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Online Gaming on a 3G Dongle Connection?

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Is it possible to play multiplayer games, such as TF2, UT3 and Guild Wars in a 3G Dongle Connectio (About 2mbit im guessing).

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Depends on what your upload is, the problem with dongles is it's usually to low to play games.

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Depends on what your upload is, the problem with dongles is it's usually to low to play games.

But i heard MMORPG's only take up a few MB every hour =\

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World of Warcraft When in Dalaran (current major city in the game) uses ~88Mb per hour of bandwidth. However when using a 3G dongle there is noticeable latency issues everywhere in the game not just in Dalaran

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3G is not good for online gaming because of latency.

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I use my 3G Dongle for online gaming :) and it is almost 2 years I have been using it. I Will tell you all details :)

I have 4 3G dongles (Huawei E160G, Huawei E1550, Vodafone K3715, ZTE MF100).

The only modem that support fast upload (HSUPA) speed is the Vodafone K3715.

all others only support HSDPA.

Oky mostly I play Quake live online (France Servers).

With normal land line DSL I get around 70 - 90 ping

with (Huawei E160G, Huawei E1550) I get around 130-150

with Vodafone K3715 (HSUPA) I get around 100- 150

more or less it is the same ping when I play UT3, UT2004, UT, HL, HL:CS, HL2:DM

Signal strength affect the ping dramatically.

with Huawei E160G, Huawei E1550, ZTE MF100 I get a signal around (with supplied software 90%) but I believe I get around (70%)

with Vodafone K3715 due to HSUPA I get a lower signal strength (with supplied software 70%) but I believe I get around (50%)

I believe that supplied software give better reading that what the actual signal is.

I'm thinking about getting and external antenna and see if it helps. I also want to get an option globesurfer iii router.

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3G is not good for online gaming because of latency.

This. You can get great speeds, but the latency is what will kill you.

I get dsl speeds off my 3g connection. But the latency is :pinch:

Should do well with guild wars, though fps's... not so well. idk do a pingtest. dont worry about the speeds.

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I use my 3G Dongle for online gaming :) and it is almost 2 years I have been using it. I Will tell you all details :)

more or less it is the same ping when I play UT3, UT2004, UT, HL, HL:CS, HL2:DM

Signal strength affect the ping dramatically.

I'm thinking about getting and external antenna and see if it helps. I also want to get an option globesurfer iii router.

We will probably will have have to go with "3" or T-Mobile for the 3G Dongle itself, along with a external antenna obviously on the roof to get the best possible signal. Also, we will have a powerline network (internet uses electricity network) to get internet around the house with several booster along the way.

What would you gets reccomend in terms of routers?

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We will probably will have have to go with "3" or T-Mobile for the 3G Dongle itself, along with a external antenna obviously on the roof to get the best possible signal. Also, we will have a powerline network (internet uses electricity network) to get internet around the house with several booster along the way.

What would you gets reccomend in terms of routers?

There is 2 types of 3G routers one that takes the 3G dongle in a USB port and the other that has build in modem (all you need is insert the SIM card)

After searching comparing I believe I will go GlobeSurfer III (which doesnt need an external dongle it has build it modem, also reviews says it has a really good internal antenna)

http://www.option.co...s/globesurfer3/

About getting external antenna, it is not as simple as it sounds it is a complex story. If you not careful you will get a worse signal strength with the external antenna, connection cables resistance and length could make ur experience a night mare.

Im not happy with my 3G dongles I really don't like the quality of Huawei products, really poor quality.

On thing you should also know is that not all donglos and modems have a port for external antenna.

so watch out u might buy a dongle and later find out u cant connect it to an external antenna.

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I wouldnt have a wireless network for sure, i would only have a wired network. :) Although having both options would be nice.. for my ipod touch etc.

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I've been using 3G to play internet games for a while. It depends on your provider and your connection, but it's been fine for me for everything but action games.

A booster antenna can help if your signal is questionable.

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I've been using 3G to play internet games for a while. It depends on your provider and your connection, but it's been fine for me for everything but action games.

