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Maximum Bandwidth and Ping Time Suggestions to improve performance


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Colby Stillwater wrote:

Hello. I was just wondering what I should set my bandwidth max to be in SL, where I'm getting the best performance that I can get. Also, I was wondering: When viewing the statistics meter, why is it that I get the 300-600 ms Ping Time Yellow light message? Is this something that I should be concerned with? It doesn't stay on constantly, it just comes up every now and then


Internet Speed Test (varies)

Download:  Rounded 16 mbps   - One speed test result

Upload:    Rounded 1 mbps     - One speed test result

Ping: 44 ms

 

What is this 44 ms ping to/from?  The Linden servers or the site you ran the internet test from?  You can see the server ping time in the Statistics Bar (Ctrl-Shift 1)   That's the ping that counts.

As far as your max bandwidth setting, set it as high as you can without incurring packet loss.

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Colby Stillwater wrote:

Hello. I was just wondering what I should set my bandwidth max to be in SL, where I'm getting the best performance that I can get. Also, I was wondering: When viewing the statistics meter, why is it that I get the 300-600 ms Ping Time Yellow light message? Is this something that I should be concerned with? It doesn't stay on constantly, it just comes up every now and then


Internet Speed Test (varies)

Download:  Rounded 16 mbps   - One speed test result

Upload:    Rounded 1 mbps     - One speed test result

Ping: 44 ms

 

What is this 44 ms ping to/from?  The Linden servers or the site you ran the internet test from?  You can see the server ping time in the Statistics Bar (Ctrl-Shift 1)   That's the ping that counts.

As far as your max bandwidth setting, set it as high as you can without incurring packet loss.

--Cinn

 

 

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If you have all green and only occassional yellow in your statistics bar that is fine I think. I have a very fast set up here and I see yellow lights sometimes too.

I think occassional yellow is pretty much unavoidable while things are loading or whatnot, don't think it is anything to be concerned with. If yours begins to get stuck on yellow (or red of course :smileytongue:) thats when you should look at lowering some of your settings.

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That one has been debated around and around for a long time.  The best answer I have seen is one that Torley Linden posted last year, "Move Maximum bandwidth slider all the way to the right... yeah, crank that baby!"  I have been doing that myself and have not had any bandwidth problems.

As far as the stats bar goes...... You will sometimes see momentary spikes if your graphics card is having to download and render a lot of new textures, for example if you have just TP'd into a megamall with hundreds of vendor pics.  Those shouldn't be much to worry about.  Set your local cache size large enough to hold textures that you encounter on a daily basis, and those spike times should be infrequent. So long as you are in the green most of the time, don't fret.

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The 44 ms was from PingTest.net Sometimes I get over 300 msec of Ping Sim Time, but it fluctuates. Is it that for it to be in that range if it changes from yellow back to green? Also, I think I was trying to ask what would be good settings for my bandwidth with that download/upload info. But I guess I need to play with that myself.

 

Is the ping sim time going to be a problem for me?? And how do you go about fixing that?

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Ping is a simple tool that measures the "travel time" that it takes to go from your computer to a specific location. What you experience with a high Ping Sim time is a noticeable delay from when you press a key to when your avatar responds to the command. A 300 msec delay is over a quarter of a sec and while not horrible will effect you. Things will seem sluggish. Not much you can do because this is a function of where you are on the network in comparison to where the Linden servers are. If you are on a network that is congested with traffic, that will also effect your ping times.

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