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Ok, why the weird signal icon??

by Syrinx77 / March 31, 2012 1:52 PM PDT

(XP Pro SP3)
I don't get why the wifi signal quality icon on the bottom right corner of my taskbar says "Very Good", when if I'm less than 6 feet away from the router, it *should* read "Excellent".

Why the discrepancy?
For the record, I do share the router signal with a 2nd laptop. Or is it all about physical positioning of my laptop?

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Here I've seen that one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 31, 2012 2:37 PM PDT

The router was on an Euro channel so this happens. I wonder if consumers should be sold gear like this?

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by bill012 / April 1, 2012 10:02 PM PDT

Depends on what the router is displaying. Signal strength and signal quality are different things. The best example I a can think of is to take 2 radios put them next to each other on different stations and turn up the volume.

You would hear a very loud sound but it would be of poor quality.

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