View Full Version : Minimum bandwidth?

29th October 2008, 04:16 AM

Does anyone know what the minimum bandwidth requirement is for WOHD? I'm a firefighter and late at night I've got nothing to do but sit and watch TV waiting for a fire run. I thought I'd take my PS3 into work (we have a 72" DLP) and play Wipeout but I'm not sure it will work well online. At home I've got a 10Mbps connection and that seems fine. I've never had trouble with my online experience. However at work we have a 756Kbps connection. Will that be enough to play online?

29th October 2008, 04:23 AM
As long as it's broadband it should work. No harm done in testing it out ;)

29th October 2008, 06:05 AM
The most likely problem would be lag-- so that other racers seem to be bouncing around all over the place, because the PS3 is extrapolating their position as best it can given the limited data it is receiving. Likewise you may be bouncing all over the track on other players' screens.

Back in the day some folks would do this on the DS, apparently they figured out how to generate a wifi signal based on 56k phone modem.

The only thing I would worry about is whether it might irritate other players, especially in closely-matched races.

29th October 2008, 09:25 AM
Actually, 756kbps downspeed should be fine - what's more important is your upload speed. Usually 756k lines only have an upload of 128kbps, and that would definitely cause some lag. However, if it's a business line with equal up/down-rate of 756, you should have no trouble playing online.

30th October 2008, 10:43 AM
Holy sht! I need that net speed bad! Waiting 12 hours for Wipeout HD to DL was enough tourture for me.

30th October 2008, 04:30 PM
What is your connection speed, KIGO? You seem to play successfully online.

30th October 2008, 04:38 PM
Net connection is a 256kb connection. Average transfer rate is around 25 to 28 kbs. Slow and irritating. It appears that there was problems when i was online not so long ago, RR was telling me the weapons pads where being delayed. Have you been online Wipeout before Lance?

30th October 2008, 04:54 PM
No, I'm on 56kilobaud phone line. Speed is usually no more than 3KBytes per second, absolute best sustained rate ever was just over 5KBps. I blame lack of cash, amongst other things. :D

30th October 2008, 05:31 PM
Guys! I don't know how you do it! I have 1.5Mbps (Average) and I find it slow as hell sometimes! :O

From Montreal to Montreal:
http://www.speedtest.net/result/347425900.png (http://www.speedtest.net)

From Montreal to London:
http://www.speedtest.net/result/347426619.png (http://www.speedtest.net)

From Montreal to Perth (http://www.speedtest.net/result/347427754.png)

30th October 2008, 05:54 PM
This is why I don't have any trouble at home. Great upstream.
http://www.speedtest.net/result/347438210.png (http://www.speedtest.net)

30th October 2008, 05:57 PM
Xavier said: "Guys! I don't know how you do it! I have 1.5Mbps (Average) and I find it slow as hell sometimes!"

I don't do it. Go racing online, that is.

But for navigating the net, I increase the efficiency of the process by not downloading anything I don't actually want to see. I use Proxomitron to block banners and adverts. I use the Opera browser for its efficiency and its ease of control over loading even individual and background images; per site control of javascript and cookies, etc.; and full customisation of the interface, including what appears in all menus, and the order of item presentation in those menus; and custom toolbar content, plus placement at top or bottom or either side. Those things all speed up actual throughput of work [or play] done. On days when my dial-up ISP connection speed is normal, my page loads are just about as fast as my former neighbor's 1+Meg cable connection was, and my work efficiency was better because until I eventually converted him, he use IE.

[/end fanboy rave]

30th October 2008, 07:43 PM
but...but... what about all the porn? ;)

30th October 2008, 09:26 PM
I let the thumbnail images load, then selectively open the ones I want to see better. Sometimes if there are a lot of non-gallery pics on a page, whether it's anti-gravity gameporn or some other kind, I will only download the thumbnails one at a time and leave all other photos blank.

30th October 2008, 11:37 PM
well, I guess if one actually has the time to do it that way... ;)

31st October 2008, 02:14 AM
For dial-up, it is many times faster to do it that way than to simply allow everything to load, which would make me wait several minutes instead of several seconds to get to see what I want to see.