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Registered: ‎04-08-2013
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Horrible Wi-Fi performance - Hardware issue?

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I've had my Playbook for awhile and I've been having extremely slow Wi-Fi speeds. It's definitely way too slow as buffering even 360p on YouTube is choppy. Speedtest.net reports that the device is getting 2.5Mbps down (higher than I thought to be honest) and my Android tablet gets 18Mbps down. I always thought it was just the poor performance of the device, but I saw a few review videos recently and noticed that they're actually usable; mine is not. I've already ruled
out that it's my router by connecting with several different routers (heck, even in different cities too). Wiped the devices a few times, upgraded, tried different programs and no luck.


I tried to email, but it bounced back and I couldn't register for support as I've had the device for over 90 days (horrible, horrible idea making a timeframe for reporting problems). Phone support wants me to register it online, and again I can't because of the time limit.

Seems to be a somewhat isolated problem, thought Blackberry might want the device back to look into it. Let me know.


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Re: Horrible Wi-Fi performance - Hardware issue?

Your WIFI performance mirrors mine . I suspect it is the BROWSER and the WIFI driver  and not the WIFI connection .I have noticed the Playbook can not even see some access points that my other devices can find  I have had Issues were it would not connect to specific routers (Mostly Robbers{Rogers})provided hardware  I have the same redundant error trying to register for support . Their is no way I know to reach a human interface , and I am further disabled by not having Touch Tone service on my Land Line . I have been browsing Big Fruits website and their Service and Warranty policies are much more lenient and economical  . 





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Registered: ‎09-16-2012
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Re: Horrible Wi-Fi performance - Hardware issue?

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I had horrible wi-fi connectivity too way back when. Haven't had it since though since it ended up being my wireless router settings. Look for my thread on this post:




I have some screenshots even.


Anyhow it was my router settings. It seems once that was fixed, I've not had a problem with any wireless device since. I know what you're going to say too...it's not happening with any other device so it's not my router...and I'll say, yes it is (well sort of, the PlayBook is very fussy)...been there done that, tested it and spent hours on this and successfully fixed it for me. Your router may be different but I'd see if you can match up and mirror settings. Let me know how that works. Good luck.