Iphone 6+ vs iPad air 2 Wi-Fi Speeds

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  1. Jimpilot macrumors 6502a

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    I am consistently getting speed in the high 40s with iPad and about half that on The iPhone 6 +.

    I am using same spot, same Wi-Fi network and same app to measure. Been this way for several weeks, so not a temp issue.

    Is there a setting or something I'm missing or is it just that way.
     
  2. geoff5093 macrumors 68020

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    Do you have both 5GHz and 2.4GHz WiFi? If so, are they using the same SSID or two separate network names? It's possible you have a dual-band router with the same SSID, and your 6+ is connecting to 2.4GHz.

    What are you using to test?
     
  3. Jimpilot thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Testing with both speed test and speed smart.

    I have a Verizon FIOS router I suspect it has both. How can I tell which it is connecting to?
     
  4. Resqu2 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a 6+ and a IPad Air and wife has a 6, they all run about 50mbps while my 2 Apple computers run 120mbps which is what I pay for. Same test, same place, same time. The strange thing I can't figure out is my wife had a Galaxy S5 for 3 days, it tested out to 120mbps every time. Just not sure why my IPad and IPhones only get 1/2 speed?
     
  5. osofast240sx, Nov 26, 2014
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    sounds right the iPad has more antennas than the iPhone

    Haswell iMac 802.11AC 3 antennas maximum theoretical speed of up to 1300Mbs
    iPad Air 2 802.11AC 3x3 MIMO maximum theoretical speed of up to 866Mbs
    iPhone 6 & 6+ 802.11AC maximum theoretical speed of up to 433Mbs
    iPad Air 802.11N 2x2 MIMO maximum theoretical speed of up to 300Mbs
    iPad Mini 802.11N 2x2 MIMO maximum theoretical speed of up to 300Mbs
    iPhone 5 & 5s 802.11N maximum theoretical speed of up to 150Mbs
     
  6. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    Is your router AC?
     
  7. Jimpilot thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If you mean AC power then yes. Otherwise not sure what you're asking
     
  8. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    802.11ac
     
  9. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    Being that it's a fios router, it is likely not AC.

    Shouldn't matter though.
     
  10. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    My data speeds were horrible with my airport express. I'm sure there are other factors but when I switched to a 1900AC router
    I got the advertised speed from Time Warner cable. The OP can put the Fios router in bridged mode and use a better router.
     
  11. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    Has to be something else involved. Your bottleneck is almost certainly your ISP, and always has been, theoretically.

    The fios routers, however, are junk. But that has nothing to do with the lack of AC standard. I actually called fios on the issue once... they told me that they only guarantee their speeds over ethernet and not wifi... whatever guys lol.
     
  12. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    i have TWC 300/20 with the airport express I could not get my devices above 80Mbps. Now my speeds are are:
    iMac ethernet 340Mbps
    iMac wi-fi 330Mbps
    iPad air2 300Mbps
    iPhone 6+ 250Mbps
     
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  14. themyst macrumors 6502

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    How did you manage that? Using the TWC supplied arris router I get 75 Mbit max on my 6+ and 102 max on my iPad mini retina. Same 300/20 service.

    My PC is connected Ethernet which sees 324 Mbit every single time, so the connection isn't a problem.
     
  15. osofast240sx, Nov 27, 2014
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    osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    im using the Arris Surfboard SB6183 it has 16 bonded channels download 4 bonded channels upload. currently this is the only modem that is compatible with TWC maxium speeds. i would also suggest a Asus AC68U router
     
  16. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    If your ISP is giving you over 300 Mbps, then yes, your bottlneck was 802.11n

    It still doesn't explain why you were throttled at 80mbps. We have a 150Mbps connection with our airport and we get that throughout the house on all devices. 80Mbps is nowhere near what your cap should be, so it was either a faulty device, some sort of interference, or the router may not have been setup proerly?

    Regardless, it also doesn't explain the OP's situation at all where he is getting wildly different speeds with different devices. That should have nothing to do with the wifi standard of the router, assuming all other controls are equal (distance from router, nothing else pullling data, etc.)
     
  17. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    each device has as different antenna setup, the difference in data rate for each device may be a factor in the actual speeds
     
  18. Jimpilot, Nov 27, 2014
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    I have to agree that if the router were the issue it would be on all devices. Oh and the router is AC also. The antenna sounds like the obvious issue.

    I was hoping I might have something set wrong or something.
     
  19. savagewatts macrumors regular

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    I had the same issue. My rMBP was much faster than my iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6 Plus.

    I use Airport Extreme as my wireless router. I went in and changed the name of my connection to reflect 5GHz. That way the two connections are named differently and if you have Wifi ac you can connect.

    After I did that and connect my two devices they get almost the same speed as my rMBP.

    Hope that helps.
     
  20. tbeaumont macrumors newbie

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    I have a Time Capsule AC and Comcast

    iPhone 6+ had a download of 123 mpbs and upload of 22 mpbs
    iPad Air 2 had a download of 127 mpbs and upload of 24 mpbs

    Very comparable speeds
     

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