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Standard User LucBorg
(experienced) Sat 20-Oct-12 14:16:38
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Virgin Cable for Skype and Gaming?


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Hi everyone,

I have been having massive problems with my current broadband ADSL2+ service. Have been thinking of switching over to cable.

How is Virgin cable for gaming pings, youtube video streaming / iPlayer, and also Skyping? I'm thinking of getting the line rental + 30Mb service. The only major downloads are probably the 720p youtube streams and also I like to experiment with Ubuntu releases sometimes, and perhaps Steam-downloads for new games once every 3 months or so.

Will I hit any usage caps or throttling with this kind of usage? And are pings stable enough to play decently?

I very much appreciate your advice and experiences,

Thanks so much,

Luc

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Sat 20-Oct-12 14:21:07
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Re: Virgin Cable for Skype and Gaming?


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Ping stability is very much down to the local area,

http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/5139-virgin-media...

Download more than 3.5GB between 4pm and 9pm and your speeds are halved.

Playing a game should never trigger this sort of limit, but the Steam and Ubuntu stuff may well do.

In terms of personal recommendation I would say Virgin Media is fine for downloading and ok for streaming (hopefully) but if a serious online gamer then they are not the best.

Andrew Ferguson, andrew@thinkbroadband.com
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Standard User LucBorg
(experienced) Sat 20-Oct-12 15:23:05
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Hi thanks for the info.

Yeah not really a serious gamer, just play every so often when I get some free time.

As I say the ubuntu stuff is only like once a year when I feel like experimenting.

Otherwise major data usage is iplayer and youtube at 720p.

Luc

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Standard User LucBorg
(experienced) Wed 24-Oct-12 20:00:51
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Re: Virgin Cable for Skype and Gaming?


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Is anyone else wiling to share their experiences with Virgin cable internet?

Thanks in advance smile

Luc

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Standard User GMAN98
(experienced) Wed 24-Oct-12 20:08:37
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Have a look through their gaming forum for real world experience:- https://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Computers-Gamin...

EDIT: And also look at the latest Ofcom report for latencyjitter etc

Edited by GMAN98 (Wed 24-Oct-12 20:11:27)

Standard User Daemon66
(learned) Thu 25-Oct-12 10:48:26
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I have a very good VM 100Mbps connection with low latency and jitter (excellent for gaming according to my teenage son), but from what I have seen here and elsewhere my situation appears to be the exception rather than the rule.
But you never know, you might get lucky like me smile
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Standard User Daemon66
(learned) Thu 25-Oct-12 10:57:33
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You don't say what sort of speeds you get on your current ADSL2+ service. For me it is a no-brainer to go with VM because even half-speed on their 30Mbps package would be better than ADSL2+.
Standard User pcoventry76
(knowledge is power) Thu 25-Oct-12 21:14:35
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In reply to a post by MrSaffron:
Download more than 3.5GB between 4pm and 9pm and your speeds are halved.


On 100mbps that's a whole 13 minutes of use..
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 25-Oct-12 21:45:11
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And should be about 90 minutes of HD video to keep you busy while waiting for cap to lift

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Standard User kwikbreaks
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 25-Oct-12 22:27:30
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In reply to a post by pcoventry76:
In reply to a post by MrSaffron:
Download more than 3.5GB between 4pm and 9pm and your speeds are halved.


On 100mbps that's a whole 13 minutes of use..

You get more on 100Mbps and half of 100Mbps is still 50Mbps.

The problem with cable for gamers/voip is mostly high jitter and sometimes packet loss. The problem for streaming is often congested links - people have been complaining about buffering on Youtube for months and months.
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