How fast can iPod touch possibly go over wifi?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by sodium, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2011
    I got a Samsung’s 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot from Verizon. So I did a speed test on my iPod touch 4g and Asus netbook.

    I went to through my netbook and get an impressive 20.12 Mbps download speed.

    On my iPod touch 4g I used the app and get only 9.17 Mbps download speed.

    Apparently iPod Touch download speed is much slower than the netbook. Is it normal? Why is iPod Touch much slower than the netbook? How fast can iPod touch possibly go over wifi?
  2. macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2009
    Portland, OR
    My ipod touch 3G has reached 10.8Mbps and it has 802.11b/g unlike the 4g that has 802.11b/g/n which should be faster than mine..
  3. macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    Only? 9 MBPS is fast enough to anything on an ipod.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2011
    Saint louis, MO

    Ive never gotten more than 4-5 on my iPod touch, and about 10-13 on my iPad, with my home hsi maxing out at 18mbps....
  5. bag
    macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2011

    im on my itouch and i ran a test from speedtest . net and got around20-21 consistantly im on an ipod touch 4g
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2011
    It depends on the home connection and cables that supply the data.
  7. bag
    macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2011
    yeah man on my imac thats hardwired im pushin 25mbps and my service is advertised at 25 so its great:)
  8. macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2006
    Carolina Beach, NC
    Not when it's wireless.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2011
    It does depend on what Wireless settings you use. WPA2/AES requires a lot more cpu power than WEP for example.
    On my iPod 1G it makes a whole lot of difference whether I use the WEP or WPA2/AES encryption. (Think of a difference between 15 and 8Mbps)

    When using and its alternatives your home connection does matter. If you are having a 120Mbps home connection you can see the full potential of your Wireless access point. But when your home connection is only pushing 5Mbps, your will never be higher than 5Mbps while your Wireless access point may provide you with more than 5Mbps locally.

    Solution 1: get faster internet
    Solution 2: use lan-based speed testing.
  10. macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2011
    Impossible on the iPod Touch.
  11. macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2006
    Carolina Beach, NC
    No, a MiFi requires no wired connection. It's just the wireless device interacting with the MiFi over-the-air. No wires involved.
  12. macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    The WLAN hardware (RaLink, Broadcom and others) encrypts/decrypts data streams (RC4 for WEP, AES for WPA/WPA2). These chips contain also hardware units to compute CRC16, CRC32 and some cryptographic hash functions. So the speed does not depend on the CPU of the system.
  13. macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
  14. macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2011
    Somewhat near Wireless N speeds. Your mileage may vary.


  15. macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2010
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    I have 100mbps Internet and get about 20mbps when fast. :confused:
  16. macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2011
    I have slow internet so about 4 mbps download and 0.3 upload. It seems speedy though when browsing the web on it.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    I have gotten over 25mbps on on my 4th gen iPod touch. The 4th gen iOS devices can connect at a top speed of 65mbps over wireless-n so that isn't your problem. I am not sure what the problem is with your device but one thought is are you sure both the computer and iPod tests are being taken on the same server? For me, the closest server won't go over about 15mbps which is what the iPod always selects but my computer picks a farther server, but that one can handle my whole 25mbps connection.
  18. bag
    macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2011
    how do you know the full speed?
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    This page also applies to the 4th gen iPod touch except for the 5ghz bits.

    I can also verify that the iPod will never go above 65mbps with the now banned wififofum application. It showes the connected rate and has never gone above 65mbps with any wireless n router at any range.
  20. macrumors 65816

    Dec 13, 2009
    no it doesn't the ipad and ipod touch are totally different, they use completely different wifi chips, so that article can only be applied to the iPad not the ipod touch
    link and link

    on a 100Mbit connection through wifi N I could only ever get 13.5Mbit, you can force a server on the speedtest in the settings, do that and post a picture of the speedtest here (you take a picture by pressing the home and sleep button together) I want proof that it can achieve over what I got - pics or it didn't happen as the internet says.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    Yes they use different chips, but both only support 5/6 ODFM coding so this article still applies.

    Also here are several results over 13.5mbps for you.....

    Attached Files:

  22. macrumors 68030

    May 6, 2010
    New York
    On my FiOS connection, my MacBook Pro gets 20mbps. My iPod touch gets about 10, half of the max. I think ~10 is the limit it can do.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2012
    I have read the thread here (and many others....)....still not clear to me how to INCREASE the speed over WiFi for my two sons' 4th gen ipod touches. I can get consistent 50Mbps on my MacBook and iPad with a Time Capsule base station (new). The ipods will NEVER go beyond ~4Mbps and usually hover around the 1Mbps mark....

    BTW...closed all apps, restarted, etc....tried all the normal things to no avail....

    Any advice would be MUCH APPRECIATED!

  24. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2008
    I was curious too, and just tested my 4G and 5G ipod touch.
    This is over wifi (in Japan)

    4G was 22.40Mbps down, 24.75 up ping 63ms
    5G was 39.35Mbps down, 30.24 up ping 38ms

    As you can see the 5G is considerably faster but you should be getting faster than you are doing with your 4G, it is certainly capable of it.

    I am not sure why yours is so slow..
  25. macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2012
    maybe the ipod touch 4g has a wireless g reciever which as a max of 10Mb/s

    Like how if you have a fast connection but and older wireless g router, your max wireless speed will only be 10m its just the hardware limitation

    Edit: NM it has wireless N, Not sure then man sorry

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