Getting Less WiFi Signal

I am getting only 50% signal of wifi when it used to be 90-100% in the same room before I had updated all the apps pending. Even if i sit next to the router, I get 66-70% max. This has reduced the internet speed. How can i fix this issue??

WiFi signal strength depends on your location in respect to your Access Point plus the frequency used…

That said it could also be related to your WiFi driver, but you didn’t provide any info about your machine so that is just a wet finger pointing in the air…

This should be the signal to noise ratio.
The signal indicator does not work reliable.
I am using KDE and have obverserved this, too.

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This is my inxi output

[kartik@hplaptop ~]$ inxi --admin --verbosity=7 --filter --width
  Kernel: 5.15.76-2-rt53-MANJARO arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 12.2.0
    parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.15-rt-x86_64
    root=UUID=86a34569-f59a-4b4d-92b3-7f6e1445e3e1 rw quiet apparmor=1
    security=apparmor resume=UUID=6b552080-2b68-4597-bb85-46a951d277f9
  Desktop: Cinnamon v: 5.4.12 tk: GTK v: 3.24.34 vt: 7 dm: LightDM v: 1.32.0
    Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux
  Type: Laptop System: HP product: HP Laptop 15-db1xxx v: Type1ProductConfigId
    serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 10 serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: HP model: 85EA v: 51.24 serial: <superuser required> UEFI: Insyde
    v: F.33 date: 08/17/2020
  ID-1: BAT1 charge: 22.2 Wh (64.5%) condition: 34.4/40.9 Wh (84.2%)
    volts: 11.4 min: 11.3 model: Hewlett-Packard PABAS0241231 type: Li-ion
    serial: <filter> status: discharging
  RAM: total: 3.29 GiB used: 1.64 GiB (49.7%)
  RAM Report: permissions: Unable to run dmidecode. Root privileges required.
  Info: model: AMD Ryzen 3 3300U with Radeon Vega Mobile Gfx bits: 64 type: MCP
    arch: Zen/Zen+ note: check gen: 1 level: v3 note: check built: 2019
    process: GF 12nm family: 0x17 (23) model-id: 0x18 (24) stepping: 1
    microcode: 0x8108102
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 4 smt: <unsupported> cache: L1: 384 KiB
    desc: d-4x32 KiB; i-4x64 KiB L2: 2 MiB desc: 4x512 KiB L3: 4 MiB
    desc: 1x4 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 1256 high: 1334 min/max: 1400/2100 boost: disabled
    scaling: driver: acpi-cpufreq governor: powersave cores: 1: 1233 2: 1234
    3: 1223 4: 1334 bogomips: 16768
  Flags: 3dnowprefetch abm adx aes aperfmperf apic arat avic avx avx2 bmi1
    bmi2 bpext clflush clflushopt clzero cmov cmp_legacy constant_tsc cpb
    cpuid cr8_legacy cx16 cx8 de decodeassists extapic extd_apicid f16c
    flushbyasid fma fpu fsgsbase fxsr fxsr_opt ht hw_pstate ibpb irperf
    lahf_lm lbrv lm mca mce misalignsse mmx mmxext monitor movbe msr mtrr
    mwaitx nonstop_tsc nopl npt nrip_save nx osvw overflow_recov pae pat
    pausefilter pclmulqdq pdpe1gb perfctr_core perfctr_llc perfctr_nb
    pfthreshold pge pni popcnt pse pse36 rapl rdrand rdseed rdtscp rep_good
    sep sev sev_es sha_ni skinit smap smca sme smep ssbd sse sse2 sse4_1
    sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 succor svm svm_lock syscall tce topoext tsc tsc_scale
    v_vmsave_vmload vgif vmcb_clean vme vmmcall wdt xgetbv1 xsave xsavec
    xsaveerptr xsaveopt xsaves
  Type: itlb_multihit status: Not affected
  Type: l1tf status: Not affected
  Type: mds status: Not affected
  Type: meltdown status: Not affected
  Type: mmio_stale_data status: Not affected
  Type: retbleed mitigation: untrained return thunk; SMT disabled
  Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via
    prctl and seccomp
  Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Retpolines, IBPB: conditional, STIBP:
    disabled, RSB filling, PBRSB-eIBRS: Not affected
  Type: srbds status: Not affected
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
  Device-1: AMD Picasso/Raven 2 [Radeon Vega Series / Radeon Mobile Series]
    vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: amdgpu v: kernel arch: GCN-5 code: Vega
    process: GF 14nm built: 2017-20 pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16 ports:
    active: eDP-1 empty: HDMI-A-1 bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 1002:15d8
    class-ID: 0300 temp: 42.0 C
  Device-2: Cheng Uei Precision Industry (Foxlink) HP TrueVision HD Camera
    type: USB driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 3-2.1:4 chip-ID: 05c8:03d2 class-ID: 0e02
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.4 driver: X: loaded: amdgpu
    unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,vesa dri: radeonsi gpu: amdgpu
    display-ID: :0 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x285mm (20.00x11.22")
    s-diag: 582mm (22.93")
  Monitor-1: eDP-1 mapped: eDP model: BOE Display 0x0687 built: 2015
    res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 142 gamma: 1.2 size: 344x193mm (13.54x7.6")
    diag: 394mm (15.5") ratio: 16:9 modes: max: 1920x1080 min: 640x480
  API: OpenGL Message: Unable to show GL data. Required tool glxinfo missing.
  Device-1: AMD Raven/Raven2/Fenghuang HDMI/DP Audio vendor: Hewlett-Packard
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16
    bus-ID: 03:00.1 chip-ID: 1002:15de class-ID: 0403
  Device-2: AMD ACP/ACP3X/ACP6x Audio Coprocessor vendor: Hewlett-Packard
