View Full Version : Does Neotel's New Neoflex cut the grade with Online Gaming?

11-12-2008, 03:11 PM
Apparently not if you are playing FPSs, alhtough MMORPGS seem ok.

Neotel’s Neoflex is put to the test in online gaming.

OK, so Neotel did not follow through on their promise to have Neoflex available to the public by the end of November (2008). However, that hasn’t stopped us from performing comprehensive tests on the new device and service.

One of the biggest perceived limitations of wireless internet is that it does not provide low enough latencies for online gaming. We can’t really expect wireless to compete with ADSL right now, and nor can we expect it to do so in any foreseeable future.

However, that does not mean that all is necessarily lost, and for those unable to get ADSL, wireless is the only option.

Off the bat we can tell you that Neotel’s Neoflex is in a different league to 3G which is completely hopeless when it comes to any sort of online gaming. It is also cheaper. Well, it will be when it is released.

Unfortunately, Neoflex is brutally exposed when used in locally-hosted games requiring very low latencies. If you are looking to play games such as TeamFortress 2, Call of Duty 4 or Counterstrike on Neoflex then be prepared to play with a handicap.

The service was tested on a variety of different games using different local servers.

The best consistent latencies we could maintain on local first person shooter servers was around 90ms, which was actually better than many would expect. However, it is not ideal and with many people playing on 50ms or less, you begin to feel that 40ms+ difference, and it can be painfully frustrating.

So that’s the bad news. Now the good.

If first person shooters are not your thing, and the likes of Guild Wars, World of Warcraft or Warhammer online are more your speed, then Neotel may offer an acceptable level of performance.

In international MMORPGs we tested without the aid of any performance-increasing third party software such as Gamermax. The idea was to get the most basic idea when comparing latencies.

When logging onto European servers we found the latency generally picked up at around 300ms which is quite good for any local connection. The latency gradually picked up, and after about 30 minutes of playing it sets in at around 450-550ms which is acceptable, and not a lot worse than what many people are getting on ADSL.

In my experience, the connection was closely comparable to what one would experience on a 512kb/s shaped line. Un-shaped ADSL lines do offer significantly lower latencies, but they come at a price.

While Neoflex gets close to acceptable performance in online first person shooters, it is still left wanting and is not a suitable replacement to an ADSL line.

If however you only play MMORPGs on international servers, then Neoflex can offer some reasonable performance similar to what many people are getting with ADSL.

LINK (http://mybroadband.co.za/news/Gaming/6311.html)

11-12-2008, 03:34 PM
Well I guess it's not quite that bad.

11-12-2008, 03:42 PM
Apparently not if you are playing FPS shooters, alhtough MMORPGS seem ok.

First Person Shooter Shooter

11-12-2008, 03:48 PM
First Person Shooter Shooter

My Bad!

11-12-2008, 03:55 PM
It's cool. :)

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11-12-2008, 04:01 PM
or PPC cement...

11-12-2008, 04:03 PM
or PPC cement...

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