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Ping Rate

By Raggy
Apr 6, 2003
  1. Can anyone please explain what are the best ways to bring my machines 'ping rate' down and have a faster connection for online gaming?
     
  2. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    :wave: :wave: Welcome to TechSpot :wave: :wave:

    Well to get a lower ping you need to get a faster line :)
    You can also turn down all of your settings in the game. Put it on a small resolution, with detail at minimums (yet still playable). Also try and check our tweak guides
     
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    Really my man, as Poertner said, the only thing you are REALLY gonna notice is a better connection technology. Cable or ASDL will be your main choices. Some tweaks will help a little, but in the end its upgrade to broadband, basically.
     
  4. Raggy

    Raggy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    OK, sounds like its gonna cost me. Thanks for the advice though. :)
     
  5. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,384   +15

    If your ISP costs are like mine it doesnt cost much more...

    Modem=$20
    ADSL=$30

    Thats only $120 more, which isnt too bad for what your getting. ;)
     
  6. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 837

    Except, I think Ireland has some outrageous prices on DSL. It's priced pretty steep over there. He's also got the problem with most gameservers being a long ways away.
     
  7. Svoboda

    Svoboda TS Rookie Posts: 92

    Another much easier way to get better pings is to find servers closer to you. In CS i used to play on servers all over the country (america) but a while ago i found one that was in oregon, which is one state away from me. I get a great ping on dsl, about 20-30, and my friend on 56k gets low 100s
     
  8. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    That is a good point, the less distance you have to connect the better.
     
  9. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802

    A shorter distance won't allways matter as much as one should think...

    I played halflife on a server in Oslo (the city I live in), and was getting a very good ping, but the game felt sluggish...

    I loaded up an english server and everything felt fine...

    So I did a little checking and found that there was over 20 "hops" (servers/switches) between me and the server in Oslo, but only 13 to the english server...

    I recommend using GameSpy3d or another program which allows you to check how many hops there are between you and the server you're pinging...

    The less hops you've got to go through, the better!
     
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