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iPad: piracy machine? WiFi signal stregth weak?

updated 10:50 am EDT, Thu April 22, 2010

iPad actually performs well in 5GHz band

The iPad's screen capture capability has created some controversy among comic book companies. Comic book reading has been a major selling point of the iPad with full color high-resolution comics now available on the platform. The iPad's screen capture -- achieved by clicking the power button and home button concurrently -- has allowed users to grab the high resolution imagery which could then be easily pirated and distributed against the wishes of the copyright holders.

The iPad's WiFi performance has been maligned in early use -- In one series of tests, the iPad has been found to have sub-par WiFi performance, compared to a MacBook Pro and HP Notebook. The tests looked at signal quality and download speeds and generally found the iPad lagging, though 5GHz tests did see better performance, according to PadGadget. The tests involved three iPads, using two different brads of wireless routers and covered open field and indoor testing at various distances from the routers.

The iPad's range was limited compared to the notebooks, likely due to the iPad antennae location, which is behind a piece of aluminum and plastic. In most 2.4GHz-band tests the iPad lagged far behind the MacBook Pro and HP notebook. In 5GHz signal tests the iPad actually exceeded the performance of the two notebooks when outdoors but had mixed results when indoors and eventually failed at longer indoor distances. The testing suggested that iPad users stay close to their routers -- two room walls between the router and iPad is generally too much -- and stay on the 5GHz band when possible. Switching the WiFi on and off after waking from long sleep periods was shown to help performance as well.

by MacNN Staff





  1. boris_cleto

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Because there isn't any piracy now

    Released the same day without ads...

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You could also just buy a comic book, scan it, and pirate it. What's different here?

  1. iBookDude

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Agreed with hayesk

    I've seen scanned comic books all over the web... If people want to buy it they'll buy it! If not there's nothing they can do to stop those people from d/ling...

  1. facebook_Dana

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Apr 2010



    Screen capture a piracy risk? Come on man, we're really digging for dirt now aren't we? And regarding the WiFi performance. I've tested my iPad from every room in my house as well as the back yard, garage and as far as the foot of the driveway with no noticeable issues. I don't think it's necessary for the darn thing to work from the corner, so I'd say it's working as advertised.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    People definitely can't pirate anything when not using an iPad (such as on a computer). Perhaps they make the paper copy un-scannable?

    Captain obvious rolls eyes and says: article FAIL.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Get your hands off my screen caps

    I use it saving looks, poses and styles I wanna shoot later. Kind of a lookbook and for some reason it just works well on the iPad.

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What was test 6?

    Because except for that particular test, it looks as though the iPad wins all other categories.

  1. Wingsy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Funky Test

    If I ran a test like that (which I do with my own radio designs) and had those results, I'd find out why it suddenly failed in the long distance indoor test. It can't be because of a weak wifi signal or it would be weak all across the range. Something is fishy. Surely they repeated this test to eliminate other possible causes, like some heavy interference suddenly popping up when they tested the iPad. Surely.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dicey Wi-Fi

    I must say, my iPad's wi-fi signal seems a bit finnicky.

    I have an Apple Airport Extreme (dual channel) and the iPad's signal drops to one bar in my bedroom where my 2 year old MacBook Pro gets 3 bars. I wanted to be able to stream Netflix videos.

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Same problem with monitors

    when sizes hit about 800 x 600 maximum resolution...

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