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I have two iPads that have similar issues. One is a 3G that doesn't have a 3G subscription (yeah, I know...) and the other is a wifi.

Both of them will generally not be connected to the network when woken from sleep and take anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute to recognize. Both of them also experience issues where it'll show that they're connected via the wifi symbol, but they'll obviously lose connection for 30 seconds to a minute before being able to access the internet again.

Has anyone experienced issues like this? The router is a Belkin N+ with the newest firmware. Updating the firmware did not fix the issue. Two things to note are that I live in a townhouse, so there's several other visible networks that show and generally there's 3-4 devices connected at anyone time, sometime up to 11-12. That's an extreme though.

That's:
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Desktop - wired
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Notebook 2 - wireless
PS3 - wired
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iPad 2
Phone 1
Phone 2
Phone 3
Phone 4

But regardless, of if it's a weekend when the roommates are all there or not, the iPads always act like this.

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I have a similar number of devices and I have not seen any issues with the three iPad's I have connected to my AirPort Extreme. I would say your problem is the Belkin or the other networks. I would try a new router first...
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I have a D-Link DIR-628 router and have a Dell desktop wired, Wii wireless, 2 iPhone 4s wireless, MBP wireless, and iPad wireless. If anything, I'd say the iPad is the fastest to open Safari and begin browsing.
So, I agree it must be your router or something in your network that's affecting it.

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My iPad is basically almost instantaneous connecting to either of my 2 networks at home and another at the office.

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Have up to 6 devices that could be connected via wifi at any given time and 7 via ethernet.

I don't believe I've experimented with the network connection on it while another device or two is downloading a large file, though I expect that could have some affect,

Have you tried changing the channel the Belkin is using?

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I had a Belkin router and thought my iPad wifi was awful. Then the Ethernet part died and I bought a D-Link. Not a single problem since. My iPad connects faster than the 4 PCs and the iPod Touch and will stay connected in crappier situations. The iMac doesn't count because it has an Ethernet connection...

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Have you tried changing the channel the Belkin is using?
Not a bad idea. As usual with bobtomay.
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I had a Belkin N+ router and my iPad and my iMac would continually lose connection to the network. The only way to restore it was to turn off Airport on each device and then turn it back on. If the device was idle for about 10 min., the connection would drop again. It never happened with my wireless printer or the Windows machine I have. I tried changing the wireless channel and everything, but it never solved the issue. I recently bought an Airport Extreme router, and have yet to drop the connection on my iPad or my iMac. My thought are that it is the Belkin Router and not the iPad.
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That's what it sounds like, but I have a remote desktop connection setup with the Windows Home Server, which I remember reading that the Airport router doesn't work with.

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I am not sure why the AirPort wouldn't work if you opened the correct ports?
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Like Bobtomay says check/change your wifi channel. Try iStumbler to show which are the least crowded channels near you.

Also worth trying on someone elses router. Preferably not a Belkin.
It's easy to say it's the router but of those I've owned and of the many home users I support I've had more poor experiences with Belkin routers than good.

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Just out of curiosity are you running the latest version of IOS? I only ask - because when I first got my iPad (right after they launched) - it definitely had issues connecting - and maintaining the password for the wireless router. Subsequent updates to IOS have fixed this.

You have a lot of interference in that townhouse - which could be causing an issue. If you want to test on another router easily - just go to your nearest Starbucks and see if you see the same symptom.
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I have had great luck with the Airport Extreme feeding the MBP,iPad,iPhone and the Blu-Ray also when my friends bring their Acer and Dell over everything connects.
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I had a Belkin N+ router and my iPad and my iMac would continually lose connection to the network. The only way to restore it was to turn off Airport on each device and then turn it back on. If the device was idle for about 10 min., the connection would drop again. It never happened with my wireless printer or the Windows machine I have. I tried changing the wireless channel and everything, but it never solved the issue. I recently bought an Airport Extreme router, and have yet to drop the connection on my iPad or my iMac. My thought are that it is the Belkin Router and not the iPad.

Wow. I also have a Belkin N+ and my experience is almost identical to yours. My imac and wireless printer never lose their wireless connection, but my wife's macbook and my ipod touch drop frequently. Many times I have to reboot the router to make it work. Royal PITA. I may have to try another router and see if my problems go away.

Why would some wireless devices have no problem and others have extreme problems?

Also, does it seem that Apple devices have more wireless problems than PC's? There are many threads in various apple forums on the subject of dropped wireless, but I never remember seeing that back when I was a PC.
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I'll have to say I agree about the poor WiFi in the iPad. It's pretty flaky, I've had it drop connections where it shouldn't. Or I've seen it have lower signal strength when other devices have a full signal. And I'm running an Airport Extreme. There's actually quite a bit of complaints around the internet and in Apple's forums about iPad WiFi performance.

It's gotten better with the last software update, but it's still far from optimal. I'm really hoping they fix this in the iPad 2.

And FWIW, I honestly believe that the Airport Extreme is one of the best routers out there and well worth the price even if it costs more.

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I've only had an iPad for six weeks now, but no idea what you guys are talking about. I take it all over the place, it locks on the local signal and never lets go. I don't have 3G.
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