Is satellite a viable alternative to DSL/Cable for online gaming yet?

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  1. James D S

    James D S Screenwriter

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    I ask because I live in the boonies, outside Austin, and we are not scheduled to receive DSL service until next year. Dammit, I can't wait that long! There is XBox Live a'going on!
    Have latency issues been addressed or is that going to be a fact of life with data comm via the airwaves indefinately?
    Or do I just sit on my thumb and wait? [​IMG]
     
  2. Masood Ali

    Masood Ali Supporting Actor

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    Downloads are respectable, but does the satellite service in your area require you to plug in a modem to the phone line for uploads?
     
  3. Camp

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  4. DwightK

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    No gaming with satellite connection. Latency is the culprit and I can't ever seeing that fixed.

    A viable alternative for you, maybe is wireless internet? That is what I have as I live outside of my town where DSL doesn't reach and cable is cable, old.

    Wireless can go a long ways and the connection is very fast for the most part. My xbox connection speed is 350up, 350down, with a 40ms latency. Not so bad eh? It all uses 802.11 standards and is comparably priced to cable and dsl.
     
  5. Jeff Kleist

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    Yes, with Satellite you're introducing a 250ms lag at the least, probably more. Considering that really happy ping times are around 60-80ms.......
     
  6. James D S

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    Well crap.
    Guess I'm just going to have to sit idly by and live, or is it Live!, vicariously through you guys. [​IMG]
     

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