Design and misdesign

So I did it. Ordered an iPad2 (despite the knowledge that the 3rd generation will hit the market soon). And what shall I say? Crap so far.

Trying to get this thing to work with the WLAN router at my parent’s home (I am here in Iceland, they’re in Germany), unfortunately fails because of a very silly negligence on part of the Apple designers.

And I’m not alone. So during the initial setup the WiFi-only iPad2 will prompt you to enter the WLAN key. My mom had to do that several times, and we even downgraded the key from a 63 character one to only 15. Still no luck. Restarting the gadget doesn’t yield a result either. There is simply no way to get to the MAC (hardware) address of the device without first configuring it – which, you guessed it, requires a WiFi connection to be already established. Very creative thinking 😕

Even entered the suspected MAC that the router had recently seen, but no luck with that either 😡

Next try some time during the weekend.

// Oliver

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6 Responses to Design and misdesign

  1. Einar Jón says:

    1) Bring iPad to Starbucks and set it up using their open WiFi
    2)…?
    3) Profit!

  2. Oliver says:

    So you suggest that driving 120 km to the next Starbucks may be cheaper? Besides, German law restricts open access points, so things will likely look bleak once you get there 🙂

  3. Einar Jón says:

    s/Starbucks/Café with free WiFi/ 😕
    But I remember getting free WiFi all over Frankfurt in 2009 and 2010. Is this a new law?

    The point remains that this is a horrible design.

  4. Oliver says:

    Not that new, I don’t think. Are you talking about Frankfurt itself or the airport?

    I reckon their are always people defying the law and I remember there was some kind of initiative going on to build a mesh of APs in several cities, but the main issue remains: anyone not securing his/her AP can be held accountable for whatever warsurfers do on their net …
    That’s a huge incentive to secure your stuff and keep it closed tightly 🙂

  5. Einar Jón says:

    It was in April 2010 and 2011.
    There was a bunch of open WiFis around Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof in 2010, including a couple of Starbucks on Kaiserstrasse/Kaiserplatz.
    In April 2011 I think I only used the passwd-protected WiFi in Frankfurt Hostel, so I’m not sure if there were any open WiFi hotspots last year.

  6. Oliver says:

    Hmm, ok. Interesting. Maybe I missed some legal changes there …?

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