Wifi range

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    I read in one review that the iPad 2 had a lower Wifi range than the original iPad. Has anyone experienced similar or have any comment on this?
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    I tried this today. My router in down stairs in a finished basement. I went outside and into out metal pole barn, 279 feet and had a very weak signal.


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    LOL I don't get it. Of course you will have a weak signal! Your router is in the basement and you went outside and walked 279 feet into a metal barn! lol What kind of signal strength do you think the ipad pumps out? lol

    If you want to test it out go to the most further and highest part IN your house and check the signal strength.
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    Hey man. I had to try the barn. It worked and my wife often will not venture into the barn. Peace and quite. :)

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    I'd be more curious if you had an iPad 1 to compare the signal strength with.
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    wi-fi strength is determined by your router, not by your ipad.
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    I'm talking about iPad 1 v iPad 2 side by side. Does the iPad 1 report a higher signal strength indicating better Wifi reception than the new one.
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    When you wrote metal pole barn my mind heard "metal man cave"
    I have an Incredible and the wifi range on my ipad 1 is about the same as it. That's the closest I can compare. Its greater than my daughters laptop and Samsung Omnia phone by a lot

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    This is in other threads

    but iPad and iPad2 have the same solo wifi antenna and the same reception.
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    One of the reviews I read stated that the iPad 2 had a noticeably smaller Wifi range than the iPad 1 and attributed this to the internal antenna being relocated in the thinner chassis since both devices shared the same Wifi chip.
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    Thanks for that link - very interesting to see the differences between the CDMA and UMTS models.

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    Yes I have. That was the first thing I noticed the first time I turned on my ipad2. It was right beside my ipad1 and it showed one bar less than ipad1. And it does so all over the house...

    Guess they changed the antenna. Both are runninh iOS 4.3.1

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    It is True. The Signale strenght is significantly lower on Ipad 2 then on Ipad1 and IPhone 4.

    By placing the three, in the same room next to each other, and seeing the signal strenght in the system Info web interface on a Buffalo DD-WRT Router. The strenghts are as follows
    Ipad1 45 %
    Ipad2 34%
    Iphone 4 42%
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    You cannot trust the built in signal meters to give you actual measurements of signal strength. They are guidelines only.
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    That is only half of it. The router determines how much signal strength there is where the iPad is located. The iPad antenna and receiver determine how much signal gets into the iPad.


    Think of it like at a concert. The orchestra puts lots of sound where you are, but put in good earplugs and not much gets to your brain.
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    I have iPad 1 and 2, and we have two separate wifi networks set up in our primary home. My experience with wifi range between the two iPads has been consistent. That's also been true with the single wifi network that we have set up at a vacation home.

    Every once in awhile, one fewer bar might display on one of my iPads over another, but that's not a reliable indicator.
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    I'd have to agree with you. I don't think that it is just the modem/ router that can be the sole issue. Prior to having an ipad2, I had an acer iconia tab which failed to connect in my great room which was 2 floors below. Finally returned that and replaced it with the ipad2. Wifi connection significantly better, actually excellent. No change to the modem, router, interior of the home to contribute to that change.

    For me it was a change in device brand vs a change in the router.
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    Okay, so outside of changing my router, which is fairly new anyway, are there any other remedies for this? Any tweaks for a jailbroken iPad 2?

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    I am not familiar with the tweaks for a jailbroken iPad. Mine is a stock iPad. I saw another post that you started regarding your wifi connection. I am not sure if mine has ever achieved and/or maintained 100% connection. For me, there are a lot of interior home factors which help to drop the signal intensity. Even more so when paired with a mobile device with reported wifi antenna issues.

    Personally, I did not have to replace my router or modem. It was simply replacing the droid tablet to the ipad which worked for me.

    Though, I have never experienced my wifi drop completely with my ipad. Have you?

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