1. minirisin's Avatar
    Brand New S4 mini here, poor wifi uploading is making VoIP very spotty.
    -purchased on ebay "overstock" Verizon, SCH-I435, 4.4.2, unlocked, good seller ratings.

    Is there any standardized test I can do for the wifi antennae to determine if it's
    operating properly (uploading)? I can still return phone.

    network: Century Link 7Mbps/1Mbps
    router: Netgear DNG2000 up to date, reset

    At zero feet from router, it gets approx. same as my laptop and Ace phone, but still seems to drop signal a bit, more than my Galaxy Ace (cheap phone ~$100 w/prepaid).

    At 15 ft from router, the Galaxy Ace is mostly fine and very usable on Voip.
    The new S4 mini is a bit spotty (uploading), maybe 85% ok, making Voip a bit problematic. Downloading is fine.

    At 40ft from router, the Ace is hovering around .7bps, same as computer, whereas the S4 mini is around .5 Mbps, a solid 20% worse I'd say, and dropping out much more than the Ace, making it unreliable.

    I'm using Internet Speed Test by V-Speed.eu, (the holographic blue app). (v.2.5.1.0)
    Using Ookla was much worse. The S4 mini was hovering at close to 0 during the first 3 to 8 seconds for many trials. After using Speed Test, I decided Ookla must be giving incorrect info, because it clearly was not 0 with Speed Test.

    Is there anything that can be done to further test or improve this?
    Is this phone substandard? I can still return for refund. Thanks!
    09-30-2015 10:40 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Does the S4 Mini have case on?
    09-30-2015 11:39 PM
  3. minirisin's Avatar
    No sir, no case. I edited to ask if there is a standardized test as I can still return this phone. I can't believe the wifi would be worse than a Galaxy Ace, a $100 phone. Thanks.
    10-01-2015 11:55 AM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Sorry, I'm not sure about anything that can objectively test a wi-fi radio's efficacy. Apps usually test the strength of the router's signal.
    minirisin likes this.
    10-03-2015 01:27 AM

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