iPhone Any fix for poor range on iphone 5 Wifi??

Jason B

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Any fix for poor range on iphone 5 Wifi??

The range on this is really bad. My ipod 4g has much more range when I got outside, vs the iphone 5.
 

lukejc1

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Any fix for poor range on iphone 5 Wifi??

The range on this is really bad. My ipod 4g has much more range when I got outside, vs the iphone 5.
Try WiFi Booster.

Obviously this tweak does not enhance the hardware at all. That is not possible for any tweak. What WiFi Booster does is removes the artificial signal limit that Apple has installed in iOS and allows you to connect to weaker signals.

I use this on my iPad 3 and it works as advertised.
 

Jason B

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Thanks just installed it. It shows some numbers next to the wifi networks, like -42. Is the lower the number the stronger the signal? Is there a reference to what those #'s mean?

I returned my last iphone 5 for another issue, and it's this new one that the wifi doesn't go as far in my house. Sucks. The old one would let me go outside...
 
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takeshi74

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Any fix for poor range on iphone 5 Wifi??
If your case it sounds like a hardware issue. If that's the case then a replacement is the only real solution.

Thanks just installed it. It shows some numbers next to the wifi networks, like -42. Is the lower the number the stronger the signal? Is there a reference to what those #'s mean?
No, the opposite. Higher numbers mean stronger signal. For example, -35 is greater than -42 (keep in mind these numbers are negative). -35 would be the stronger signal.

See also:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DBm
 

Jason B

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Thanks for explaining, makes sense now.

The program solved my problem it seems. I can now use it outside! Thanks for the help.

One issue. It seems after I got back into settings/wifi a few times that I lose the tweak. The ip address and db numbers go away and I have to "respring" to get the tweak back. Is this just how it is? I tried re-installing and same thing.
 

kalirob99

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Thanks for explaining, makes sense now.

The program solved my problem it seems. I can now use it outside! Thanks for the help.

One issue. It seems after I got back into settings/wifi a few times that I lose the tweak. The ip address and db numbers go away and I have to "respring" to get the tweak back. Is this just how it is? I tried re-installing and same thing.
It's a known issue, but you don't have to respring. Just close the settings app and reopen.
 

viperGTS

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It sounds like you have a faulty phone more than anything. I would suggest getting a replacement phone, although you will lose your jailbreak...
 

Jason B

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It sounds like you have a faulty phone more than anything. I would suggest getting a replacement phone, although you will lose your jailbreak...
Well, it's just at my house where it seems to happen. The new one just doesn't have quite the wifi range when I go outside. I'm afraid if I get another it could be worse.

The main reason I returned it was due to the wifi throughput issue. While I can get speeds for 52mb down when connected to N, when downloading files or playing youtube videos, speeds are slow and faster on 4g. That's why I returned it, and the new one wasn't any better. Rumor is there is a apple branded wifi chip and an intel wifi chip and the intel one supposedly doesn't do this, but apple says there is only one chip and it's never changed.... WHo knows the real truth.