Verizon Personal Hotspot Speedtest Results!

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  1. MR1324, Apr 1, 2012
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    MR1324 macrumors 6502

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    The first photo attached is of my hotspot results. I was connecting my desktop via a wireless n usb adapter to the ipad. The speed is fast, but nowhere near as fast as using the normal 4G LTE on the ipad (especially the upload speed). Are you guys getting similar results? Any way I can speed it up? I get about the same speed if I connect my iphone to the hotspot.
     

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  2. MR1324 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i'm downloading a file and am maxing out at 1.5MB/s. if anyone knows how to improve the speed over hotspot, please let me know.
     
  3. ANinjaPeanut macrumors member

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    1.5MB/s is 11Mb/s. When you tether you're always going to lose some speed, where you download a file from also can dictate a max download speed.
     
  4. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    There was me thinking that 8 x 1.5 = 12 ;)

    Anyhow it's interesting that you got a lower ping through hotspot - suggests you connected to a different server. Did you take several results on both devices?
     
  5. ANinjaPeanut macrumors member

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    Well herp my derp. My apologies :L
     
  6. MR1324 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I did take several results on both devices. Every time, my hotspot speedtest results (whether im connected via desktop or iphone) are about 10 Mbps less in both download and upload compared to using the 4G LTE directly on the iPad. The files I test my downloads with should max out my connection (ex: usenet). I'm hoping someone can do the same comparison I did and see if they get the same degraded performance over hotspot.
     
  7. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    I would say that the iPad cannot transmit as powerful a WiFi signal compared to a router, and is therefore bottlenecking the speed you get.
     
  8. MR1324 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    that's really unfortunate. one would think that if it is capable of receiving wireless N speeds, it should be able to transmit the same level of speed.
     
  9. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    Perhaps it can, but is programmed not to, to save power. I use a cydia tweak for my iPad to that boosts it to it's full signal gain ability which gives me more reliable connection to my router. It's plausible hotspot is limited in the same way.
     
  10. MR1324 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hmm very interesting I had no idea they were limiting the wifi performance on purpose. Any way to boost the power without jailbreaking? Is there a way I can use a camera connection kit (usb interface) and connect a wireless N usb adapter that will take over the internal ipad wireless antenna? How about an Ethernet adapter for the iPad? Not even sure if something like that exists.
     
  11. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    Haha I doubt any of those exist, imagine how ugly that would be XD. Also, I read somewhere that the OS limits the current draw from the dock connector to accessories to something like 20mA, probably not going to sufficiently power a wireless transmitter ;P
     

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