Last Updated: Sep 16,2011
This image is not altered in any way shape or form.... that being said... how is this possible?
the server you are testing with has to have the available bandwidth to provide the speed test with... so if they have lets say 5 people testing, that bandwidth has to be split with 5 different people... most companies dont just have dedicated bandwidth just for these speed tests so you are getting the maximum they can provide. try a different server.. I've hit 5mpbs with some servers on 4g...
Where are you? In LA I get 5mbps download, 1mbps upload.
I've seen people as high as 6.7mbps in LA.
Could be many variables OP
Didn't expect someone to actually answer that but that makes sense, thanks.
I was in the Washington DC area. This is my first time testing it on full 4G bars. When I have tested it on 1 or 2 bars I get no more than 2 up and down speeds, but I guess it all depends on what that guy ^^^^ said lol.
But by "choosing a different server", you introduce other factors such as latency from network conditions and route path. The OP needs to consider their current position in relation to the nearest tower, along with anything which can interfere with the signal (buildings, trees, powerlines, tower congestion, etc).
Change your server to "Washington, DC", from "New Jersey". However I doubt that you'll see much improvement, "if" you are testing from the same area.
I fired up wireless tethering yesterday, connected via a laptop and got 5.78 down and something right around 1 up. I do agree that the signal strength is relatively weak compared to my laptop's Wimax radio or my Wimax modem at home. I assume this is either something that can be tweaked in software or an engineering limitation due to power consumption, antenna size, etc.
Luckily, When I am outside I get great signal. When I go inside and Wimax suffers due to its frequency, I can hook up to Wifi at least at home and work (and many public places these days as well). Wimax is like an extension of Wifi the way I use it.
edit: Just ran the test and today I am getting anywhere from 2.6 to 4.2 down and .98 to 1.0 up just depending on server, time of day, etc. Compared to EVDO it is much better.
That is like getting on the freeway at 5:00pm to 7:00pm and screaming this can not be highway speeds!!!!! Where is a little hint. Servers get overloaded. Do me a favor did it with your normal home connection. At 3 am or 3 pm do a server test. Then wait until 5:30pm. You will notice your connection get cut in half.
in hawaii, i get faster speeds when pinging the kentucky or san fran servers than the honolulu server. go figure.
Depends on the routes/hops. You may have to go thru the carrier's gateway or proxy, which is on the mainland, then back out to HI.
I have to disagree on the # of users thing, these servers are designed to handle that.
But the really telling thing for me in Dallas area is this: consistently, I get about 2.5 mbps up for 3g - it varies very very little, no matter day, time of day etc
Not at all the case for 4g. Only twice have I seen above 4 mbps, and probably the other 10 times it's been about 1.5 or less (Up).
4g is kindof not doing so well.
I'm still happy with the phone, the processor makes 3g very usable, much faster then my treo pro was.
The number of users is absolutely important! As Blue and River suggested in the previous posts, there is no infinite bandwidth here, and you can only squeeze so many bits per hz! So yes you should think of it as a pie where your piece gets smaller as more users are downloading.
And if the carriers do not increase capacity to keep up with the pace of the increasing number of 4G users/handsets, it will get even worse pretty soon.
More on that here, for LTE:
What is LTE?
Hope this helps.
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