[LUNI] Best ISP for gaming
perrin at apotheon.com
Sun Dec 12 00:33:34 CST 2004
Carey Tyler Schug wrote:
> I don't think Satellite would be good for gaming. The satellites are,
> IIRC, 22,500 miles up to have an orbital period of 24 hours, so that
> they will always appear to be in the same position in the sky. That's
> 45,000 miles up and back to get a signal to you that there is a little
> dwarf in your room. And another 45,000 miles back after you say to
> throw ax at the dwarf. At the speed of light, that's 90,000 or almost
> half a second, plenty of time for that little dwarf to throw HIS ax at
> you and kill you.
> If you're downloading a 3 megabyte service pack to fix the security
> holes in windows, the extra half a second doesn't matter, and if you're
> downloading a bunch of small things, they can overlap so you only lose
> the half second once.
Very true. Satellite broadband internet has the potential to have far
greater downstream bandwidth than DSL or Cable can provide (though most
satellite ISPs throttle it back to comparable speeds), but it suffers
two problems: Weather can easily disrupt your signal, and there's the
issue of latency. You can get more information per second, but all the
information starts arriving late.
In fact, latency on satellite broadband is often worse than with dialup.
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