If you are reading this, I am sure that you are messed up with the high ping. I am a League of Legends player and I am playing it with 300ms ping. Most of you might consider yourself as lucky. Always be nice to ones with high ping, they do not choose to be laggy, it is just their connection.
I am from Sri Lanka, playing in the North American server. If you are from Australia, New Zealand, or some Asian country you might have experience the problem with a high ping. First, I would like to tell you that, this is completely normal. If you are from Sri Lanka, ping around 280 is expected
What is ping?
In computer gaming, a ping, also known as a high ping or low ping, is a measurement of how fast the connection to the game server the player has. For example, a player with a low 50-ping is going to have a better game experience than a player with 250-ping. To help with server response times some game servers may only accept users who have a low ping.
How to reduce ping?
I recommend you to check our ping reduce checklist and apply all possible fixes. As I told before most of the time, you are getting a high ping, that is normal and you can’t do anything about it. If you search the web for “high ping fix or lag fix”, you will find lot of small tools that claims to reduce the ping. Beware!! not all are trustworthy. “Leatrix Latency fix” is one of the famous among them. If you are truly far from the server, they cannot be much use for you. In addition, there are paid VPNs that allows a reduce ping, but you have to pay for them (monthly). I do not think it is a good idea to pay for gaming with real money.
Talking more about use of VPNs, they can only help you when your routing (How data transmitted from client to server) is not optimum. Most of the time it is optimum, so will not get any benefit. But I have seen some people playing with low ping using VPNs.
Here are my tips for you – 300 ping is ok, if it stays that way. However, the problem is it is getting high sometimes. This happens due to the other programs using the bandwidth at the same time. You have to make sure that no application tries to use internet at the same time you play games.
- Disable all automatic updates
- Stop applications that need continues internet connection
- Exit your browser, even you don’t browse that can eat up you bandwidth
- Use the “Resource monitor” to identify the processes that use the network.
How to use the Resource monitor to identify the processes that use the network
- Open Resource monitor (go to start menu> type “Resource monitor”)
- Go to the network tab
- You can find all the processes that use your bandwidth
- Right click on any of then you can “End” those.
Warning: There are system processes as well as user processes. You should not touch any system process if you do not have a complete idea of what it is doing. On the other hand closing user processes will not do any harm. Search the internet with process name to get more information on that process.
Playing with the ping
When you are left with high ping and if you still need to play, You have to adopt to high ping, so do lot of Asian players. You cannot play racing games with high ping. If you are playing RTS games like League of Legends, World of War craft, there are some tips that make your life easy.
- Choose a less difficult champion
- Using a ranged champion is more east(if it doesn’t have any directional powers)
- Keep your eye on ping.
- Go to safe if it is rising and do the check on Resource monitor.
It is always a hard job to play with a high ping, good luck reducing it!