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High Ping Spikes

My ping rests around 20ms but will jump up anywhere to 100-5000ms about every 5-20 seconds. It normally only stays there for one ping, then immediately comes back down. Here are my results from pining Google on the command line (I bolded high ping spikes):

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\UnstoppablePanda>ping google.com -t

Pinging google.com [208.117.232.120] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 208.117.232.120: bytes=32 time=29ms TTL=57
Reply from 208.117.232.120: bytes=32 time=17ms TTL=57
Reply from 208.117.232.120: bytes=32 time=16ms TTL=57
Reply from 208.117.232.120: bytes=32 time=14ms TTL=57
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Reply from 208.117.232.120: bytes=32 time=20ms TTL=57
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Reply from 208.117.232.120: bytes=32 time=460ms TTL=57
Reply from 208.117.232.120: bytes=32 time=367ms TTL=57
Request timed out.
Reply from 208.117.232.120: bytes=32 time=1042ms TTL=57
Reply from 208.117.232.120: bytes=32 time=15ms TTL=57
Reply from 208.117.232.120: bytes=32 time=23ms TTL=57
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Request timed out.
Reply from 208.117.232.120: bytes=32 time=2697ms TTL=57
Reply from 208.117.232.120: bytes=32 time=32ms TTL=57
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Anyone have any idea what could be causing this? I'm willing to provide further data as needed.
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  1. I have the same problem, my ping stays steady at 60ms, then every minute or so spikes to between 300-500ms. It's causing my games to experience lag spikes. The problem is I have gone to speedtest.net and my ISP's speed test and the results are normal.
  2. Best answer
    You are going to have to do lots more testing to find anything useful.

    If you are running on wireless then that is the most common cause.

    It can be anything from a issue with your router. your ISP, the internet path, or even the end sever being too busy to bother talking to you.

    This tiny amount of spikes unlikely has any effect...the packet loss near the end and 2 packets with issues in a row could be a issue.


    What you need to do is run a traceroute to a location and then ping various locations in the path and see if you can determine where this problem start to occur......Still what are you going to do about it if you find there is delay in some city between 2 large ISP.
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