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WiMax stable enough for Xbox Live gaming??

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Is WiMax stable enough for Xbox Live gaming?

Latency with WiMax be too much to overcome, or is it stable?

Looking for people who has had first hand experience with above scenario, but welcome to all comments!

What WiMAx provider claims:
7m down
512k up
Ping always within 60-90ms(I presume to their servers)
Contention ratio 4:1
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Crucially for gaming (console or PC) with WiMax you are dependant on your distance from the nearest transmitter and how your aerial is mounted (internal or external). Like two-wire ADSL the further from the source you get the more errors and so the longer it takes to update your game details. This also affects the quoted contention ratios as the faster (nearer) connections will tend to out-compete more distant users. If they are quoting 1:4 as an average that's going to be a significant amount of competiton if you are the furthest!

Ping from you to them isn't much of a guide, you need to try the ping to the XBLive! Servers or even tracert from your PC as a better guide.

If you are still at the point of deciding if you are going to use a WiMax provider I'd see if they will provide a level of service guarantee that will allow you to cancel if they can't meet it. You won't be the only gamer on their system. Ask if they will put other players in your area in touch so you can talk to them about their experience. Judge how good their service is likely to be based on their response!
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Hi.
Thanks for the info.
I don't think it will be able to withstand any level of satisfactory gaming, especially when I was chatting to another one of their techs and confirmed the area i'm in, is on the limit for indoor box and can't give a guarantee on the outdoor box until tested by an onsite engineer.
Funnily enough, another tech of theirs said the opposite regarding the distance(tends to be the case with call support!), but some of the modems arrived today, checked out a neighbour's and a no go! External box is their next step for them.

The offer seems good on paper but I'll stick to the hard line!
Thanks!
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