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    speed to US servers in comparison with UK servers

    Hi, we have servers in the US with liquidweb and also Servermatrix and we also have a UK server with Rackspace. I have one client who has an 'expert' friend who has said that because his site is hosted in the US that it will seriously impact on the speed of access to the site with his clients mainly being in the UK. I was wondering how valid this is? I thought that we'd just be talking about milliseconds of difference which wouldn't really be noticable. Is that right?

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    John

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    Maybe he is determining the speed on ping results. For web pages, it's hardly noticable; however, if it's gameservers, there may be a problem.
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    It really doesn't make a difference for web hosting as ping times don't exactly affect transfer rates. For streaming and gaming it does, however.
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    It's not so much applicable anymore now people have faster connections, but you do notice it with slower ISDN and Dialup connections, as a web page loads on the princpal that it goes and grabs something then goes back for something else, and that extra latency between the server and end user makes all the difference, especially when a page contains multiple images.

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    Checking email on one of my European servers (33ms) is at times 4 times faster than checking it from a server we used to have in the US (Layeredtech 137ms). Web is also faster but not as noticeable.

    We have 2Mb broadband here at the office and I often notice much closer connections transatlantic. Saying that it should be fine for web and email is still fine etc.

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    For general web browsing I notice the difference but that could be put down to the fact I'm doing it for hours per day and not your casual browser.

    For email (pop3/smtp via email client), ftp and ssh traffic it is certainly noticable by a large degree.
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    we use US hosting and we cant tell the difference with UK hosting For our website

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    As Jim_UK said there is a notable difference for web browsing allthough it isnt much, not enough to warrant worrying about anyway.

    I do find ftp and SSH slower as well but still more than fast enough to work with.

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    Originally posted by elix
    It really doesn't make a difference for web hosting as ping times don't exactly affect transfer rates. For streaming and gaming it does, however.
    Actually, thats not as true as you think - I was in the middle east last summer with a VoIP phone that connected back to an * box in the US (200ms latency, end to end) and it sounded fine. Nobody knew I was abroad (unless they tried to call me at a weird hour and woke me up ). In addition, I've gotten video feeds from servers in the UK and farther and they seem to have been fine, with me being in the US (I confirmed the location via traceroute).
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    Originally posted by jslivko
    Actually, thats not as true as you think - I was in the middle east last summer with a VoIP phone that connected back to an * box in the US (200ms latency, end to end) and it sounded fine. Nobody knew I was abroad (unless they tried to call me at a weird hour and woke me up ). In addition, I've gotten video feeds from servers in the UK and farther and they seem to have been fine, with me being in the US (I confirmed the location via traceroute).
    Interesting... I know for a fact that it matters for gaming, however.

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    Originally posted by elix
    Interesting... I know for a fact that it matters for gaming, however.

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