iPad Macbook Pro Wifi @ 108mbps, iPad/iPhone @ 18mbps. Why?

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  1. Mahler12x macrumors regular

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    This issue is pissing me off. I've got Comcast Xfinity with a 105mbps connection coming through my Macbook. When I run the same speed tests on my iDevices, off the same server, I barely ever get past 20mbps. My router's an Airport Extreme. Is it some sort of setting I have wrong?
     
  2. powerstrokin macrumors 6502a

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    Do you really need it to be any faster on your iPad than it already is?
     
  3. Mahler12x thread starter macrumors regular

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    I take it by your smug fatherly response that you have no idea. And yes, when my iDevices are getting less than a quarter of the speed my computers are getting, I'd like to figure out why.
     
  4. powerstrokin macrumors 6502a

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    You're right, I don't know why. However, the point I was making still stands. Also you'll never reach that upper limit for anything you'll actually be downloading anyways, so I'm failing to see why this 'issue' is worth worrying about.
     
  5. Menel macrumors 603

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    tell us more.

    Which iDevices?
    Which airport extreme? there have been many.
    What all devices do you have on the network? Any G devices? Maybe a thermostat, a wifi speaker, etc?

    Only the Air/rmini is capable of 100mbps speed test.
    The iPhone 5/5S is capable of about 75.
     
  6. Mahler12x thread starter macrumors regular

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    Perhaps you don't stream a lot of live stuff. It makes a difference. What's strange about your question is that you seem to think a person should be contented with something functioning improperly, so long as it sorta functions. It's a very odd sort of mentality.
     
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    Thanks for your reply.

    It's a 4th gen Airport Extreme
    They're all iPad Airs and iPhone 5 and 5s
    I don't have any G devices

    What's odd is that I have gotten one or two tests a couple days ago on my iPad air of close to 50. Even still, why only half the speed if it's capable of more? I've combed through google and I can't find anything definitive.
     
  8. Menel macrumors 603

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    Macbook Pro Wifi @ 108mbps, iPad/iPhone @ 18mbps. Why?

    Worst case, they are connecting on the slower 2.4ghz band, because they see a higher signal strength on it.
    75ish mbps on iPad
    30-40ish on those iPhone's.

    So that still doesn't fully explain it, but we'll address that later, lets get you up to that speed first.

    I still suspect something is dragging the airport down into G compatibility mode. I lock mine to N only so it doesn't happen. Try that.

    Under advanced, wifi settings, radio mode
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  9. Menel macrumors 603

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    Macbook Pro Wifi @ 108mbps, iPad/iPhone @ 18mbps. Why?

    Experiment with the prior post.

    Then Step 2.

    Give your 5ghz network a different name. Home-N vs Home-N5. So that when you connect to the network Home-N5 you definitely know you are on the 5ghz band.

    Do that with your idevices.
    IPad air should be able to hit 100mbps speedtest.
    IPhone 5/5S will top around 75.

    Experiment awhile, if no success, report back, I have one more thought.

    Ive personally had stability issues running the SSID split with mine, so. I keep it combined, even with the speed hit if they authenticate on the 2.4ghz, its not a big deal.
     
  10. Mahler12x thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hey, sorry it's taken me so long to post. I've had a crazy set of shifts.

    So I tried dedicating a 5ghz signal and connecting my iPad to it. Strangely, it ticked higher, topping out at 40mbps before dropping back down to its ~16. My Macbook still gets the 100+ on the same signal. It's inconsistent. I'm thinking of just scrapping the Airport Extreme and going with an ASUS router. I can't even set the thing to ONLY broadcast an N signal.

    Thank you so much for trying to help. I'm not sure what else can be done.
     
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    Ok, I take that back, I was able to put the router in N only mode via the Airport utility on the iPad. Still isn't solving the problem. I again got one speed test at 50mbps, but can't get it again. Macbook still getting 110-120 every time.

    I've tried resetting network settings on the iPad as well. Nada
     
  12. Menel macrumors 603

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    Try one last thing, set your channel to 149. 149-161 per FCC spec *can* transmit at higher power than other channels and without disturbance avoidance algorithms.

    I know it's capable, I've seen two Airport Extreme's + iPad Air score 102mbps.
     
  13. dlewis23 macrumors 6502a

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    Open Airport utility on your Macbook, click the Airport. Hold option and click edit. Select your iPad and look at what the data rate, RSSI and Mode is.
     
  14. AstronautJonze macrumors newbie

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    In the same boat

    I'm experiencing the same issue, except at lower speeds. I have a current gen AirPort Extreme with an iPad air and an iPhone 5s. AT&T has me at 45 Mbps, which I get the full speeds wired and around 38Mbps wireless on my MacBook pro. In the same room, on the same SSID, I get around 20-24 on my iPad and iPhone. Absolutely befuddled. Will give internet high fives to anyone who can direct me to a solution.
     

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