5 Replies Latest reply: May 25, 2010 11:01 AM by EmbeddedGeek
raka Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
my wireless router is upstairs.

my iPad has trouble with a weak signal downstairs (my PS3 is fine, but has a much bigger box for receiver/ antenna, i guess)

1. what is an easy/ economical/ effective way to extend/ improve my current home network wireless range/ signal?

2. what is a good iPad app for quantitatively measuring/ reporting WiFi signal strength, throughput, etc.?

Mac OS X (10.4.2)
  • Glorfindeal Level 6 Level 6 (9,330 points)
    What router are you using? If you have an airport extreme, you can buy another one and set up WDS networking. This extends the wireless network while allowing you to use the ethernet port on the second unit also. I use it in my house to connect my weather envoy wirelessly to my main router.

    glor
  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
    raka wrote:
    my wireless router is upstairs.
    2. what is a good iPad app for quantitatively measuring/ reporting WiFi signal strength, throughput, etc.?


    A good app for throughput is speedtest. It measures total throughput, upload and download data speeds. If you only want to test the in-network throughput, I haven't used any.

    "Benchtest" may help in this regard. Read the writeup in the apps store to see if it will help meet your needs.

    For signal strength, that is a tall order due to mfg tolerance differences in the ipads and iphones. One device may give you 2 blips on the signal strength indicator while another will give 3 at the same time in the same location. Some high end test equipment would be required for accurate quantitative measurement.
  • raka Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    No, i do not have an airport router

    i have a D-Link DIR655 model

    do you know of something similar that will work with my router?

    thks
  • Glorfindeal Level 6 Level 6 (9,330 points)
    Here is a link that discusses your problem:

    http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies-archive.cfm/1070536.html

    Glor
  • EmbeddedGeek Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    I have found that use of the 5Ghz AP (faster, greater range, and less interference) won't work with ipad and am using the 2.4Ghz. This also seem not to work with range extender as all my devices (even the 802.11a Zaurus and Lifedrive) have greater range. Sadly I put in a new AP to make the ipad actually at the same locations.