Forex VPS Nirvana Server Latency Test

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Hi everyone. Alan here with a post related to the Forex VPS Nirvana platform.

As you may already know latency plays a big role for most traders. In the high speed world of financial trading milliseconds can make the difference between profit or loss, so when it comes to forex trading you ideally want to have the lowest latency connection to your chosen forex broker.

An interested trader asked me to conduct a ping test to his chosen brokers, and I thought that it might be useful for everyone else as well so I’m going to share the ping test results here.  Without further ado, here are some sample ping test results:

for pepperstone from US DC:

ping us-live01b.mt4tradeserver.com
PING us-live01b.mt4tradeserver.com (209.81.91.19) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from us-live01.mt4tradeserver.com (209.81.91.19): icmp_seq=1 ttl=116 time=7.77 ms
64 bytes from us-live01.mt4tradeserver.com (209.81.91.19): icmp_seq=2 ttl=116 time=7.00 ms
64 bytes from us-live01.mt4tradeserver.com (209.81.91.19): icmp_seq=3 ttl=116 time=7.44 ms
64 bytes from us-live01.mt4tradeserver.com (209.81.91.19): icmp_seq=4 ttl=116 time=7.19 ms
^C
— us-live01b.mt4tradeserver.com ping statistics —
4 packets transmitted, 4 received, 0% packet loss, time 3025ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 7.000/7.354/7.775/0.296 ms

for finfx from UK DC:
ping 77.240.23.10
PING 77.240.23.10 (77.240.23.10) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 77.240.23.10: icmp_seq=1 ttl=119 time=38.1 ms
64 bytes from 77.240.23.10: icmp_seq=2 ttl=119 time=36.7 ms
64 bytes from 77.240.23.10: icmp_seq=3 ttl=119 time=38.2 ms
64 bytes from 77.240.23.10: icmp_seq=4 ttl=119 time=37.1 ms
^C
— 77.240.23.10 ping statistics —
4 packets transmitted, 4 received, 0% packet loss, time 3032ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 36.771/37.576/38.248/0.693 ms

for finfx from US DC:

ping 74.217.54.130
PING 74.217.54.130 (74.217.54.130) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 74.217.54.130: icmp_seq=1 ttl=119 time=7.69 ms
64 bytes from 74.217.54.130: icmp_seq=2 ttl=119 time=7.55 ms
64 bytes from 74.217.54.130: icmp_seq=3 ttl=119 time=7.39 ms
^C
— 74.217.54.130 ping statistics —
3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 2018ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 7.393/7.549/7.697/0.143 ms

for HotForex (netherlands) from UK DC:
ping 78.140.160.37
PING 78.140.160.37 (78.140.160.37) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 78.140.160.37: icmp_seq=1 ttl=122 time=1.46 ms
64 bytes from 78.140.160.37: icmp_seq=2 ttl=122 time=1.43 ms
64 bytes from 78.140.160.37: icmp_seq=3 ttl=122 time=1.45 ms
^C
— 78.140.160.37 ping statistics —
3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 2018ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 1.434/1.451/1.464/0.033 ms

Oddly enough it seems FinFX’s server(s) in Finland are a bit less responsive than I expected even though our UK datacenter is geographically speaking very close by. I suspect either a bad route or firewalls getting in the way, but what surprised me is the other super low latency results. Hotforex’s server produced super low latency results, and so did pepperstone and finfx’s US server.

So, my suggestion is that you should plan ahead and decide upon which broker you are going to use and then find out where they host their MT4 servers. By default when you sign-up for a Forex VPS Nirvana account you’re assigned to the US datacenter, but you can request to be moved to the UK datacenter if you broker is geographically closer to the UK than the US.  All you have to do is open up a support ticket with your request and we’ll move you over to the other datacenter. Later on in the next version of the VPS platform you’ll be able to chose which datacenter you want your account to be hosted with during the account creation process.

If you have a broker you wish me to ping to test for latency let me know. All I need from you is your broker’s MT4 server IP address.

Come to think of it some of you may not know how to find that out , so I am going to put together a quick how-to guide tomorrow.

Stay tuned for that.

Until then, feel free to browse the Forex VPS Nirvana homepage @ http://www.forexvpsnirvana.com to find out more about the vps platform and/or to request a free 2 day trial account.

Thank you kindly for your support.

Cheers,

Alan