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@jax well, ping latency is how long it takes for a small test packet to travel from here, to there, and back.
Sort of like a sonar ping. The longer, the worse our connection is, there's delays along the way.
A closer by system will have lower ping times. Farther away, longer ones, as a general rule.
@jax Here's an actual example of the ping test results. I opened a command line, and used ping to try to contact a system here in North America, where I am, www.gm.com.
And next one farther away, in Japan -- www.yahoo.jp
See the difference in the time to receive a test packet back (or ping back)? 😉
Lower ping latency for gm.com. Mom knew her stuff. 😛
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