Fixing Network Lag Problems

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Fixing Network Lag Problems

Post by Toonces » Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:53 am

Use /ping in the game to see what your lag measurements are. If your latency is over 150 you might have a problem with latency. If you frequently have more than 0% packetloss when you /ping then you also have a problem. For FPS you want better than 50, or at least better than 30 at all times. If it dips below 20 you have an FPS problem.

If you have a connection problem like this, the first thing to do is shut down other programs that might use the internet on your computer, such as youtube, or other games. Also consider if other people or other computers are also using your router because that could be a source of problems. Try rebooting your router (pulling the plug and plugging back in), try rebooting your computer.

If you still have problems after those things, you may need a better connection to the internet in which case you might need to call your cable company or other internet provider company for better service. You might also consider changing out your router for a new one. Recommended brand is netgear.

Hope this helps!

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Re: Fixing Network Lag Problems

Post by Cloud1 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:36 am

A better way to check your connection is by using IF your ping is high, usually it's the cause of a virus/spyware, or if you have wireless, something is interrupting.

IF you have wireless, check the things around you that might be interrupting. For example: Microwaves, Speakers, PS3, anything on 2.4 frequency.

Make sure you don't have anything in the background like akamai netsession, or any bit torrents. They both take upload/download speed.

You can use the site to take out some services to increase FPS. Graphics cards aren't always the case.

Please make sure that you're graphics card is updated. Even if you have a internal Intell graphics it still needs to be updated. If you don't update, your FPS will drop significantly. Use DxDiag in start/run it will show your graphics card date/sound card too.

Scan your computer for viruses or spyware, it can make you lag and use up ping.

Use Mcconfig to take out the start up programs that you're not using. Make sure not wipe out any Windows related startup items. Always make sure to have a system restore point!
some Items are common sense.

Play with the window mode or full screen, usually this helps with FPS and Lag from lasers.

Heat/dust can play a major role in FPS, especially in laptops, make sure to get a cooling pad and clean your computer!

If this all fails, Then you need to upgrade your computer. You don't need to upgrade your connection because I've used a pretty shitty net before. : 256Kbps upload and 6mbps Download. Most recent internet companies don't offer 56k :) If you have problems post it in the engineering section!

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Re: Fixing Network Lag Problems

Post by HUSKER » Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:29 pm

thanks for the tips cloud! I'll try some of the out later

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Re: Fixing Network Lag Problems

Post by Mr Cow » Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:31 pm

can a radio effect your ping ? o_0

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Re: Fixing Network Lag Problems

Post by Caia » Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:50 am

Can a radio affect your ping? Yes, if you slam it hard enough into your modem.

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