I am trying to understand if there is a problem with the coverage in my condo, my phone, or perhaps just a misunderstanding of how the OG Droid draws its signal bars. Ran a few "scientific" tests to see if I could make sense of things. Exact results at the bottom.
What it comes down to is that anywhere inside my condo registers around -70dbm (showing 0 or 1 bars, maybe 2) yet I'm struggling to do better than 200kbps down/120kbps up. I live in a high rise on the 16th floor. If I go downstairs to the street, the signal is actually about 3-5dbm worse at -75dbm but the speeds are 4-5 times faster and I see "full signal bars".
This is really frustrating because I'm forced to use wifi indoors and the call quality is only mediocre. I feel like the signal bars are totally worthless...and yes, I understand dbm is logarithmic. What am I missing here?
OG Motorola Droid
Stock FRK76 (Android 2.2.3), rooted
Peter Alfonso 1.2GHz SV kernel
Speedtest.net app v2.0.8, Comcast server @ Chicago, IL
Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS disabled
3x back-to-back tests at each spot, rebooted before moving to the next spot
(next to very large windows, 16th floor of 31 total, downtown Chicago, minimal obstruction from adjacent buildings)
1 or 0 bars, "3G" icon
Note: I also stepped out onto the patio to see if the windows or blinds were somehow interfering. Signal strength, ping, and up/down speeds were identical.
(interior-most room, no windows)
2 or 1 bar, "3G" icon
(16 floors directly below my apartment patio)
4 or 3 bars, "3G" icon