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Handset speedtests vs Tethered Speeds

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by SocialistPig, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. SocialistPig

    SocialistPig Member
    Thread Starter

    Jul 6, 2010
    Out of curiosity is anyone getting wildly different results from their handsets speedtests vs their actual download throughput?

    On 4G when I do a Speedtest using either the FCC's or Speedtest.net application I fall between 200-250K/sec, if I'm lucky regardless of server. Often less. Upload always seems to pin exactly at 1mb/sec regardless of my signal.

    On the other hand when I tether I consistently get 300K/sec. I'm starting to wonder if the Sprint Hotpot application caps at 300K/sec?

    Is there something wrong with the Speedtest app? People I can compare with here at work get better speeds on their iPhones 3G using the handset test but get AWFUL, terrible speeds tethering with their iPhones.

    Is there a reason the speedtests app do so poorly? Anyone have any idea if the Hotspot App caps throughput?


  2. dzar

    dzar Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Have you tried a different server? Those speeds are way too low, even for 3G. I suspect the server is overloaded or on a slow piece of backbone. If all reasonable servers in the area (and by "area" I mean a 500 mile radius around you) are this slow, something else is probably to blame.

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