iPhone wifi speeds vs. PC on same network

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kizersoze83, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. kizersoze83 macrumors member

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    I am sure the answer to this question is painfully obvious to some, but I cannot find it out myself. I recently upgraded my home wifi network to 20 mbps. I decided to use the speednet.com app and do an upload/download test.

    When I ran the app on my iPhone the download speeds were only around 4 mbps! I immediately started cursing qwest's terrible internet and then decided I should run the test on my laptop before cussing anyone out. The speed test showed download speeds of around 19 mbps (well within limits).

    Is this issue only because the iPhone doesn't have as much processing power as my laptop or is there something more to this that I am not thinking of? That seems to be the obvious answer to me, but I was hoping some of you could help me out...THANKS!
     
  2. Vizin, Apr 29, 2011
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  3. kizersoze83 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have an iPhone 4 running 4.3. I just tried another test on my phone and I got 5.3 down with a 165 ping and on my laptop 18.8 down with a 41 ping. I am sitting about 20 feet away from the router when running both tests:confused:
     
  4. jwingfie macrumors 6502a

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    My Macbook and iPhone 4 almost always pull the same numbers off the same network.
     
  5. nunes013 macrumors 65816

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    macbook pro 56 mbps and iphone 4 21 mbps

    my phone nvr gets the high speeds my computer does on the same network
     
  6. wxman2003, Apr 29, 2011
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    Iphone 4 connects on the 2.4 Ghz spectrum of wifi, you macbook pro or pc probably on the 5 ghz band, so you will likely get faster speeds on your macbook pro if you have a dual band n router.
     
  7. Goldinboy17, Apr 29, 2011
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    Goldinboy17 macrumors 65816

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    My iDevices's have a consistent speed with one another as well as my PC's. I've read many users complaints about the same problem though. Slower speeds on iPhones compared to computers. I think the type of router you're using influences your speeds considerably. I have three routers hooked up at the moment (I'm forced to) and my Netgear3700 N router offers considerbly faster speeds with my iDevices. My two other G based routers kinda suck to be honest. Here are my speeds for my computer, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

    I'm also going to have to agree here. The 2GHz frequency just sucks in my neighborhood. I try to keep as many of my devices on the 5GHz band since every single neighbor has a wireless router. I live in a residential home and my adapter can pick up 20 networks apart from mine!

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  8. kizersoze83 thread starter macrumors member

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    I think you may have answered my question. I just checked and my router is a wireless-N router. However, after looking at FAQ's on the manufacturers website I found that they do not function in the 5GHz band. I guess this explains everything. Thanks Goldinboy for your help!:)
     
  9. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    MBA getting 21mbps down 3.2 up
    iPhone4 getting 12.77 down 3.2 up
     
  10. lsvtecjohn3 macrumors 6502a

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    Laptop 16.57 down 1.45 up Ping 30
    iPhone 4 12.70 down 1.37 up Ping 77
     
  11. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020

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    I have 30 Mbps service with Comcast.
    My Mac is always there. My iDevices test out at a number half of that. Still very fast. The speed test results on the iDevices used to be closer to my Mac. Not sure what changed but it's fast enough for my needs.
     

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