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    Default Exactly how bad is wireless internet latency?

    Hi there,

    With fibre still a long way away, I need a faster connection to my home office in order to run voip just to get my phone bill under 3k a month.

    I can get business fibre, but I don't have 5k a month and I definitely dont want to sign a 24 month contract when prices just keep going down.

    I have been approached by several companies who offer affordable wireless solutions at high speeds, however, being a gamer, ping is something that is important to me. So if anyone is gaming over wireless, can you please advise me how bad are latencies so that I can make some sort of informed decision.

    Thank you one and all for any information.

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    Latency can be really decent however it does heaviliy depend on your LOS of the highpoint and distance to it as well. ask the companies if any of them will be willing to run a demo from your premises to insure your connection will be good.

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    You mentioned gamers - in gaming, jitter is just as important as ping. I found that, whilst latency can be good at its best, jitter is always ****ty. It's the reason I got ADSL in the end.
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    It really depends it can be more stable then ADSL or worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DTBA View Post
    It really depends it can be more stable then ADSL or worse.
    Not in my experience, only if something is up with your ADSL. Jitter is about 2ms for me, whilst on mobile it was about 10 or more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flamevector View Post
    Latency can be really decent however it does heaviliy depend on your LOS of the highpoint and distance to it as well. ask the companies if any of them will be willing to run a demo from your premises to insure your connection will be good.
    Which company will be willing to demo

    I need lte asap

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    Quote Originally Posted by Admiral Snackbar View Post
    Which company will be willing to demo

    I need lte asap
    OP is talking about wireless internet, not mobile internet (LTE).

    I took the plunge & switched... Way better than ADSL, I've had problems with ADSL for over a year. Ping is around 150-180 to the UK, largely depends on LOS, which they tested during the site survey, so I knew what I was going to get before they installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Admiral Snackbar View Post
    Which company will be willing to demo

    I need lte asap
    If you have Rain LTE that could be an option because of the free router and relatively big cap. If not Telkom LTE can also be an option and lastly Cellc LTE or LTE-A can also be a an option.

    I would always recommend installing a poynting antenna just to get that extra signal strength and stability but obviously not a must.

    In General LTE latency is pretty decent and can compare very well with ADSl or even beat it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy-Z View Post
    OP is talking about wireless internet, not mobile internet (LTE).
    It was posted in the Mobile Broadband section, not in the Wi-Fi and WISP section.

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