Ping on Satellite Network I live in an area where broadband is not available and the only option is satellite internet. I recently got satellite internet through dish network. It is called DishNet and it is fairly new. It has great download and upload speeds but the ping is really high. The ping normally stays around 800 ms. I would like to do online gaming with my xbox but I am uncapable of doing so with a ping like this. Like I said, the download and upload is fine. I can surf the web, watch videos, and download things at an exeptional rate, but my ping is so high. I know that the satellite is way up in space and that is why my ping is high, but I was wondering if there was any way that I could lower my ping so that I could play multiplayer games. I thought that I could constantly ping my ip address but that did not work. Thank you.
grohgregDunno. Ask The Chief
Dawson Springs, KY
Not unless you can find the patent for warp speed. Until then the satellite signal can't travel any faster than the speed of light (~186,000 miles per sec). The satellite itself is 22,300 miles or more from your dish. The PING has to go up to the satellite, down to the satellite gateway, out on terrestrial to a server, back to the gateway from the server, back up to the satellite, then back down to you. That's likely 90,000 miles or more. Result, a minimum 480ms PING. Server lag and switching time subsequently produce the 800ms RTTs you're getting. On a good day you might dip into the 6xx ms range, on a bad day you might even see 1600 or more. Like I said, simple physics + hardware delays = satellite latency.
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