Huge ping spikes

Hi everyone,

Lately I have been having huge issues with ping while gaming. As an example I am playing Rainbow Six Siege, a heavily competitive game where ping makes the game really. Variations are insane. From 10-20ms to 500+ in spikes that last up to 10 seconds.

I've ran a command for pathping -n 74.125.132.138 and got the following result:

Tracing route to 74.125.132.138 over a maximum of 30 hops

0 10.5.0.2
1 10.5.0.1
2 94.229.72.1
3 77.74.193.109
4 91.109.115.118
5 74.125.242.114
6 216.239.57.207
7 172.253.65.166
8 216.239.59.0
9 142.250.231.184
10 142.250.231.46
11 172.253.65.71
12 * * *
Computing statistics for 275 seconds...
Source to Here This Node/Link
Hop RTT Lost/Sent = Pct Lost/Sent = Pct Address
0 10.5.0.2
0/ 100 = 0% |
1 6ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 10.5.0.1
0/ 100 = 0% |
2 8ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 94.229.72.1
0/ 100 = 0% |
3 7ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 77.74.193.109
0/ 100 = 0% |
4 7ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 91.109.115.118
0/ 100 = 0% |
5 9ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 74.125.242.114
0/ 100 = 0% |
6 8ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 216.239.57.207
0/ 100 = 0% |
7 76ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 172.253.65.166
0/ 100 = 0% |
8 93ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 216.239.59.0
0/ 100 = 0% |
9 101ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 142.250.231.184
0/ 100 = 0% |
10 101ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 142.250.231.46
0/ 100 = 0% |
11 102ms 0/ 100 = 0% 0/ 100 = 0% 172.253.65.71

Trace complete.

I have no idea how to interpret this but I figured you guys might help, after looking at previous forums posts.

To give you an understanding. My router is located below the room I am in and I use a BT Hub extender thing that connects to the router via wifi and my desktop pc is plugged into this extender via an ethernet cable (I know, not ideal, but that's the only port that works in the house)

Thank you!
 

Kshipper

Posts: 619   +140
TechSpot Elite
I think that extender and the fact that you use wireless is the reason. A simple test is to move all the equipment as a close to the router as you can and hook up via CAT5 network cable and rerun your tests or the game. If there is an improvement then your best choice is to figure out a way to get that network cable to run to where you want the computer. If that is a no go then lose the extender (extenders cut bandwidth in half) and look at powerline networking or a mesh router system.
 

Aranarth

Posts: 115   +100
I'd agree...
I highly recommend hooking your computer directly to the router if it has open ports or if not get a 8-16 port gigabit switch and moving everything to that so that your gaming computer and the switch are the only things connected to the router.

Most routers have 4 lan ports on the back, being connected to those will give you your best ping and bandwidth.

Ethernet cables can be up to 300ft in length, don't worry you're not gonna get a cable that is too long in a regular house or apartment.