When tethering are some connection types faster/better?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by aliensarecool, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. aliensarecool macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2012
    Wirelessly posted

    Like using the USB when tethering to my computer
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    I'd assume that USB, Bluetooth, or WiFi won't make much of a difference. I believe the bottleneck will be the cellular data connection, not the iPhone to computer connection.
  3. ValerieDurden macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2010
    Philadelphia, PA, USA
    Bluetooth should be the slowest, USB and WiFi will be faster technically speaking.
  4. Spectrum Abuser, Jun 8, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2012

    Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

    Spectrum Abuser

    Aug 27, 2011
    USB will give you the highest theoretical speeds, but WiFi is more convenient with the multiple device connectivity. If you tether on anything faster then HSPA(standard 3G) bluetooth 2.1 will bottleneck you. On anything higher then HSPA+ bluetooth 4.0 will bottleneck you.

    USB 2.0 = 480Mbps - Best speed. Only one device at a time.
    Wifi 8.02.11N = 300Mbps -Ideal for tethering. No bottlenecking on any network.
    Bluetooth 4 = 24Mbps - Usable and minimal bottlenecking.
    Bluetooth 2.1 = 3mbps - Not ideal for tethering. Not recommend.
  5. rickreiko macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2010
    Awesome thanks for that. I had an idea about the speeds but I wasn't sure exactly how much it was affected.

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