Latency is the time it takes for the system to respond to an action (such as pressing a button or moving a joystick). In internet and networking, this is the time it takes for a data packet (your in-game actions like movement or attacks) to send to the server, and then for the server to process that request. At the same time, the server must also process other gamers’ actions towards you and send that information back to your system for a roundtrip. In the gaming world, this is called ping rate, and it’s measured in milliseconds. The lower the number, the faster the connection. A lot of factors can impact ping rates
—including distance to the server, connection speed, networking equipment connected to the internet, the number of devices sharing the connection, and traffic loads from nearby customers on the network. Yes, that’s right: on consumer shared internet plans, a neighbor’s internet traffic can slow down your connection. For advertised download speeds, there’s no guarantee that you’ll actually get that speed—especially during peak times. A dedicated internet connection, however, provides consistent speeds at all times—guaranteed. And dedicated fiber connections provide lower latency and better network ping
than shared connections—critical when your career and reputation are on the line.