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    Weak signal with Cisco M10 WiFi Router

    Curious if anyone else has run into this issue and/or if a solution has been found.

    My iPad seems to have trouble maintaining a strong connection to my Cisco Valet M10 wifi. I'll be standing right next to it and only receive 1 bar of signal strength on my iPad.

    I have restarted all devices multiple times but the best that happens is the ipad shows full signal strength for a stort time before reducing to a single bar.

    I have seen the "official" suggestion by apple (narrowing the band to one type: N, make sure the firmware is up to date, etc). None of that seems to be an issue.

    My assumption is its my assumption that it is a specific issue between my iPad and M10 comes from:
    - All other wireless devices connected to my M10 pick up full signal and connectivity
    - My iPad picks up a full strength signal/fast connection from many other hotspots

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    -john

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    Yeah,it's a known issue. Change your security to WEP and make sure your brightness isn't set on minimum and turn off auto-brightness and try again. It's officially direct from Apple and it worked for me.

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    Thanks for the reply. My wifi security has been set to WEP (using the first gen xbox wifi adapter requires it) and my screen brightness is almost at max and auto adjust is off. No luck there.

    I did set up an old Cisco WRT54GL as an access point and my iPad can connect to that but it seems like it should work with the newer Valet M10.

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    Week signal can be a number of things.

    First let me just remind you that wep security is very week. Although it will stop grandma from accessing it, someone who knows what they are doing can crack a wep network in just a few minutes.


    Back to the topic. You need get on a PC and see what hotspots are in your area. Do your neighbors have any hotspots setup and if so what channels are they running on. After finding out what other hotspots can be seen within your house or where you use your iPad and what channels they use, you need to make sure that your hotspot is not using the same channel as one of your neighbors. Using the same channel will cause signal loss and even using channels right next two each other can cause slight signal loss. If possable use channels 1, 6, or 11 if no other hotspots are already using them.

    Also if you use any cordless phones in your home you will want to check the frequency that the phones run on since some of them can cause wifi interference.

    let us know if checking those things fixes your issue or if you still have problems.


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