08/09/2011, 05:20 PM
Since posts #56 and #57, respectively, have since
- validated Belkin N+ router firmware (4 months old)
- OTA 3.0.2 (didn't make a difference in wifi sensitivity, but hangs less)
- Preware (of course) -> Uberkernel, unthrottle download, privacy, Overlord, etc. etc.
- done full system reset (modem, router, everything on the network)
- side by side speedtest.net of HP laptop, HP netbook and HP Touchpad all over, in/out of the house.
- set the router to 802.11g (didn't increase speed; slight increase in range (????) )
- set router back to 802.11 b/g/n
- chatted with Level 2 support
- WebOS doctor 3.0.2 and repeat <all> of the above steps (didn't make a difference)
At the end of which I've discovered that the Touchpad <will> download at 20+MB/sec, but ONLY if I'm within ~20' of the router; when I move into my home office, the Touchpad wifi is about 1/10th to 2/3rds as fast (quite variably) as the HP Laptop or HP Netbook sitting right next to it. It will occasionally claim "No internet connection" whilst laptop claims an "excellent" 54MBps connection; furthermore, the laptop will see the neighbor's wifi, when the Touchpad does not.
Overall, it appears to be (for me at least) a matter of the antenna sensitivity or quite likely the driver/settings for the antenna (Homebrew patch? Anyone? Anyone?... ;-) As a workaround, will next relocate my router and am then debating on 1 of 2 things to 'power' through the issue:
a) installing a signal boost antenna on the router
b) getting a new router (e.g. dual band D-Link Extreme N)
Anyone had successes with signal boosting or the newer extreme range wi-fi routers?