Quick look at tethering speeds on Fido Rogers using iPhone

I recently had an ISP service interruption at home, leaving me without a working Internet connection for a few hours. I used my iPhone to tether into my 3G connection, did a few speed tests, and wondered how it compared to my regular (cable modem) internet connection. Here are the test results.

speedtest results 10/30/2009 I tested my connection speed using only two websites (linked in Sources). I have also run a few iPhone apps that are freely downloadable: Speedtest by Xtreme Labs, SpeedTest.net, CISCO GIST Speed Test and CheckTubes. Of all, Ookla’s Speedtest.net had the best interface and most consistent results across various platforms. I also used dslreports as it is very simple and not flash-based.

Ookla also offers a new PingTest, and here’s the result, obtained today:

Line Quality Test 10/30/2009

Some very small adjustments caused very large discrepancies in results, so please do not take this first batch of tests as gospel!

Cable

  IE 8.0.6001.18702 Firefox 3.5.30729 Opera 10.00.1750 Chromium 4.0.222.5 (28709) QTWeb 2.5.081 Safari 4.0.3 (531.9.1) iPhone
w
SpeedTest
d/l Mb/s, u/l Mb/s, ping ms
2.51, 0.30, 148
link
6.62, 0.30, 142 link 3.12, 0.28,162 link 4.14, 0.51, 38 link 4.57, 0.27, 150 link 2.19, 0.39, 39 link 441,487, 2086
dslreports
http://www.dslreports.com/mspeed?t=1&s=1024

1016 kbit/sec

0.167s latency
8.226s

1254 kbit/sec

0.201s latency
6.672s

1534 kbit/sec

0.173s latency
5.513s

1444 kbit/sec

0.128s latency
5.798s

1826 kbit/sec

0.208s latency
4.662s d/l

1529 kbit/sec

0.052s latency
5.407s d/l

537 kbit/sec
0.095s latency
15.35s d/l
SpeedTest 3G teethering 2.38, 0.27, 244 link 2.26, 0.30, 226 link 2.39, 0.30, 279 link *stalled* p.b: 1.6, 0.30, 188 link 2.38, 0.28, 117 link 5.43, 0.252, 223
dslreports 3G teethering

978 kbit/sec

0.331s latency
8.7s

902 kbit/sec

0.362s latency
9.395s

880 kbit/sec

0.378s latency
9.648s

1208 kbit/sec

0.342s latency
7.101s

1077 kbit/sec

0.613s latency
8.109s


pb:

1114 kbit/sec

0.344s latency
7.694s

888 kbit/sec

0.187s latency
9.363s

1553 kbit/sec
0.354s latency
5.626 s

 

iPhone teethering required teethering to be enabled on the iPhone first. I only tested via the USB, though I will soon be testing via BlueTooth as well. I expect BT to yield slower results.

  iPhone E iPhone 3G
SpeedTest d/l kbps, u/l kbps, ping ms 75, 0, 715 5430, 252, 223
dslreports 108 kbit/sec
0.384s latency
75.615 s
1553 kbit/sec
0.354s latency
5.626 s
CISCO GIST   432 kbps
Xtreme Labs 195 kbps
26kbps
5219 ms
3270 kbps
273 kbps
236 ms

 

This is only my first attempt, so the methodology will eventually improve and hopefully the results will have a smaller delta, which right now seems to be very high due to poor “ritualization” CowPeace Sign.

Speed Test Chart

The results seem to indicate a download speed around 4 Mbps using speedtest.net and around 1500 kbps using dslreports. The download speed on 3G was around 2.38 Mbps on the tethered computer and a whopping 5.43 Mbps on the iPhone. dslReports indicated a download speed around 900 kbps over 3G. The upload speed was consistent across all platforms / tests / browsers at around 300 kbps.

Subsequent testing will be published in the spreadsheet that can be found below, in Sources. To use teethering on Fido, you have to subscribe to a plan higher than 500 MB / month. I do subscribe to such a plan and find that my usage is far below 500 MB, so I will most likely downgrade soon. This could make it impossible to tether, though there are instructions on the ‘net suggesting that it is still possible

You have to go to the link below, in custom-profile, and then choose your provider. I have not tried either one, so I do not know if they work – use at your own risk. You then should ensure that the profile is installed by going from your home-screen to Settings > General. Scroll to the bottom and tap “Profile”. You should see the “rogers_com.mobile” profile. In case you were wondering, here’s what they contain.

