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    Wifi issue with Iconia

    Hello everyone.

    I've just got myself a A500 after much deliberating on which tablet to get. Very happy with it but I am experiencing some issues re connecting to wifi. I've done a search in this and other forums but can't see any similar threads.

    The issue is staying connected to my home wifi when I go into other rooms around my house. I get a strong and unbroken connection when in the room where my router is located but if I move into the next room, with just one wall between, the signal drops to 2 bars and repeatedly disconnects, reconnects and disconnects again. It stays connected for about a minute before disconnecting.

    I've a couple of laptops which receive the wifi signal at full strength throughout my house, so I don't think it's an issue with the router (Netgear DGN2000).

    I've seen in other threads suggestions that security protocols could be an issue, but given I get an unbroken connection when I'm in the room with the router I don't think this is the problem. I'm using WPA-PSK security and have tried with security turned off.

    Any help / suggestions would be much appreciated, otherwise I think I'm going to have to return the tablet

    Thanks

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    That's a common problem with the A500, it has a weak wifi coverage. even though I am close to my router, I only get 2-3 bars, rarely 4 bars. but I never disconnect. Also, when in hotspots, it has trouble connecting, at least mine is. Hmm. what im doing now is just wait for the upcoming update and hope that will fix this issue. Well if you'd want to return it, that's fine also. Just hope for a better one. or check the kernel version. mine is 1.141.xxxGEN1.

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    well i posted this very issue in a previous topic on this foum. i bought a wi fi extender and it solved all of my issues
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    I exchanged mine for another unit and had significant improvement. I was also advised by acer tech support that there was a known hardware issue with a batch of wifi modules......

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    Thanks guys

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    To dhornick: what kind of wifi extender?

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    I've also realized that the alum rear panel of the A500 is great at reducing the wifi signal, I can observe 1+ bars difference of signal strength due to the orientation of the A500 to wifi router. If the back of the A500 is facing the router the signal strength is reduced, and if the display is facing the wifi router the signal improves.

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    i just got a netgear wi fi extender from best buy. it was kind of pricy but well worth it for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhornick View Post
    i just got a netgear wi fi extender from best buy. it was kind of pricy but well worth it for me.
    What exactly is this?

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    Looking into this, you can make a wifi extender if you want to do it on the cheap

    Make a Wi-Fi Extender


 
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