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All You Need to Know About Latency

The term “latency” refers to the time it takes for your computer to react to an action, like clicking on a link. Most people won’t notice any difference in Spotify listening or video streaming but gamers may have issues with latency. Satellite internet offers higher precision than wired connections. This means they might experience slower performance in games due to the high loss rates.

It is the time between what you feel your input (in this instance, an anchor) and how fast that gets to others. Also, latency could impact your response time if you play video games online or watch YouTube videos online. This is because they aren’t always 100 100% accurate in timing because of their speed across fiber optic cables.

What causes latencies?

Gamers and End-users are susceptible to latency issues. The variables that affect the speed of your play include the distance between you and the server plus anything in between like the type of internet connection or Wi-Fi’s strength (or absence of it). There are a variety of router/modem combinations that are available today. Don’t be alarmed if it seems complicated at first.


Latency is the time it takes information to travel from one place in space to another. In this case, we’re talking about the distance that your computer is from the server(s) which are supplying the information to the machine so if that’s not far enough away, there will be an increase in Latency.

Propagation Delay

Propagation delay, which is the primary factor in determining the latency that you experience when browsing on your device is vital. This affects all other metrics for speed of connection and bandwidth, like speed of downloads (which depend on receiving data packets from the point they were sent) as well as uploads, which depend on having an active network card, and the same is true for wirelessly connecting.

Different types of Internet connections

There are major differences in latency among internet connections. Cable and DSL both have lower speed, while fiber is the highest average. Satellites tend to be slower because of its structure that needs more space to transmission. This results in longer wait times and increased buffering capability on websites users require access to like audio files or videos.

What’s on a website?

Ever clicked on a link then waited to see the page load and then clicked on it again? This is because the Angelfire page was too complex. Because they stuck The Office memes all across it, it is now taking longer to visit it each time.

When you browse a website that has large files, such as HD images or videos, your browser must download these files. There may be some delay if the files are stored on an external server far from the website you are currently browsing.

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