iPhone 5 WiFi Speed slower than MacBook Air

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by SSD-GUY, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2012
    London, UK
    Hi Guys,

    When running speedtest's through the speedtest app on my iPhone 5 and the speedtest website on the MacBook Air, the MacBook air always scores a higher speed. I have a 100Mbps Fibreoptic Virgin Media service at home using the Superhub set to work at 5GHz

    The iPhone on average scores around 25-35mps whereas the MacBook air 2011 scores around 30-50mbps when they are both next to each other.

    Even if I take the iPhone and place it on top/next to the router, it will still only get 40mbps whereas the MacBook will get 90.

    Is the iPhone 5 faulty? Aren't the iPhone and MacBook meant to have comparable speeds as they are both 802.11n and use the 5GHz band? I thought the iPhone could achieve a maximum speed of 150mbps through Wifi? Please help, don't want to give this phone in until I have too as I'll get a refurb even though it's less than a month old!


  2. macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Perfectly normal. Mobile device vs. a high-end laptop.
  3. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    My guess is, small phone, small portable device, they DESIGNED it with power conservation as top priority, hence = a lower powered WIFI radio. Don't go OCD man.

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