iPad 2 not getting wireless N speeds

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  1. spideync macrumors newbie

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    So I have a wifi network with AT&T Gigapower router. My iMacs same age as my iPad 2 and from its report it is showing Supported PHY Modes: 802.11 a/b/g/n and is connected to my wireless N network. Speedtests from the iMac show about 300Mbps however speed tests from the iPad only shwq about 30-40. I have reset network settings, erased everything on the iPad and set up as new, tested my wifes iPad 2 and get similar results as my iPad. It appears that even though it is connected to a 5Ghz wifi network its performance is 10 times slower than iMac and iPhone 7 on the exact same network in exact same locations in the home. Both iPads running iOS 9.3.5


    Any ideas ?
     
  2. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    Remember, the iPad 2 can't connect to the 5GHz frequency, only 2.4GHz. The iPad 4 was the first to include dual-band support.
     
  3. v1597psh macrumors regular

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    Have the same issue. I've been given for free an old iPad 2 with broken Wi-Fi. Recently, I replaced the antenna and Wi-Fi module and I noticed that on 2.4GHz mode, it runs only at 802.11g mode. When connected to 5GHz mode, it runs at 802.11a mode, which is also 54mb/s max. I thought it could be bad quality part that I replaced.
     
  4. spideync thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But the iPad 2 technical spec say 802.11 n support. Also it is connecting to the 5GHz network since the 2.4 network has a different SSID. Or are you implying that the 5GHZ connection is only running at 2.4 for the iPads but 5 for iMac
     
  5. pika2000 macrumors 68030

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    iPad 2 does support 5GHz.

    5GHz band doesn't penetrate walls well. So it could be simply the iPad is not getting good enough signal. Try doing a speed test right near the router.
    I also find that Macs, probably due to their size, have better antennas and wifi reception than my iPad/iPhone in general.

    Another possible issue might be the channel used by the router. Maybe you can play with the router settings to see if certain channels work better. Although I don't have issues with Apple products, some Android phones don't support certain wifi channels and can have wifi issues.
     
  6. spideync thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried right next to the router same behavior. The iMac and my iPhone 7 do great in the 300-400 speed test range but the iPads are 10x times or more slower speed tests. I have slo posted on apple discussion forums and all people recommended was reset network settings and I tried that and also installed iPad as new iPad to see if that would work.
     
  7. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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    You're getting speeds within the expected range. The BCM4329 used in the iPad 2 only supports a single 20Mhz channel.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4225/the-ipad-2-review/11
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.11n-2009
     
  8. spideync thread starter macrumors newbie

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