Latency- what it is and why it matters
Did you ever watch the old Star Trek and hear Captain Kirk say, “Beam me up, Scotty.” Then there was a poor pixilated image of who ever was being transported to the ship from whatever planet they happened to be on.
Have you ever thought about what happens when you connect remotely to a student? Your computer opens a port which sends audio files and video files which have a ton of data. That data gets taken apart and sent through the air (wifi) under the sea (those gigantic cables which connect North America to Europe for internet purposes) through satellites (orbiting the earth and beaming things from one country to another)
When I think about all of the things that have to go right for a connection to happen, my mind is totally blown.
There is a lag between devices when signals get sent. Simply put, it takes time for a signal to travel around the world. Often it gets broken up when it leaves your device and reassembled when...