iPad 2 not getting wireless N speeds

Discussion in 'iPad' started by spideync, Jan 20, 2017.

  1. spideync macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2017
    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

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    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


    Feb 4, 2014
    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

    Jan 20, 2017
    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 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    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

    Jan 20, 2017
    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 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    You're getting speeds within the expected range. The BCM4329 used in the iPad 2 only supports a single 20Mhz channel.

  8. spideync thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2017

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