Online Gaming Internet Speed
Online video games require a lot of bandwidth to handle the large amounts amount of data transferred between you and the game servers. Any bottle neck will result in annoying lag, and certainly inspire a series of curses and actions that we’re better off not mentioning here… The key to gaming online is an internet connection fast enough to handle the data transfer. In this case “fast enough” means a lot of speed.
Let’s take a closer look at what makes an ISP good for gaming by examining download speed, upload speed, and latency:
Download Speed – This refers to how fast data travels from the external Internet into your computer or in this case, gaming console.
Upload Speed – Like download speed, except that we are referring to how fast information travels from your game system to the Web.
Latency – Latency is a fancy word for delay or lag. How long is the lag between a “data packet” being sent and received? Obviously, low latency is best for gaming. It’s also important to point out that outside factors can play a role in latency. This includes your router, the time of day and the day of the week. To minimize latency, make sure you to use a quality wireless router, or preferably, a hard wire connection direct to your gaming console.