I have noticed that my laptop does not connect to public routers in close range when signal strength is 2 out of 5. When I move it closer to access points then laptop accesses.
Is there some kind of threshold in firmware that if not close enough, it will disconnect? Another thing which i though would be appropriate to tell is that my smartphone cannot access internet while connected to my 3 year old Edimax router located in the next room while having full signal strength but connects to the internet when i move closer or enter that room.
Weird... I did not play with router's QoS settings and any range.
UPDATE: This seems having nothing to do with range but more with angle at which i am holding smartphone. I tried surfing when sitting in one position and all was well given my router was located in the next room, however should i turn smartphone a little or lift it up a little or simply change angle, i no longer could surf however signal was same.