In a recent discussion, we got into the definitions for these two words:
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 30 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. 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.
So as we mention in our other piece on comparative speeds, often a slow line with low latencies can perform quicker than a ‘faster’ line with high latencies. Fast is not necessarily quick.
Using an IQrouter will ensure low latencies at all times to deliver quicker Internet.