Lots of people over at the Apple forums are not happy whatsoever about their iPhone 5 and iPad Mini having WiFi connectivity issues. The problems range from wifi being grayed out to weak WiFi signals. However, what’s not talked about is the fact that some (not all) of the WiFi problems on the iPhone 5 or iPad Mini have nothing to do with the device. Rather, the issue could reside in your wireless router and network.
This is certainly not the case for everyone who’s experiencing WiFi connectivity problems. But for a vast majority of people with a new iPhone 5 or iPad Mini, the likelihood of their device being messed up is slim.
Can it happen?
Not everyone single one of the hundreds of millions of iPhone 5 or iPad Mini devices are flawless. But the majority are fine, which means you might want to turn your attention your wireless router and your wireless network to start troubleshooting your issues. Below are two things you can do to solve your WiFi connectivity problems from within your wireless router and network. After all, the WiFi signal your device uses ultimately has to originate from somewhere, right? So why not start your troubleshooting from the source of your Internet connection? That’s why I want to give you a couple of tips to resolving your WiFi connectivity issue by looking at your wireless router and wireless network.
#1: Use WPA or WPA2, not WEP
Let’s start with the security settings of your wireless network. For those who are using security, which the majority of you are, you probably had to select WEP, WPA, or WPA2 protocol. WEP is outdated technology and can cause substantial delay within your network as your try to push most robust devices like the iPhone 5 or iPad Mini. The optimal security settings is either WPA or WPA2. These settings are more robust and will allow your iPhone 5 or iPad Mini to reach it’s maximum speed and efficiency on your wireless network.
The way you get to your security settings is, in most cases, by entering 192.168.1.1 into your web browser to access the wireless router’s admin dashboard. Then find “Security” settings on your router, and you should then see the option to select either WEP, WPA, or WPA2. Again, you want to chose WPA or WPA2 for maximum performance on your iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.
#2: Use OpenDNS Nameservers
After setting the wireless network security to WPA or WPA2, go ahead and change your DNS settings from whatever they are at currently – probably your Internet ISP provider (Charter, RoadRunner, etc…) – over to OpenDNS. You can read a more detailed write up about OpenDNS here, but suffice it to say that OpenDNS allows you push your wireless networking speed and efficiency far beyond what your ISP (Internet service provider) would be able to achieve.
Because there’s so many different types of wireless routers on the market (D-Link, Belkin, Linksys, Netgear, etc…) it would be impossible to list our exact “how to’s” for implementing OpenDNS. So the next best thing is to click here > find your particular wireless router’s manufacturer, and you will then see exact step – by – step instructions for the making the change.
The reason OpenDNS is a such a great option is because they (being OpenDNS) leverages the power of server clusters all over the world to manage your internet’s connectivity, as opposed to your local ISP who has just one server cluster for hundreds of thousands, even millions, of customers.
Try these to steps to fix, or optimize, your current wireless network.
After you’ve implemented these two steps, go ahead and reset the network settings on your iPhone 5 or iPad Mini, and you should be on your way to a fast, smooth WiFi connection.
Let me know in the comments if these tips helped!