F1 2nd Driver
- Sep 10, 2015
I think the only way you can truly determine if the connection is going to be good or bad is to run a ping test (on speedtest.net) while connecting to a server as close to the host as possible and check the ping. Just done one on phone and it was slightly higher to Copenhagen/Denmark (as the host lives in that country), but still well under the 150ms limit. I always expect ping to be a little higher when connecting to a host server in a different country.I would likely agree with your assessment of that Bl99dy, when I do the in game pingtest its just to give me a good idea of how my connection is and as I've said before, if the result says ping in the mid 20's with all 5 parameters as good, then normally I have a trouble free night lag wise.
However there's obviously a big difference between PD server's and that of a private lobby host, as with the lobby host their connection is being used to potentially be the main point of contact & connection for as many as 15 other people.
The funny thing is though over the past couple years while I've been racing here, when I've gone to the lobby section to find and join Delaney's room there were times when I would only see 2 bars (orange), yet surprisingly I rarely seemed to have lag issues despite that and yet on others when I've seen 4 or 5 bars I've had lag after joining.
As I've said I do find it bizarre, and at this point I'm very much of the opinion that sometimes it is a lottery with how are connection behaves with others on nights and it is out of our hands to a degree, but to be fair generally Delaney's connection is normally solid and I'm not sure there is a better option for a different host when you look at his down/up numbers.
I do remember there was a period back in S2 (I think it was) when we had a couple of mid-race mass dsc's and the lobby closing itself, but since then lobby stability is pretty good in general.
Had one minor issue this week where my connection was faultless on Wednesday night, apart from when F1 2020 decided it wanted to randomly kick me at the start of the race. I've heard that game is notorious for doing that, but rejoined the race and saw no lag whatsoever, very bizarre. I always get 2-3 bar connections (out of 5) on that game to most, but it very rarely fails.