What is latency-based routing?
To grasp this concept, we first have to understand how connection to the Internet works. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) connect with each other, creating something that looks like an interconnected spider web to get from one point to another. ISPs normally use something called the Border Gateway Protocol (also known as BGP) routing. The BGP uses complex algorithms to select the shortest number of hops from you, to your destination (for example, a game server in the US). However, the shortest path might not always be the best performing path. Just imagine having 300 people walking along a narrow corridor!
ViewQwest employs an Intelligent Routing Platform at our network edge. This enables our network to constantly analyse all available paths from the customer to each destination. The Intelligent Routing Platform takes into consideration the following factors: latency, packet loss, network congestion, historical reliability of the provider. With these factors considered, ViewQwest then routes you to your destination and back on the most effective path.
Why is latency important?
Latency is the delay before a transfer of data begins following an instruction for its transfer. High latency means that a web page will take longer to load all its layout, text & graphics. We as users of the web would prefer a route with low latency as this means less time spent staring at your screen waiting for it to load. If you’re an avid gamer, you’d probably already know that gaming doesn’t actually require that much constant bandwidth. What really affects your performance in game is your latency (or ping!) and how consistent it is.
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