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    Why is it that when I do a speed test on my laptop I achieve 38 Mbps, we are on Virgin media, but a speed test on my ipad1 and the wife's ipad2 only achieves 10-15 Mbps? We are using a newer 'N' router. Any ideas?
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    im plugged into virgin media cable too. my desktop says 50 whereas my ipad 2 is 15. this is the ipad hardware limit one suspects.
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    While the iPad supports N routers, it does not support the whole shebang. Without going into the technical details (which I don't remember anyway) your laptop probably supports the full spec, which includes multiple data channels and other speed enhancing tricks. The iPad can handle the 'n' frequencies and modes, but only handles one, maybe two channels. As I said, I don't remember exactly.

    Or as sjleworthy said, it's a hardware limit.
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    Is that some sort of T1 connection or something as my lowly broadband connection is clocking around 5Mbps if the stars are in alignment.

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    My speediest apps only test to 20 and 27 m.
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    It may or may not have any effect, but try setting your router to 802.11a/n or 802.11b/g/n or 802.11b/g compatible and see if that changes your iPad's connection speed.

    I can constantly get 25Mbps down and 22.5Mbps up on our Macs and about 18 to 19Mbps down and 16 to 18Mbps up on our iPad using the "Automatic" setting (which is 802.11b/g/n) on our Airport Extreme. Of course it all depends on what part of our house the iPad is in. I conduct the tests (http://www.speedtest.net/mobile.php) with the iPad in the same room as the WiFi router.

    As twerppoet points out, the iPad's WiFi system is not equal to those used in computers (in large part to save battery power). However I'd agree that yours should be doing better if you have a decent signal.
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    How do you check your iPad broadband speed?
    I recommend speed of me!
    speedof.me is an awesome html5 speed test website which works on iPhone and iPad without installing anything.
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    hi kabuki,

    I checked my internet speed at Scanmyspeed.com .I got accurate results
    My speed test results are
    Download speed:2.23Mbps
    Upload speed:0.749Mbps
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    Here's mine, courtesy of speedtest.



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    [​IMG]
    This is my 3G speeds with Verizon. Pretty horrible.. Used to be quicker.


    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1343633775.330812.jpg

    Here's my home wifi. I'm pretty happy with it. :)
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    My iPad 3 is every bit as fast at downloads from the Internet as any device on the same WiFi network in my house. Internet downloads are limited by my ISP. Other devices have faster speeds over the internal network.
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    In my own defense, there was no iPad 3 when I made that post.

    I've noticed better speeds on the new iPad, though I don't know if it has anything to do with hardware or software changes. I also went back to my Apple Extreme router, and my ISP equipment recently received an update; which probably has something to do with it.
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    I had same speed issues and I found that most routers have a QoS setting...quality of service. It limits any single wireless connection from hogging all the available bandwidth. This is designed to help an open network allow all users a decent speed. I disabled the setting on my N router and went from 5mbps to almost 30!!!!
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    My Internet speed test results are,
    Download Speed: 18.89 Mbps
    Upload Speed:0.795 Mbps.
    I perform this test from

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    I have Verizon FIOS and pay for 50 Mbps service. My SpeedTest result is always around ~42 Mbps on my iPad 3 and that is with their OEM router :)
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