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Using the WiFi with my phones has been frustrating lately (a problem I don't have with my laptop, maybe because it has a bigger antenna?). My setup is based on a Netgear WNR3500v1 router and 2 Android phones (a Nexus One and a Galaxy Nexus).

The curious thing is the signal strength seems good throughout my house, going from -40dBm to [even] -90dBm at some points (these last ones I consider dark spots). These all led me to believe signal levels could not be the issue so I installed fing on my android phone and ran a ping to my router these are the results FROM less than 6FT away and direct line of sight to router:

Average Ping: 3ms
Packet loss: 35%
Minimum Ping: 1ms
Maximum Ping: 18ms
Std. dev. ping: 0ms
Estimated hops: 0

The router is sitting on a glass table next to my 42" LCD TV, could the LCD be creating interference? (the above test was done with the TV off)

So here are my questions:

  1. Should I be on the market for a new router?
  2. Could this be an issue with Android? (I don't have other devices to test)
  3. Does anyone know what 'Std. dev. ping: 0ms' means?
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You said you don't have a problem with your laptop, does this wireless network work for other devices (phones, tablets, etc)? – CharlieRB Mar 18 '13 at 17:04
@rantsh: Have you tried rebooting the router? Also, are the router's antennae definitely attached properly? – James Mar 18 '13 at 17:09
@James, many many times, it's an issue that's just been getting worse for the past couple of months – rantsh Mar 18 '13 at 18:12
@CharlieRB No problems with laptop, but problems with my 2 android phones (and the android phones of my friends when they come over), I don't have other devices to test with. – rantsh Mar 18 '13 at 18:13
A standard deviation of 0 would mean that every ping was the same duration, but this doesn't seem to be the case here. Note that we specifically disallow shopping recommendation questions, which is why I've removed that part from your post. – slhck Mar 18 '13 at 18:25

Have you scanned other Wifi networks around you? It could be the channel you're broadcasting from is over-saturated. If so, you can change your Router's channel which may help. If you're not sure how to check nearby wireless channels, inSIDDer is a tool that can help.

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I did, only 2 other networks around, non with too much overlap channelwise :( – rantsh Mar 18 '13 at 17:04
How about mirrors or other such obstructions that would degrade the signal? Have you tried moving the router elsewhere to see if the connection improves? – Trey Mar 18 '13 at 18:32
I've been working on moving it elsewhere, but it's not as simple because that's where they left the drop for the internet. So short answer, no I haven't tried. I didn't think mirrors could affect wifi though, it's on a glass table, next to LCD and concrete, which is why I tested in direct linear sight to it, to try and avoid that kind of interference and 'noise' – rantsh Mar 18 '13 at 18:40

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