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How to Reduce Ping

Online gaming community in Bangladesh has grown quite a lot and is gaining momentum over the last several years. It has gone to such a level that they have tournaments and inter-country scrims in the pro-division formats followed by CWL, MLG, X Games and such. As more and more people are getting into online gaming, one of the most common problems faced by the gamers is also becoming more prevalent. I am talking, of course, about latency issues, which is more widely known as high ping problem.

For those who are unaware ping is sort of a reaction time – the time it takes one computer to react to the request of another computer. I believe you can figure out from that why high ping is bad or at least undesirable. How does this, however, reflect on your gaming experience? Take Call of Duty or Battlefield for example – you are shooting at someone but that character suddenly disappears and appears elsewhere like a ghost and you are dead without a clue. This is what happens when you have high ping and can completely ruin your online gaming experience.
Before you move on to reducing ping, you need to measure your ping. You can do that by doing a regular speed test from sites like www.speedtest.net. The result of the speed test will also show you how much is your ping. Below is an example. Anything below 15 – 20 ms in considered good enough.
If you notice that your ping is high, then it’s time to get into action. Please keep in mind that there are several things you need to do since there is no way to know for sure without trying all these things what is actually causing a high ping.

The first and most obvious thing to do would be to stop all active downloads and uploads running in the background and close all other programs and windows. This will ensure that these programs are not affecting your ping.

The second thing you need to do is check for another cause of problems. Nowadays, almost every household has a Wi-Fi router that all the devices in the house connects to. Some of these devices run bandwidth hungry services like HD streaming. You need to check how many devices are connected to the router. The more active devices you have connected to the router the higher will be your ping.

If those have not already solved your problem, then try moving your device closer to the router, or better yet, connect your device to your router using an Ethernet cable instead of Wi-Fi. This will completely eliminate the possibility of any issues regarding Wi-Fi and poor signal strength that may be affecting your latency. Another thing to check for is if the cables connecting your devices and router have become loose – tightening them helps sometimes.

If you are still facing problems, then try one of the most suggested tips. Turn off your router by unplugging the power cord from it and then wait for one minute before plugging it back again. If your setup has a separate router and modem, then turn both off and on again.

In the rare case when all of the steps above have failed, you should contact your service provider about it so that they can detect and fix any problem in the network on their end.

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