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    WiFi significantly slower than LTE... what gives?

    I'd noticed that when I'm on my wifi connection at home, downloads seem slower than over LTE. So today I ran speedtest.net on my laptop's wifi and had almost 20Mbps down, and over 6Mpbs up. Using the speedtest app on the phone, my wifi connection is less than 2Mbps down, and around 5Mbps up. When I disable wifi and connect using Lte, the download runs about 5.5Mbps and the upload is around 1Mbps.

    Now I'm on the Verizon network, and when we got the phones this weekend, we had to renew our contract and we lost our unlimited data plan. It wouldn't surprise me if Verizon purposely throttles wifi connections to entice us to connect to Lte, therefore either incurring overage charges on the data or signing up for the higher data plans.

    Has anybody else experienced the same thing? Is there any way to open the phone's wifi up to a more acceptable level?

    Rob

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    im lost, vzw is your internet provider at home tha supplies your wifi ?

    use the speedtest on your PC or laptop hooked up to wifi and tell us what the scores are. you may just have a crappy incoming connection.
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    Okay, let's try this again. I have comcast internet (I know, but it's the only one available to me) at home. I have a wireless network at home. With my laptop connected to my wireless network, going over Comcast, I consistently get the speeds I mentioned above (20Mbps down, over 6Mbps up.) My cell provider is Verizon. When I'm connected to my wireless network on the S3 (wifi) over the comcast internet, I get about 1.8Mbps down, and over 5Mbps up. If I disable the wireless network (wifi) and connect using the Verizon Wireless cellular service (4G Lte) I get about 5.5Mbps down and around 1Mbps up. So the Verizon LTE connection is faster on the S3 than the wifi connection on the S3. But the wifi connection is solid on all of our computers (my wife's laptop gets similar results as my laptop).

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    There are a lot of variables that play into this.... Starting off the WiFi radios in the S3 aren't known for their aggressive speeds. When you ran the speed test on the phone via WiFi was there any other bandwidth being used on the network? Also did the laptop and phone connect to the same server? Also what is the communication band on your router.... B, G, or N??? I forget which right now but one of them did NOT play well with the S3 Especially with Belkin routers..... Also try restarting the phone and even the router... I know it sounds crazy but it gets much less crazy when that solves the issue....

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    Re: WiFi significantly slower than LTE... what gives?

    Comcast and WiFi router here (NE Florida). 18 down, 5 up just now. On the other side of the house.

    Do you have a dual band router?

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    What router do you have at home and what radios does it have availble for you to choose from. These are my speed


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffrey View Post
    What router do you have at home and what radios does it have availble for you to choose from. These are my speed


    Jeffrey you have NO idea how creepy this is seeing you testing your connection from the FUTURE.... I am exactly 12 hours behind you.....
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    Re: WiFi significantly slower than LTE... what gives?

    If you are not getting speeds similar to your laptop then something is definitely wonky. Maybe your laptop is in another band?
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    I have a Linksys WRT160N running in mixed mode (meaning G and N modes, essentially.) I know my laptops are connecting via the N band, and I'm not at all sure how the phone is connected. How would I tell what band the S3 is on?

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    For those of you getting really good speeds on your S3s, who is your provider? If you're on Verizon, then I will have to agree that something is wonky.


 
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