For Apple fans and early adopters, it seemed like Christmas came a little early when the iPad tablet device hit the market this month.
But for many, the iPad fell short of expectations in at least one category: Wi-Fi connectivity. Regardless of the device’s proximity to a wireless router, iPad owners noticed that the tablet’s network signal fluctuated dramatically, often slowing or halting data transmissions.
Princeton University students were no exception. But a team of researchers at the school now claims to have discovered the source of the problem.
Enterprise Mobile Today takes a look at what the Princeton researchers found, and how a workaround could help with the iPad’s Wi-Fi issues.
Almost from the day the iPad reached the anxious hands of early adopters, there have been reports of intermittent and unsteady Wi-Fi connectivity. This problem surfaced on the campus of Princeton University as well, and the school’s IT department says it has gotten to the bottom of the problem.
The Wi-Fi support has been one of the most common complaints about Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) hot new tablet PC. Users report that they can stand right next to a wireless router and watch the signal strength yo-yo even though the device is right next to the router and not being physically moved.
Among those affected were students at Princeton University. The school’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) noticed that iPads were causing problems on its network almost from day one and began running tests to try and determine the cause.