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You contradict yourself a little in the post, which makes things confusing. You said in the first part of your message that the iPad mini connected to Wi-Fi at the Apple Store, and that it also connects at home. Thus, we can conclude that the Wi-Fi is working properly and that the iPad mini is not defective.

This would tend to suggest that there is a setting on the iPad mini that is not set correctly for connecting to networks outside your home.

While your iPad mini is connected to your home network, open the settings and take a look at the detailed connection info for your home network. First and foremost, your "IP address" section needs to be set to DHCP and not BootP or Static. If it's not set to DHCP, that's the problem and bob's your uncle.

Make sure that "HTTP Proxy" is off as well.

One last thing: when you do take the iPad mini to, say, a coffeehouse or somewhere, can it see the available network? Does it ask to connect? Can you connect manually? Do you connect OK but then just can't go anywhere?
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