This is a discussion on Internet Failure During Tournaments - SOLVED within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; I just thought that I would share something that has been working really well for me as a Tournament reg. Ok, so we all know
I just thought that I would share something that has been working really well for me as a Tournament reg. Ok, so we all know that the worst possible thing that can happen during play is to lose internet connection during a tournament. This could happen for a variety of reasons (Unpaid bill, equipment failure, drop in local bandwidth/reception, failure at the internet provider's site themselves or even just something silly like your ethernet or power cable coming loose from the router).
We've all been there, and it's the most frustrating thing that can happen to a player during a MTT/SNG, especially at the bubble stage or large payout jumps near the final table. Players have literally lost thousands/millions of dollars from this happening. I have certainly been in this situation. Logging back in after solving the issue only to find myself blinded out or on such a short stack that it's basically over.
Well I've solved this problem, and here's what to do.
In all walks of technology (Telecoms, Electrics, Mechanical) backup systems are used which are totally separate systems to the main one in use. When these fail, a completely separate backup system (with no shared technology with the failed system) is activated to take over while the failed system is debugged and restored to working order. I use this same principle to protect my bankroll and winrate.
When I play Poker I have my normal broadband connection running which I pay a bill for and is 'Always on' connected to my computer via Ethernet. On the desk in front of me (within my arm's reach) is a totally separate 4G internet dongle fully topped up with unlimited broadband and already setup as a wifi connection on my machine. In the event of an unexpected network failure (Whether it is my fault or not) I instantly activate my 4G Backup which restores all my tables to full signal strength. This allows me to finish all of my tournaments and worry about what went wrong with the broadband at a later and much less critical time.
I have found this backup idea really successful and wanted to share it with the Poker community. I hope this solution helps you all too.
It's a good point and the first thing we do for business continuity procedures in the financial sector. Though we used a secondary and tertiary providers that were wired, for the home user your solution is perfect.
14th October 2017, 5:13 PM
Poker at: Fishtank
Game: NLn +
re: Poker & Internet Failure During Tournaments - SOLVED
14th October 2017, 5:17 PM
Online Poker at: Fishtank
Game: NLn +
Yes a second wired broadband connection would be great to have but I suspect that it would share some of the same equipment as an existing connection. E.g wiring in the house in certain places, buried cables outside in the vicinity of the house which could all be taken out at once (say something happens with drains etc, building accident/fire etc nearby which knocks out a junction box that all the networks share. 4G/5G is a good backup as it is a totally separate service in the airwaves with no commonalities. Suppose there was a power cut in the area for example, none of the Power points that the broadband routers need would work and any desktop PC will just switch off. This is why I use a laptop wired into a large TV via HDMI and have a charged up 4G dongle. This way even with a total AC Power cut I can finish my tournaments as the laptop will switch to its battery and own screen and the dongle is charged up too. Winning!