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latency

Latency is also referred to as ping time, it is the time it will take a single packet of data to travel to a remote server, and return. Latency improves in proportion to line speed, (and faster speeds provide more bandwidth). Although, with a sufficiently small packet, the ping time is more a function of the number of hops between you and the remote server, congestion on the way, and so on. On a modem, ping time to your first hop (usually your ISP modem rack), is no better than 100ms (1/10th of a second). With larger packets, say, 2K, this could be around 1000ms (1 second) or more. Players of any internet interactive games know that latency is a key factor in deciding which game to join and how well it will play.


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