Wifi vs LTE

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MacBH928, Feb 7, 2016.

  1. MacBH928 macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008
    When I use my iPhone I noticed that while the Wifi is on there is latency and and many apps will fail to load stuff over the internet(search results, youtube videos, twitter refreshing)-happens randomly.

    At first I thought that iOS or its apps are buggy but then I discovered that if I switch to LTE(Wifi off) its fast with no failures or crashes.

    Is this a problem with my iphone or is this just the nature of the Wifi technology? I would like to think so but I have no issues using the same Wifi network on my computer and nothing ever fails to load.
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Never had any such issues with wifi connectivity.
    Maybe it's that particular network or your phone having issues.
  3. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I would go to a Starbucks and try their Wi-Fi for a while. That way you know whether or not it's a network problem or a device issue.
  4. nightcap965 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2004
    Cape Cod
    I've noticed on highly congested public WiFi networks it's sometimes better to just turn off WiFi and use LTE. It's not iOS or the device, it's the WiFi network you're on.
  5. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    Actually, I've noticed this too, even on my home WiFi with 120mbps and when I'm the only one using it. This started happening about 3 months ago. Occasionally on WiFi at a seemingly random time, my iPhone won't load any data, or it'll take an extremely long time to load it. Search results, weather updates, e-mail fetches, etc. all hang, and this goes on for 5-10 minutes before returning to normal. Switching to LTE instantly fixes it.

    I'm assuming it has to do with my WiFi since this issue only started happening a few months ago, but it's annoying nonetheless and my iPhone 6 seems to be the only device that has this issue.
  6. Nolander07 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2012
    This happened to me also (on my home Wifi). It started getting worse and worse, occasionally cutting out completely. I had the cable company out checking connections, etc. It was very frustrating. To make a long story short, my router had a pending firmware update. Once I updated it, all was well. Lesson learned. No one thought to check that during all the troubleshooting. Needless to say, I am going to check for updates every so often from this point on.
  7. MacBH928 thread starter macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008
    Yes this is the problem I am talking about, but the reason that I believe its NOT my Wifi network is that my computer works just fine.

    I have the Netgear R7000 which has like 3k positive reviews on Amazon with the latest firmware. I doubt its a bad router
  8. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY
    By your logic then the iPhone 6 would always work perfectly and nobody would have any software or hardware problems with them since it has 1,238 positive reviews on amazon.
    Technology isn't perfect. The problem also may lie in your internet itself, not just the router.
  9. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007

    Two things I'd try (if you haven't already):

    - Remove the WiFi network from your phone, change passwords on the WiFi, and reconnect.
    - When in doubt, reboot the router.
  10. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    Trust me, routers go bad. I've gone through 7 routers in the last 12+ years. The majority of the ones that have gone bad are Netgear or Linksys. I've only had one Apple router die on me in 6 years, and it was 6 years old.
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    My linksys router has been acting real funny lately.
    I had it for years but for a few weeks now it just drops all connections randomly and all lights in it start to flash.
    Once I unplug it and turn it back on it works and a few days and then it does it again.
  12. MacBH928 thread starter macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008
    I never found routers performance change over time. The routers are expensive ($250) . I believe they were built to last, but maybe you had them always performing to maximum capacity? I had a Linksys that worked for 6 years no issues.

    I tried very hard to search for the best routers but everyone has a different opinion. Some say netgear, others linksys, and some will tell you D-link or even Belkin.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 11, 2016 ---
    try to update the firmware. My last linksys router served me well. Not sure if quality differs with every different model
  13. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I sometimes have to "kill" safari because it will not load. I know it is not my internet, 1gbps.
  14. lordhamster macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2008
    1GBPS internet is only part of the equation. That is the promised bandwidth from your provider to your endpoint (modem etc.)

    Your phone's performance will be subject to
    a) Latency.
    b) Wifi Interference
    c) weak signal
    d) a case or other problem
    e) software issue on your router (QOS settings, thottling, bad config)
    f) software issue on your phone
    e) some physical problem with the phone like a wifi antenna connection coming lose...

    I'd suggest doing some speed tests on another device from the same location. Pay close attention to the latency. Once you've done that, try "reset network settings" on your phone.
  15. MacBH928 thread starter macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008
    Hey if you know about this stuff, do you think I should keep WMM ON or OFF on my Netgear? I turned QOS off as it was recommended by researching on the internet.
  16. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Latency is usually around 2 and the wifi speeds hover around 250mbps. Those are the first things I check when I have a problem.
  17. von franklin macrumors regular

    von franklin

    May 31, 2015
    don't have any issues with using wifi calling
  18. adamhenry macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2015
    On the Beach
    I have an old router in the junk box that still works fine if you have devices that run on 802.11B and you are happy with that.

    Every now and then my ISP switches DNS servers and it fouls up everything in the house until I power cycle the router.

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