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Fast connection, High ping, Why?

By Buttered Toast ยท 12 replies
Jan 6, 2006
  1. Hi,
    Ive got a cable connection to the internet and a wireless home connection thats connects at anything from 6mps to 54mps(changes like every second) and when I start a game like doom 3 or area 51 and press tab, it shows that my ping is around 200-300. Why?
    I thought when you had a fast connection to the internet your ping is low.
    It messes up game play.

    P4 2.4 ghz
    128mb geforce 6600 GT AGP
    1 gig Ram (supposed to run at 400hz but runs pc doesn't support it so it runs at 266hz)
  2. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    When's the last time you did a scan for adware and spybots? Do you use Spybot and Ad-Ware SE software to scan for these things?

    Also turn off your firewall when gaming, but remember to turn it back on after.
    In control panel/internet connections/ right click on your internet connection icon-select properties. Now uncheck everything except TCP/IP. TCP/IP MUST be on or else your internet won't work.

    Last thing, for the Doom3 and other games goto TweakGuides.com and read about the settings you can make within the game to improve your ping and FPS.

    Hope this helps.
  3. LipsOfVenom

    LipsOfVenom TS Rookie Posts: 160

    damn u get 6-54 mbps?!?!?! thats ....T3 speed!!! hehehe but um lemme see....unless i'm mistakin...u probably aren't getting 54 or even 6 mbps cuz lets face it....only businesses get that....all these wireless routers say they can pass 54 mbps max...but your probably running 1.5 or 3 mbps max
  4. Buttered Toast

    Buttered Toast TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The 6-54mps connection is just my LAN not my internet speed. i just put that in because it's my SPECS. i connect at about 1-1.5mps.

    i use both bots and they do nothing in this respect. i'll try the firewall, thanks.
  5. asc_up

    asc_up TS Rookie

    you're problem is your wireless connection. wireless can connect up to a maximum of 54 mbs, but if you have a direct cable connection (wired) it can connect at up to 100 mbs. get a direct connection. wireless is no good.
  6. compres

    compres TS Rookie Posts: 30

    I agree. You should try to use your router without wireless to play for a while and then check your ping again. I bet the wireless conection is adding latency.

    Also cable tends to get worse latency in my experience, since dsl is a point to point conection to the service provider and cable is a WAN(if I am right).

  7. iNoob

    iNoob TS Rookie Posts: 68

    It could be the wireless connection speed, but it is unlikely, because your WAN connection is only 1.5mbps and your wireless LAN is 54mbps. So it shouldn't be due to the 54mbps instead of 100mbps (or 1gbps).

    It seems like the signal strength from your router to your adapter is very weak. Try to have as little wall as possible between your router and your adapter. Remember that any signal approaching a wall at a small angle has to travel through the wall diagonally (much longer distance), which makes them weaker than a signal approaching the wall at, for example, a 90 degree angle.

    Do scan your computer for adware/spyware/malware/etc/etc/ using Ad-Aware and Spybot. They can really bog down the connection sometimes.

    Do you have all the necessary ports open to play these games online?
  8. compres

    compres TS Rookie Posts: 30

    Remember that the bps is a measure of bandwidth, and has nothing to do with latency. You could be on a modem and have good enough latency to play quake 3 for example.

    I agree that a weak signal on the wireless connection might be cousing an increase in latency, but don't know to what degree.

    A good idea would be to go to a friend's house(better if he lives close) who has the same service as him(cable from the same isp) and play a game to check the latency.
  9. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,247   +448

    Believe me - it's the wireless. And please read the previous post closely. My face got hot just reading the posts prior to it with no one saying anything about the difference between bandwidth and latency.
  10. Buttered Toast

    Buttered Toast TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks all you guys, i've been looking for a spare cable and i found one so i will try. its taking so long because everything is wireless means that not everything is in the same room. my computer is upstairs and the router is downstairs :( but i'll try and if wireless is the problem, then i think i will make a plan :confused:

    oh, i've got a cable connection
  11. l33t_tek

    l33t_tek TS Rookie Posts: 19

    As everyone has pointed out, it is your wireless 54Mbps network that's causing the high ping. Also, when you're playing, make sure it's a server around your area. If you're playing on an overseas server, that would explain your high ping.
  12. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    just for clarity, DO NOT use any ping menu choice offered by a game.
    instead, get a command prompt and run PING $SITE.DOMAIN-Name.
    better still, try TRACERT $SITE.DOMAIN-Name
    which will show you the number of systems you are traversing to get to $SITE.DOMAIN-Name.
    The more sites, the higher the latency; eg the sum all all the times shown :-(
    Also, when you're playing, make sure it's a server around your area​
  13. jaroddog

    jaroddog TS Rookie Posts: 87

    Just to let you know, I experience the same thing, but only when using wireless. When I hook up direct (most of time or all the time if I'm gaming) I get a much better speed and ping. Wireless is not always a good option if you're into gaming or other bandwidth intensive task. Cat 5 when you can.
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