let me start off by saying that where I live there is no DSL or Cable modem, for years it was either dial up or nothing. Recently a company came in with wireless, basically you have a wireless radio in your house..a dish that points to their tower and you get 256k speeds. I decided to try it out, and it worked great for about 2 weeks. Now alot of my internet usage is gaming. I can download things at about 25-30k a sec, I can surf the net pretty quickly, but for some reasons the games I play(Call of Duty, Battlefield 1942 and so on)are extremely laggy. Now the thing is..when I first got the service I had no lag with them at all..its just come on and the service has no clue whats going on. Does anyone have any recommendations as to what this could be?
Me, having little experience with that side of the internet, would suggest checking to make sure nothing in the area is messing with your reception. Depending on what they're using to connect you to the service, that could be anything form tall trees, to cloudy weather, to lots of products running on the same frequency as your receiver.
I don't know the exact list, but that could include anything from microwaves to cellphones. Does it have a channel select on it or anything, that might help as well.
Another thing that I know happens on cable connections is that you lose bandwidth the more people in your area use the service. Is the new wireless service popular in the area? If it's the only way to get high speed, that could be the problem.
Just a few ideas from the man still suck using 56K :(
Remember that bandwidth and latency are two very different things.
When you're downloading a huge file off the Internet, you want bandwidth. Think of it as the size of the "pipe" coming to your door. The bigger the pipe, the more data you can receive at any given time.
When you're playing games, though, you don't need big pipe, because you're not sending or receiving a whole lot of data. What you do want, though, is the data to reach your system as fast as it possibly can (and the other way, too). This is more like how fast the data comes through the pipe (yes, it's an imperfect analogy). If you know electronics, you can also think of it as voltage vs. current.
You increased your bandwidth from dialup (56Kbps or so) to a broadband connection of sorts (256Kbps or roughly 5x what you had). So now web surfing is faster, you can download big files quicker, etc.
But there are myriad ways in which latency can go to hell. Things messing with your reception will hurt. Depending on the nature of the wireless that you are getting, it could also be the pull of having many others connecting to the same access point at the same time. Or it could be much further up the line (i.e. your new ISP has too many of these access points connected to the same upstream router and it can't handle the load).
You might want to try playing with "ping" and "tracert" from your Windows command line. If you can, do a trace to a game server you normally contact at a couple of different times during the day and try to figure out where the lag is (look for the big numbers in the output of tracert). If the lag occurs early, it might be something you can do something about. If it occurs late, you're SOL unless your ISP feels like tracking it down for you.
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I don't have experiance with your company, but I know when I was looking into high speed connections I checked out Directway from directTV and they note that the satalite connection can cause problems with online gaming. One of the reasons I opted for DSL instead.
I appriciate everyones input. It seems the reason for my sudden increase in latency is basically spring. There is a tree in between me and the tower im pointed at, so..while I can dl stuff ok..and surf ok..I can't play games, at least not for another 4-5 months or so.
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