If you are having issues with slowness when playing online, then your ping may be too high. Ping (Packet Internet Groper) measures the speed of your internet connection as well as the response time between a computer and an internet network.
In this tutorial, we explain how to measure the ping and lower it to improve the smoothness of gameplay.
What is ping?
Many people believe that a fast and responsive internet connection is all about good upload and download speeds, but it’s not all about that.
Indeed, it is also necessary to take into account the ping, which is the response time between a PC and a server, this one is expressed in milliseconds.
Many online games show you your ping but also that of other players or servers. If yours is around 150ms (or more) then you are almost certainly having trouble playing online. Obviously, you want the deadline as short as possible.
How to measure the ping?
You can test the speed of your Internet connection with the very popular free program Speedtest.net. Any ping less than 20 ms is considered optimal and if it exceeds 150 ms then it causes a long response time.
It doesn’t matter if your PC gamer be fast since a high ping will still slow down command execution, which is a real drawback for online games.
How to reduce your ping?
Be aware that there are several techniques to lower and improve your ping.
The first and easiest is to close all running programs and windows on your computer.
Also, make sure that there are no active background downloads, these might affect the ping.
Also, it may be that another person in your house is running, at the same time, a bandwidth-hungry program or device (Netflix in 4K, Disney +, Playstation …). This is because the more connected devices that actively use bandwidth, the higher your ping will be.
If the ping still doesn’t drop, then try placing your laptop closer to your router, or better yet, connect it directly to your router (via a Ethernet cable) or a socket CPL. This will allow you to enjoy better internet speed.
We also recommend that you check the cables between your router and the wall box, making sure they are all plugged in properly, they can loosen over time.
You can also try a mesh system, but since they rely on Wi-Fi it is unlikely to help boost your speed.
If the previous techniques do not improve your ping, then we suggest purchasing a new router.
Otherwise, contact your Internet service provider, they will be able to detect and resolve any problem related to your ping and your connection speed.