This is a discussion on 3G VS. Tehtered within the iPad General Discussions forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; Originally Posted by Edlex If you give me a site I'll publish my results from my 3G later tonight. Here are a couple apps. Speedtest ...
MyWi linked to my iPad runs about the same speeds as the iPhone 3G does.
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It is the same speed on my tethered wifi vs straight 3G on my iphone. Should be ...it is the same data.
No reason to bother with the 3G version unless you 1. Don't have an iphone 2. Don't want to jailbreak it 3. Need the gps function.
I think some are misunderstanding the test needed.
Native 3G test via a 3G iPad with ATT = ?
Tethered 3G Wifi test via a 3G iPad or Wifi iPad with ATT = ?
The test might give us a idea if the tether is at all effecting the network performance. I say might, as the phone used for tether could get better/worst signal then the 3G iPad. But it would still be interesting none the less. Please let us know your signal bars for the test.
Ok, so I performed some results. First, a little detail.
iPad 3G 32GB
iPhone 3GS 32GB OS 3.1.3 baseband 4.26.08 jailbroken
Internet service at home is 10mb down / 512kb up
All results are the average of three tests using the Speedtest.net application.
iPad on home WiFi
Ping - 40ms avg.
Download - 17438kbps avg.
Upload - 475kbps avg.
(download speed is maxed at 10mbps, the high number reflects the influence of TimeWarnerCable's powerboost feature. It's simply maxed out.)
iPad on 3G cellular
Ping - 429ms avg.
Download - 2008kbps avg.
Upload - 342kbps avg.
(test done in Queens, NYC at 10:30 pm)
iPad tethered to iPhone via MyWi
Ping - 611ms avg.
Download - 1868kbps avg.
Upload - 345kbps avg.
(fairly big swings in ping times)
Last edited by SteveNYC; 05-06-2010 at 10:11 PM.
I really wish they would allow Bluetooth tethering. It's absolutely ridiculous and disgusting that they force you into situations like this. It's why I fully support jailbreaking. It's about the money, nothing else.