My iPad WiFi speed should be faster (IE YouTube)

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  1. MythicFrost macrumors 68040

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    I'm wanting to know why my iPad's WiFi isn't that fast. I've got a cable modem connected to an AEBS (the latest model).
    Watching a 4 minute SD video it can't buffer fast enough to start playing the movie right away.

    It probably takes 5-8 minutes to buffer a 4 min video. It's connected via 802.11n. This is within ~8 metres of the AEBS in a very open part of the house (IE I'm not in a room). Oh and the iPad has no case on.

    I've seen the iPad videos showing YouTube, and it loads a lot faster than mine.
    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

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    Did you take off anything else on your network that could be hogging bandwidth?
     
  3. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I'm sure nothing was happening at the time. I experience the same issue but much worse with the iPhone on WiFI -- at least with the YouTube app.

    When I go to "featured" or "History" or any of the tabs at the bottom on the iPad, it takes a good 3-7 seconds to load the contents -- leaning towards the latter most of the time.
     
  4. mbell75 macrumors 6502

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    Does it run that slow with anything else? I heard that YT app on the iPad is set to play the videos in high resolution. I was getting the same thing with my wireless connection but running off my high speed cable connection fixed that.
     
  5. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I've made a benchmark... I loaded this YouTube video on my iPad.
    On my iPad it took 10 minutes for the 1 and a half minute video to load. My Mac over 11n did it in 50 seconds. I was ~2 metre's from the AEBS.

    Can anyone try it on their iPad, and tell me how long it takes and what internet connection you have (speed and type IE 802.11g or n).
    I'm going to try repositioning the AEBS to some new locations that might get better signal, but my Mac Pro seems to load it just fine.

    I know the iPad isn't a MP, but on the videos of the iPad when using YouTube, the videos load really quick.

    Any thoughts?

    Even just loading the thumbnails of the videos can take several seconds where the demos of the iPad its instant.
     
  6. marksman macrumors 603

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    This is why the iPad needs to support flash, imo.
     
  7. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I don't think flash is going to load any faster. It's still movie content.
    I loaded the YouTube guided tour video and it took about ~40 seconds to load 1m 20s.

    Playing the iPad TV ad which goes for 30 seconds usually "stops" around the 20 second mark because it can't buffer fast enough.
    That's pretty bad IMO, it should be able to load that in about 5 seconds -- My Mac loads the video in about 3 seconds.
     
  8. mbell75 macrumors 6502

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    Played fine for me, started up right away. It was fully loaded with 44 seconds left to play in the vid. Like I said, I have that Turbo Road Runner cable going thru a Linksys g router.
     
  9. Maaz macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah iam noticing the same with only my youtube app.
     
  10. drjsway macrumors 6502a

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    My YouTube app is fine. Videos start instantly. Never had a delay.
     
  11. Dr Gonzo macrumors newbie

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    This video start instantly. Time to full buffer in under 15 sec.
     
  12. Dammit Cubs macrumors 68000

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    Data----> computer crunch---> output

    If computer A > computer B

    Then computer A will process "Youtube videos" faster.
     
  13. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

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    Every vid I run is quick, whether youtube, netflix or streaming from my PC using Air-Video. I have a PC, a PS3 and a netbook, besides the iPad working on the same router. Not sure what order but they all work great.
     
  14. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

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    So, it sounds like the issue again goes back to your internet connection...

    If it's fine on your Mac/PC whatever, but not on your wireless devices, either your wireless is really congested there, or something on the network is hogging the connection. Start ruling things out here.

    Also, you have an airport extreme and the iPad supports 802.11n, why not switch it to the less congested 5Ghz band and test that with your iPad?
     
  15. mj1108 macrumors 6502a

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    I had the same thing happen to me. I went and restarted my cable modem and now it works fine.
     
  16. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    I have the same issue on my iPhone. Over 3g it's fine. On any wifi connection it's slow and I mean really slow offen times out.
     
  17. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

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    802.11n is the culprit. Look for a firmware update for your router/modem. See if the details mention n reliability improvements. If there is no update, see if you can disable n altogether. G should be faster than your web connnection, and has been around much longer than N.
     
  18. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    you stole what i was going to say!
     
  19. EddyP macrumors 6502

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    Exactly.

    The only reason I use my N network is to transfer data within my network. Too many kinks still in N IMO.
     
  20. drumma022 macrumors newbie

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  21. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    has it been finalised yet? or is it still a draft? im waiting for 802.11y to hurry up :p
     
  22. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Your test video played just fine on my iPad. Buffering was complete by the time it was half-way through.

    FiOS Internet 150/50 service.
     
  23. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    DONE BE MEAN!!!! :mad:

    you're on 802.11n? 5ghz? 2.4ghz? tell!

    the error only exists on 5ghz ONLY mode.
     
  24. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Yep. 802.11n (Time Capsule in 5GHz n-only mode).
     
  25. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

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    I use an 802.11n and it works fine.
     

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