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General Noob question about signal

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by SoulWeaponry, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. SoulWeaponry

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    is -63 considered good signal? just wondering because it only shows 1 bar yet I still can make calls and use data but for some reason I get 1 bar everywhere I go
     

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    -63 dBm is a very strong signal. The signal strength meter bug is well known on HTC phones.
     
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    so the lower the number, the stronger the signal? mine averages around -90 dbm
     
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    A gain of 3 dBm means your signal is 2 times as strong as it was before. Therefore, -60dBm is 30 times stronger than -90dBm.

    Look at the chart here: dBm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Note the dBm vs. power in watts, look at the power difference when the dBm increases by 3 dBm and you will see that the signal strength doubles. for every 10 dBm change, the signal is 10 times stronger.

    At -90 dBm, I wouldn't be surprised if your Eris starts dropping calls.
     
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    i haven't dropped a call yet...it's weird, i live less than a mile from work, yet the signal is 2 times better there than when i'm home...and there's nothing to block signal from the nearest tower.
     
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