Bluetooth 4.0 Tethering Speed

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by javisan, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. javisan macrumors regular

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    First of all, I know that wifi tethering is the best in terms of speed. I'm just curious as to why my iPad 3, which has Bluetooth 4.0, does not go over 2 MBps when tethering with my iPhone 5. I also tried it on my old iPad 2 and got the same speed as with the iPad 3 and the iPad 2 has Bluetooth 2.1.

    This doesn't make sense, wasn't Bluetooth 4.0 supposed to improve speeds up to a maximum of around 26 MBps? I'm not expecting that speed, I just expected it to be a bit faster than Bluetooth 2.1, maybe 4-5 MBps.
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Bluetooth 4 just adds low power abilities to Bluetooth 2.2+EDR. It's Bluetooth 3, which is not a part of 4, that adds faster data bitrates.
     
  3. rdy0329 macrumors 6502

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    Max data rate is low on Bluetooth. You may have mistaken it for file sharing features of BT 4.0 which utilizes wi-fi to send the actual file after pairing two devices over bluetooth.
     
  4. javisan, Sep 29, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2013

    javisan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Got it, thanks for the clarification. At least we get even better battery life. I will using Bluetooth to tether to my iPad, the speed is not great but it's passable for what I do on the few times I tether.
     

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