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I met some folks who grew up in more rural areas, or otherwise remote areas that can only get 56.6K modems at best for internet access.

I don't know if BoardGameGeek.com is even doable on such a connection. I'm guessing it's possible, but it's slow enough that wouldn't want to spend much time on it anyways. Wondering if somebody could provide a more definitive answer!
 
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ackmondual wrote:
I met some folks who grew up in more rural areas, or otherwise remote areas that can only get 56.6K modems at best for internet access.

I don't know if BoardGameGeek.com is even doable on such a connection. I'm guessing it's possible, but it's slow enough that wouldn't want to spend much time on it anyways. Wondering if somebody could provide a more definitive answer!

I saw your question and thought: surely someone has made a tool to do this. Apparently the answer is fiddler: https://www.telerik.com/download/fiddler
I haven't tried it, but it sounds like you should be able to use it to see how the site would load on a 56K modem. Good luck!
 
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I'd wager that BGG would be almost completely unusable at that speed, unless there is a greatly streamlined and simplified presentation for mobile devices that they could tap into.

Heck, I'd just about go for that myself -- even with my hot internet connection and decent computers, I spend a lot of time waaaaiting for BGG to load pages.

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Well, if you loaded the full 1.6 MB that was transferred when I loaded this page right here, that'd take nearly 4 minutes on a 56K running full speed.

But anyone with a 56k modem should really be using a browser that's turning off images, disabling scripts, and a lot else if they want any portion of the modern web to be usable.

Using textise.net, this page loaded under 30KB.
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Is this a necro-thread from 1999?
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MWChapel wrote:
Is this a necro-thread from 1999?
No. I actually did run into folks recently (within the last year) who said they were stuck on a 56K modem, until they moved to where they are now.
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There are some rural areas of the US that still dont have broadband. My mother lives in a rural area and couldn't get anything other than modem access to the internet until just a couple of years ago. Now she has wireless, it isn't great but it is still better than a 56K modem.
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Get down with that 56K.
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Run it on Brave to 86 all the extraneous and it's pretty quick. Or run it on Opera with the Data Savings mode wired down and things are much quicker too. Opera drops web page sizes by about 75% without much loss in quality.

By the way this entire page is 48KB on my browser, with cached images already loaded of course.

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ackmondual wrote:
I met some folks who grew up in more rural areas, or otherwise remote areas that can only get 56.6K modems at best for internet access.

I don't know if BoardGameGeek.com is even doable on such a connection. I'm guessing it's possible, but it's slow enough that wouldn't want to spend much time on it anyways. Wondering if somebody could provide a more definitive answer!


I have a friend that lives in a rural area and only has dial up. He doesn't like to use BGG on Dial up.
 
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ackmondual wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
Is this a necro-thread from 1999?
No. I actually did run into folks recently (within the last year) who said they were stuck on a 56K modem, until they moved to where they are now.


Heck, we cable internet connection had gotten so expensive that we have been thinking about cutting ours off. May have already if we could go to dial up, but We've already cut off the landline.
 
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Guantanamo wrote:
ackmondual wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
Is this a necro-thread from 1999?
No. I actually did run into folks recently (within the last year) who said they were stuck on a 56K modem, until they moved to where they are now.


Heck, we cable internet connection had gotten so expensive that we have been thinking about cutting ours off. May have already if we could go to dial up, but We've already cut off the landline.
Landline as in landline phone? TBF, many people have gotten rid of that. However, in lieu of decent internet connection, that sounds like a different situation now.
 
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ackmondual wrote:
Guantanamo wrote:
ackmondual wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
Is this a necro-thread from 1999?
No. I actually did run into folks recently (within the last year) who said they were stuck on a 56K modem, until they moved to where they are now.


Heck, we cable internet connection had gotten so expensive that we have been thinking about cutting ours off. May have already if we could go to dial up, but We've already cut off the landline.
Landline as in landline phone? TBF, many people have gotten rid of that. However, in lieu of decent internet connection, that sounds like a different situation now.


Almost all my family and many of my friends still have landlines. They are a bit upset that I cut it off.

DSL would require me to have that line. So, if I cut the cable I'll have to go to Cell Phone teathering. (which might work ok for the rest of the family until throttled, but I don't have a smart phone.)
 
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Lynx is a text only browser. The main BGG page is 14 text pages long in a console screen of 54 lines. Here is a screen shot of the first page.

There are no pictures, but you can read the pages if you are patient. And of course text loads quickly. BGG does not seem to be very Lynx-friendly, which is almost always the case with any website.
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ackmondual wrote:
I met some folks who grew up in more rural areas, or otherwise remote areas that can only get 56.6K modems at best for internet access.

I don't know if BoardGameGeek.com is even doable on such a connection. I'm guessing it's possible, but it's slow enough that wouldn't want to spend much time on it anyways. Wondering if somebody could provide a more definitive answer!


Thankfully, I have no idea!
 
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In Google Chrome you can simulate slow download speeds, under "inspect > network". See screenshot!

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