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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    here, there

    Question Game server colocation experiences?? (Moved fromthe main WHT group to here)

    (I think I posted this in the wrong forum before, sorry!)


    I am reading here today about people who collocate servers at ISP's and some had good experiences while others bad. SOme networks had really horribly pings while others probably had better pings. Well, I have hosted game servers alot (like DoD, HL, TF/TF2, ctf, q3arena, doom3, and on and on) and found that the ONLY thing which REALLY makes any different with low PING is if the ISP uses something called "specail queuing."

    What I mean is like this. Alot of ISP's have 100megs to each collo box, and they use 1000megs or something to connect the switches all together. But sometimes they overselll to much and then you see HUGE pings for a while or maybe for a long while if there's way to much traffic to fit into the 1000megs pipes.

    Well, it doesn't have to do that (spikey/bad pings). No. The ISP I host at now uses something called "RED" on ALL their router ports!

    What this does is make it so that the pings don't get so spikey. I don't know how it really works but they tell me it makes all the traffic play more fair and keeps big spikes in traffic from happening. Now I DO know about quality of servise but this isn't the same thing. They don't limit how much I can use, but they make sure that other hosting people in their network don't PUSH too much data out all at once sort of like making sure all the web traffic doesn't try to go to fast. Anyway RED makes my pings REALLY REALLY LOW even when the other customers use up alot of their bandwidth or get big bursts of people visiting sites.

    If I could recommend anything it would be for you all to make sure your ISP's turn on RED or DEMAND your cash back!! It makes SUCH a difference! I don't host anywhere else than where I host now that the pings are always the same and don't change much. The players in the games seem to not care so much about always low pings but they DO seem to care ALOT about if the pings jumps up and down alot (cause it messes up the flow of the game!).

    Anyway, PLZ let me know what you all think of this and if you can have your hosters POST here to DEFEND why they don't run RED for all customers! There is no REASON not to!



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Denver, CO
    Is this a joke?

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