Anyone know if performance/speed is affected by WPA vs WEP on iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by zub3qin, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. zub3qin macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    So iPad wifi issues are supposedly minimized by changing to WPA on your home routers, and by fixing to Channel 6 and by doing 802.11g only.

    Is this setup going to change or worsen the speed of my wireless connection?
  2. f00f macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2009
    New Yawk
    WEP is a bad idea in general. The encryption is very weak and can be cracked within minutes. The encryption overhead introduced by WPA will be negligible.
  3. khanriazaoif macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2007
    I'm running 802.11 n and my iPad is flying. I'm using the airport extreme however which with apple products works awesome
  4. zub3qin thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    I thought one couldn't tell the difference between 802.1 n, g, or b because all 3 are far faster than the bandwidth of your cable modem or FIOS.

    In other words, the internet to your house is the limiting factor on speed, not the router type.

    802.11n should "fly" no faster than any other, no?
  5. khanriazaoif macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2007
    I can tell a huge difference between my touch/iPhone safari and iPads safari.
  6. kirchnrd macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2009
    That's the answer right there.
  7. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    The iPad is a far more powerful machine than the iPod touch. Regardless of the network speed, the iPad will always render pages faster.
  8. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Unless there's a lot of other traffic on your wifi network, this is mostly true.

    My Internet access speeds at home peak higher than can be handled by 802.11b alone (FiOS 100/50), but g and n should handle it well.

    Internal traffic is something else, however. Two wifi Apple TVs and three 802.11n-capable laptops and their various traffic - surfing, syncing, streaming, Time Machine hourly backups, etc., are on my n-only network. And now two iPads added to that. My 3rd Apple TV is hardwired.

    Three older b/g-only laptops, a Mac mini, 5 iPhones, two iPod touches, an X-Box 360, a Blu-Ray player, two TiVos, a Wii and two Airport Express speaker sets are running off my b/g network.

    But, given the nature of what and when the devices are doing, my b/g network probably has more spare bandwidth than the n-only network.
  9. jeffmorr macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2008
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Not if you have a 50mbps connection. I don't know how fast internet in the US is, but in Canada, we have access to 50mbps, and I have it. And 802.11n is also just much faster, cause it can handle more bandwidth at a time.

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