Kindle Fire Wi-Fi Issues? You're Not Alone.

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The internet is all a-chortle with reports of Kindle Fire owners having trouble connecting to those self same internets. Amazon's own forum is full of people who can't connect to Wi-Fi, or can connect to Wi-Fi but not their network.

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It's not entirely clear what the issue is and Amazon hasn't acknowledged the problem in any official way, but the good news is that it sounds like there may be a fix. The majority of those who are reporting connectivity problems are using version version 6.1 (or occasionally 6.0) of the OS. If you can't get online at all, download version 6.2 on your computer and load it onto your Fire via USB, it sounds like that's solved the problem for a lot of people.

It's possible to assume that the Kindle Fire has a less tech-savvy user base, which could result in more user error than usual, but that this appears to be a legit bug, and our own resident Linux god Chris Beidelman has confirmed it on his own machine. Have you had Wi-Fi problems with your Kindle Fire? Let us know in the comments, and please include whether or not upgrading to 6.2 helps or not.

(Side note: The Kindle Fire is a new thing with a new OS. So why start their OS at version 6.0? Who do you think you're fooling, Amazon?) [CNET]

DISCUSSION

Yep spent the 2nd day I owned it trying to figure out why it showed that I would be connected to a signal but there would be a little "x" below the signal icon. Restarting my cable box, router, and kindle fixed it... till it happened again. It didn't matter what wifi network I was connected to... I also am sporting 6.2

I've also had orientation problems. In the browser it sometimes won't get out of landscape mode no matter how much I wiggle it.

Aaaaand one more thing. Does anyone else find themselves having to press buttons like the home and back buttons a few times to get them to respond?