There are many different kinds of Broadband connections, from business and professional to personal, and many people seem to be able to find a Broadband connection that is perfect for them. But are there many options for the gamers? With many current PC games requiring an always on connection for their games to run, a good broadband connection has never been more important to gaming. But just how easy is it to understand, and what do you need to know to ensure your broadband connection is solid enough for your gaming?
Read on and find out.
Importance of Speed
Believe it or not, this is a misnomer. Most internet speeds hover right around what you need to for Xbox Live to run and operate smoothly (download speed of roughly 3 M.B and upload .5 to run smoothly), but what about downloading a game straight to your hard drive, or what if there are other people in the house leeching off the signal? This will effect download and upload speeds and may affect your hobby more than you think. And more factors into your Broadband speeds than you may know.
For example, did you know your distance from the cell towers themselves can affect how well you receive your signal? This is the exact reason cell companies and wireless estate corporations like TowerPoint.com are so careful and particular about their cell tower locations. Because they are aware just how important it is.
This is an aspect of broadband and internet most people do not know, though it is very important. Many providers have the ability to do something they call traffic management with the broadband they provide. To those in the know, this can also be referred to as choking. The broadband provider chooses where the heaviest flow goes and where the lightest flow goes, and they adjust accordingly due to many factors (importance of info and so on). Even “peak times” effect your gaming, as most well-know companies ADMIT that M.B’s take a huge hit during said hours.
The best providers tend to have massive capacity and offer packages that are perfect for gaming. Problem is, many gamers go for cheaper, well known deals, and the broadband they get reflect itself in what they pay. Sadly, if you go for the cheapest broadband “package”, it will affect your gaming, like it or not. This also means a broadband connection that gets “interrupted” more often than not. Anyone who has played Diablo 3 on a computer early on when it first came out knows just how game-ruining an ‘interruption’ to service can be.
Now that is a key word you all are familiar with. Latency is a kind word for lag, which is the bane of all online gamers. Latency denotes the time that is needed for a download to begin and or for data transfer to start. Again, it can TRULY effect the outcome of your online match. You could be one kill away from an achievement or a streak and suddenly, because Uncle Grandpa gets on the web in the next room, you watch yourself get offed in a glorious 3 frames per second, twitching as it happens.
Let me bust down the science so you better understand.
When reaction time in gaming is everything, lag or latency means instant death. An ideal latency time should be under 20 milliseconds (and yes, they can measure this). A latency time of 50 milliseconds should not affect your gaming or reaction time too negatively, however, once you dip into 150 milliseconds (which happens commonly on some big name providers) you are looking at a lag that will affect your gameplay and outcome.
Which means, you may play like an expert but because of your lag, you be treated and killed over and over again like a noob. Nothing is worse than losses than are not based on skill but are based on crappy Broadband. That is like a double loss.
The Power is in Your Hands
With the above knowledge and terminology, you can now look into getting yourself the proper broadband connection to ensure your gaming does not get stuck in quicksand because your internet service providers just isn’t up to snuff. Remember there are alternatives, even if most don’t know about them.
Now game on!