How do i fix Random Lag/ Ping / Latency Spikes?

For the last 3 months I have had really bad latency spikes when playing games. it got progressively worse over time and i just cant deal with it anymore. I called my ISP and they replaced EVERYTHING that can be replaced from router to the wiring under the ground but still nothing, same old problem still occurs.

I am connected by wireless connection but the router is only 2 meters away from me i have good signal (around 4-5 bars) near enough all the time even when i get the latency spikes. i have no other choice but to use wireless because the router is in another room and cant be moved cause my family is using it..

Can someone help me figure out what is causing this problem so at least I can start working on how to fix it?

Thankyou
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  1. Does the problem continue when you connect to the router via ethernet ?
  2. well i dont have an ethernet cable at home but i have nother laptop with me and i dont get any lag in that just my pc
  3. is it possible that its the wireles adaptor for my pc
  4. It sounds like your PC wireless... Sounds like it may have messed up. Trying redownloading drivers
  5. I tried that last night i uninstalled the adaptor and downloaded the latest drive from their website. still the same :/
  6. Yes... But first download the drivers for it and if that doesn't work my best guess would say it is your adapter packing up.

    Try drivers first.

    Could be that.
  7. Alright... Maybe try buying a cheapy wireless adapter to see if it has the same problem? If not buy a good on or install one.
  8. Can i just say thank you for your help i really appreciate it

    but i have tried exactly what you said so i guess the only option is to get a new one.

    what are your opinions on this?

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-pce-ac68-pci-e-600plus1300mbps-80211n-ac-24-5ghz-dual-band-ac1300-wireless-adaptor
  9. For gaming purposes could you not just run an long Ethernet cable from your router to your PC? ... Also its not necessarily your adapter. It could be wireless interference (you can try going into your router setting and changing the wireless signal channel). If you have 2.4Ghz wireless phone near your router, this wont help either. It could also be bandwidth restrictions from other people using your connection.
  10. Or use a TP Link to avoid the long ethernet and it cannot be because of that because he does not have any problem with the laptop! but the channels are a good shout.
  11. Kavster001 said:
    Or use a TP Link to avoid the long ethernet and it cannot be because of that because he does not have any problem with the laptop! but the channels are a good shout.


    Ah i see laptop bit now. TP link is hit and miss. Depends on the houses wiring and don't run it through a surge protector. I use TP link and it works great for me just take that into consideration. Personally never game on Wireless as Ping is everything ;)

    I therefore wouldn't go for a new wireless card. There are many other problems including something with your PC. TP Link is the best shout but research first before wasting your money.
  12. I agree... TP Link is awesome for me though! It is also a cheap option to test :)
  13. The thing is i have a laptop running side by side with the PC. Both Machines are running the same game but my Pc still has those Random Lag spikes whilst the Laptop does not
  14. And yes i had alook at those TP link Ethernet Adaptors right?
    I could buy it but the problem is the room I am in is an extension and is not part of the Circuit in the living room where the router is so i am afraid wireless is the only option for me for now
  15. I could run an ethernet cable from the router to the pc but thats just messy and would have to go through 2 doors and a small hallway between the 2. its not very practiacal
  16. you can use the TP Link through an extension... That is what I do :)
  17. In fact all 4 in my house are run through it
  18. I do understand that Wired is better than wireless but whats wierd is i have 100% Link score on inSSIDer therefore i pretty much have no interference (i think) yet im still getting lag spikes
  19. Try pinging yourself and let us know the response time and packet loss
  20. I guess, but i don't know if i will buy it.thanks for recommending me anyway. I'm not too confident with the circuitry of this house being told that this room is an extension i don't even think the Adaptors would be able to send the signal to the other end or i would need to have a LONG extension
  21. I am not very computer literate, is it okay if you can guide me through this process of "pinging"??
  22. I think it would work but may not however sure!

    Are you on Windows 7? :)
  23. yes I am
  24. Press Star > Type in 'RUN' > Type in'CMD' > Type in 'ipconfig' > Make a note of your IPv4 address...

    Now type in 'ping (whatever your address is)' For example ping 192.168.0.1
  25. Yes I think that it would work too but if you see the lay out of this room, where the computer is and where the router is bearing in mind that the outlets in this room are not connected to the main circuit i think you'd think twice yourself about running extensions in this house. haha
  26. I suppose...
  27. how do i post the picture here?
  28. Kavster001 said:
    I suppose...


  29. You are getting no loss which is great but the response time is slow which means your ping has a bad response... Could you possibly do the same thing on laptop in the same room?
  30. Kavster001 said:
    You are getting no loss which is great but the response time is slow which means your ping has a bad response... Could you possibly do the same thing on laptop in the same room?
  31. thats the ping for the laptop i noticed i get 2 different IP

    one for gateway and one for ipv4
  32. It appears the Laptop has a quicker response time... By a lot!
  33. Yeah you would need to ping IPv4 though
  34. it does seem like it, any ideas on why this is?
  35. well for both pictures i ping the ipv4
    its the second one down in the cmd
  36. pc 192.168.0.7
    laptop 192.168.0.12
  37. but why is it that when i ping 192.168.0.1 for both pc there is a huge difference
  38. Hmmmmm
  39. that is very strange

    what do you call the values under the "approximate round trip time in milliseconds" is that the bandwidth?
  40. no its the ping - The time it takes to send one packet(small piece of data) and receive a response that that packet has been received.
    What you can try doing is connect your laptop to your PC via ethernet cable and tether to your wireless from that. Do another ping test. If the values are high then you can assume its your wireless adapter. If the values are still High is something else wrong with your computer. Most likely virus/bloatware related.
  41. Dark antz1 said:
    no its the ping - The time it takes to send one packet(small piece of data) and receive a response that that packet has been received.
    What you can try doing is connect your laptop to your PC via ethernet cable and tether to your wireless from that. Do another ping test. If the values are high then you can assume its your wireless adapter. If the values are still High is something else wrong with your computer. Most likely virus/bloatware related.


    Well after doing this the results varied sometimes it was high in other occasions it was low :( Im running Malwarebytes at the moment as well as Microsoft Security Essentials ill let you know if there is some viruses found
  42. good combination but i have found free versions to miss things. Recommend Kaspersky IS. You can get a 1month free trial from their website. Uninstall it once the trial is up. Also to note don't run scans together run them separately if not they can conflict and miss threats.
  43. Malwarebytes is personally the best... I think... Try Hitman Pro
  44. I have just done a full PC scan with both Malwaresbytes and Microsoft Security Essentials I did find some viruses (nothing too serious) which i got rid of. I then decided to run the same game i used to test my latency and istill go latency spikes.
  45. I still recommend what I said above. Other than that investing in a new wireless dongle/Card would be your next option if TP link(homeplug) is not your thing
  46. Upgrading your router and wireless Nic cards to a Linksys N or AB 5ghz band should solve your problems.
  47. What are the specs or your router and NIC card?
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