iPad 2 WiFi speed about 13Mbps only

Discussion in 'iPad' started by avdim, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. avdim macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2011
    Can anybody share WiFi speed they may get with iPad (iPad 2)?

    I initially was intended to use iPad for streaming 720p video over WiFi from my home windows network (I have dedicated WHS box for media). First of all I found out that file sharing in iTunes work very bad and video is croppy at most while playing file which is smooth when loaded on device itself. Then I found out FileBrowser app that can stream quicktime compatible video from SMB network to iPad. That worked much better but croppy enough to be unusable as well (By the way great app, I never opened iTunes application since I installed it, allow me to open books, photos and music without damn syncing). Later I installed Buzz player that have build in network browser and allow play a lot of video files without convertion. Works well except 720p and above (played from internal memory well).

    Finally I decided to measure actual WiFi speed of iPad and it is very far of being ‘N’, at least in my setup. FileBrowser shows speed about 1.3 Mb/s when uploading files from network, I installed IxChariot endpoint app on iPad and tested it properly. Average speed is about 13 Mbps with Netgear WNDR3700 router. I tried both 2.4 and 5Hz channels, tried G mode only, without security etc. Nothing changed. I even try to turn on WiFi on my old t-mobile pure G router which I use as DSL modem only now – even worse – 9 Mbps.

    That speed was achieved in ideal conditions iPad being placed close to router. To say the truth speed was the same in other rooms as well. Laptop with atheros chipset may get up to 100Mbps with the same router, I had Intel 5300 card before – speed was also near the same but it hangs after long stress. If I put router in 54Mbit mode I got a good 22Mbps with laptop. iPad is 13Mbps. I saw information that in reality it can’t achieve any better than 65Mbit due to antenna etc. WiFi Analyzer prove this, I never saw theoretical connection speed above this. But real speed is not near 30 Mbps I should get tacking 50% into account, it is half of this.

    I am really disappointed. I can’t use device the way I intended because of the bad WiFi performance.

    Maybe somebody can test WiFi speed in their environment and post results, especially if you can achieve much better numbers.

    PS. Maybe it is possible to adjust WiFi adapter setting through terminal/plist editing? Can anybody point me in right direction?
  2. rollingstart Guest

    Jul 15, 2007
    Using the Speedtest.Net App I've peaked at 31.34 Mbps on my iPad 2, using the identical router, but V2. This is on an Optimum Boost Plus (NJ) 50 Mbps connection.

    That said, I don't think the iPad 2's wifi is the best out there, but it certainly isn't hardware restricted to pulling down 15 Mbps.
  3. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
  4. avdim thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2011
    Do you have nearly constant 30 mbps downloads, not just sporadic peaks? I have only 16 mbit internet line so speedtest.net shows me near the max speed I have on my connection.

    I wonder maybe there are different revisions of iPad for Europe and US markets?

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