iPad iPad Air Wifi Speed

dazlicous

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Jun 2, 2011
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I have a 50mb internet connection, does anyone know if a iPad Air should see the full 50mb speed over wifi.
Using the speed test app it's only saying I am getting 30mb Max.
Want to finding if it's a limit on the iPad or something to do with my connection before I contact my supplier

Ty
 

rui no onna

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Oct 25, 2013
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I suggest testing your wired speed first. If you get 50Mbps wired, that means there's no problem with your ISP.

I can get 100Mbps down on my iPad Air. However, those are under some very specific conditions:

  • Mode: 802.11n/ac
  • Frequency: 5GHz
  • Channel Width: 40MHz
  • Distance: same room as router
 

Curun

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Sep 10, 2013
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I have a 50mb internet connection, does anyone know if a iPad Air should see the full 50mb speed over wifi.
Using the speed test app it's only saying I am getting 30mb Max.
Want to finding if it's a limit on the iPad or something to do with my connection before I contact my supplier

Ty
Yes it can, easily. It can link at 300mbps, giving an application layer throughput of around 180mbps. See my attached iPad air speed test on fiber.

30mbps max speedtest would be typical of a 802.11N, 2.4GHz, 20mhz BW, single stream, 72mbps link speed.

The first thing you need to investigate is your access point and it's capabilities. You need a MIMO router with at least 2x2 capability.

2x2 or better MIMO on 2.4GHz would give you a 150mbps link speed, and ~90mbps at the application layer.

2x2 or better on 5GHz with 40M BW, would give you a 300mbps link speed.
 

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dazlicous

macrumors 6502a
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Jun 2, 2011
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Manchester
Yes it can, easily. It can link at 300mbps, giving an application layer throughput of around 180mbps. See my attached iPad air speed test on fiber.

30mbps max speedtest would be typical of a 802.11N, 2.4GHz, 20mhz BW, single stream, 72mbps link speed.

The first thing you need to investigate is your access point and it's capabilities. You need a MIMO router with at least 2x2 capability.

2x2 or better MIMO on 2.4GHz would give you a 150mbps link speed, and ~90mbps at the application layer.

2x2 or better on 5GHz with 40M BW, would give you a 300mbps link speed.
Cheers for explaining that. I have a Mimo router WNDR4500 but the iPad is only connected to the 2.4mhz band.

Only I don't understand tho my Retina MacBook is connected to the same band and that is getting the full 50mb from speediest.net