iPad Why is hot-spotting so slow?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jjudson, Jul 25, 2019.

  1. jjudson macrumors regular

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    I never really thought to test this before, but I got to wondering...

    Why are my devices so slow when hot spotting to my phone? They should be pretty fast I would think. A speed test on my phone (Verizon) shows about 35Mbps upload and download, but when connecting that phone as a hotspot to my iPad, I get 0.60Mbps download and upload. When I connect my Macbook Pro I get 0.63Mbps and 0.55Mbps download and upload. Hotspot speeds should be around 30Mbps according to most tech data I've seen.

    What gives?
     
  2. Shirasaki macrumors G3

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    ISP Caps your tethered speed? Seems like a common practice in US, when they have tethered data cap.
     
  3. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    Tried it with my XS Max on Sprint and my 2018 12.9 Pro. Phone had 96.8Mbps down, 1.43Mbps up. iPad had 34.2Mbps down, .83Mbps up. Used Speedtest app and same servers on both.
     
  4. jerryk macrumors 601

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    What plan do you have? Some of Verizon unlimited plans cap their speed to around 0.6 Mbps. See this old thread.

    https://community.verizonwireless.c...nal-Hotspot-speed-very-very-slow/td-p/1002158
     
  5. AutomaticApple macrumors 68000

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    What’s your Verizon plan?
     
  6. jjudson thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, I guess I'm not as up to "speed" on my data plan before posting as I should have been. I am on Verizon's Unlimited Go plan, which appears to be essentially worthless as a hotspot plan. Their advertised downloads are 600kbps. I'm not even sure why they would list that as a feature. What a joke.
     
  7. jerryk macrumors 601

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    You need to read the fine print on the contract. Caveat emptor.
     
  8. Chocolatemilty macrumors 6502a

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    These new unlimited plans from Verizon and AT&T are some of the worse plans I’ve seen in a minute for full features. We made out on AT&T with still having the Mobile Share with Rollover plan with 25GB across 4 lines with a 35% FAN discount (originally the 15GB plan and got a 10GB bonus after they lost an AT&T Next iPhone we sent back and tried to charge us twice. I raised hell and they gave us the bonus and a free month of service). Never giving up this plan now since we have full hotspot, HD streaming and Rollover Data, with two of our lines being the parents who are almost always on WiFi at home, work, and in the city (put the VPN and cable internet profiles on their iPhones). These new unlimited plans are so neutered.
     
  9. camedenliving macrumors member

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    it is not about the ipad, it is about the cap of the carrier!
     
  10. Vivian125 macrumors 6502

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    Mine seems not to have an issue. Did you do a speed test? Because Hot spot will be always "almost as good as Pocket Wifi" but not a replacement if you don't want to ruin battery of iDevice especially iPhone. If i have a pocket wifi with me, and do a speed test between both, the pocket wifi reception is always slightly better. And a home wifi/router is even more powerful.
     

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