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Apparently, I’m a gamer

I’ve been playing Magic online for quite some time now, and have always had problems connecting to other players. Magic isn’t a bandwidth intensive or particularly sensitive to network latency, but I found that more and more I’m getting disconnected, have huge (10 seconds +) lag, and just plain connection problems.

Well, today, the problem is solved. It appears that Smile 012, my ISP, had to classify me as a “Gamer Profile” in order to get a straight connection working. These two test sites just would not work 99% of the time under the normal profile. It appears that the so called Gamer Profiles are connected to the internet backbone by fewer hops (012 usually charge 15 NIS – 4$ for this privilege). I’m not sure why it worked – as I mentioned, Magic shouldn’t be affected this much by latency.

Anyway, if you have the dubious pleasure of being a 012 customer, and want a supposedly better connection to the backbone, just tell them the tests sites I listed don’t work well for you – they won’t charge you for it. I think it also improved my torrent speeds.


  1. Boaz:

    Hi Ron.
    I’ve tried doing what you’ve suggested.
    They insist I will pay for a gamer service (60+ NIS per month).
    I’m now connected for free using ivory sale…

    What should I do?


  2. ripper234:

    I don’t know what’s ivory sale…

    What do you do? You threaten to leave, of course. It’s preposterous that in order to fix technical difficulties they have in providing you with a basic service, they want more money.

    I argued with them, and got them to offer me some sort of deal. It involved me committing to another year, but the overall price was lower than I originally paid.

    The problem is the gamer account is not available on MPLS (without an installed dialer), like I wanted. For now I’ve switched over to another ISP, but it’s still giving me problems.