Just bought this IQ527. Had ridiculously low signal and consequently slow connection to internet. System was set up about 8 feet from Linksys wireless router(G) Model #WRT54G2. Connected at 5.8Mbps to 36 Mbps. Customer service was unable to help diagnose issue. Tried Linksys wireless router(L) WRT160N. This improved connectivity to about 70Mbps. Disabled WLAN network adapter that came with system. Installed Linksys WUSB600N network adapter. Now I have consistent connectivity at 170Mbps. Woohoo. Does anyone have another way to solve this problem without spending the $140?
Go to speedtest.net to check for the speed of your ISP. A good 6M line should provide at least 5M throughput via wireless, or about 85% of rated bandwidth. A 1.5M line, for example, should yield about 1.2M wireless throughput if the system is in good working order.
The low signal is probably due to a bad Wi-Fi antenna in the IQ527 or insufficient shielding of the IQ527's Wi-Fi module from EMF radiation. This is basically a large notebook with all the electronics affixed to the back of the LCD screen (lower reliability and serviceability compared to a traditional desktop). I would swap out the unit if new. If problem persists, then you have a design problem with this PC. I ask for a full refund.
There is a work-around solution if you gotta have this PC. Buy a decent USB Wi-Fi module to connect to the router (WRT54G2). My $10 Airlink Atheros-based chipset USB Wi-Fi module has amazing sensitivity. Make sure you download the latest driver from the web for best performance (don't use the bundled CD).