Online gaming is a lot of fun. To be able to play in real-time against players from different countries in complex game environments is truly a piece of art. However, ask any gamer, and they will tell you the biggest scourge to their gameplay is “ping”. Worse than ping can be constant ping spikes, i.e., ping that keeps rising and falling intermittently. Although high ping is always bad, fluctuating ping can be worse in many ways. It makes the gameplay unpredictable and unstable, which ruins the experience altogether.
So what are some of the ways you can get rid of constant ping spikes?
- The first and the most obvious solution is having a better internet connection. A stable internet connection is key to online gaming. To get rid of ping spikes, you might want to try getting a new internet connection first and lodging a complaint with the service provider.
- If your internet connection is fine and you are still facing high ping, then you need to try something different. There are various other steps that you can take, such as:
- Clearing the cache of the router because a full internet cache bogs down the device and slows the internet down
- Re-adjusting the antennas of the router might do the trick as well
- Try closing background programs and applications. If you are downloading movies while playing League, chances are the bandwidth gets divided across the game and the rest of the programs that are using the internet.
- Using an ethernet cable instead of a wireless connection can also improve your ping
- You can also try removing other devices from your network. Or tell your folks at home to stop downloading while you are in-game.
- Try joining a gaming server that’s closest to you geographically. If you are in South Korea, joining the North American server is not the ideal option
- At times the gaming server itself might be experiencing technical issues and it might not be your internet connection that has a problem.
- If you use Windows 10, you can use the advanced wireless settings to set your connection as a metered connection. This helps to save data upon transmission.
- If the latency fluctuates a lot, there might be a packet loss issue with your internet connection. There are at least a couple of ways to address this. Try changing the cable or use an android app called the wifi analyzer that will suggest the least congested wifi channel (in terms of GHz) that you can use. This option is helpful if you are living in an area with lots of overlapping WiFi networks.