How do I figure out my modem's and router's latencies?

By Envergure
Oct 8, 2007
  1. All my online games lag really bad (>300 usually) and I'm trying to figure out how much of that is at my end. I tried researching my modem (Comtrend CT-5071) and router (D-Link DI-604), but I couldn't find their respective latencies either online or in the manuals. How can I find that out?

    Out of curiosity, what else could cause my games to lag, other than just traffic?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,161   +986

    First, latency at your end is trivial and insignificant so ignore it.

    As you've seen, PING is an end-to-end response time. On a windows system,
    PATHPING is a neat adaptation which shows timings between each node in the path
    AND reports lost packets as well.

    Running PATHPING to your remote connection will likely show nice timings but
    no lost packets -- which highlights problems for gaming over the Internet.
    Typically the net runs well at all other times but lags when playing games;
    there are several reasons why and you can't fix or change any of them.
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    As jobeard said, unless you are using wireless, any latency caused by your modem and router should be insigificant. That is unless you are running your router at 100% load constantly. (Mad bittorrent traffic?)
  4. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Part of the problem could be the server location in relatoin to you as well.

    If you are trying to play on servers in Asia, then you will have higher pings than if you try to play on servers in Canada.

    Have you looked for servers that you know are close to you?

    Or better yet, just look for servers with low pings. Play there and see if your pings stay low.
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