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Decreased latency (ping times) can improve performance of streaming content and makes browsing more snappy. It can also help with FTP and other densely-packed file transfer protocols. Low pings are critical for online gaming.
If you changed over, you probably would not see any problems unless your line is marginal. TCP/IP retransmits packets which are corrupted and unless your line has high packet loss, can handle the occasional noise burst quite nicely. If you have a very noisy line your modem could lose sync, which is not good at all. This is unlikely.
On Ameritech, if your first and/or second hop into the network is well under about 60 ms (usually under 20) you are already on Fastpath. Interleaved lines will read about 60 ms or higher at hop 2 on a traceroute.
To get changed over, send a message to one of the SBC ASI techs (see /faq/7930 ), with the following information:
- Phone Number you used to sign up
- Service address
- Circuit ID number (on tag in NID or on sticker on front of folder you got when they connected you up) if you have it
- request to be changed from interleaving to fastpath
Note: If you are on line-shared self-install or were installed after September 5, 2000 you are already on fastpath.
Also see this thread. A good general explanation of the theory of Interleaving is here.