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chris718

@rr.com

does routing affect gaming ping?

would bad routing (ie. new york to new jersey to florida to new jersey to new york) have a negative impact on gaming? would it be beneficial to have a connection that stayed local?


tschmidt
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Distance affects latency due to velocity of light. So yes closer is better. How much better depends on distance. Speed of light in fiber optic cable is about 70% of speed in free space or about 7.6us per mile.

Easy to calculated the impact if you know the distance. Remember to double the distance since we are talking about round trip time.

To put travel time into perspective if you have an LCD screen it is typically being refreshed 60 times a second so 16ms (16,000us) elapses between each refresh.

/tom

jimbopalmer
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reply to chris718
This is very old, but still relevant.

»www.stuartcheshire.org/rants/Latency.html

From the author of Bolo
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I tried to remain child-like, all I achieved was childish.

HELLFIRE
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reply to chris718
Short answer : it could

Long answer : as you're not some (inter)national carrier / exchange, there's not much you can do to influence how your
traffic routes across the global internet to make it any better.

Regards

jimbopalmer
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reply to chris718
It is also worth noting that the name of a router is just a name, it can be named FL even after it is moved or the IP address re-used. a TRACERT to where you want to go would help us see your latency.
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I tried to remain child-like, all I achieved was childish.