Playbook Slow browsing/wifi problem
I've always had what I considered to be, a slow browser. Only recently have I started to look into fixing it. It just basically seems to take a long time to load pages. Disabling java and flash does help, but then most pages are using java and/or flash so they become useless.
Up until a couple months ago I had high speed Internet from the phone company, 5MB down and 1/2MB up. Over the last year that I had my playbook I went from my old trusty wrt54g linksys router to a belkin N450DB and that made no difference.
About 3 months ago I switched to the phone company's new Fibre optic network, 50MB down and 30MB up. It came with their own router.
When I do a speedtest on the phone company's line quality test website, I get 1.72 MB down and 10.24MB. When I do a test from a 3 year old macbook sitting right beside my playbook it gets 49/28. I've changed alot if settings within the router, nothing seems to make any difference. I did a wipe of the playbook about 6 months ago when I had the old high speed and again about 30 days ago and it didn't make any difference at all. One thing that did seem to speed up the browsing was setting a static ip to my playbook. It didn't change the speed when doing the test but the browser did "feel" faster.
I don't expect my playbook to be as fast as a laptop browser but it seems weird that the speedtest is so low on the download, compared to the upload.
I'm thinking that their is actually something wrong with my book.
If anybody has any ideas or thoughts, I would be willing to troubleshoot.
Also, I've got a 2.4ghz cordless phone that I've owned for about 5 years doesn't seem to interfere with anything. We also have a video baby monitor that is 2.4ghz and definitely DOES interfere with the wifi signal to my playbook and macbook. However, if I completely unplug the baby monitor and phone, the playbook still has the same slow download speed.
- 01-08-2013, 11:41 AM #2
I'm sure somebody with more knowledge might give you some idea soon, myself I would take the PB to 2-3 buddies place and compare, this might at least put you in the right direction of PB vs connection config.Negative thinking destroys your brain cells and causes global warming.*- Dodinsky (The Scientific Institute of Get Over It!) Action Spots
I can check it out at my brothers place, he has the regular high speed like I used to have. He also has a playbook so I can get him to check his at my house. Thats good thinking.
I forgot to mention, my ping is always over 300ms.
I've changed the ssid a few times, I've changed from wep to wpa2 to no encryption, turned wmm and wps on and off, changed wireless modes from b to g to n and every combination the router has, also changed some msdu and mpdu settings and some other settings on the band Page for control channel on or off, tried every single channel and tried it on auto, and reset the router to factory defaults, and also deleted and rebuilt the connection on the playbook as well using different settings.
- CrackBerry Master
01-08-2013, 05:42 PM #7
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I too have tried a number of setting changes with my router, and have done speed test at a number different locations. But the 2 PlayBooks I have are also much slower than my Laptops.
The PlayBook seems to check for networks about every 40 seconds - little green circle spins. That seems to coincide with the slowdowns... I wonder if there is a way to make it stop checking so often?
- 01-08-2013, 08:17 PM #11
(1) check your router firmware to see if updates are available
Belkin USA Site
(2) start with the default settings of msdu and mpdu, you have wifi problems already --- don't make diagnostic difficult by introducing additional issues
(a) SSID broadcast on, g only, WPA2/AES, WMM off, auto channel hopping
(b) WMM on.
(c) n only, narrow channel, auto channel hopping
- CrackBerry Abuser
01-09-2013, 07:22 AM #13
- 230 Posts
Re: Playbook Slow browsing/wifi problem
Try lowering the beacon interval in advanced wireless settings. My PlayBook would drop a startling amount of packets from my WRT54GX router until I lowered the beacon interval from 100 to 25.
Some routers also do not play well with the power-saving WiFi mode on mobile devices, though I would not expect this to be an issue with newer 802.11n APs. Androids can turn this mode off, but I have not found this option on my PlayBook or Torch.
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- CrackBerry User
01-09-2013, 08:48 PM #14
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01-10-2013, 08:08 AM #15
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- 01-10-2013, 09:01 AM #18
While I've never had trouble connecting and staying connected the pb has always seemed slower than other devices. But OP your download speed is horrendous.Sent from me using my fingers. Be pantless in 5K. Febreze - for more than smells.
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