12-08-2013 09:42 PM
When I use my laptop at home I always close the laptop, connect it to an external monitor/keyboard/mouse, and connect to the internet wirelessly through my Wireless N router. When I'm doing this, I noticed my wireless signal quality is about 2 bars and the speed goes from a high of 90 to a low of 4Mbs. If I run Speedtest.net, I'm lucky if I get 2Mbs download speed. Now, if I just open my laptop lid (no other changes), my signal quality jumps to 4 bars and the speed hovers around 240-270Mbs, sometimes as high as 300Mbs. Speedtest.net reports 30Mbs when the lid is open.
Is this normal? Is the wireless antenna impeeded that much when the lid is closed?