are designed to handle the wireless connectivity of the device, are simply flawed. Apple has built its brand and reputation on the fact that it just works. Well, the “it just works” concept isn’t working this time with iOS 6 and customers are less than pleased as a result.
Surely, the WiFi connectivity problems with iOS 6 are comparatively isolated considering there are now over 200 million devices running iOS 6. But for the people are upgrade their device to iOS 6 and start experiencing WiFi connectivity problems, their frustration is sometimes high enough to make them eject and go buy a Android smartphone or Android tablet.
So as promised, below is a list of fixes that I’ve written about that are confirmed to have helped a lot of people. Does every fix work every time? Of course not. But having a list of fixes to iOS 6 WiFi connectivity problems can be very helpful as you try to work through troubleshooting the connectivity problem and ultimately working to get your iOS 6 device back online.
Check out the list below (including the SSID fix I discussed above) and let me know your feedback in the comments below:
Plus the fix I provided above which is to reset the SSID of your wireless router