Network Myths #2: Do you need high speed bandwidth for Gaming?

Posted by Test Engineer at Netduma
13 Jun

Our second Network Myths video is discussing if high speed internet is needed for gaming. We show you why for pure gaming, it’s not.

Let us know what you think/if you have any ideas for future myths we could talk about in the comments of the video.

  • Synthetiksoul

    I notice that at certain times of the day my internet will be faster or slower. Usually around 7-8am and 5-9pm I get the most lag in my gaming experience. If it is the ping then why would the travel time depreciate in certain times of the day? I will add this is a 4G router I am currently using.

    • EB Gaming

      To answer your question it is because the Internet speed you pay for is shared between 5 or so other customers of the ISP you have and during those times the other people are also home and are using the bandwidth that is shared between all of you making you lag. Which is why at midnight on your connection will be great because usually people are asleep by then.

  • Alex Larsen

    One of the biggest determining factors you left out is the quality of the netcode in a game. To use an example, I started out gaming on a 56k connection playing games like Tribes and CS Beta. On Tribes I could easily get sub-100ms pings on a GameSpy server, yet on a CS GameSpy server located in the same building I’d be lucking to dip below 200ms.

    Also, I would quibble that bandwidth doesn’t affect ping. When I finally switched to DSL, my ping dropped dramatically. Nowadays I’m on a 75Mbps cable connection and frankly I don’t have a problem paying the $50/mo for it. When cable internet first became available to customers, here in the States you would pay $60/mo for a 768k connection.

    • NetdumaFraser

      ‘Netcode’ can be a factor yes. That is not necessarily the case, not everyone who switches will get a better ping. Nor will increasing bandwidth always decrease the base ping. Going from something like a 56k connection – DSL would definitely be an improvement just from the massive upgrade of infrastructure. I don’t believe many people are on 56k connections anymore though. So this is more related to current day connections and unfortunately people can still have terrible pings.

  • James H (Octave)

    Problem is that gaming today on current consoles and even on PC (Steam, Origin, Uplay, Battle.net) Games are not exactly small and downloading games takes for ever. Now there is even updates, patches, and even DLC which on the PC i download updates/patches daily. A nice fast internet connection is vital for overcoming this otherwise im sat supping my coffee watching progress bars.

    Now i will address some of your points. Yes i agree that high speed internet access is not needed for gaming but with what i mentioned above in mind could you live without it? What does high speed internet access connect via? Well for the United Kingdom its called FTTC (Fiber to the cab) Or for other parts of the world just call it fibre. This is much better at transmitting data and reducing latency.

    Remember when you said Ping is King? Well id recommend at least a bottom end fibre package to ensure you get nice low pings. For example in some games on the old ADSL/2 tech i would get anywhere from 64- 100 ms pings with just me gaming on the network. On FTTC i now get between 32-50 ms pings. That’s almost reduced my latency by half! Now if some member of the family decides to jump on the network and start using facebook or youtube on the old ADSL/2 tech say bye bye ping, I’m jumping all over in the hundreds.

    On FTTC it’s not as bad but still noticeable, probably due to more bandwidth being available so my little bit of bandwidth isn’t getting sucked up like on ADSL/2. Having more bandwidth / faster connection means it’s easier to have more users on the network concurrently using the internet whilst keeping pings low. If you have slower internet then setting up some form of QOS which if it’s a good QOS it will throttle the total bandwidth available may leave some users unable to do certain things like youtube or stream netflix.

    Having a faster connection means you can set up a good QOS and keep your gaming pings nice and low and low every one at home stay happy using the internet without having to turn the wifi off etc (hehe lol). This is what i do with the Netduma all though i’m considering some other router now as this Microtik router is starting to age. Such as the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite which has really good QOS and graphical interface and you don’t need to throttle your connection to around 70-80% because of heavy users on the network to ensure gaming pings stay low. That router does all the work for you.
    Yes it does not have wifi which is why i have a much better Access point for that as the Microtik router anyway has crap 2.4Ghz wifi that doesn’t have great range and falls over easily.

    I don’t understand this video because it seems to be promoting slower connections which from a selling point for the Netduma R1 sounds silly. But yea i knew this ages ago games don’t require much bandwidth. It’s like a tiny drip on the network using probably 0.1 – 0.5 % of total bandwidth. But limiting your household to slower connections because of this is shooting yourself in the foot. Even if its only you and your gaming. I could not cope with downloading games (Middle Earth: Shadow of War.) 100Gb of data with 4k textures being a recent one on a slow connection. I let that download over night and took around 4 hours to complete.