Did you get a new iPad Mini for Christmas and find that your WiFi connection keeps dropping off? Or perhaps you are you one of the millions of people throughout Apple’s worldwide markets who’ve purchased an iPad Mini since it’s debut on November 2, 2012.
If you own an iPad Mini, you may have been experiencing intermittent WiFi connection issues. One of the biggest complaints from iPad Mini users so far regarding WiFi has been the dropping of their WiFi connection.
If you are an iPad Mini owner and experiencing intermittent WiFi connection issues, or your WiFi connection on your iPad Mini keeps dropping off, here’s 4 steps to getting a stable WiFi connection for your iPad Mini.
4 Steps To Preventing Intermittent WiFi / Fixing WiFi Problems on your iPad Mini
Let me say also the steps below can be applied to the iPad and in some cases, the iPhone. Basically what I’m saying is this is not an all inclusively trouble-shooting method just for the iPad Mini. However, the iPad Mini is quickly outselling all other iPad versions and because of the “new’ness”, the noise seems to be the loudest surrounding iPad Mini wifi problems.
#1: Reset Network Settings
Resetting your network settings is a fast, easy way to trouble shoot your WiFi connection issues on your iPad Mini, and also on your iPad and iPhone as well. Resetting your network settings allows your device to flush out all cache information from your wireless network, DNS and nameserver settings, etc… basically it allows your device to start fresh on your wireless network.
Here’s how to reset your network settings on your iPad Mini (iPhone and iPad as well).
Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
Tap “Settings” icon on your homepage > tap the “General” option > tap on “Reset” > then finally tap on “Reset Network Settings”.
#2: Use WPA or WPA2 instead of WEP
During the process of setting up your wireless network in your home or business, most people prefer to enable security. This means, in order for a device to connect to your WiFi network, the user has to first enter a password in order to connect. When setting up security on your wireless network, you probably remember being confused as to which option to chose for the security signal. Typically you can chose between WPA, WPA2, or WEP.
Chose WPA or WPA2 as your security protocol. These protocols are newer, with more effective drivers for security networks compared to the older WEP protocol.
WEP protocol, because it’s outdated, is prone to causing intermittent WiFi disconnects on devices such as iPad Mini, iPad, and iPhone. Switching from WEP to WPA or WPA2 will help you eliminate these intermittent WiFi problems with your device.
#3: Update the firmware on your WiFi (wireless) router
If you have a WiFi problem, the implication is that you have a wireless router. Most people don’t realize this, but wireless routers are operated by software. And if your software is out of date on your wireless router, then your iPad Mini – or any iPad or tablet computer for that matter – could struggle to hold onto the wireless connection. Outdated firmware shows its ugly head in the form of your iPad Mini connecting to the WiFi network, then for no apparent reason, dropping the connection.
The way you update the firmware to your wireless router varies depending on the type of wireless router you have in your home or office. Somewhere on your wireless router you’ll find the manufacturer and model number. For example, a Linksys WRT54g is a very common wireless router found in homes. Write down your wireless router name and model number > then go to Google and search for the updated firmware for that particular router. In some cases, you’ll find instructions to actually push the download directly to your wireless router. In other cases, you’ll have to download an update file to y our computer, then log in to your wireless router and proceed with the update from there. If you have any problems, just post your message in the comments below and I’ll be more than happy to help.
#4: Renew Lease on your IP address / network
If you are having WiFi connectivity on your iPad Mini or other device and you are in an office environment or other large gathering location that offers WiFi access, you may need to renew the IP address on your device. This is also referred to as “renewing the lease” on your device. A “lease” refers to the IP address that was “leased” to your device, from the network location, so that you can connect to their WiFi access point. Again, this is common in places such as an office, church, airports, or other large gathering locations.
Here’s how to renew the IP address on your iPad Mini, iPad, or iPhone:
- Tap Settings > Wi-Fi
- Locate the Wi-Fi network you are currently using and tap
- Tap Renew Lease
So try those 4 methods if you are having problems connecting / keeping a WiFi connection on your iPad Mini. And if you are continuing to have issues, let us know the comments below.
Again, these troubleshooting methods can also be applied to iPhone and iPad devices as well.
REF: Apple Support