3G S Wifi Experiences? (weaker reception? meter off?)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Scott-n-Houston, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. Scott-n-Houston macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2008
    Houston (duh)
    My wifi meter will show 2 or even 1 bar when very close to my AE. I have my old 3 G close by and it's full bars, so it's not the AE.
    That makes me wonder, is it the meter or the actual reception? Experimenting with it is inconclusive really.

    Anyone else notice wifi differences or is this a one-off anomaly with mine?
  2. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    I get one bar with the 3GS in my bedroom, where I previously had full bars on the 3G. Annoying.
  3. soLoredd macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2007
    I have the same problem with my 2G. I get one bar when it used to 4-5. My connection drops a lot more frequently as well.
  4. Eminemdrdre00 macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2008
    I think it has to do with the 3.0 software. I've noticed much weaker wifi reception on my iPhone3G ever since upgrading to 3.0
  5. jaggunothing macrumors regular


    Jul 30, 2008
    Bangalore, India
    Yup weaker receptions since i upgraded to 3 GM. Same with OS 3 general public release. Maybe by 15%.
  6. aldude macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2009
    Same here - my 3GS has rubbish Wifi reception, even compared to my 1G iPod touch...
  7. BryanLyle macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2005
    I have same problem on an ipod touch second gen and a new iphone. As soon as I started beta testing 3.0, I noticed the wifi reception dropped considerably.
  8. Ntombi macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal
  9. btownguy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    router: Linksys WRT54G
    connection: Bellsouth FastAccess 3.0 Mbps

    wifi speed from laptop: 2.8 Mbps (speedtest.net)
    wifi speed from iphone 3gs: 600 Kbps (speedtest.net)

    I'm really wondering why my wifi speed is SO SLOW on my iPhone.
  10. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    Same WiFi signal strength as my 1st gen iPod touch. The phone signal fluctuates, but I've yet to have poor call quality, even at one bar of strength.
  11. Ntombi macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal
    According to my results log from the speedtest.net app, my 3G got between 7 and 8.5 MBps, and my 3G S gets 10 MBps on average, which is the speed I'm paying my cable internet provider for.
  12. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    3G S vs. 3G on 3.0: 3G S gets one bar. 3G 3 bars (wifi).


    3GS: 936 kbps down, 1664 up.
    3G: 1915 down, 4070 up.

    2nd test:

    3GS: 1422 down, 3365 up.
    3G: 7406 down, 2256 up.

    3rd test:

    3GS: 1.63 Mbps down, 1.72 up
    3G 4.12 down, 3.43 up

    :( 3G S is consistently worse on speed test (by far) and amt of wifi bars shown. Later I'll walk around outside with them.
  13. scottuf macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2009
    NPB, FL

    i agree my 3gs is MUCH slower than my uMBP sitting in the same room as the airport express (older g version, but still...). so far my 3gs wifi speeds are very similar to using cellular. i've tested using both the "check pipes" app and the Ookla app.

    1st iphone so i don't have another to compare with.
  14. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    Apple has botched something with OS 3.0 and wifi -- it is not specific to the 3GS.

    I used to get full bars in my bedroom with iPhone 3G and 2.2.1, but now that I have a 3GS, and now that the 3G is updated to 3.0, I have a horrible fluctuating signal and half the time I can't load web sites. I see the same signal fluctuations when both are side by side. This must be related to 3.0, and not the 3GS hardware.


    ^tell them directly
  15. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    My wifi has been great on my new 3gs - never had a previous iphone
  16. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    Well, that's what we're comparing here. :|

    So, I'm disturbed by the recently posted MacRumors story that Apple used the Wifi guts from the 1st gen, not the 3G. I need to read that again and ponder it but my uneducated knee-jerk on it wasn't good.
  17. notjustgc macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2009
    It's hard to say, because Optimum Online sucks and has DNS issues all the time, but I do believe I can say with some certainty that my 3GS Wifi performance has been slightly less impressive than with the 3G.
  18. KapitanIksrog macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2007
    Both my Wifi and Cell signals are worse on my 3GS than my 3G. I tried to call Apple because I live in a 1-2 bar area and basically can't get service on my 3GS and they quickly pushed me to AT&T who were absolutely useless (the guy basically suggested that I shouldn't have bought the phone because of my coverage area).

    I bought Applecare off ebay and will try again in a week. I am terrible at being pushy and getting a replacement sent or whatever but something is definitely up. It sucks that I sold my 3G and now I can't use my new $499 phone in my house or use Wifi in my upstairs office.

    (FWIW: I had the original 2G as well. The 3G was marginally better. I would guesstimate that my 3GS is 20-25% worse for both WIFI and cell reception)
  19. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    I'm getting MUCH better speed on speedtest app with 3G vs. 3GS.

    Hopefully if enough people send the feedback, the faster an update might come in for it. Unless they did indeed, dumb down the Wifi guts.
  20. doubleatheman macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2009
    I have noticed this also on my 3gs, wifi reception distance is way way down. Although when I am close to my ap the speed is way faster than the 2g.

    My 3gs when about 20 feet from the ap gets 10-11 Mbps

    My 2g phone at the same distance gets 3-4 Mbps

    but at a distance the signal is horrile where it used to be fine before the 3.0 software. I liked using my wifi when I was in my car port. Few hundred yards away from my house, now I can't, but 3g is fast enough I don't really notice, I just have my battery drained faster now.
  21. cobalt135 macrumors regular

    Dec 28, 2008
    Finally some talk about this, I posted something about this over the weekend and did not really get much of a response. I have done dozens of side by side tests between my 1st gen. iPhone and the 3GS and the results are consistent.....3GS is WAY slower. Both the phones WiFi signal strength meters act identical when they are together. Both are running 3.0 as well. Here is one set of results between the two. Same wireless network (Airport Express)and same test server back to back tests. I also switched my Time Capsule back to b/g/n and ran a test and the 3GS is slow on it too.:confused: My brothers 2G iPod Touch was getting the usual network speeds before the 3.0 and now with the 3.0 they are slow like my 3GS.

    Attached Files:

  22. Scott-n-Houston thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2008
    Houston (duh)
    Well, it seems there's some difference of opinion here whether it's the 3.0 as the issue or the 3GS vs 3G.

    Which speed test app is the best?
  23. Sledutah macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2009
    I hope they get a fix out soon. My speeds on wifi are mostly between 0 and 100kbps :mad:

    I've been using Speed Test (speedtest.net) & Xtreme speedtest, both downloads are free via the apps store.

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