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*** Gaming on mobile systems, incl hotspots, mifi, etc ***

  • 15-10-2010 12:43pm
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    The question of gaming on 3G, WiMax, etc often comes up, and watty has given a very good synopsis on this post here, and quoted below.
    watty wrote: »
    Not good for Gaming. Latency is 80ms to 2000ms, high jitter with disconnects and low cap. Speed is 0.05Mbps to 5Mbps+ and can vary rapidly.

    They are short Range WiFi and limited by the "midband" nature of 3G.

    It's useful "on the go" to connect an Nintendo, Archos, iTouch or other WiFi only portable gadget that has no Ethernet or 3G/Edge to Internet. It's useful when travelling.

    It's a poor product for home/office use, especially poor for Laptops, xbox and multiple users. See to see why mobile is worse on average than slow broadband.

    I made one myself out of a Linksys 54G3G about 3 years ago and tested it listening to WiFi Radio on an Archos 605 PMP driving around Dublin. On 3G you'd use up the Cap quick.

    So before asking a question about gaming, read this and you'll see the answer is a fairly emphatic NO.

    Also, switching from Three to Vodafone to Meteor to O2 will make no difference. All 4 operators use the same technology with the same inherent drawbacks. It might work for you, but it will be unreliable. You can't depend on these, especially for gaming. Just because it works for one person doesn't mean it will work for you. It doesn't even mean that it will still work for that person tomorrow.