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Topic # 204660 11-Oct-2016 21:07
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Hi guys,

This might be a really dumb question but am keen to understand the process on how ISPs route traffic.

If I run a tracert command to it tells me that 2Dregees goes through San Francisco before hitting the U.K.

Why does this occur? - or is this a common thing?

Would that not cause lag when gaming/streaming also?


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  Reply # 1649481 11-Oct-2016 21:20
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I think you'll find most routes go that way. There are only two choices -- via the US or via Australia -- and there is more capacity from the US to Europe. You may find routes to Asia go via Australia, and when the new cable between NZ and Australia lights up more traffic will go that way.

But in the meantime, via the US is more convenient most of the time.

Yes, it does cause lag, but you literally cannot get any further from the UK without leaving the planet. I would advise against trying to play on UK servers regardless of ISP, unless you like having your bottom kicked repeatedly by an 8 year old.

iPad Air + iPhone SE + 2degrees 4tw!

These comments are my own and do not represent the opinions of 2degrees.

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  Reply # 1649500 11-Oct-2016 21:58
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Since we're on dumb questions I've got another one.


On UFB, normal browsing, youtube, etc.


off peak hours very very fast (no lag). Peak hours very laggy / slower (not sure which one, I think both laggy and slow). But Speedtest shows the same numbers. What gives?

Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.

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