[Solved] iPad WiFi Not Working

iPad is a new tablet from Apple which just started shipping to the customers. As happens with most of the devices in their first version, iPad also has some software level refinements needed to make it a reliable device. This is the reason why we have lots of firmware upgrade on our devices. Recently many customers who just started using their fresh new iPad devices have reported Apple iPad to have problem with joining the wireless Wi-Fi network.

The problem is that when iPad is restarted or wakes from sleep state, it fails to join the known and remembered WiFi wireless network.


As Explained by Apple :

Under certain conditions, iPad may not automatically rejoin a known Wi-Fi network after restart or waking from sleep. This can occur with some third-party Wi-Fi routers that are dual-band capable when:

    • Using the same network name for each network
    • Using different security settings for each network

Solution To iPad Unable To Join WiFi Network Error

To solve the problem of iPad not joining back the known wireless network, follow the steps below as suggested by Apple :


If you encounter this issue, try the following:

  • Create separate Wi-Fi network names to identify each band. This can be done easily by appending one or more characters to the current network name.
    • Example:  Add a G to the 802.11b/g network name and an N to the 802.11n network name.
  • Ensure that both networks use the same security type (WEP, WPA, WPA2, and so on)

If the issue persists, reset your network settings using Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

Note: Always ensure that your Wi-Fi router firmware is up to date.

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source – Apple

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  • May 21, 2010 at 10:15 am

    When I setup my iPad, I could connect to my wireless access point, however, I couldn’t browser to the web. I was receiving an IP address from the WAP, and, from other devices on the same subnet, I could ping the iPad’s IP address. As it turns out, my internal IP address scheme was using a 169.x.x.x address, and it appears the iPad will not communicate when this address space is used. The 169 IP address space is often used as an IP address a system will use if it can’t pull a real DHCP IP address. Once I changed my internal IP address scheme from the 169 space, the iPad connected.

  • May 31, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    thanks it works perfect very good tip

  • June 3, 2010 at 5:19 am

    This is a joke.
    I have 5 Microsoft boxes, two iPhones, and a Linux box – NO PROPLEMS.
    The iPad – Unable to join the network…

    Just fix the pig.

  • August 24, 2010 at 3:48 am

    I have the same problem. How do I change the IP address from 169.xxxx

  • November 24, 2010 at 6:33 am


    This is exactly the tip I’ve been searching for for almost 3 days. Worked like a charm. Hats off Get Me App. You’ve made me a believer.

  • November 24, 2010 at 6:59 am

    On second thought…hold that post.

    This did not work. It only allowed the iPad to see the Mac—cannot connect to wifi network.

  • November 24, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Waitaminute. This did work (for the moment).

    Had to turn off Airport on my iMac and then back on. Web, emails all back in sync. This was after the “Reset Network Settings” tip. Bit of a workaround but if it sticks is worlds better than 99.9% of the tips out there. Think posting it in English vs. Geektech was very helpful too. Thanks.

  • December 17, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I also have the same problem.
    How do I change the IP address from 169.xxxx

  • January 19, 2011 at 2:22 am

    I have the same problem as well. could you tell us how to change the IP address from the 169.XXX

  • February 6, 2011 at 2:02 am

    reset the network fix my problem,.

    “If the issue persists, reset your network settings using Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.”

  • February 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I still have thes problem , I have another IPAD and its work fine in the same network!
    I try to reset my network many time but am still suffreing 🙁
    Any Idea how to solve this issue , I have link sys router .
    [email protected]

  • April 5, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Looks like I figured it out why iPad is so unpredictably stubborn sometimes. And I have found a real solution (not such pseudo-solutions as “turn off autobright” or “autofill”).

    The reason of getting 169.x.x.x ip is that router’s DHCP-server is too slow for the jumpy iPad, and the server cannot give the iPad a correct ip (something like 192.168.0.x) quickly. So the jumpy iPad makes decision to get itself a 169.x.x.x.

    The reason why router can’t manage to do it is: it’s busy with other tasks.

    And that is why the full router-reset helps for a while. When the router’s RAM gets busy with junk tasks results in DHCP low performance, so it’s too slow for iPad’s DHCP client. And that’s why getting new modern AirPort Extreme helps too.

    So, the real solution is: speed-up the DHCP-server on your good old router (installing latest firmware), OR just set up another DHCP-server in your subnet.

    For example, I have a NAS (DNS-323), and i just turned on its DHCP-server and the 169-problem was just gone. It (DHCP-server) runs so fast, even for the jumpy iPad.

    The subnet config is: good old router D-Link DI-642 (with DHCP-server’s range:, NAS D-Link DNS-323 (with DHCP-server’s range:

    So, now iPad just gets its ip from the fastest (second) DHCP server:

    You can set up second DHCP-server on your macBook or somewhere/somewhat else.

  • April 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    The article is completly correct reset your network connections, if that doesn’t work your router is misconfigured or Ipad defective, if you get it makes a minute of no response to get a 169 address and even when it gets one it will keep trying unless in adhoc mode

  • May 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Great fix! I spent 2 hours trying to solve this issue. This article resolved the issue in less than one minute. THANKS!!!!

  • June 9, 2011 at 4:48 am

    This is frustrating. I can’t change the 169…., and none of the responses (much less Apple) give a clue on how to do this. My iPAD version 3.2.2 does not have an option to reset wireless. What the hell? This is supposed to be the gold standard for personal computing? Wow. How about (a) something that works; and (b) in a manner and language that a normally intelligent person can use. What, am I out of line asking for this????

  • June 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    We’ve got two DHCP servers. One is Linux and one is Windowz. Each run seperate wireless SSID’s. The Linux DHCP server is fast enough to keep up with the DHCP requests from iPad and it gets an IP address. The Windowz DHCP server can’t issue the DHCP request fast enough before the iPad gives itself a local IP (169.x.x.x) which is non routable.

    For those of you that are non techy – look up “how to set a static IP on IPAD”

  • June 29, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Its kind of nice to know you are not alone with issues , sorry ! however still trying to resolve unable to join network with ipad and how do you set up static ip on ipad

  • July 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    thanks .. it worked for me

  • July 24, 2011 at 2:05 am

    it worked :)thank you very much

  • October 29, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    My problem was slightly different. The wifi icon was showing as connected but nothing was opening. So I asked the iPad to forget the network turned off and turned on the wifi again and rejoined with my password. And it worked!

  • February 11, 2012 at 6:50 am

    I feel like a just solved the mystery of a lifetime. I wanted to let everyone know that I fixed this exact same issue. I have a dual band router Netgear N600 and all the fixes here and online did not work. I had my channel set to 11 and changed it to auto and have been connected ever since. Please let me if this worked for you.

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