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  • How to reduce ping?

    I mostly play in the mornings, so most servers that are active are usually from another country, and thus high ping.

    Is there a way to reduce ping? I just upgraded from 5 Mbs/s to 16 Mbs/s on my cable modem and I don't notice any change in ping?

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    ping is the amount of time for a chunk of data to go from your comp, to the server and back, you can increase your bandwidth to 1000000mb/s but your ping will stay the same.

    the bandwidth amount will reduce the lag during intense data transfer, such as downloads, lots of players in a game of UT3, or even just browsing the web. it will not however reduce the slight latency you get in a game.

    you can change the service provider, or the type of service (cable/dsl/fiber optic/etc) to change the ping (need to do research to find out which one is the fastest in your area)
    but even then, your ping is half based on who is hosting the game/download/website. so the change may not even be noticeable.

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    • #3
      Or to put it in a different way, there are many factors that effect ping. There is only so much you can do, but you have to make sure your end is good. After that options get more drastic.

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      • #4
        You're in Wisconsin, right down the road from all the Chicago servers. You don't have the right to complain.

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        • #5
          Well, I'm from Saskatchewan.

          'nuff said.

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          • #6
            There is, or was, a very expensive NIC card you could buy, that was advertised as being optimized for minimal ping. It probably would shave a few microseconds off, for a couple hundred dollars.

            Yeah, this one

            http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833342001

            Wow the reviews on that thing look really terrible...

            I do think some NICs/modems will give you slightly better pings than others.

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            • #7
              There is a service called gamerail that routes your data on a special network for gamers which can drastically reduce your ping but I doubt it works to Europe. You might want to look into it though.

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              • #8
                On ADSL Lines - there is a feature called FastPath - which drastically improves the ping times. ISP's usually charge for it in Europe though.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Haley[ACS] View Post
                  On ADSL Lines - there is a feature called FastPath - which drastically improves the ping times. ISP's usually charge for it in Europe though.
                  Correction, only in Germany they charge for it.

                  In the rest of Europe it's quite standard to have fastpath, you just get it, always, no matter what.

                  I dunno how this is in the US.

                  Upgrading your connection to get more data a second will ofcourse, never give you lower your ping. Except maybe if you upgrade from a 56k connection

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                  • #10
                    good lord

                    In my part of the US, the approved method is to harangue and wheedle your ISP into getting somebody at the phone company to punch the requisite button for you.

                    Which I will be doing later today.

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                    • #11
                      To reduce ping you need to make sure that
                      -you have a good router
                      -good quality cables
                      -A top quality faceplate to filter the phone and data trafic.
                      -Interleave off
                      -An ISP that caters for low latency, and minimises the number of internal hops.

                      If you use BT in the UK, it'll esnd your signal through internal intermediaries - and the whole signal from your PC to the server will be 14 hops.

                      If you use a smaller more specialist provider, there will be only 8 or so hops, which is a lot better.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by drjacobs View Post
                        I mostly play in the mornings, so most servers that are active are usually from another country, and thus high ping.

                        Is there a way to reduce ping? I just upgraded from 5 Mbs/s to 16 Mbs/s on my cable modem and I don't notice any change in ping?
                        Who is your provider? Cable is slower than fiber optics. Sometimes there is small print on service that states, "this is a best effort service for connection quality and speed." If many users are on the same line, it slows everything down if the providers network is poor. Can you try another provider? Is FIOS available in your area?

                        Make sure your system is fast enough to make ping matter. Does it play well in instant action?
                        Make sure your LAN driver is up to date, integrated LAN on many boards has been an issue.
                        Make sure your not running any background processes including antivirus, spyware, and spambots.
                        Make sure your cable modem is new, fast, and on the list of supported modems.

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                        • #13
                          this is the whole advantage of so called client side games - your computer is the one that registers whether or not you hit the opponent not the server in client side. The big problem with client side is its so easy to hack a cheat! Thus Epic chose server sided hitscan. In the end its the right choice but makes ping super important. I have similar problems at times - the guys playing on a t3 line almost always rule. OTOH it can give you some advantage if you continuously hop about your lag effects where your opponent sees you so they also have a hard time hitting you. When ping is high try warfare maps as everybody is lagging on a full warfare server making it more fair.

                          P.S. if you can get in touch with the game server sysad they can get mods that add ping to everyone to even things out but lots of folks hate this.

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                          • #14
                            move next door to the person hosting the game!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by tWc_Harmerty View Post
                              move next door to the person hosting the game!
                              This generally won't help that much either: your connection has to go from your system to your ISP to his ISP to him and back. Depending upon the routing that your and his ISP are using, it is possible to get lousy (or good) pings even to your next door neighbor.

                              Routing is everything and not merely the number of hops between source and destination. If there is a bottleneck in the routing somewhere along the way, you're screwed no matter what you or your ISP do. One of our clan members in Houston, TX, has been contending with crappy routers in Dallas for years now.

                              I've been telling him that faster broadband, changing ISPs, etc won't help -- he needs to nuke Dallas, so the Houston routing will bypass it. Being a redneck TX Republican, he keeps focusing on guns as his "right to bear arms" instead of nuclear armaments, as are appropriate in this case. As a UT player, he should know that guns are so 18th century, but as a Republican he thinks the new fangled invention called the wheel is the devil's work.

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