Mobile Hotspot Wi-Fi vs. Bluetooth. speed?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by HiFiGuy528, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

    HiFiGuy528

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    Is it my imagination that Bluetooth is A LOT faster than Wi-Fi? I am on AT&T.
     
  2. ulbador macrumors 68000

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    Not likely.

    Bluetooth 2.0 max speed would be somewhere around 1.45 mbps one way in an absolutely PERFECT scenario. This is due to the nature of the protocol. Obviously, WiFi has no such bottleneck.
     
  3. Steve99 macrumors member

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    Just your imagination.

    I had my friends iphone 4 tethered to mine via wifi, on a speed test he got 5.5mbps down and 4mbps up. I am with Telus in Canada. His phone is faster tethered to mine then when he uses his own provider.

    Tethering via bluetooth generally yields about 1mbps.
     
  4. johnnyturbouk macrumors demi-god

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    agree

    bluetooth tethering is way slower!

    how did you come to this opinion (OP) - was it just a subjective obs, or did you quantify the DL/UL speeds
     
  5. scirica macrumors 68020

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    Bluetooth is MUCH slower. I did some speed tests earlier this week and it was significant.
     
  6. bripab007 macrumors 6502

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    Purely subjective, but BT seemed faster to me as well.
     

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