Why is my WiFi so bad?

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derekjet

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So I have a D-Link DI-614+ wireless broadband router that emits an 802.11b signal. When I connect to this wifi, however, the signal is not good at all. The signal is only strong in the room where the router is. Also, sometimes when I try to open web pages, it says that Safari can't find the server. This never happens on edge. Does anyone have suggestions?




Derek



Posted from my iPhone
 

Silverado

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Jul 6, 2007
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Do other computers get much better signal in your house than the iPhone?

In general, since the iPhone has a tiny internal antenna and doesn't have as much power as a laptop, it needs better signal than the average laptop. You should expect reduced reception on the iPhone. Whatever you can do to improve the signal in your house will help. There are tons of resources on the web about this, but important things are removing obstacles, removing sources of interference, choosing the right channel, etc.
 

derekjet

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I can understand a somewhat reduced signal, but my edge is better than my wifi and half the time safari says that it can't find the server on wifi. I think something else is wrong.
 

Silverado

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I get the same behaviour when I'm far enough and the signal is low enough. I guess this is just how the iPhone behaves in these situations.
 

Tinman

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Jul 16, 2007
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While the iPhone's WiFi range can't match a decent laptop's it shouldn't be that bad. I have an AP that simply didn't play well with my iPhone. Symptoms included horrible range, the inability to use WiFi when the iPhone showed full signal (but unusable signal), and the inability to reliably auto-switch to EDGE (Safari would error out). To get it to work again I needed to be within 10 feet--and God forbid I strayed too far again. Very frustrating. I had a spare, older, AP to use and once I brought that back online it performs much better.


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Mike
 
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While the iPhone's WiFi range can't match a decent laptop's it shouldn't be that bad. I have an AP that simply didn't play well with my iPhone. Symptoms included horrible range, the inability to use WiFi when the iPhone showed full signal (but unusable signal), and the inability to reliably auto-switch to EDGE (Safari would error out). To get it to work again I needed to be within 10 feet--and God forbid I strayed too far again. Very frustrating. I had a spare, older, AP to use and once I brought that back online it performs much better.


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Mike
yes! I get the same thing, my neighbors across the street works better than mine.. mine will load a few webpages, no matter what range, then just stop working, so dumb! I hate it! I need to buy a new router... :-(
 

skiz420

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Jul 28, 2007
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wireless b has terrible range and is slow as hell its only 11 Mbps... do your self a favor and grab a linksys wireless g or any wireless g for that matter... more range and a lot faster 54Mbps... or go all out and get a wireless N... then you can be a block away and still connect.. lol but the wireless g routers are like 50$ now... circuit city has the linksys for 50 right now... and they are all backwards compatable with g and b so if you have old laptops with b cards they still will work fine but be capped at the cards 11 Mbps...
 

Silverado

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wireless b has terrible range and is slow as hell its only 11 Mbps... do your self a favor and grab a linksys wireless g or any wireless g for that matter... more range and a lot faster 54Mbps... or go all out and get a wireless N... then you can be a block away and still connect.. lol but the wireless g routers are like 50$ now... circuit city has the linksys for 50 right now... and they are all backwards compatable with g and b so if you have old laptops with b cards they still will work fine but be capped at the cards 11 Mbps...
All the extra speed doesn't really matter because the Internet connections are almost always slower than 11mbps. The new routers do better because they are newer, i.e., have better hardware and software.
 

skiz420

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Regardless of connectikn speed the wireless g routers have a lot better range than old b routers.... And if you put two identical laptops next to each other one with a b card on a b network and a g card on a g network and loaded the same page you eould see a big difference even though "connection speeds don't go faster than 11... Even with 6m from comcastit can spike up to 18 with power boost... And with FIOS coming around more now thats another big jump in speed