The range of wifi is very limited, less than 10 ft whereas the smart phones connected to the same router can operate at a distance of up 40 ft (apprx).
This is a new HP laptop, bought with DOS pre-installed and then installed Ubuntu 14.04 on it. The wifi hardware is 'rtl8723be'. Based on other answers on this site I have re-installed the driver but that has not made any difference to the distance at which I can operate. I can work continuously for hours within the distance range of 10 feet. (no 30 minute connection dropping as has been reported by some other users)
Please help me resolve the problem