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Poor reception in philadelphia

2013-09-12, 13:58 PM


 




Just upgraded to a droid maxx a few days ago. Connection doesn't seem to be as good as with my old bionic. I now have 1-2 bars consistently where as I used to have 4-5 bars on my bionic. Tried removing sim card, set network to lte. Question : Should I get my phone replaced as I am still within my 14 days?



Or is there something else I can try?



 



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Re: Poor reception in philadelphia

2013-09-12, 14:04 PM
I think that bar rendering was changed with RAZR HD generation of phones.
If you have poor reception, that is a worry. If reception is fine but bar
display is low, it is likely just the new rendering scheme.
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Re: Poor reception in philadelphia

2013-09-12, 14:29 PM


Are you having actual issues with voice call performance?

Please do not PM me - if you have issues, search the forums for threads on your topic and post there, or start a new thread. Thanks!
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2013-09-12, 14:40 PM


No actual issues. I was just concerned that my bars are much lower then with my bionic in the same areas. Is there some where I can read about the bar rendering change?

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Re: Poor reception in philadelphia

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Dave said:


No actual issues. I was just concerned that my bars are much lower then with my bionic in the same areas. Is there some where I can read about the bar rendering change?


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I don't recall any actual documentation from Moto on this issue, only that it was brought up during some of the old soak tests.  I think that it was felt (by Moto) that the bar indicators exaggerated the reception "level" so they toned down the rendering.  



 

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2013-09-12, 15:02 PM


Ah ok, thanks.

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Re: Poor reception in philadelphia

2013-09-12, 19:59 PM


can't speak to the bionic, but i can say that the Droid Maxx gets better reception for me in fringe areas than the Droid Razr, and the Droid Razr HD Maxx.



My drive to work brings we through the fringe area between NYC and Philly  (Hunterdon/Mercer counties in NJ) - i dont drop back to 3g as often as I did with the RAZR HD. And My kids plan Razr's are also not as good as even the HD.



 



So each generation of 4G seems to be better than the last in my personal experience. 

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2013-09-12, 21:31 PM


Looking at my signal strength it's 4G = -118dbm is that good or bad?

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Re: Poor reception in philadelphia

2013-09-12, 21:53 PM


Dave said:


Looking at my signal strength it's 4G = -118dbm is that good or bad?


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its not stellar- lol



 



basically the closer to zero the better.  I dont look much but i think realistically you wont go much lower than -60ish in the real world.  My memory isn't great so someone that knows should surely pipe up and correct - but i think around -120 is when it bails on 4g and will look for 3g.



But all that tells you is what signal the phone is getting-  maybe the verizon signal there is stinky. What you need to do is compare the dBm from one phoen to another.  If you fire up your old phone and it's getting -65 while this one is getting -114 than that's a problem. THey will vary a few points depending on how you hold them and which is closer and aimed what way but i think generally they should be someplace near each other - so maybe another phone gets -112 and you are getting -114, i wouldn't worry.



real world I think it matters more if the phone is falling back to 3g all the time more than the old phone.

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Re: Poor reception in philadelphia

2013-09-13, 0:57 AM


CNET article states:



As a rule of thumb around -113 decibels is on the low end of the signal bar range, and around -50 decibels is on the high end (more signal bars). The closer the decibel measurement is to zero, the stronger the signal.



As @michaelk said, though, what matters in the real world is if you are losing the signal--period--or if you are dropping to 3G.

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