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WIFI signal is very weak but strong right next to router

i have a iPad 2 wifi 16gb model.

The wifi is very weak, 1 bar, but if i move it right next to the router then i get 4 bar, if i move it just 10 cm away from router then its 1bar again.

I have removed the wifi board and replaced it with a known good board but it is still the same.

I have replaced the wifi cable/antenna but no go.

It is not a software problem, it is not a router problem, it is a hardware problem on the logic board but am lost as to where to look next, i have removed all the covers and checked under a microscope but cant find any corrosion or damage anywhere.

I have repaired many iPads but this one has got me flummoxed and electronics is not my forte so at this point i am truly discombobulated.

If ever i needed an "oldturkey03" at christmas its now.

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"electronics are not my forte" and "I have repaired many ipads" is one heck of a combination.

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Thanks for the info, mine is an apple refurb, ha ha. I have another that still works fine tried to get help from Apple, but no luck.

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mine signal was never good. I have replaced the screen now 2 times... and was wondering if I can purchase a stronger antenna?

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So I was doing a little research on how to get my iPad fixed and I stumbled across this feed. Turns out I was having the same problem with my Wifi having to be within 10 feet of my iPad to work. Before it wouldn't even pick up the SSID's of my routers. As I was reading I noticed the part about the case being an antenna and about how the charging port having been a cause. Sure enough I look and the metal section above the port and below the home button was bent down revealing the edge that goes under the metal bridge. I tap it down with a small hammer and sure enough all my wifi SSID's show up instantly. If this helps you as much as me it could certainly save a bit of $$$. Thank You to all involved and contributed as it helped me fix my issue.

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I need help. Can you please explain further. I just changed the wifi antenna and still have the same problem. 4 bars next to the router and nothing 5 feet away. Metal bridge?

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Hello world..!

i have finally a solution for the weak wifi signal for the iPad 2,

i have the same problems over and over again, after replacing the digitizer or lcd, you kill het wifi antenna (stupid construction)

this is only a solution for the people that taking there logic board out! so not the wifi/bluetooth card

first of all: your iPad 2 is a big aluminum antenna,

the problem is your logic board, when you want to get this out for replacing the antenna you need alot of force to get i out because it''s a little glued in the middle! (near by the battery connector)

what happens is that you bent your logic board a little bit!

there is a copper sticker on the backside of the logic board, that sticker is normally pushing again the aluminum body of you iPad 2 (grousing)

when you bent to much the sticker is not pushing against the frame anymore so you don't have circle or connection!

that is why you a have low or weak signal!

easy fix: just put something under the 2 srew's and metal plate that hold the logic board down (piece of paper or something else)

and add more force!

thats it..! happy repairing and cheer.. other questions? feel free to ask!

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Please clarify....when you use the vague term "logic board" do you mean the tiny board that the wifi plugs into? Can you re-write this and include pictures?

This has the potential to be an explosively awesome and helpful post, but stops just short. Looking forward to more.

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I agree with DWISDDALL I need a few pictures with arrows... thanks.

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It would be better if you made a video.

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Use this portable repeater. Just plug it in the wall. It's that simple : https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B013WAI7RM

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Has anyone tried this portable repeater / wi fi range extender. I am hoping to buy one, just wanted to get more feedback first

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I would love to hear more as i have the same problem, except I have not taken my iPad 2 apart so not sure why this is has happened all of a sudden. thanks,

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Try using an iOpener (iOpener) to open the iPad using this guide (iPad 2 Wi-Fi EMC 2415 フロントパネルの交換), then remounting the small antenna using this guide (iPad 2 Wi-Fi EMC 2415のBluetooth/Wi-Fiアンテナの交換). What I suspect is happening is that the iPad is having to rely on the chip itself for a signal, rather than having the chip and antenna work together.

iPad 2 Wi-Fi EMC 2415 Bluetooth/Wi-Fiアンテナの画像

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iPad 2 Wi-Fi EMC 2415のBluetooth/Wi-Fiアンテナの交換

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とても難しい

2 - 4 hours

iPad 2 Wi-Fi EMC 2415 フロントパネルの画像

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iPad 2 Wi-Fi EMC 2415 フロントパネルの交換

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1 - 2 hours

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Hello everyone. I just recently had this issue. Easy fix. Replace the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module. Should get a strong signal after replacement! It's the board that you connect the Wi-Fi Antenna to.

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Hi guys,

As I after years I was fixing my old Ipad2 (broken screen replacement) and after that I faced same issue you described here and I finally fixed it somehow, I put below my case - I hope someone will benefit from it.

In my case after putting everything together wifi wasn’t able to detect my wifi net. It worked only if I put ipad very close to the router. I went through antenna replacement and antenna cable contecting once more to mother board - nothing helped. As I was sure everything is fine I started playing with antenna - I screwed it off and found out that when I made it not touching any pary of the I pad it was worki g perfect, but when I was putting it to the right place the wifi signal was lowering to the minimum. Probably there was some break in the elctric isolation tha occured during screen replacement. I am not elecric guy so finally I found that nothing wrong hapens when I unattached it and put in the empty space on the left. Please see screen attached. I know this is terrible from professional point of view but the truth is it works. And if this the only possible way to have wifi in my Ipad I leave it this way and… itit works perfect for me :). I hope it will also for you in your Ipad wifi case.

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irepairappletech さん、ありがとうございました!
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