    driver: snd_pci_acp3x v: kernel alternate: snd_rn_pci_acp3x pcie: gen: 3
    speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16 bus-ID: 03:00.5 chip-ID: 1022:15e2 class-ID: 0480
  Device-3: AMD Family 17h/19h HD Audio vendor: Hewlett-Packard
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16
    bus-ID: 03:00.6 chip-ID: 1022:15e3 class-ID: 0403
  Sound API: ALSA v: k5.15.76-2-rt53-MANJARO running: yes
  Sound Server-1: JACK v: 1.9.21 running: no
  Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 16.1 running: yes
  Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.59 running: yes
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
    vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s
    lanes: 1 port: 3000 bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
  IF: eno1 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Realtek RTL8723DE 802.11b/g/n PCIe Adapter
    vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: rtw_8723de v: N/A modules: rtw88_8723de pcie:
    gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: 2000 bus-ID: 02:00.0
    chip-ID: 10ec:d723 class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter>
  IP v4: <filter> type: dynamic noprefixroute scope: global
    broadcast: <filter>
  IP v6: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: link
  WAN IP: <filter>
  Device-1: Realtek Bluetooth 4.2 Adapter type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8
    bus-ID: 3-2.3:5 chip-ID: 0bda:b009 class-ID: e001 serial: <filter>
  Report: rfkill ID: hci0 rfk-id: 1 state: up address: see --recommends
  Message: No logical block device data found.
  Message: No RAID data found.
  Local Storage: total: 931.51 GiB used: 621.79 GiB (66.8%)
  SMART Message: Required tool smartctl not installed. Check --recommends
  ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Western Digital model: WD10SPZX-60Z10T0
    size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s
    type: HDD rpm: 5400 serial: <filter> rev: 1A04 scheme: GPT
  Optical-1: /dev/sr0 vendor: hp model: DVDRW GUE1N rev: UE01
    dev-links: cdrom
  Features: speed: 24 multisession: yes audio: yes dvd: yes
    rw: cd-r,cd-rw,dvd-r,dvd-ram state: running
  ID-1: / raw-size: 29.3 GiB size: 28.67 GiB (97.86%) used: 19.1 GiB (66.6%)
    fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda9 maj-min: 8:9 label: N/A
    uuid: 86a34569-f59a-4b4d-92b3-7f6e1445e3e1
  ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 1024 MiB size: 1022 MiB (99.80%)
    used: 288 KiB (0.0%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/sda8 maj-min: 8:8 label: NO_LABEL
    uuid: E9D9-18BE
  ID-3: /home raw-size: 79.53 GiB size: 77.72 GiB (97.73%)
    used: 11.86 GiB (15.3%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda11 maj-min: 8:11 label: N/A
    uuid: 2092591c-089a-4ea8-8adf-69532d6c0d70
  ID-4: /run/media/kartik/Files 2 raw-size: 163.7 GiB
    size: 163.7 GiB (100.00%) used: 138.24 GiB (84.4%) fs: ntfs dev: /dev/sda3
    maj-min: 8:3 label: Files 2 uuid: 30087D6403AD46DD
  ID-5: /sda4 raw-size: 601.03 GiB size: 601.03 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 452.14 GiB (75.2%) fs: ntfs dev: /dev/sda4 maj-min: 8:4 label: Files
    uuid: 764048EF4048B79F
  Kernel: swappiness: 60 (default) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
  ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 3.91 GiB used: 459.7 MiB (11.5%)
    priority: -2 dev: /dev/sda10 maj-min: 8:10 label: N/A
    uuid: 6b552080-2b68-4597-bb85-46a951d277f9
  Message: No unmounted partitions found.
  Hub-1: 1-0:1 info: Hi-speed hub with single TT ports: 4 rev: 2.0
    speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900
  Hub-2: 2-0:1 info: Super-speed hub ports: 4 rev: 3.1 speed: 10 Gb/s
    chip-ID: 1d6b:0003 class-ID: 0900
  Hub-3: 3-0:1 info: Hi-speed hub with single TT ports: 2 rev: 2.0
    speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900
  Device-1: 3-1:2 info: ASMedia ASM1051E SATA 6Gb/s bridge ASM1053E ASM1153
    3Gb/s ASM1153E bridge type: Mass Storage driver: usb-storage interfaces: 1
    rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 174c:55aa class-ID: 0806 serial: <filter>
  Hub-4: 3-2:3 info: Genesys Logic Hub ports: 4 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s
    power: 100mA chip-ID: 05e3:0608 class-ID: 0900
  Device-1: 3-2.1:4 info: Cheng Uei Precision Industry (Foxlink) HP
    TrueVision HD Camera type: Video driver: uvcvideo interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0
    speed: 480 Mb/s power: 500mA chip-ID: 05c8:03d2 class-ID: 0e02
  Device-2: 3-2.3:5 info: Realtek Bluetooth 4.2 Adapter type: Bluetooth
    driver: btusb interfaces: 2 rev: 1.1 speed: 12 Mb/s power: 500mA
    chip-ID: 0bda:b009 class-ID: e001 serial: <filter>
  Hub-5: 4-0:1 info: Super-speed hub ports: 1 rev: 3.1 speed: 10 Gb/s
    chip-ID: 1d6b:0003 class-ID: 0900
  System Temperatures: cpu: 43.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: amdgpu temp: 43.0 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
  Processes: 273 Uptime: 7h 41m wakeups: 1 Init: systemd v: 251
  default: graphical tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 12.2.0 clang: 14.0.6
  Packages: 1372 pm: pacman pkgs: 1365 libs: 384 tools: pamac,yay pm: flatpak
  pkgs: 0 pm: snap pkgs: 7 Shell: Bash v: 5.1.16 running-in: gnome-terminal
  inxi: 3.3.23
[kartik@hplaptop ~]$ 

