What if I told you that
you can get less lag in seconds, with a few simple clicks?
No, this ain't a scam, but like some infomercials, it's completely risk-free. Y'see, I love "smart" defaults because they help give us a better experience out of the box, whether we're new to Second Life or doing a fresh install. But I keep coming across Resis who, despite having a fat broadband connection, feel "laggy" because they didn't know they could up their Maximum Bandwidth.
GOOD GOSH. SPREAD THE WORD:
One of the not-so-bright defaults, as I griped about with you guys some time ago (the Internet never forgets), is the default Maximum Bandwidth setting. It defaults to 500 kbps, which makes no sense because HELLO WE'RE NOT ON DIAL-UP ANYMORE.
But srsly, like Geordi La Forge said on Reading Rainbow, you don't have to take my word for it. Try it yourself.
- Go to Me menu > Preferences.
- In PREFERENCES window, click Setup tab.
- Move Maximum bandwidth slider all the way to the right... yeah, crank that baby!
(Supposedly years ago, setting your Max. Bandwidth too high would result in bad packet loss and overall decreased performance, but tell me if you still notice that. It may not even be true anymore.)
Links to followup on:
- How to open the Advanced menu (so you can see the STATISTICS BAR in the video)
- "Default Bandwidth Setting Too Low bug - VWR-21872, which you should vote for if you care... and see my comment in there, more history