So this is what happens when it’s 9pm, and apparently everyone in the park is online.
|TengoInternet at 9pm on Monday|
For anyone not familiar with this, a “ping” is sending a piece of information to a server that’s basically saying, “Hey, are you there?”, and the server responds. Anything above about 30ms is not good, so imagine how terrible it must be at 235ms… The longer the ping, the slower the connection. This can be for a variety of reasons. In the case of the screenshot above, TengoInternet only has so much bandwidth to provide (I presume), and just about everyone is online, soaking up all of it, and putting strain on the system.
Here is the same ping to 188.8.131.52 (A Google server), but using ShawOpen. ShawOpen is only useable by those with a Shaw account, or at least know someone who can add their MAC address to the account. This means that very few people in the park are able to use it.
|ShawOpen at 9pm on Monday|
See the difference? In computer terms, this is the difference between the Pony Express (TengoInternet) getting you a letter, and email (ShawOpen). TengoInternet might as well currently just mail you a picture of the webpage you want to see, because it’s about that slow.