[LINK] Telstra “Game Optimiser” Snake Oil?

Hamish Moffatt hamish at moffatt.email
Thu Sep 24 10:41:51 AEST 2020

On 24/9/20 9:27 am, Karl Auer wrote:
> On Thu, 2020-09-24 at 08:55 +1000, Tom Worthington wrote:
>> According to Leigh Stark Telstra is planning to charge $10 a month
>> for a “Game Optimiser” to "prioritise traffic to gaming devices".
>> Will this really improve gaming?
>> https://www.pickr.com.au/news/2020/telstra-starts-testing-game-optimiser-for-its-nbn-customers/
> Consider for  moment what they will do if *everybody* pays the extra.
> Network bandwidth is a zero sum game. This service, if real, *depends*
> on taking something away from someone else.

The optimisation is applied to your own NBN link only hence the 
requirement for the Telstra Smart Modem. It's to prevent downloads, 
video streaming etc from killing gaming, VoIP and other applications 
that needs low latency.

So you are taking away from other users or applications on your own home 
network, but not from other Internet users.


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