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I am looking at switching to a new ISP since I now live by myself and the extra speed is not "necessary" at this time. I am just trying to get an idea of a good internet speed for playing things like, League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Borderlands 2 (Co-Op) and such like that online.

Any help would be great.
post #2 of 13
IMO, aim for a minimum of 30mbps down, and no lower if possible.

However, you need to take into account stuff like reliability of said service, ect. And whatever you do, don't use Wi-fi for getting your internet connection to your computer.
post #3 of 13
The advertised speeds are usually less than what you get in real world performance. I would go with a plan around 20-30 mbps. That will be great for games and a solid download speed

Hope this helped
post #4 of 13
I'd say go with the most you can get within your budget. I don't think that online gaming requires an insanely fast internet connection. I have 12 down and 4 up and I've never had any issues at all.
 
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The amount of Mbit isn't important for online gaming, ping is not influenced by bandwidth, and a online game doesn't use much bandwidth.
post #6 of 13
thats true, ping is whats really important. But a lot of times it cant be determined in a plan form an isp
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The amount of Mbit isn't important for online gaming, ping is not influenced by bandwidth, and a online game doesn't use much bandwidth.

^This. Quality of service above all else. A good reliable 512 kbit/s connection is going to give much better results then a crappy 10Mbit/s connection. As a rule of thumb land lines tend to be better then wireless.
    
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^This. Quality of service above all else. A good reliable 512 kbit/s connection is going to give much better results then a crappy 10Mbit/s connection. As a rule of thumb land lines tend to be better then wireless.
Absolute wired connection. Its 100000x more reliable than wifi
post #9 of 13
This is what I would do:

find all available options (usually 2 or 3 sadly)
Google things and look for poor customer service (which will be like all ISPs), significant downtime, high ping issues, packet loss issues, or high jitter. If you can find a bunch of pingtest.net results you can get a decent idea of how an ISP will handle your gaming.

Low ping as mentioned is key, but jitter can be a hidden killer if you are raiding heroic modes. Nothing like rubber banding into things like drumuus laser or what not.

That should be enough to get you started, and happy hunting!
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Absolute wired connection. Its 100000x more reliable than wifi

I was actually referring to wireless USB modems (3G, 4G). You know thees things -->



I have found that Wi-Fi over a short range isn't much of an issue though a CAT5 ethernet cable is still preferable especially if you are going to connect several machines to one modem.
    
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