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iPhone 5 wifi signal strength issues

131075 Views 106 Replies Latest reply: Feb 12, 2014 1:08 PM by glippy9 RSS
  • Musad_Abdullah Calculating status...
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    May 8, 2013 6:53 PM (in response to MJLyco1)

    I have just received my iPhone 5 as well. Default iOS 6.0.1 and it has a fluctuating signal strength and in fact is one full bar lower than my 3Gs 4.3.5.

    I would say the problem is clear and simple...the aliminium backing plate is restricting the amount of strength to the phone itself.

    If you want to keep ur credit cards safe or want to suppress GSM signal and wifi, step into a aliminium caravan and see the signal strength drop on the GSM and Wifi.

    Obviously the morons who designed this aliminium backing plate are not adversed to understand that "Aliminium" is a shield for most signals.

    Seriously Apple....make a new backing case...and replace the existing aliminium casing with some other alloy besides aliminium and swap our backing plates over.

    If any engineers are reading my comment...please make a different backing plate and put it up on eBay. Coz I will buy immediately and have it shipped to Singapore.

     

    What moronic engineer or designer would put aliminium backing plate onto a phone for....idiots. Nokia used stainless steel once in the 8800 corporate slide model.

     

    Maybe Apple to cheap to use polished stainless steel.

     

    Technically....this aliminium backing plate is the cause of the whole problem...and Apple should make a new backing plate and fit free for us.!!!!!

     

    But I fear they too cheap to worry about its customers.

  • Rennv Calculating status...
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    May 8, 2013 7:01 PM (in response to Musad_Abdullah)

    Agreed.  No wonder AAPL is stock is getting sold.

  • Waleed el sayed Calculating status...
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    May 14, 2013 1:18 AM (in response to joshuatree70)

    Wifi signal is max without any cover or case,, try without,, now no problem what so ever

  • woody239 Calculating status...
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    May 23, 2013 1:09 PM (in response to MJLyco1)

    100% to do with my aluminium case. Tested it numerous times now and I take it off, full signal. Put it back on, lose signal. This is not apples fault in my eyes but the person I purchased the case off.

  • keefkeef Calculating status...
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    May 23, 2013 9:08 PM (in response to Musad_Abdullah)

    > I would say the problem is clear and simple...the aliminium backing plate is restricting the amount of strength to the phone itself.

     

    The antennas are on the side - the aluminum is blocking/covering 0% of the antenna.

     

    Your 3GS doesn't support 5GHz, your 5 does, and 5GHz is faster, but has a smaller radius of coverage, which is why you have less bars on your 5, but it'll be much faster despite the missing bars.

     

    Next?

  • Manish Kothari Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    May 23, 2013 11:41 PM (in response to woody239)

    While i agree its the case which is blocking the wifi signal, apple should have accounted for people putting cases on their precious Iphone 5 phones while designing it.

     

    I have used each and every Iphone model since its launch and none of the older models had this problem. Its clear that this is a design flaw which affects the usage of the phone with a case.

  • Too K Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 19, 2013 7:03 AM (in response to MJLyco1)

    Maybe this issue is your WLAN signal be weaken between your iPhone or iPad, you can try to replace your WLAN or to paste "Perfecting Signals" on your WLAN Box for improve its quality of the WLAN signal.

    More detail info to see below link:

    http://utilityhome.blogspot.com/

  • Angel Singz Calculating status...
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    Jun 28, 2013 5:58 PM (in response to joshuatree70)

    Thank you SOOOOOOO much dude!! I was going crazy wondering if my iphone was messed up or if my router was the one that was messed up. I took off that wired chrome case and i went from 1 to 0 bars back to 2 to 3. That was never a thought in my mind until i ready your post. Thanks again

  • mosesport Calculating status...
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    Jul 30, 2013 7:58 PM (in response to MJLyco1)

    I was having the exact same issues.  Took off the case.  No change.  Reset network settings.  No change.

     

    Changed my router band frequency from 2.4Ghz to 5Ghz.

     

    Now I'm getting 42.5Mb down and 12Mb up.  EPIC. 

  • liza khalid Calculating status...
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    Sep 19, 2013 2:00 AM (in response to joshuatree70)

    the main issue is metal bumper and steel case . All these stuff make the wifi signal totally drop down !!!

    I need to buy another case to make my phone can connect to wifi. ****!! wasting my money!

  • liza khalid Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 19, 2013 2:02 AM (in response to Waleed el sayed)

    YESSSS!!! SO TRUEEE ! TOTALLY AGREED 300 %

  • Brave_Sam Calculating status...
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    Oct 22, 2013 11:09 PM (in response to MJLyco1)

    I've had the same issue with wifi signal strenght and the bluetooth too specially after updating to IOS 7, then i've noticed the back sticker was the reason, removed the sticker and the problem solved !!!!

  • Rakahmn Calculating status...
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    Nov 7, 2013 9:46 PM (in response to Brave_Sam)

    my iphone5 has no cover what so ever but the wifi is still below my expectations, actually i thought it is my device was defected until i saw this thread.

  • reasonablemanzach Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 10, 2013 7:28 PM (in response to joshuatree70)

    Removing my wife's relatively thin case resulted in her wifi strength going from 50% to 100%.

  • Rakahmn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 12, 2013 3:39 AM (in response to reasonablemanzach)

    I don't know what to say , but as I said thier is nothing (case or film).

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