Speed/Ping question

By kaladin
May 22, 2015
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  1. Ok, so I have a home internet connection (low speed fiber) and my work internet connection (a 4G hotspot I take everywhere with me). My question is which one is better for gaming? I get a better ping on my home internet connection but a higher download/upload speed on my work internet connection. Not including downloading, just gaming, which one would you recommend for it?

    Home internet : 37ms ping - 10.17mbps down - 3.17mbps up
    Work internet : 72ms ping - 15.42mbps down - 9.82mbps up

    Results from on a server 350 miles away from me. This location hosts a bunch of games, Unreal Tournament (Alpha) to be more specific is where many of the games I join now are hosted.

    Any feedback is appreciated! I can't tell if the nice boost in ping from the home internet would outweigh the small increase in DL/UL speed from the work mifi. Thank you!
  2. Spykezxp

    Spykezxp TS Addict Posts: 290   +73

    So my best suggestion would to stick with your Home Internet Connection instead of your Work Internet.
    The most important internet variable for online gaming is your ping rate (I.e: latency). This is how fast information is sent from your computer to the game servers and back again. The lower the number, the better. A good ping rate to aim for would be less than 30 m/s. However, anything under 100 m/s should work.
    Yes the boost in upload speed is nice to have. But when it almost doubles your latency, then it becomes an issue.

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