View Full Version : My Apple Airport Extreme w/Bigpond Cable is slower than iPhone Optus 3G

18th September 2008, 10:23 AM
This relates to two tests that I performed on my iPhone.

I used the iPhone app called iNetwork Test to test the speeds of my wireless compared to 3G.

For the wireless test I used my Airport Extreme Base Station which is connected to my Bigpond Cable Modem. (results below)

For the 3G test I am with Optus.

Here are the results:


As you can see I am getting faster results with my 3G connection that with my Airport Express w/Bigpond Cable. When downloading torrents or anything else via Cable it is super quick so why am I getting these results on the iPhone?

Can anybody tell me why this is happening? I'm happy to provide more details if needed.

18th September 2008, 11:01 AM
the iPhone (and iPod Touch) is just slow browsing over wifi - you just have to deal with it.
I really doubt that program is accurate anyway. Plus there's heaps of other factors to consider.

19th September 2008, 07:07 PM
Nice try Optus! I got a similar result to you. Much faster on 3g than on the home wifi. I can only assume that Optus has gone around caching common speed test sites so that people can't compare results.

I tried it on another speed test - i.dsir.net/tinyspeedtest.html and got similar results. 599kbps on 3g, and then 202 kbps on wifi.

Smelling a rat I ran a more realistic test. I hit the front page of Mactalk (http://mactalk.com.au/). Time to load mactalk front page on 3g = 70 seconds. Time to load on wifi =12 seconds.

Time to load abc.net.au (http://abc.net.au) on wi-fi = 20 seconds. Unfortunately 3g dropped out in my house and I could only get GSM so couldn't complete the test. I gave up waiting for it after 2 minutes and it was about 1/2 loaded. The screensaver normally kicks in before pages are loaded on gsm!

What results do you get on that test, The_doctor?