A booster antenna can help if your signal is questionable.

Hmm.. okay, which of the below games do you think would be playable -

Unreal Tournament 3 (Or 2004).

Team Fortress 2.

Guild Wars.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare.

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Guild Wars. The others are possible, but it really depends on your setup. I mean, 3g is a shared experience, so it depends on towers, signal quality, overall load...lots of things.

I live on a farm with relatively poor quality, so I don't even try the action games. If I lived in town I'm sure I'd have more to say on that.

On Verizon with an Alltel modem, so I can't vouch for any other ISPs of course. They're pretty damn good on my laptop in town, but my laptop isn't really good enough for action gaming.

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Guild Wars. The others are possible, but it really depends on your setup. I mean, 3g is a shared experience, so it depends on towers, signal quality, overall load...lots of things.

I live on a farm with relatively poor quality, so I don't even try the action games. If I lived in town I'm sure I'd have more to say on that.

On Verizon with an Alltel modem, so I can't vouch for any other ISPs of course. They're pretty damn good on my laptop in town, but my laptop isn't really good enough for action gaming.

Im am moving to a large house in the middle of the country haha, so i can imagine i will have the same signal issues as yourself. Im willing to basically "throw" money at this, so if anyone can tell me the best way to get a decent setup (which modem is the best) i would be thankful :D The signal will be transferred around the house using a PowerLine setup.,

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Stores that sell 3g equipment are usually happy to help. As to which ISP will be best where you're at....well thats a ****ty question to answer because it involves work on your end.

I recommend http://3gstore.com/ for antennas/equipment after the modem purchase (they can't sell Verizon modems anymore apparently for some wierd reason. Heh.)

I really can't wait for 4g, even though I'd bet its gonna be another three-four years before it's past the transition phase.

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Stores that sell 3g equipment are usually happy to help. As to which ISP will be best where you're at....well thats a ****ty question to answer because it involves work on your end.

I recommend http://3gstore.com/ for antennas/equipment after the modem purchase (they can't sell Verizon modems anymore apparently for some wierd reason. Heh.)

I really can't wait for 4g, even though I'd bet its gonna be another three-four years before it's past the transition phase.

Well apprently it will have to be between 3 and T-Mobile in terms of the dongle itself, since those are the only 2 which would get the decent signal. T-Mobile has rubbish caps as well, so i guess we will have to go with 3 :D I cannot wait for 4G either, should be awesome!

What do you think of having a PowerLine network for transferring the data across the house?

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My friend tried it and said it works well. I've never tried it myself.

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My friend tried it and said it works well. I've never tried it myself.

Brilliant!

Hmm well, heres my plan -

Get a "3" dongle (or dongles for the rest of the family as well). - http://threestore.three.co.uk/dealsummary.aspx?offercode=18B15GD027 - That one prehaps?

Plug it into a central place (is there one avaliable?) Then have the Devolo Powerline setup to connect to it and then get going!

To be honest its the central bit that is strange, i will require .. a hub or something along those lines where i can plug it all into.

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Cradlepoint makes 3g routers that work well. I have absolutely no idea how easy they are to get in the UK, maybe theres a different company doing it.

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Can anyone help me i've just taken out a contract on 3 network with the blackberry bold 9780(with a built in modem) with a 3.5G connection, so that i can play online games such as world of warcraft and other titles such as cs and cod, but when i'm playing these games i get disconnected.

I've spoken to 3 and they tell me that there no way to increase the data transfer so i don't get disconnected, so i was thinking if i was to get a 3g dongle instead would i have the same problem?

Is there any dongles out there which i can get play online games without disconnection problem.

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Dongles and gaming doesn't work. The latency is too high and you will lag and get owned. Wow might work but will still be crap.

Should start a new thread not bump a very old one

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Dognles for gaming are total crap. Steer clear Ive had a few literally use all there bandwidth in 2-3hrs play as the thing kept swtiching between access points and thus 15gb transfer used in a matter of hours. Not good.

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Bandwidth will be eaten up quickly and the lag would be unbearable! gaming on a dongle is somthing i hope i never have to try!

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