Slow WiFi on new iPad Air

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Slow WiFi on new iPad Air

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Nov 15, 2013 2:06 AM Post in iPad Wi-Fi
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Just bought the new iPad Air yesterday and I must say I am really disappointed over poor WiFi reception.

 

Using Speedtest I am comparing my old iPad 2 (iOS 7.0.3) with my new iPad Air (7.0.3) side by side.

In my bedroom, speed dropped from 27 Mbps to 5 Mbps down speed and from 9 Mbps to 2 Mbps up speed.

 

I was under the impression that MIMO was going to increase both reception and speed.

I have reset all network settings on the Air but to no avail. The WiFi still behaves poorly.

Any ideas? Anyone with the same problem?

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Nov 15, 2013 2:06 AM
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Do you have a MIMO router to compliment the iPad?

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Nov 15, 2013 2:06 AM
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I have a D-Link DIR-645 which is MIMO compliant.

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Nov 15, 2013 2:06 AM
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You probably have to change some settings in your router to capitalize on this relatively new technology.

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Nov 15, 2013 2:06 AM
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This is weird. I repeated the test in the kitchen. Now the Air outperform iPad 2. (70/6 by 42/9 Mbps)

Back to the bedroom... Naa, same result. Seems that the air has a blind reception spot right in my bed.

But repositioning the router is not the answer since my iPad 2 performs well on that blind spot.

With dual antennas the Air should perform better than former iPads.

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Nov 15, 2013 2:06 AM
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You might look in the router config and check the Channel Bandwidth settings if available. I had issues with my iPad 4 before I changed my router from the default Auto to 20 MHz. Its worth a try. See the screen shot for an example from my ASUS router.

 

http://sdrv.ms/17yY5JZ

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Nov 15, 2013 2:06 AM
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Holy cannoli! That did the trick. :-D

In D-Link: Advanced Wireless - HT 20/40 Coexistence -> Disabled

Now I'm up to 50/8 Mbps at my "blind spot"

 

Thank you, Sooner AI

That I would never have found out by myself.

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I use two AirPort Extreme base stations and I still have this wifi problem. I have to toggle the wifi on and off on the iPad air to reestablish good speed.

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