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# 19213 9-Feb-2008 20:28
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Hi
I am moving to a remote part of NZ and wondered if anyone had gaming experiance with ipstar sattelite internet
is the latency (ping) good enuf to game with
what providers have the best deals
any information at all would be awesome
Thanks

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  # 109540 9-Feb-2008 20:37
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I don't think you can expect good gaming with Satellite Internet services, they have a lower bandwidth than ADSL and have high latency.
Beaming up signals to the satellite station and having them shoot down to your tiny little dish does take time, so latency is a problem.
Upload is usually provided via your existing phone line, which would provide 56kbps max. upload anyway.




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  # 109882 11-Feb-2008 15:23
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i agree with manhinli, there is no way satellite internet will be good for gaming. latency would be terrible. though it does somewhat depend on what games you'll be playing as some will handle that latency better than others, like older games with less info to send. what games do you play?

 
 
 
 




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  # 109903 11-Feb-2008 16:13
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I will be primarily using the connection for poker which im sure should run ok but i was wondering how FPS like ET or Counterstrike type games would ping the system is run with out phoneline so uses the dish for upload also not phoneline.

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  # 109945 11-Feb-2008 17:57
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it'll run poker no sweat. cs will run but it will likely have very bad latency so will lag badly. most FPS will probably not run very well.

do you play counterstrike or counterstrike:source?

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  # 109947 11-Feb-2008 18:07
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manhinli: Upload is usually provided via your existing phone line, which would provide 56kbps max. upload anyway.


No, with ipstar its a 2-way satellite service.

pings are probably 700ms+

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  # 109951 11-Feb-2008 18:20
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I know nothing about ipstar, but I said that satellite internet was 'usually' installed with a modem line uplink.




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  # 109954 11-Feb-2008 18:28
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thanks guys if its 700+ ping will be a bit high  

 
 
 
 


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  # 109966 11-Feb-2008 19:25
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IPStar does not make for a pleasant online FPS experience - You would be better of looking at wireless. Dialup would normally be lower latency than an IP star connection (depending on what your sending and bandwidth of each option vs serialization delay), certainly for most FPS unless your getting very poor dialup connection speeds.

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  # 109967 11-Feb-2008 19:27
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you could try http://kordia.co.nz/extend-coverage

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