Slower speeds when using personal hotspot

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Ipadlover29, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. Ipadlover29 macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2011
    I've noticed when I use the personal hotspot feature on my iPhone 6 plus with my iPad air 2 or macbook the speeds seem to be about two thirds slower vs when I just use my 6 plus on LTE on its own. Is this normal? Just wondering if anyone else noticed this. This is my first iPhone when I had my Samsung s4 I would get full speeds when using the hotspot feature. Is this another iOS 8 bug or just how iPhones work when using hotspot?


    Speed test on my iPad air 2 when tethered to my 6 plus

    20mbps down/20 mbps up

    Speed test on my iPhone 6 plus

    65 mbps/35 mbps up
  2. soy macrumors member


    Jan 25, 2012
    I think that's probably pretty normal.

    Similar situation with my home wifi, have 50mbps down when connected directly to the modem's wifi connection, when connected to our wifi extender I only get about 15 mbps down.

    (similar as in the hotspot is similar to a wifi extender, it channels through another internet connection)
  3. Ipadlover29 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2011
    After trying to tether using the usb to lightning cable with my MacBook, I found that I was getting full speeds. So it's only wireless tethering that slows down the speed.
  4. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Yes the WiFi tethering is slow. I use a QNAP QGenie tethered via USB in hotspot mode and it's far faster and more reliable than the iPhones WiFi tether.
  5. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    I have noticed this too. As soon as I tether my cellular data switches from 4G to 3G on my phone. I can't remember what happened when I terhered from android phones.
  6. FieldingMellish Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    I'm just amazed that I can be on a speeding railway into the city and communicate with my clients, uploading and downloading graphics and proposals. Who the hell cares that there's a difference in speed? Unless maybe the phone owner's intention is to play an intense game while traveling and is looking to get the most bandwidth that they can.
  7. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    As with anything "I don't care" != "no one cares".
  8. FieldingMellish Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    Okay, you care I presume?
  9. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    Are you guys saying that if I tether my MBA via USB on T-Mobile that it will drop down to 3G before consuming all (the balance) of my 4G LTE data?

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