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How you plan to play Battalion

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Think! 

Before you continue to play Battalion and be that person who slams your ISP or router/WiFi for lag... Have you thought about how you're connecting to the internet.

There's many factors that a lot of people miss these days and take for granted.

Games like Battalion rely heavily on servers bandwidth and capacity to cope using ultra fast response times processing lots of small packets. Instead of big chunky data packets.

Each click that you make on your mouse. Each key you press in game to move jump etc is all recorded and sent via data packets from your PC either via 2 routes dependant on your choice.

1. --> through your network interface card which we will now define as NIC from now on. --> through your wire that you've probably had for years and it's tangled crushed bent so hard against your Wall and desk or the protective sheathing has been damaged --> into your switch/router --> to your exchange --> to the internet routers that use a protocol called OSPF which is known as open shortest path first to the server hosting the battalion server and all the way back.

Or

2. --> through your wireless NIC --> probably travelling through a few brick walls. Ceilings. Floors. Wood. Anything that could potentially cause you signal loss to your WiFi router / access point. And again all the way out and back.

You're probably thinking why do I care? Well... If you want good response times and want to have a consistent smooth game then it's likely you need to give things like this a thought.

First of all - always prefer wired connection over wireless. Why? It's more reliable. Less likely to cause you issues. 

I can't do wired straight to my router!?

Ok then what's your options...

If you're going to go wireless make sure you're signal strength is as good as it can be. Remove constraints like walls between yourself and your WiFi access point/router.

Don't have your wireless router slammed behind your sofa because it's easier there out the way. You won't believe how often this causes issues in most households and businesses because they care about how aesthetic their setup is.

Thought about power line adapters... 

Plugs that connect to sockets and use the copper in your house to connect you in a wired fashion. Advice if you're using these don't use them on extension leads give them dedicated sockets. Also don't use them if you have more than 1 electrical circuit in your house. As it won't transmit data over 2 different circuits.

Other things to note...

If you have a 60-80ms ping response time ingame but it's stable and steady it's likely to be ok.

Obviously the lower your ping likely means you're going to get better smoother gameplay. But if your response times are jumpy and peak every now and again it's a good sign that you've got an instability in your network somewhere.

It could be anything that I've noted above to... Noise on your line from your ISPs cabinet to your roiter. The main thing is to ensure your setup is efficient as possible to your broadband router.

Turn off non needed software in the background. Smart TVs used by other family members or people in your house will cause big data buffering on your network meaning your response time will be affected.

Remember games like Battalion will use small data packets but lots of them. It's a completely different ballgame to being able to download and upload big data packets typically used by services like Netflix Amazon prime and other hosting platforms. You won't need a big internet pipe to play smoothly on Battalion... Obviously bigger the better in any case but aslong as those small data packets aren't being crushed by faulty Ethernet cables or huge thick brick walls over WiFi causing retransmissions of packets due to the functionality of TCP/IP. This will utilise error detection and retransmit packets that didn't respond. Essentially working harder than it needs to.

Cheers Dave.

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If you're going to go wireless then for the love of god.. look at the packets loss.. not packet loss against DNS like 8.8.8.8 but rather internally.. Ubiquity got a great WebUI based controller for that, sure it costs more than your average hardware but you get what you pay for atleast. Medium business hardware for the cost of low business!

+ you've also forgot to mention the whole routing issues many providers got. Where they sometimes tend to buy a lower license cost for it. 

 

+ alot of people barely knows how to build their own computer.. do you really expect them to even care what their equipment is? Most people just use Plug-n-Play... And most people dont even set proper channels to use on their Wi-fi and using Auto instead.... 

And you forgot to mention to check the Channel settings on their Router with built-in Wifi.. (which is the biggest problem these days with people overlapping each other in tight built apartments)

 

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Figured I'd post it as a few pointers to noobs. All additional suggestions welcome. It's just what I deal with on a day to day. Figured it may help some people

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