iPad Mini couldn't access wifi but Samsung Galaxy was OK

  splinternet 14:45 02 Jun 2013

I was at the Hay Literary Festival yesterday and although they had a good free wi-fi service to which my Android Samsung phone could connect, my iPad Mini could not hold the connection....it found the wi-fi, I entered the userid and p/w and momentarily it appeared to have connected, but then lost it. Another person near me had exactly the same issue with her iPad Mini. As soon as we got home, my iPad connected as usual to my home wi-fi and there is no hint of an issue with it.

So what could have been wrong at Hay? Even when I positioned myself next to their router, my iPad still would not maintain the connection. Is there something inherently wrong with the iPad, which I may get with other free wi-fi connections? Or was there something unusual about the Hay setup? Their techno-guru opined that Apple devices don't always connect, whereas Android's don't seem to have a problem.

  Algerian peter ™ 14:56 02 Jun 2013

Routers are limited to the ammount of connections they can make. If a vast ammount of people where connecting there phones, tablets and laptops it could be the router was at it's limit.

It could be that the routers security was wary of apple devices or the orginisers dislike apple and would not connect to their hardware.

  Woolwell 18:41 02 Jun 2013

I haven't had any major problems with my iPad2 or iPhone connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots. I hit a problem at an airport where it wouldn't connect but my Windows laptop wouldn't connect there either. I don't think that routers can differentiate between Apple devices and other devices. It would have been useful if they could have changed the channel for you.

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