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  1. chosendude

    chosendude Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    My phones signal seems that randomly it has begun to decrease. In my house where i used to get 3-4 bars im getting 1-2. I have the moto droid 2.1. All ive done is add a zagg shield, but i dont think that would be a problem.

    any suggestions?
    Thanks
     

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  2. potatolover1102

    potatolover1102 Well-Known Member

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    This has become a big issue! I have the same problem but what I have noticed is that when it sits idle the signal is worst than ever but when I actually go to use it it goes to full signal if possible. I was in a room deep in a building and had one bar at the table but when I opened the browser it popped to 4 until I closed it and then back to one so I think it is a new power saver built into the 2.1 maybe???????
     
  3. Fabolous

    Fabolous Superuser VIP Member

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    Could be a power saving issue, could be 2.1 reporting the wrong bars.

    Make sure you look at your real signal under settings, about phone, status.

    Bars are really a ballpark (if even that) estimate of the signal. The actual dBm is the value that matters. I've seen 4 bars with -80dBm (by all means a good signal), but also 2 or 3 bars with -60dBm, which is a great signal.

    So the lesson is, don't rely on bars to convey signal. Check the actual number.
     
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    potatolover1102 Well-Known Member

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    The number you see in the setting is not 3g it is 1x only! So since 1x is always better you get that and to prove it is 2x only turn your phone to 3g only and that number goes to -120 no signal status with full 3g bars! I also just looked and on my pillow I have on bar and then opened the browser and bam 4!
     
  5. Lock-N-Load

    Lock-N-Load Well-Known Member

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    I have had similar issues.. many have

    I did a PRL update yesterday, had not done it yet since owning Droid, and jumped from 1 to 3 bars..

    *228 - they recommend you do it monthly or so.
     
  6. catdax

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    Thanks for explaining, I didnt know if higher or lower was better.
     
  7. potatolover1102

    potatolover1102 Well-Known Member

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    The lower is better for sure but that is only 1X so the bars you see for 3g do not match with those numbers. Does anyone know how to see the true numbers for 3g?
     
  8. takeshi

    takeshi Well-Known Member

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    -60 is actually higher than -80. Remember the - sign. -60 != 60. ;)
     

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