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Is AT&T DSL Express (1.5 Mbps/384 kbps) enough for online gaming?

sixty4bit 565 February 16, 2010 at 07:13 PM
Since the new internet service offered by my apartment has turned out to be a disaster, I've been thinking about getting AT&T DSL. For those of you who use it, do you think that the DSL Express package (1.5 Mbps download/384 kbps upload) is enough for online gaming with the PS3/PSN content downloading? Would it be fast enough for streaming Netflix? Thanks for your help.
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for gaming yes. bandwith isn't really the issue with gaming, its lots of small packets sent back and forth.

downloading, depends on how long you want to wait. 1.5Mbps will let you download about 12 MB in a minute at max rate.

streaming netflix, not sure. i lean to yes but you won't get "HD" streams.
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Q: How does my Internet connection affect picture quality of movies I watch instantly?

A:To watch movies instantly via your PC or Netflix Ready device, we recommend a broadband connection providing at least 1.5 Mbps. The faster your connection, the better the quality. For DVD quality video and audio, you need a connection providing at least 3.0 Mbps.

Your connection speed will rise and fall depending on network usage in your home and conditions at your Internet Service Provider.
You need 5Mbps for HD streams as well.
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(1.5 Mbps download/384 kbps upload) is enough for online gaming
yes.. this will work.
with the PS3/PSN content downloading?
No, your pipe will be taken by other contents and you will be lagging

Would it be fast enough for streaming Netflix?
dont know.
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Quote from boriszima View Post :
(1.5 Mbps download/384 kbps upload) is enough for online gaming
yes.. this will work.
with the PS3/PSN content downloading?
No, your pipe will be taken by other contents and you will be lagging

Would it be fast enough for streaming Netflix?
dont know.
you can dl content and play games at the same time on ps3?

xbox pauses your dl if the game needs to use live
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you can dl content and play games at the same time on ps3?

xbox pauses your dl if the game needs to use live
I might have misread his question. I meant if OP were to download contents on his console, then if he were to use PC to play games, it would not suffice.
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I have Qwest's 1.5 Mbps DSL and I wish I could get faster speeds. Streaming isn't all that good, especially with Netflix. Hulu seems to be better, allowing me to leave the stream paused for a few minutes at the beginning to get the buffer filled up. However, web browsing slows to a crawl while a video is streaming and any sort of download can interrupt the video stream. VoIP is out of the question due to the lag and gaming doesn't always work, again due to the lag.
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I have Qwest's 1.5 Mbps DSL and I wish I could get faster speeds. Streaming isn't all that good, especially with Netflix. Hulu seems to be better, allowing me to leave the stream paused for a few minutes at the beginning to get the buffer filled up. However, web browsing slows to a crawl while a video is streaming and any sort of download can interrupt the video stream. VoIP is out of the question due to the lag and gaming doesn't always work, again due to the lag.
I use Qwest 1.5Mbps service split between 2 homes and 5 computers. Lag is never an issue and games play perfectly. As others have said, the pipe isn't big enough for streaming HD content. I would upgrade to something faster at my place if it was available.
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Seems fast enough if you don't game. I had a similar connection before.
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I had a 1mbps cable connection and it did fine for gaming. When it came to patching and d/ling content, I wanted to shoot myself in the face sometimes. Worked for streaming netflix on ps3 and xbox but the quality fluctuated for me. Quality wasn't unbareable for me but I was also watching it on a 25" tube tv as old as myself at that point. On an HD tv, I probably would have cancelled it immediately. HD content is a no go since even Hulu requires a smaller buffer period to play mostly smoothly.
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I use Qwest 1.5Mbps service split between 2 homes and 5 computers. Lag is never an issue and games play perfectly.
My pings vary between 150 ms and >1,000 ms. Qwest says that there is nothing they can do about it, and I think that has something to do with not having any competition where I am.
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I have DSL Express from AT&T, and I just posted a question about it in this same forum. It's still there, you can check out my issue. I'm going to do a speed test today to see what's going on but I don't think I'm actually getting the speed they advertised. Or I might just be reading it wrong.

I basically see my download speed max out at 156 Kbps, everytime. I'm not sure if that's the same as 1.5 Mbps, not too savvy with this kind of stuff.
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Quote from irish713 View Post :
Since the new internet service offered by my apartment has turned out to be a disaster, I've been thinking about getting AT&T DSL. For those of you who use it, do you think that the DSL Express package (1.5 Mbps download/384 kbps upload) is enough for online gaming with the PS3/PSN content downloading? Would it be fast enough for streaming Netflix? Thanks for your help.
My experience on this w/ a 360 (I would imagine it would be very similar)

Gaming only - works great

Downloading only - works OK

Netflix - Works OK

I upgraded to the next level (3.0 mbp) and it is significantly better, still not the HD vids from netflix, but IMO much better quality.
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I have DSL Express from AT&T, and I just posted a question about it in this same forum. It's still there, you can check out my issue. I'm going to do a speed test today to see what's going on but I don't think I'm actually getting the speed they advertised. Or I might just be reading it wrong.

I basically see my download speed max out at 156 Kbps, everytime. I'm not sure if that's the same as 1.5 Mbps, not too savvy with this kind of stuff.
not the same 1.5Mbps = 1500 KBps, so since you got only 156kbps, you are receiving only 10%.
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not the same 1.5Mbps = 1500 KBps, so since you got only 156kbps, you are receiving only 10%.
no, that is not true. 1.5Mbps = 150KB/s. so if the original poster is getting 156kB/s (bytes) and not 156kb/s (bits) (which is amazingly slow), then that is the correct same. I had AT&T DSL, and that is consistant.
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