Fast internet VS Quick Itnernet
Quick: it happens in a short amount of time
Fast: it has higher speed
When it comes to going somewhere, I generally prefer to get there quickly. It doesn’t matter how fast I go at any point, as long as I reach my destination quicker.
So crossing the town in a high-powered sports car with a high top-speed, I can go really fast in stretches, but I still have to wait for the lights, still have to deal with traffic. It can take 60 minutes to cross town.
Now, what if my car knows how to synchronize with the lights, and it can continue moving at all times, with no delays at lights? I can cross the town in 15 minutes, since I don’t waste time sitting at lights or dealing. Even if my top speed is a fraction of the sports car, I still get there quicker. And at the end of the day, that’s what is important, spending less time getting there.
The same occurs on the Internet, if your router and ISP are allowing huge delays in your traffic, then the time it takes pages to load can be significantly extended. Significantly reducing those delays means that now your page can load in a fraction of the time, often multiples of times faster than before. Even though the ‘speed’ of the line has not changed, removing the latencies (delays) enables pages to load quicker. And ultimately, that’s what we all want, quicker results.
Often, a slow line with low latencies can perform quicker than a ‘faster’ line with high latencies. Fast is not necessarily quick.
Marketing in the Internet Service Provider world has dictated what us consumers use to evaluate a good internet service provider. Internet Service Providers have consumers compare Mbps to price. For example, a leading Internet provider is running a special. You get the "Gold" that is advertised as 300Mbps for $89.00 a month. Another small wireless provider is advertising 20Mbps for $89.00 a month. At first glance us consumers see 300Mbps and think 300 is much bigger than 300 so that must be the better deal. What they do not tell you is that the large provider is over subscribing and that it is really "up to" 300Mbps and that your latency (how long it takes to get to the server" is going to be much higer so the real better package here is the small town wireless guys that have an optimized network and can you get "across town" in a fraction of the time. When shopping for internet, ask what is the averge latency is to some major websites like www.cnn.com, google.com and facebook.com.