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Thu Oct 25, 2007 11:28 am
I've got a cable internet question. I've currently got a 10mbps down & 2 mbps connection. Since of late, my online gaming has gone to nothing, I do not need all that speed. I'm thinking of downgrading to their "slowest" service, which is 768kb & 256kb up. ($17 vs 42).
Is there a way to throttle down my own Linksys modem to those speeds so I can get a feel for what it would be like at those speeds before doing so?
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Thu Oct 25, 2007 6:49 pm
As long as you are not gaming or downloading large amounts of 'data' that should be fine.
What most people think of as speed on the internet is actually a function of latency.
In a network, latency, a synonym for delay, is an expression of how much time it takes for a packet of data to get from one designated point to another. In some usages (for example, AT&T), latency is measured by sending a packet that is returned to the sender and the round-trip time is considered the latency.
The size of the data pipe, 786k, 1meg, 3megs Etc. has no bearing on the latency of the connection.
However if you are planning on watching streaming video's and such I'd stick with the higher data rate package.
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