Fido profile:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
    <dict>
        <key>PayloadUUID</key>
        <string>B9C43C00-CDBA-4BCC-9427-7697D11B63CE</string>

        <key>PayloadDisplayName</key>
        <string>fido_com.mobileconfig</string>

        <key>PayloadDescription</key>
        <string>Enable Tethering</string>

        <key>PayloadOrganization</key>
        <string></string>

        <key>PayloadVersion</key>
        <integer>1</integer>

        <key>PayloadType</key>
        <string>Configuration</string>

        <key>PayloadContent</key>
        <array>
            <dict>
                <key>PayloadUUID</key>
                <string>71234C7A-412B-416E-8270-D5F1F5A77D3A</string>

                <key>PayloadDisplayName</key>
                <string>Advanced Settings</string>

                <key>PayloadDescription</key>
                <string>Provides customization of carrier Access Point Name.</string>

                <key>PayloadOrganization</key>
                <string></string>

                <key>PayloadVersion</key>
                <integer>1</integer>

                <key>PayloadIdentifier</key>
                <string>.apn</string>

                <key>PayloadContent</key>
                <array>
                    <dict>
                        <key>DefaultsDomainName</key>
                        <string>com.apple.managedCarrier</string>

                        <key>DefaultsData</key>
                        <dict>
                            <key>apns</key>
                            <array>
                                <dict>
                                    <key>apn</key>
                                    <string>internet.fido.ca</string>

                                    <key>username</key>
                                    <string>fido</string>

                                    <key>password</key>
                                    <data>Zmlkbw==</data>
                                    <key>type-mask</key>
                                    <integer>-4</integer>

                                </dict>
                            </array>

                        </dict>

                    </dict>
                </array>

                <key>PayloadType</key>
                <string>com.apple.apn.managed</string>

            </dict>
        </array>

    </dict>
</plist>

Rogers profile:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
    <dict>
        <key>PayloadUUID</key>
        <string>7F418A22-06AD-44B4-A985-EF8B28E72F3A</string>

        <key>PayloadDisplayName</key>
        <string>rogers_com.mobileconfig</string>

        <key>PayloadDescription</key>
        <string>Profile description.</string>

        <key>PayloadOrganization</key>
        <string></string>

        <key>PayloadVersion</key>
        <integer>1</integer>

        <key>PayloadType</key>
        <string>Configuration</string>

        <key>PayloadContent</key>
        <array>
            <dict>
                <key>PayloadUUID</key>
                <string>F951E0F9-E323-4A34-A303-AF6B1649D2ED</string>

                <key>PayloadDisplayName</key>
                <string>Advanced Settings</string>

                <key>PayloadDescription</key>
                <string>Provides customization of carrier Access Point Name.</string>

                <key>PayloadOrganization</key>
                <string></string>

                <key>PayloadVersion</key>
                <integer>1</integer>

                <key>PayloadIdentifier</key>
                <string>.apn</string>

                <key>PayloadContent</key>
                <array>
                    <dict>
                        <key>DefaultsDomainName</key>
                        <string>com.apple.managedCarrier</string>

                        <key>DefaultsData</key>
                        <dict>
                            <key>apns</key>
                            <array>
                                <dict>
                                    <key>apn</key>
                                    <string>internet.com</string>

                                    <key>username</key>
                                    <string>wapuser1</string>

                                    <key>password</key>
                                    <data>d2Fw</data>
                                     <key>type-mask</key>
                                    <integer>-4</integer>

                                </dict>
                            </array>

                        </dict>

                    </dict>
                </array>

                <key>PayloadType</key>
                <string>com.apple.apn.managed</string>

            </dict>
        </array>

    </dict>
</plist>

 

Sources / More info: speedtest.net, dslreports, custom-profile, instr-0, instr-1

blog comments powered by Disqus
Your gift enables us to continue to provide high quality reporting without advertising.