Big WiFi performance improvement

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  1. Krew
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    Hey I just wanted 2 throw this out there in case it might help anyone else. I've been using my iPad 2day with our WiFi and its been okay but pretty slow actually. It's stalled a couple of times but never really disconnected (just sometimes took a long time 2 open web pages or whatever).

    Anyways, I noticed something really interesting. Even tho the WiFi was working, I went into the settings and turned off auto-brightness and WOW. All of a sudden (and instantly) I got a HUGE performance improvement with WiFi. My web pages are opening hugely fast now and my comics downloads (was gettin some comics from the Comixology "Comics" app) were super fast compared to what they were b4.

    It SEEMS that just turning off auto-brightness made this big improvement. If anyone else is having slow WiFi issues can u try this and see if this works? It would be really good 2 know for peeps who are having slow connections. :)
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    Thanks for that tip, I've seen that mentioned somewhere else too!
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    That is very interesting..... Who knows, maybe it's why I've never has a problem as I turned the auto brightness off the first thing when I got mine......
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    mmm, weird that one, can't see any reason at all why turning that off would make that improve.

    Hopefully Apples fix should be here soon.
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    Apple has confirmed that brightness has something to do with it though.

    Cool tip Krew!
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    lol, thats crazy.
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    Hmmmm..... I just read this post, turned off auto brightness and.......it does seem to be faster! Power of suggestion perhaps?
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    Very odd.

    I wasn't experiencing any issues with my wifi speeds however I deiced to give this a test.

    I ran three speed test on my ipads wifi speeds, then turned off auto brightness and ran three more speed test. The result was 6 times faster speeds with auto brightness off.
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    I use auto brightness, but I also set the slider to 0, I've never had wifi issues. Could be why.
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    bizarre ...... :rolleyes:
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    Crazy but true. Its all right here from Apple:
    iPad: Issues connecting to Wi-Fi networks

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    I turned Autobrightness off anyways, as my sensor is blocked/covered by my leather case....
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    I was consistently having trouble re-acquiring my wifi connection at home after using the sleep button. Since turning off the auto sensor, not a problem.
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    Turning off auto-brightness was a huge improvement for me too! I totally could not start a Netflix movie on my iPad (but Netflix worked great on my MacBook on the same wifi network) until I turned off auto-brightness. Now Netflix works fine on the iPad.

    Autobrightness never seemed to work anyway, so I'm happy to turn it off.
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    Very interesting tip. Going to try it!
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    I read about this before and was having connections issue up north, I turned of auto brightness and set to full brightness and didn't have any further issues. But since then I have enjoyed the iPad more being at full brightness all the time. The only times I want it dimmer is when reading and the brightness controls are right there and any changes you make there are only temporary. Heck, I no longer see the need for additional brightness controls now.
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    Also if you have SBSettings installed on your JB iPad you can just swipe the status bar and they pop up.
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    Good to know - I was about to JB mine, but then I thought about the problems I have running beta 4.0 on my iPhone, granted the latest is pretty decent, but not as reliable as the fully tested software.
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    Haven't had a single reliability issue.
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    Is yours a WiFi or 3G, Matthew?
    I'm about to try the JB just for the SNES simulator.

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