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Morgan’s Story

Google Fiber allows me to be able to game and stream at the same time. And I can also watch other people’s games while I stream. So, it helps me pretty much multitask on the internet.

Morgan | bettynixx

Streamer, 2 Gig customer1

Charlotte, NC

Jordan’s Story

When people come to my house to play they’re like, “I feel like I’m a bit ahead of the game…” and I’m like, “Yeah. This is what good internet does for you.”

Jordan | LEGIQN

Streamer, 2 Gig customer1

Kansas City, MO

Pathra’s Story

I think streaming with Google Fiber is like, amazing. I don’t have to think about it at all. It’s just “click, go, start work.”

Pathra

Streamer, 2 Gig customer1

Atlanta, GA

Kartik’s Story

If my team wasn’t able to stay connected the way that we are thanks to Google Fiber, we would probably not be able to make any of the games we’ve been able to make over the past few years together.

Kartik | kiniperson

Game Developer, 2 Gig customer1

Atlanta, GA

FAQs

What’s ping?

Ping (or ping rate) measures the time it takes for a signal to transmit from your computer to a server and back. This measurement is critically important to gaming as it directly correlates to latency, often referred to as “lag.”

The higher your ping rate (often measured in milliseconds), the more lag you’ll experience while gaming.

In most cases, a ping rate below 100ms should suffice for light gaming. If you’re an everyday gamer, keeping a ping rate at 50ms or below may be more ideal for you. Ultimately, anything below 20ms ping is optimal. The lower, the better.

What’s lag?

Lag (often referred to as latency) is the delay in reaction time you experience due to your ping rate. For example, if you have a lot of lag, you’ll often find that the time it takes between you pressing a button on your controller and that action actually showing up on your game is delayed.

If your ping rate is high, you’ll likely be experiencing a lot of lag in your gameplay. If it’s low, you shouldn’t recognize much lag while you play.

How do I keep my ping and lag low?

Your ping rate, and in turn the lag you’re experiencing, all have to do with how fast your internet speeds are and how close you are to your game server (Google Fiber peers with top game servers which keeps our users’ latency low).

No matter who your internet provider is, connecting your console, PC, or other gaming device to ethernet instead of Wi-Fi will often give you the fastest connection with the least amount of lag.

What is the best internet speed for gaming?

Although the FCC states a minimum download speed of 3-4 Mbps is adequate for gaming, this is only based on one activity running at a time.

If you have any other devices connected to your Wi-Fi, or if you’re using your internet in other ways like listening to streaming music while you play or live streaming your game play, you’ll want even more speed — which is exactly what you’ll get with Google Fiber.

Why is Google Fiber good internet for gaming?

Google Fiber uses fiber-optics that utilize glass and lasers to convey information. That means you get dependable, high-quality, and low latency internet delivered directly to your home. That’s why gamers love Google Fiber as their internet for gaming.

Does internet speed affect FPS?

FPS is an acronym for “frames per second,” and is also commonly referred to as “update rate” or “burst rate.” FPS measures the frequency in which a series of frames appear on your monitor or display. Generally speaking, low FPS happens when a gaming server is carrying a massive server load — which means that a server has exhausted all its resources and fails to handle incoming requests.

Poor internet ping rates can make it appear as though FPS is lower, but it is most likely just the effects of latency causing what appears to be lower FPS.

What is a good upload speed for gaming?

Upload speed applies to how quickly data can flow from your device to another user's device or internet server.

When it comes to gaming, upload speed is especially critical. That’s because when you’re gaming online, you’re sending data to a server with every action you take in your gameplay. While 1-2 Mbps upload speed is known to work for most online gamers, this is based on having no concurrent demands for upload speed. That means that faster upload speeds are critical for live streaming. Nowadays, it’s a common recommendation to make sure your upload speed is at least 5 Mbps for 1080p streaming across different live streaming platforms.

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