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Author Topic: 4G indoor speed of iPad with Three  (Read 287 times)

Weaver

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4G indoor speed of iPad with Three
« on: November 14, 2021, 10:06:18 PM »

I tried speedtest.aa.net.uk with my iPadís 4G i/f (WLAN disabled) and the measurements were 19 Mbps down / 3.9 Mbps up.

How does that rate for 4G or 3G ?

After the test I noticed the iPad was showing 3G in the status indicator at the top rh corner of the screen. I am not in a good place in the room; I would say that I donít have a line of sight to the basestation. The basestation is I think at an angle off to the left hand (north) side of the east-facing bedroom window, in the shadow of what is possibly a thick heavily-built wall, but not quite sure.
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Re: 4G indoor speed of iPad with Three
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2021, 10:34:26 PM »

Good Evening Weaver, could you confirm the iPad model number, if that's over 3G HSPA+ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Speed_Packet_Access

That's pretty decent.
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Re: 4G indoor speed of iPad with Three
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2021, 01:03:00 AM »

It is, I think, a v4 (purchased April 2021) iPad Pro largest screen whatever that is. In Settings > About :: model number :: "MXF52B/A" and "A2232".

Was a new model iPad Pro released late this spring? If so I think I screwed up and should have waited, but my iPad Pro v1 was getting very unreliable and I was rather desperate.
« Last Edit: November 15, 2021, 01:13:58 AM by Weaver »
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Re: 4G indoor speed of iPad with Three
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2021, 05:34:58 AM »

I've no idea how that compares to a newer model, but it's an eight core gigabit LTE device according to everymac:
https://everymac.com/systems/apple/ipad/specs/apple-ipad-pro-12-9-inch-4th-gen-a2232-wi-fi-lte-cellular-hong-kong-taiwan-specs.html

It can aggregate bands to get up to speeds of 1000/100 in perfect conditions, so a speed of 19 down and 4 up within a property is pretty decent.
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Re: 4G indoor speed of iPad with Three
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2021, 06:18:26 AM »

Is that speed 3G or LTE?
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Re: 4G indoor speed of iPad with Three
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2021, 08:56:17 AM »

Is that speed 3G or LTE?

Probably 3G, as Three's current LTE bands do not penetrate buildings that well.
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Re: 4G indoor speed of iPad with Three
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2021, 10:18:57 AM »

I'm sure this is slightly different on different iOS devices, but on my iPhone 7, it says "4G" or "3G" in the top-left corner of the display, next to the signal strength indicator and mobile network name.

I also have the option to force 3G or 4G if I go to:

Settings -> Mobile data -> Mobile Data Options -> Voice & Data

You could try forcing it to 3G and see if that makes any difference to your speeds. 
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Re: 4G indoor speed of iPad with Three
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2021, 05:09:46 PM »

Those are very useable speeds and if you had an outside antenna I'm sure you could improve on them considerably.
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Re: 4G indoor speed of iPad with Three
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2021, 09:16:00 PM »

Much of the time, I donít get any visible 3G/4G status indicator in the top right hand corner.
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Re: 4G indoor speed of iPad with Three
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2021, 07:50:42 AM »

Much of the time, I donít get any visible 3G/4G status indicator in the top right hand corner.

If it's like my phone you won't when using a wifi connection.
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