Access Point Latency Insights: Know Your Network

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by | February 11, 2020 | Networking

Access Point Latency Insights: Know Your Network Part 4

Welcome to the fourth installment of Preseem’s Know Your WISP Network blog series! Over the past few posts, we’ve applied the insights contained in Preseem’s Fixed Wireless Network Report to demonstrate the real-world experience of fixed wireless subscribers, networks, and equipment.

In our last entry, we explored how WISP access point (AP) throughput rates compare across the AP market and different AP models. In this blog, we’ll again explore metrics related to APs, with a particular focus on latency.

As a result of our analysis, the WISP AP latency insights that we derive will answer the following questions:

  • What amount of latency is incurred by APs across the market?
  • Also, how does latency compare between AP models?

Continue reading to get the answer to these questions. When you’re done, don’t forget to grab your free download of the entire 26-page Fixed Wireless Network Report!

AP Latency Across the Market

We’ll begin our exploration of latency with a broad analysis, looking at access points across the market. To accomplish this, we compiled data from the billions of metrics that Preseem ingests every day from WISPs across the globe. After examining Preseem’s data pool, we then derived the results presented in the figure below.

Graph showing latency across access points

Interestingly, the distribution of latency across all APs presents a peculiar pattern. Most access points deliver service with less than 100 ms of latency during peak times, yet a significant number in our study are over that benchmark. But what is a “good” latency value anyway?

Well, it’s common knowledge that latency requirements differ a lot from application to application. For example, high latency has very little effect on Netflix but has a large impact on gaming. However, a simple point of comparison is Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Typically, the end-to-end latency for a VoIP call must be less than 150 ms for the user to have a decent experience. Looking at the data in the above figure, we can see that the vast majority of APs are under this threshold.

Note that the latency values presented in this analysis reflect the latency experienced from Preseem to the subscriber and back. Therefore, these latency values do not include the rest of the network path. This explains why the latency values must be lower than 150 ms to achieve a good VoIP experience.

AP Latency by Model

Let’s narrow our analysis by looking at how latency compares across different AP models. The figure below maps the latency of various AP models within the 80th percentile.

Graph showing latency by access point model during peak time

As you can see, there’s significant variation in latency across AP models. Also, the results indicate that there’s a general trend in which newer AP models have better latency characteristics compared to their older counterparts.

See how organizations within the industry are using the insights contained in the 2019 Fixed Wireless Network Report. Read the Telecompetitor article here.

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