After some research on the internet i came upon this page, can you try what is suggested here: Poor WiFi Range@ Realtek d723 WiFi driver
(Don’t use the method to edit the /etc/rc.local file because we use systemd)

To test you should be able to temporarily edit your kernel-command-line that is used in your Grub menu,
The corresponding kernel-command-line option to add would be fe. rtl8723be.ant_sel=1 or rtl8723be.ant_sel=2

Edit: Looks to me as they made a typo on that page, i “think” they meant to write “rtl8723de” instead of “rtl8723be”, so if the above doesn’t work try the corrected name…

If one of them works, you might want to make it permanent with a confg file, see Kernel module - ArchWiki

None of them did work. Is there anything else that could be the problem?

That’s all the info I could find…

Just to be sure, you did try the renamed versions right?
rtl8723de.ant_sel=1 and rtl8723de.ant_sel=2
(Note the one letter difference)

I am facing this problem too. I dont know if the user had this problem solved or not… but after doing a lot of observations and fix attempts, I think

Keruskerfuerst is right.

The indicator simply isnt showing the right readings. The wifi indicator shows just 20-30 % signal, but when i dual boot to windows on the same machine on the exact same location , It shows 100% .
And whats more interesting is that, during heavy networking tasks, The signal momentarily bumps to 100% in manjaro too. And after the intensive tasks ends, it drops to 20% lol.

TLDR: So I think that the problem is not with adapter or it’s driver… Its just inaccurate readings just like @Keruskerfuerst said

similar to the intel-9560 module. these are combined wifi/bluetooth modules and cause trouble while sharing the same hardware especially if powersaving-features are enabled.
search for “iwlwifi 11n_disable” and “bt_coex_activ” etc…