Tethering: what's faster, bluetooth or wifi?

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  1. Aragornii macrumors 6502

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    Have a VZ iPhone 5 with tethering under the data share plan.

    What faster BT or WiFi?

    Also, which gives better battery life?
     
  2. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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  3. Lunfai macrumors 65816

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    Turn them both off and use USB if you can. Will use less battery making it less warm (Wi-Fi, makes the iPhone 5 hot after awhile), and as fast as the data can reach.
     
  4. Aragornii thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, I was initially getting some very fast speed indications over BT, but I may have still been on wifi because now they are all coming in slow.

    One of the problems I find with WiFi, however, is that it doesn't always show up in the list of networks available to connect to. Has anyone else experienced this?

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    Yes, definitely for my laptop, but for ipad i will need to use wifi.
     
  5. PhoenixMac macrumors 65816

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    On the iPhone go to the personal hotspot spot setting then try to connect to it.
     
  6. Aragornii thread starter macrumors 6502

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    that works, thanks.
     
  7. Apple Fan 21 macrumors regular

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    This is a dated thread, any updates?? Specifically I’m looking at tethering options from my iPhone 5S to my iPad 2. Is WiFi still the best option or is BT 4.0 on my iPhone going to be better??
     
  8. PNutts macrumors 601

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    I cannot find any current information to support that. Per the link below Bluetooth can be as secure as WiFi, with older versions being less secure. Of course it depends on if we're both using the same definition of "secure".

    Pros and Cons of Using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to Connect to Your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot
     

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