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#1 The Flying Tench

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 08:03 PM

My internet connection is very variable. I play chess on the web. Sometimes it says excellent connection, low lag. Other times it says poor connection with a big lag, and then I often lose cos my moves don't get to the server! It can vary even within a minute..

 

I don't know if this is the same thing as line speed. I read the recent thread on this, and logged onto Ookla. It said I had a Ping of 28ms and download speed of 1.11 Mbps, though I don't know the significance of these. I think this was when the lag was low, so it's probably a lot slower at times.

 

Any advice would be welcome.


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 08:48 PM

You need to do regular speed checks to get a picture. Your download speed is criminally slow. I average between 60-70 Mbps. You also need to check the upload speed if you are playing chess as the moves will need to be uploaded. What speed does your supplier say you are paying for
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 09:23 PM

A chess game doesnt seem to be a very demanding game with regards to connection speed. Id say 1mps with a latency of 28ms would be plenty. used to play call of duty with ~20 people on 512k (cutting edge at time) with 30ms latency. Even hosted games ourselves!

It could just be the server is running slow not you flyin tench.

There is another posibility. Cheating bastards. Trick called a lag switch. Ive never looked in to how to do it, methods probably vary, but its to purposfuly lag you out to make you lose.

On a shoot'em up everything lags out people warping about all over the place but the perpetrator is fine and has a big advantage.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 12:09 PM

Thanks. I did another Ookla test. The results were Ping 29ms, download 1.38Mbps, upload 0.76Mbps. Ookla say I can download a program which will enable me to see if my Windows 10 settings are a cause of the problem. Should I try this? I'm a bit wary for some reason.

 

A key factor for me is that, according to the line strength/lag messages from the chess programme, it's so variable. Does this give any clues as to the problem?

 

Oh, and apologies for a rather basic question. I have a very standard package from EE. How do I find out what speed I'm paying for?


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 02:44 PM

Check your contract or contact EE to find out the contracted speed


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 04:34 PM

If broadband is always going to be slow via your telephone line do a Google search for radio broadband in your area. This comes via a radio mast instead and for us has made a big difference.

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