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Support wifi problems

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by rajbhose, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. rajbhose

    rajbhose New Member
    Thread Starter

    Feb 7, 2013
    Sorry, I know this may be an issue spoken about ad nauseum, but my a500 seems to have wifi issues even when it is in the same room as the router. It only manages 2-3 bars and is battling 0-1 bars in other rooms. Its running OTA ICS. it's happened since then. I have done every thing I read through searching, I.e. hard reset, factory default restore and both. Still no resolve. Bought a new router, still nothing. Any other clues or suggestions or patches I should be aware of.

    Greatly appreciated.



  2. Mrhelper

    Mrhelper Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2012
    Don't be concerned about the number of "bars." Those are not a standard measure. They represent an arbitrary indication of the strength of the received signal only. The actual signal strength is controlled entirely by your router and not your tablet, and the tablet does not attenuate that. The signal received by the tablet from any unchanged AP that you were using is as strong as it was before the ICS update. The translation of the RSSI to the number of bars shown in the icon is all that changed with respect to that in ICS, and that is not a problem.

    If you had taken benchmark measurements with the Speedtest app prior to the update and nothing else changed in your network, you would have seen equivalent performance between HC and ICS.

    Now keep in mind that the wifi antennas on tablets are in places that are often obstructed by hands, etc., so just rotating a tablet 45 degrees can cause a significant change in the observed signal strength, so if you are having connectivity problems, that's useful to know. The a500 reception is not as good as that seen on a number of other tablets either, and that seems to be mainly due to differences in construction materials and antenna placement. The update to ICS did not change any of that though.

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