iPhone 5 wi-fi range issue. Replace antenna or wi-fi adapter?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by GP20, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. GP20 macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2012
    There are areas inside my house where my iPhone keep dropping the wi-fi connection, while my sister's iPhone 5 has no issue and holds the connection fine. I really don't wanna get the phone swapped at the apple store 'cos it took a few tries to find this exterior flawless one and it doesn't rattle excessively. I've already tried restoring as new - no difference.

    Can this be fixed by replacing the antenna? Or wi-fi adapter? Can the wi-fi adapters even be replaced? I can swap parts myself from a scrap iPhone 5.

    Thanks! Really appreciate any advice!
  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Wait until she goes to sleep, then SWITCH!? :D

    Seriously, obviously there is something wrong with yours. If you restore OS and no change that means is the hardware.

    How many antennas does your WIFI access point has? Turn the whole box around 45-90 degrees. I don't have an explanation, just try it, is free.
  3. Bahroo macrumors 68000

    Jul 21, 2012
    Reset network settings? Did you try that on your i5? Did you try a hard reset?
  4. GP20 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2012
    Yep tried everything at least twice each. Pretty sure it's not a software issue.

    Is it possible to swap the wifi adapter?
  5. Giuly macrumors 68040


    They are pretty flawless now, so you might as well get it replaced by Apple for an iPhone that was manufactured properly after the initial rush.

    Are you on iOS 6.1? It might improve WiFi.
  6. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    It's under warranty. Don't touch it!! Let Apple replace it.

    The last thing you want to do is open it up and start replacing parts at random. :eek:
  7. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    U can't swap wifi since the chip is soldered on to the board.

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