ISPreview - How to Use Mobile Broadband - Vodafone
How to Use Mobile Broadband - Vodafone
By: Mark Jackson - March 2nd, 2009 : Page 5 -of- 6
"for the best experience gamers need a low latency ping time, which most good quality land-line broadband ISPs deliver"

So for the best experience gamers need a low latency ping time, which most good quality land-line broadband ISPs deliver variably at anything from 20 to 60ms (milliseconds). However many games will still work fine with up to 90ms and some slower titles, such as World of Warcraft (WoW), can get by with an even higher value. To help illustrate all this we ran a Traceroute from our land-line ISP to this website:

Fixed Line Broadband Traceroute

The output clearly shows that our request to view the site had to HOP through 13 different servers before it was acknowledged. Overall this appeared to be a relatively quick process, although server no.8 stuck out as being the slowest to respond, taking 97ms to reply.

Compare that with what happens when you retry the same Traceroute from Vodafone’s Mobile Broadband connection, both via their slower 3G (on the left) and the faster 3.5G HSPA (on the right) links:

3G UMTS Mobile Broadband Traceroute        3G HSPA Mobile Broadband Traceroute

It’s instantly possible to see that the older 3G UMTS based side of Vodafone’s network (rough average of 300ms+) is a heck of a lot slower than the faster and more modern HSPA side (rough average of 120ms). This is not unique to Vodafone and has more to do with the different mobile standards at work.

Latency would also spike when the network switched itself between 3G and 3.5G connectivity types. Ideally we wouldn’t want to play a multiplayer game on an HSPA connection but it’s definitely improving. Future mobile WiMAX and LTE (4G) technologies promise even lower levels of latency, which can only be a good thing.

What can’t it do?

So far we’ve talked a lot about what Mobile Broadband does do and not a lot about what it doesn’t. Nearly every connection is just about access, thus extras such as email, webspace and newsgroup servers are not included. Some operators are also known to use aggressive compression on web images, which saves bandwidth but can make some websites look very ugly.

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Posted 607 days ago
I have what pupports to be the best Vodafone dongle for our home machine as we cannot get a BT line to our house. We are 4 miles from Reading and 4 miles from Henley on Thames but a reliable land line connection seems to be beyond the wit of BT. The Vodafone dongle is all we can use (we have tried all the nother providers) and it is awful. It falls off line during the day or when its raining, its worse during the summer when the trees have leaves (!!!) and you cannot find a number to call them to try and get a connection test. They are a rubbish company, and I would recommend anyone who things about them as a mobile supplier to think again. I am stuck with them!
Posted 1418 days ago
I have the above page Vodafone Mobile Connect Lite, but how do you progress from there. No matter what I attempt I cannot seem to get online
Simon J. Wilson
Posted 1783 days ago
Well I unpacked the USB Stick and plugged it into my "Free" laptop and it installed the software and in a few min's I was up and running, but the connection only lasted a few mins then cut out, I then decided to try later on in the day and every time I tred to connect to the 3g Network a Error in there own programme came up, So I thought I would call Customer services, What a waist of time that was, Today I'm taking it all back to Cancel the contract with Vodaphone.
Posted 1866 days ago
I've got 3 Mobile Broadband ( and have to say that it's amazing - incredibly fast, though I am using it in central London so it may not be so good outside of the city. Also, it does do the image compression thing, but I've heard that it can be disabled.. somehow...
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