It’s not often you face a lot of WiFi issues on your iPad.
Apple designed their iPads to latch onto the available network pretty good. But even then there are exceptions, and when you get caught into one, it may really turn out to be pretty frustrating.
It’s not really that hard to boost the WiFi signal strength on your iPad when you feel things are getting a bit too slow to your liking. This post can throw more light on the matter.
- Remove the case from your device
Do you have a case on your iPad? If you do, that could be interfering with the reception.
Most cases are designed to block WiFi signal as long as they are made of things like TPU, silicone rubber, or plastic, but if you are using a case that goes beyond these materials, it might definitely cause an issue.
The easiest thing for you to do in this case would be to remove the cover off your device and test the reception. If you notice any improvement, the case is a hindrance. Lose it without any further ado.
- Restart the router
Restarting the router is one of the simplest (and possibly the most obvious) things you ought to try.
As idiotic and silly it may sound, a simple restart can definitely clear a few clogs in the system. While you’re at it, you should also look to restart the WiFi on your iPad. You would just have to toggle your WiFi off, wait for a minute, and then switch it back on.
- Set up the DNS manually on your iPad
By altering the DNS setting of your iPad, we are not technically boosting the WiFi reception. Instead, we are just going through a different DNS to fetch data from the internet.
Here’s how you can do it on your Apple iPad:
- At first, you need to determine a few DNS IPs that you can use. Here’s a couple of them – 22.214.171.124 or 126.96.36.199.
- Go to settings and then WiFi.
- Tap on the “i” icon. You would locate it to the right of the connected network’s name.
- Scroll down and tap on DNS.
- Enter a DNS address of your choice.
- Restart WiFi.
The DNS is usually set automatically which is the optimal thing. But sometimes the default setting may not work. In that case, public DNSes (like the suggestions above) may come in helpful to your purpose.
- Change the channel in case of interfering signals
One of the biggest problems which you may face in your neighborhood is WiFi interference.
It is undoubtedly hard to measure or quantify the impact of neighborhood WiFi signals, but your iPad WiFi technology works this way: it looks for the strongest signal and latches onto it.
But then, there’s also something called “spill-overs” from other strong signals that can have a negative influence on the channel you are connected to.
You may start moving your router to a more optimal location of your house and start changing the channels to see whether things improve or not.
- Upgrade the firmware
Okay, now this is perhaps your last resort. Upgrade to the latest firmware version and see whether things improve or not.
To know more about the different ways of improving the signal strength on your iPad, refer to the following infographic.
Source- Inspire WiFi
In my experience the iPad seems to have some directional focus on signal with WiFi I would also suggest not using 5ghz band for WiFi if you have some distance and many obstacles between your device and router. 2.4 is definitely more crowded and slower then 5ghz but it is much better at range. Also iPads have a aluminum back which means signal sensitivity probably favors front of iPad so pointing front towards signal may help some. I believe the iPads are somewhat directional because of this.