“The connectivity expectation by executives is the same as their laptops, though the performance of the iPad can make this an unrealistic proposition, since the iPad’s average 5GHz transmit power of 10mW (10dBM) does not compare with the 30mW to 50mW (15dBM to 17dBM) of a typical laptop. This means that the performance, range or both will be significantly diminished for the iPad or any device where these parameters have not been part of the design effort.” https://www.smartcitynetworks.com/PDFs/Media/Tech_Bulletin/2012/02-2012_Tech_Bulletin.pdf
In other words, iPads have a much higher minimum signal strength requirement than most laptops. So while one wireless access point may permit everyone to connect a laptop in your office, it is possible that only people within its vicinity will be able connect an iPad. This is an important consideration, especially for us here at Fancom, while designing your wireless infrastructure.
But if you’re not yet convinced that professional wireless design is important, take another look at the picture. Two WAP locations are easily identifiable in the yellow regions, where the increased strength highlights the signal’s origin. The immediate surroundings of these two WAPs offer decent signal strength to anyone nearby; however, a noticeable decline in strength, shown in blue, snakes its way between the expanses of the signals. Because the two WAPs were placed too close together, there is signal attenuation where their frequencies merge. Problems like this are easily avoidable when a Communications Consultant in involved in the design process.