Posted 28 April 2013 - 20:30
Just created a Neowin account just to post my reaction here... as I'm frustrated as h!#ll since I'm searching for a solution for soooo long. This seems the only place where people have concluded (like me) by elimination trials that it simply HAS to be something to do with Apple product's Wi-Fi connectivity. I hope some of you might have some new insights and experiences to share!
For more than a year now I'm having the exact same experiences as described above. Summarized: it seems my router crashes when an apple device (could be 2011 iMac, iPhone 4s or iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 3, all different OS versions...) tries to make a connection to my router or has just been able to get a connection for a couple of minutes. As others report, it seems to occur mainly when people 'come home' and devices are 'added' to the wifi DHCP. After the router's wi-fi has 'crashed' all devices will default back to using 3G or LAN if available. (mostly LAN keeps working, sometimes all internet connectivity is gone...)
Strange enough I though it were the mobile devices who only caused this erratic behavior, until I bought a brandnew iMac (mid 2011, Mountain Lion updated continuously) which couldn't hold a Wi-Fi connection for a day. Same experiences as with the Apple mobile devices.
Also, to confirm the experiences of others, I ONLY have this problem with Apple products. Every other platform or brand works seamlessly in combination with my router for a month or so. (Including use of torrents and all those other probable causes / usual suspects...) Try to use some Apple products and I won't have to wait a single day before problems start occuring. It almost seems like some fundamental flaw in the connectivity stacks of both OSX and iOS.
Anyone solved the problem or got some tips to futher diagnose the problem and trace the origins? It seems I can't find anything in the logs on either the router or my iMac...
Thanks in advance! Hoping we can combine our knowledge to squash this thing once and for all. (or at least find the culprit... as the router manufacturer will point to Apple and Apple obviously points to the router manufacturer..)
(P.S. My router is a TP-Link WR1043ND and its 'SYS' light stops blinking (either in On or in Off position) as soon as the Wi-Fi stops working, which seems to only occur when an Apple product has tried to logon or has connected a little while.)
Greetings from The Netherlands!