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Latency is simply the round-trip time it takes for a packet to reach a remote point (node) and a response to get back to you, typically measured in thousandths of a second (milliseconds, or simply "ms"). When everything is working properly, the latency of consecutive measurements will be consistent and in a normal range (40 ms to 200 ms for cable modem or DSL, higher or lower for other forms or broadband). Erratic latency is a sign of trouble.

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last modified: 2003-04-15 08:17:15