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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Brando, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. Brando

    Brando Lurker
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    Hello, I recently rooted my EVO. I tried Barnacle Wifi Tether, which was connecting me at 11 mbps but was not able to view any web pages. I then tried Wireless Tether and was able to connect at only 11-24 mbps. I have had the Sprint Mobile Hotspot up until now, but was getting 54 mbps out of that. Can anyone explain this to me?

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  2. AndroidSPCS

    AndroidSPCS Android Expert

    You're not getting 54 mbps out of it. Sprint 4G top speeds is only 4-6mbps, and 3G is 1-2 mbps.

    The laptop is telling you what the connection speed is, not what the actual download speed is.

    To test that, go to speedtest.net and click on "test".
  3. tmwilsoniv

    tmwilsoniv Well-Known Member

    I might add that the best way to judge a tethering method, whether it be Sprint's Hotspot, Easytether, PdaNet, or WiFi Tether, is not by running a speed test on the tethered computer. Running back to back tower to device and tower through device to computer speed tests, averaging each set, and determining the NET LOSS of SPEED or THROUGH SPEED as a percentage of the tower to device speed is the only objective and quantitative way to measure a tethering method.
  4. Matlock

    Matlock Android Enthusiast

    Now, explain to them how to do this handy little thing. Hmm?
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  5. AndroidSPCS

    AndroidSPCS Android Expert

    You may be right, but how many people will really care to go to the lengths to do what you describe?

    Most people only care about the actual speed they're experiencing once tethered. They're not scientists trying to measure all the variables of a tethering method, they just want the bottom line - which method provides the fastest download speeds.
  6. tmwilsoniv

    tmwilsoniv Well-Known Member

    Are you serious?
    This is not Calculus, or even Trig or Advanced Algebra.
    Let's call Device Speed Test set 1
    Let's call Laptop Speed Test set 2

    Take 10 speed test for set 1. Add the results of each test, and then divide by 10. This is your AVERAGE for set 1.

    Take 10 speed tests for set 2. Add the results of each test, and then divide by 10. This is your AVERAGE for set 2.

    For the most accurate results, alternate tests between set 1 and set 2.

    Now for the really tough part. divide the AVERAGE from set 2 by the AVERAGE from set 1. If the AVERAGE from set 1 is 5.0 (mbps) and the AVERAGE of set 2 is 2.5 (mbps)

    2.5 divided by 5.0 = .5, or in layman's terms, 50%.

    If your tongue was planted firmly in your cheek, my apologies.
  7. AndroidSPCS

    AndroidSPCS Android Expert

    I think you missed the boat on this one.

    You fail to describe the methodology at a basic / practical level for people who may not understand what you're talking about, not that it even matters for most of the people.

    What I believe you're saying is: run the Speedtest app on the Android phone, get the results, and then compare it to running the speedtest.com test on your laptop, and see what the difference is.

    As I stated above, this really doesn't matter, as people ONLY care about the actual speeds they're getting on the laptop. The other info might be interesting, but is of little relevance to most people.
  8. tmwilsoniv

    tmwilsoniv Well-Known Member

    I suppose you're right. Most people will see 2.5 mbps on their tethered laptop and call it a day. They may even post here bragging at the wonderful download speeds they're getting using the latest XYZ-TURBO PLUS tethering application, and many of the sheeple that follow these threads will "Do what they do," thinking 2.5 mbps sounds pretty good. Never mind that the 2.5 mbps might be 50% of the possible speed they can achieve.

    What I am suggesting is that those in search of the fastest tethering application use the simplest of methods to compare them. Good grief, if Evo devotees put as much effort into maximizing tethering speeds as they do useless and irrelevant quadrant scores, this thread may have taken a different tack.
  9. AndroidSPCS

    AndroidSPCS Android Expert

    Do you have any suggestions on how to maximize tethering speeds?

    I use the Google Code for wifi tethering. What other tips / tricks can people use to maximize the tethering speed?
  10. tmwilsoniv

    tmwilsoniv Well-Known Member

    The first place to start is by using the tethering application that yields the fastest through speeds.

    Make sure your "Connection speed" is at its maximum. Seeing "Connection excellent" with "Speed 11.0 mbps" when using WiFi should be a red flag. Test your laptop connection with and without firewalls and anti-virus. AVG, for example, limited my 8.5 mbps device to tower speed to 1.5 mbps laptop to tower speed. Changing to Comodo and Avast fixed that.
  11. AndroidSPCS

    AndroidSPCS Android Expert

    I see.

    I use the Google wifi tethering app because I don't trust 3rd party apps, especially since they may sniff or capture data that I may be browsing.

    To me I'm not willing to start installing all kinds of apps just for the sake of eeking out a little bit more speed.

    Nor am I willing to give up the convenience of wifi tethering to go with USB tethering which is a more of a pain to me.

    With regards to changing out firewalls / Anti-virus I'm personally not willing to change it just for the sake of tethering. If it works well on broadband then I shouldn't have to change it for tethering.

    I use Microsoft Essentials (MSE) and Windows firewall which has minimal overhead and impact on broadband speeds.

    I was hoping you would have more tips / tricks on wifi specific tethering...
  12. tmwilsoniv

    tmwilsoniv Well-Known Member

    Just the basics stemming from the original few posts.

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