We continue to report on an issue in which iPad users experience weak/fluctuating Wi-Fi signals and/or inordinately slow transfer speeds. In these cases, users report fast connection and throughput from Macs, PCs, iPhones and other devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network, but significantly degraded speeds and/or fluctuating signal strength on the iPad.
Previously mentioned solutions include turning the router off then back on, resetting network settings on the iPad, and changing specific router settings.
Another potential solution that works particularly well in some cases of fluctuating signal strength is to turn off the “Ask to Join Networks” option. To do so, tap Settings on your iPad, then select “Wi-Fi” from the left-hand pane. Slide “Ask to Join Networks” to off.
Speculation holds that leaving this option on causes the iPad to constantly seek networks, resulting in some type of interference with the network to which it is connected.
Obsessed with tech since the early arrival of A/UX on Apple, Sudz (SK) is responsible for the editorial direction of AppleToolBox. He is based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Sudz specializes in covering all things macOS, having reviewed dozens of OS X and macOS developments over the years.
In a former life, Sudz worked helping Fortune 100 companies with their technology and business transformation aspirations.