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Network Latency

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This grid displays the network latency of pings between each monitoring location in the Dotcom-Monitor cloud network. With over two dozen monitoring locations throughout the world, the Dotcom-Monitor network serves as a standard baseline for detecting trends in backbone latency communication issues as well as regional outages and slowdowns.

  Beijing, China Sydney, AU Copenhagen, Denmark WA, USA CA, USA (IPV6) Mumbai, India Warsaw, Poland Paris, France South Africa Buenos Aires, Argentina Shanghai, China Tokyo, Japan Amazon-US-East VA, USA Tel-Aviv, Israel Amsterdam, Netherlands TX, USA Brisbane, AU CO, USA Frankfurt, Germany Montreal, Canada Hong Kong, China FL, USA CA, USA London, UK NY, USA MN, USA
Beijing, China 1 278 278 248
 
286 366 258
 
 
45 121 263 237 385 239 182 360 182 255 231 43 248 171 306 251 236
Sydney, AU 308 1 333 177 167 202 318 299 449 373 234 140 227 250 358 304 194 12 190 303 228 116 228 217 289 231 206
Copenhagen, Denmark 278 333 1 167
 
176 29 25 185 299 368 293 98 115 91 16 143 346 145 25 102 264 134 156 42 99 139
WA, USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CA, USA (IPV6) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mumbai, India 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Warsaw, Poland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Paris, France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Buenos Aires, Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shanghai, China 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tokyo, Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Amazon-US-East 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
VA, USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tel-Aviv, Israel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Amsterdam, Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TX, USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brisbane, AU 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CO, USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Frankfurt, Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Montreal, Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hong Kong, China 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FL, USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CA, USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
London, UK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
NY, USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MN, USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

What is Network Latency?

Network latency is the delay in time it takes information (packets) to travel from one node or location to another. This grid reveals any locations that are consistently performing slower that the average locations. Each monitoring location is situated in a Tier 3 data center with multiple pipelines connected directly to the backbone internet providers in that geographic region. Dotcom-Monitor performs thousands of tests to websites, servers and other online systems around the world each minute, so we understand the importance of backbone latency as well as the broader network latency in between the many different nodes along the path of internet traffic.

Test Network Latency

There are several interesting observations when you begin to study the network latency grid. The first to stand out is the stream of 1s diagonally down the page - this is because there is never any lag between a host and itself. You can see a similar result on your local machine by opening a command line and typing: ping localhost. The result should be <1ms which means that it takes less than one millisecond to ping itself.

You may also notice gaps in the grid, particularly between the IPv6 only locations and the locations that are IPv4 only - if the node is unable to communicate using IPv6 or does not have an IPv6 address, then no results will be shown.

Feel free to bookmark this page to come back and perform a quick check of overall internet backbone health.

Great Firewall of China

You may notice that most of the network latency results to and from the Shanghai China monitoring location are orders of magnitude higher than the rest of the locations. This is due to the amount of filtering on internet traffic by the Chinese government. In fact, there are many public websites such as Google, YouTube and Facebook that are completely blocked by the Great Firewall of China. Another reason for higher latency is due to a poorer infrastructure in China than other Western countries.

Additional Network Tools

For additional analytics feel free to navigate to the free tools section of Dotcom-Monitor where you can perform custom ping, traceroute or website speed tests. If you're here troubleshooting network latency issues with a website or server that you manage, please sign up for a free trial for 30 days and gain complete access to the entire suite of Dotcom-Monitor tools to help troubleshoot issues with your network, website availability and much more.