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Can you game on 3G/4G - Full details!

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Matt
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:50 pm    Post subject: Can you game on 3G/4G - Full details! Reply with quote

Hey guys,

We get a lot of questions on gaming and 3G/4G, so I wanted to put together a great FAQ for you guys. I've got a full demo video of black ops for you guys played over a 3G connection.

I'm open to requests, so if you'd like to see a specific game or mode I can probably do some more videos in my free time for you guys.

Here is a link directly to the video - Cod Black Op's - Playing over 3G/4G wireless connections

You can also read the full detailed FAQ here - Can I play the PS3/360/Wii with 3G or 4G wireless?

Update:

I've added a new Verizon 4G LTE gameplay video up finally - Verizon LTE 4G Gaming on PS3 With a Cradlepoint Router

How much bandwidth does gaming use? Checkout this video - Gaming Bandwidth Usage and MW3 - Monitored by Pepwave Routing Hardware


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0day
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you!

Making this video was a good idea.

Now I know it's at least playable... also, if you have an old computer like me, poor hardware can account for some latency but not a ton.

Thanks again!

P.S Recently I have been having good/normal speeds with 3G again.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matt, you did a great job with this. Hopefully, it will help those wondering if they can do gaming over 3G or 4G.
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Matt
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

0day wrote:
Thank you!

Making this video was a good idea.

Now I know it's at least playable... also, if you have an old computer like me, poor hardware can account for some latency but not a ton.

Thanks again!

P.S Recently I have been having good/normal speeds with 3G again.


No problem! Thanks for mentioning the older computer aspect, I'll have to add that into my article Smile

Glad to hear your speeds are back up to normal too!
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twohams
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My husband and I play WOW regularly on a Cradlepoint MBR1000 with a Pantech UML. Before the 4G modem, we had a 3G which we used as well. If we're in a good signal area, our latency is in the green consistently.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

twohams wrote:
My husband and I play WOW regularly on a Cradlepoint MBR1000 with a Pantech UML. Before the 4G modem, we had a 3G which we used as well. If we're in a good signal area, our latency is in the green consistently.


Thanks for providing some results from your gaming experiences!

I also wanted to let everyone know that games on the Playstation 3 that their network is currently offline. It has been 6 days now and there has been no announcement of when it will be back up. So, if you get a warning message and can't connect that's the reason for right now - nobody can connect currently Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:32 am    Post subject: Latency Reply with quote

Are people able to get good consistent low pings to game? My Verizon even with an excellent signal is all over the place on 3g. Anywhere from 98- 300+ ms. with upwards of 800-900ms spikes. I play Halo CE still and it causes the rest of the people in the game to lag and they kinda get a little pissed and boot me out.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:24 am    Post subject: Re: Latency Reply with quote

onedavester wrote:
Are people able to get good consistent low pings to game? My Verizon even with an excellent signal is all over the place on 3g. Anywhere from 98- 300+ ms. with upwards of 800-900ms spikes. I play Halo CE still and it causes the rest of the people in the game to lag and they kinda get a little pissed and boot me out.


it all comes down to your area, signal strength and game that you're playing. As long as you have a ping time lower than 200ms you shouldn't have any trouble playing most real time games.

If you notice the occasional spikes that can interfere with gaming causing lag or host disconnects. That shouldn't happen to often unless your signal is really poor or the tower is overloaded with users.

Also, if you're lagging you shouldn't be causing anybody else to lag. What will happen is they'll basically see you teleport around the screen. This is what will get you kicked from the game.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My signal averages -59db. I have LOS from a tower 1.5 miles away.

People that run Halo servers consider anything over 100ms to be slow and boot me.

This isn't occasional spikes. If I do a ping -t, the spikes are about every 4th to 5th ping back.

I live rurally and there are very few folks on this less than a year old tower.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

onedavester wrote:
My signal averages -59db. I have LOS from a tower 1.5 miles away.

People that run Halo servers consider anything over 100ms to be slow and boot me.

This isn't occasional spikes. If I do a ping -t, the spikes are about every 4th to 5th ping back.

I live rurally and there are very few folks on this less than a year old tower.


That's a problem when you're dealing with servers that offer the ability to kick people off a game. I'd say most of the games on the market don't have that option. I've had that problem with Counter Strike Source on PC where they'll configure servers to have ping limits - kicking you if you exceed them.

For most games and platform consoles you shouldn't have to worry about getting kicked from matches though. You also must remember that people running servers are on a cable connection with probably a 20ms ping time. To them 100ms is a lot, however, it's certainly playable once you get used to the added delay.

In all honesty your probably getting kicked for killing somebody and their mad when they see your latency. They have the advantage and will blame it on lag and boot you.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are right to some degree on the reasons for the kicking. People get owned and then they kick.

I learned a long time ago how to lag shoot on MWIII when we all had 56k on the Micro$haft Gamezone.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A new tipsheet is available for users using the new Net BSD platform for the Playstation 3. You can see a preview here - Playstation 3 Gaming Tipsheet for New Cradlepoint Net BSD
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've added a new Verizon 4G LTE gameplay video up finally - Verizon LTE 4G Gaming on PS3 With a Cradlepoint Router

I was really impressed at how much smoother the game play is over a 4G connection. If you've got LTE in your area make the switch because it's night and day vs 3G!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just wanted to chip in that using a Virgin Mobile 3g with rssi around 100-110 I have been able to play Final Fantasy 14 with no issues. Also run ventrillo on the side along with it. Ping isn't the best, jumps between 187 and 214 usually, but works fine for what I am doing.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I need the new NETBSD tipsheet with my mbr95. I bought it last week and it was shipped with the old platform tipsheets cd. I keep getting nat type strict on xbox live.
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