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Old 09-25-2002, 11:35 AM   #1
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Question Is satelite internet service any good for mp.

Where I live I can not get cable modem, Dsl, roadrunner, or any broadband. I can however get satelite internet service that is supposed to be 4 times faster then 56k dial up. Does any one know how well satelite inernet service works for online mp play? I thought I read something that said that satelite internet service is not very good for online "Twitch Games" because of the latency. Is JK2 cosidered a "twitch game"? Thank You in advance.

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Old 09-25-2002, 01:58 PM   #2
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Sattelite = Amazing Dload - very Slow upload. So no.


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Old 09-25-2002, 02:20 PM   #3
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Of all the satelite services I've seen, download is done through the satelite, and upload is done through 56k. This might have changed. But they can still claim that it's 4 times faster because when you're browsing the net, you don't send much, just requests for pages, and there's more downloading.

Games are played by sending small amounts of data (called packets) several times a second. Thus, the key here is ping, not download capability. Ping is the time it takes for you to send a small packet to the server, and receive a response. So the lower the ping, the least amount of lag you get (provided you don't have a lot of net loss).

What I suggest doing, is talking to the people, and see if you can find out what kind of ping range you're expected to get (obviously if you try to connect to a server in Europe the ping will be a lot higher). If you can't get them to talk about it, then see what you ping with your 56k, then try the satelite.

In all honesty it probably won't be much better. It will give you some good download speed on the net though.
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Old 09-25-2002, 02:25 PM   #4
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Ping is very high with satelite. Download is good. But for quick games ping is King and ping should be low.
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