Problems with network reception?

I've got a T-mobile and 3 sim , both seem to give me poor reception with my SGS2, compared to my old O2 one.
Anybody else have problems with their network?

Of course I understand that some networks are clearly better than others but thats not the point of the discussion here.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2011 at 14:43

Did you use the SGSII with o2? If not, 'my' SGS2 was at least a bar or 2 short of every other phone I used. Ever.

shuwaz  Aug. 20, 2011 at 15:01

No but I do have a PAYG O2 sim lying around which I could try I guess.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 20, 2011 at 15:46

Yeah the S2 does seem to have particularly bad radios, the WiFi is weak as well, luckily for me I live in a very strong HSDPA area so phone signal isn't a problem. It's not just you though, it's a documented flaw (along with battery life), of the S2.

shuwaz  Aug. 20, 2011 at 15:56

Now that deserves a 'most useful answer' hit.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 20, 2011 at 16:07

Cheers ;)

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 20, 2011 at 16:07

Yes, wifi hardly worked on 'mine'... it spotted all networks, but connections only held up for 1 minute max... hotspot app worked well, though.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 20, 2011 at 16:12

I have a gaming router for the best/fastest connection (off topic, I know LAN is best, but it's just not practical in my house) and at the other side of my house from the router (about 10 metres, I guess), my Desire used to still have full WiFi signal, the S2 has one bar. Still gets great speeds though, I have 50mb Virgin broadband and the S2 gets about 40mb and my Laptop gets about 45mb, in the same place across the house from the router.

shuwaz  Aug. 20, 2011 at 16:30

Got a link/price/recommendation for a good router? at the moment VM gave me a combined modem and router jobby.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 20, 2011 at 16:41

I don't mean to sound like I'm patronising you, but, do you really need a different router? Go to the furthest point from your router in your house and test your speed and connection, if it's within 20% of your speed close to your router/using a wired LAN connection, you have no need to upgrade. If it's an awful speed or you can't get a connection at all, I shall gather together a list of some quality routers for you :).

shuwaz  Aug. 20, 2011 at 16:50

nah its ok, its just when you mentioned 'gaming router' it sounded cool.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 20, 2011 at 17:03

They're just a router with 3 very powerful antennae, rather than the usual one or two, they're still only as fast as your broadband connection and only worth it if you're an absolutely avid gamer (though then you'd probably just wired LAN your house), or have thick walls which a normal router would struggle with (which is why I have one).

shuwaz  Aug. 20, 2011 at 17:16

I just have the problem of my office (despite being upstairs) being on a slightly lower floor than the bedroom (where my connection is fitted/based). Its 10MB VM connection but I still seem to get regular problems when watching youtube or BBC iPlayer. Doesnt matter whether its the laptop, tablet, PC or family PC downstairs (which incidentally uses its own VM connection (i.e. mine is part of a business connection).

I know connection problems could be down to multiple reasons but it just got me wondering.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 20, 2011 at 19:31

Do you actually get 10mbps or not? Use to find out the broadband speed you're actually getting, the router might not be at fault at all. Use a wired LAN connection when doing the test to eliminate the WiFi from the equation. Then repeat the test using a WiFi device next to the router (preferably a laptop then you can perform the Ethernet and WiFi tests on the same device). From that you'll be able to see if your router causes you to lose speed. Then test the speed in your office (and anywhere else you have problems), if the WiFi speed is lower in problem areas then it's the router, if the connection into your house isn't actually getting 10mbps then you'll need to speak to VM about it. Threaten to cancel your subscription and they might upgrade you for little or no extra cost. The one up from 10mbps is 20mbps on VM I think. Or if you feel like splashing out there's always the 50mbps connection, it'll stream 1080p with literally a second of buffering at the beginning, it's awesome :D.

shuwaz  Aug. 21, 2011 at 19:30

Getting 10mbps on LAN and 9.81 via WIFI.
In the office I get 7.34mbps.

Both times I used the laptop to run Speedtest.

Stelph  Aug. 23, 2011 at 16:01

Wireless Rooter Smooter, real gamers get homeplugs :p

CTPAHHIK  Aug. 23, 2011 at 16:09

Do they actually work? I still think they are for lazy people who cannot wire CAT5.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 23, 2011 at 16:45

Homeplugs are for people who can't or can't be arsed to wire their house properly with ethernet cables :-P

shuwaz  Aug. 23, 2011 at 17:13

i've just planned out the weekend to wire the office to the router. Good old-fashioned (but reliable) LAN style!

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 23, 2011 at 17:36

Good decision, shuwaz

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 23, 2011 at 18:25

Good plan, if it's practical to LAN something it's usually worth it for speed/reliability :). It'll be satisfying as hell when you're done as well :).

shuwaz  Aug. 23, 2011 at 19:03

I should have done it ages ago... just laziness I guess. :p

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 23, 2011 at 21:05

Just think of all the 1080p YouTube videos you'll soon be able to watch in your office instead of working :p.

Stelph  Aug. 24, 2011 at 11:49

Yeah they work well, and especially in houses like mine where the wifi is rubbish and the plaster is equally rubbish/couldnt afford a remodel its an excellent solution.

shuwaz  Aug. 24, 2011 at 12:38

matt101101 15 hours ago

Just think of all the 1080p YouTube videos you'll soon be able to watch in your office instead of working

I will not be able to confirm or deny those reports (if they occur). (_;)


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