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LATENCY
Latency is the time a computer spends waiting before a download (or other data request) starts. It's slightly different from bandwidth. Bandwidth is the time required to move the data. If you have a low-latency or "low ping" connection, your downloads start sooner. If you have a high-bandwidth connection, your downloads finish sooner. Think of a garden hose versus a fire hose: if the garden hose starts running sooner, it has lower "latency" than the fire hose. But the fire hose moves more water, so its "bandwidth" is higher.
ALSO SEE: BANDWIDTH

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