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    To wifi or not wifi?

    I have been reading lots of issues with battery life and many address the use of wifi connections. My question is why woul I ever want to use the wifi. It will be slower than my device in 4g and I have the unlimited data package. So I assume I should just turn it off. Am I missing something? Is there a reason I should use wifi that I am unaware of?
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    WiFi is actually faster than 4G. Well, let me rephrase that. WiFi on a broadband connection (cable or better) will be fast than 4G, as cable internet has way faster latency/ping times than 4G does. Sure, the throughput might be higher on 4G, but its all about how long its takes to send and receive that request for a connection and the data. High through put just allows for more to be downloaded at the same time, but if you don't have a quick response time, then its just not quick. Make sense?

    Do a speed test on WiFi and then on 4G. Which ever has the lowest ping is usually what's going to be fast, unless the throughput on WiFi is 2-4Mbps or slower.

    My WiFi is almost always below 15ms in latency, where as my 4G is always around 75~100ms. My WiFi is ~15Mbps (with several other PC's and cell phones) and 4G is usually 35~40Mbps. My WiFi browses and downloads faster. And probably will until you gets down to about 4~5Mbps is when you will probably notice a difference between the two.

    If your WiFi is on DSL or anything else, then 4G it is.

    I never use 4G. I am always within range of WiFi that is faster, so I turn off my 4G to 3G and just leave WiFi on, and it helps with my battery as well.

    SO, it all just depends on what WiFi you have.
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    Thanks then 4G It is for me since my wifi connection is the mobile hotspot I have with Verizon and it has not been upgraded to 4g yet. Also I work at a school where the wifi has a nanny blocker for everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imatlkr View Post
    Thanks then 4G It is for me since my wifi connection is the mobile hotspot I have with Verizon and it has not been upgraded to 4g yet. Also I work at a school where the wifi has a nanny blocker for everything.

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    Haha, 4G it is then!

    I also work at a school that uses OpenDNS, but I use SetDNS from the Market to change the DNS settings on the WiFi to use Google's servers. Win for me Must be rooted for app though.
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    Can you tell me why my razr speed on my comcast n router has speeds 5 down and 5 up. But I go to my sisters who has a g router and I'm getting 15 down and 15 up? On my N router I have 25/5 and my sister has 15/5. I thought my razr had N capabilities with wifi.
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    It would help you post the brand of both routers, and the ISP of both users.
    I noticed a big difference in routers-ISP when in different places.

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