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What's DOS?
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎08-04-2011
Location: uk
Message 1 of 16 (4,707 Views)

S205 wireless range problems

Hi,

 

I just got a new S205 and I'm having a lot of problems with it having terrible wireless range.  I was wondering if anyone had any similar issues or suggestions for a fix?

 

As an example, my other netbook, and S10 will get 4 bars with the router I'm using if I'm sitting on my bed.  The s205 will get a patchy 1 bar connection which drops a lot when put in the same position.  My bed is less than 5 metres away from the router.

 

In the same positions the S10 is able to pick up 10 or so wireless networks in the area, the s205 can only find 4.

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Location: Česká Republika
Message 2 of 16 (4,699 Views)

Re: S205 wireless range problems

can you tell us which model of wireless adapter do you have?
could be antenna issue.

http://forum.lenovo.com/t5/IdeaPad-Y-U-B-V-and-Z-series/Intel-Wifi-Link-1000-bgn-short-range/m-p/464...


What's DOS?
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Registered: ‎08-04-2011
Location: uk
Message 3 of 16 (4,688 Views)

Re: S205 wireless range problems

Its an RALink RT3090.
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Message 4 of 16 (4,686 Views)

Re: S205 wireless range problems

can you upgrade modem's firmware?


Paper Tape
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Registered: ‎07-29-2011
Location: Italy
Message 5 of 16 (4,681 Views)

Re: S205 wireless range problems

the wifi  ralink receiver s not the best on S205 (german S205 had different producer), but the lenovo default driver is old, so I solved installing new driver from Ralink site

http://www.ralinktech.com/support.php?s=1

instal only the driver and not the utility to manage net wifi (not needed)

Now my situaton is better, a driver can't make miracle and the wifi module is not so good, but is better than nothing 

What's DOS?
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎09-19-2011
Location: Chicago
Message 6 of 16 (4,500 Views)

Re: S205 wireless range problems

i am experiencing the exact same problem...my thinkpad  and mac powerbook have no trouble picking up the signal from the next room but my s205 only intermittently as internet access.  sometimes it shows 4 out of 5 bars, but cannot connect.

 

i have installed updated firmware for my RALink RT3090 to no avail.

 

forgive my ignorance, but when users have said that the problem is with the antenna(s) and that they have resolved it, what specific action have they taken?

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Message 7 of 16 (4,492 Views)

Re: S205 wireless range problems

for hardware issues, it's better to call lenovo support line.
if readycomm application installed, remove > restart your computer and try again.

also, check if the issue persists with unsecured networks. ( disable security )


Paper Tape
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Registered: ‎04-03-2008
Location: Mauldin, SC, USA
Message 8 of 16 (4,471 Views)

S205 WiFi problem

Just got my S205 two days ago. May I say, what a disappointment. Feels like a downgrade from my S10. My router works fine with my S10. But S205 just constantly have trouble connecting to the internet. It shows that it is connected (and very good connection also) to my home network, but often it's either not able to connect to the internet or it is super duper (unusably) slow. I have updated the driver for RT3090 wifi adapter. Don't know what else to do. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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Message 9 of 16 (4,452 Views)

Re: S205 WiFi problem

tried to update drivers? ( avoid this question if you already did )


Paper Tape
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Registered: ‎04-03-2008
Location: Mauldin, SC, USA
Message 10 of 16 (4,431 Views)

Re: S205 WiFi problem


restricted wrote:

Just got my S205 two days ago. May I say, what a disappointment. Feels like a downgrade from my S10. My router works fine with my S10. But S205 just constantly have trouble connecting to the internet. It shows that it is connected (and very good connection also) to my home network, but often it's either not able to connect to the internet or it is super duper (unusably) slow. I have updated the driver for RT3090 wifi adapter. Don't know what else to do. Any suggestions? Thank you.


So I called Lenovo tech support. Was told that since my adaptor is able to pick up the network means it is not a hardware but a software issue and is not covered under warranty. That said, he still gave me the suggestion to retire my more-than-5-year-old router because there might be compatibility issue between a router that old and a new computer. 

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