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

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April 29, 2014 2:23:26 AM

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?

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April 29, 2014 2:44:20 AM

Does the problem continue when you connect to the router via ethernet ?
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April 29, 2014 2:58:00 AM

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
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April 29, 2014 2:59:49 AM

is it possible that its the wireles adaptor for my pc
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April 29, 2014 2:59:56 AM

It sounds like your PC wireless... Sounds like it may have messed up. Trying redownloading drivers
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April 29, 2014 3:01:38 AM

I tried that last night i uninstalled the adaptor and downloaded the latest drive from their website. still the same :/ 
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April 29, 2014 3:02:22 AM

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.
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April 29, 2014 3:05:38 AM

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.
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April 29, 2014 4:41:43 AM

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.
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April 29, 2014 4:46:23 AM

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.
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April 29, 2014 4:53:40 AM

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.
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April 29, 2014 4:56:34 AM

I agree... TP Link is awesome for me though! It is also a cheap option to test :) 
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April 29, 2014 5:14:57 AM

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
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April 29, 2014 5:17:15 AM

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
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April 29, 2014 5:19:33 AM

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
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April 29, 2014 5:22:02 AM

you can use the TP Link through an extension... That is what I do :) 
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April 29, 2014 5:22:19 AM

In fact all 4 in my house are run through it
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April 29, 2014 5:24:10 AM

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
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April 29, 2014 5:25:23 AM

Try pinging yourself and let us know the response time and packet loss
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April 29, 2014 5:27:38 AM

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
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April 29, 2014 5:28:46 AM

I am not very computer literate, is it okay if you can guide me through this process of "pinging"??
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April 29, 2014 5:30:57 AM

I think it would work but may not however sure!

Are you on Windows 7? :) 
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April 29, 2014 5:32:48 AM

yes I am
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April 29, 2014 5:35:19 AM

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
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April 29, 2014 5:35:49 AM

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
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April 29, 2014 5:36:43 AM

I suppose...
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April 29, 2014 5:40:17 AM

how do i post the picture here?
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April 29, 2014 5:43:10 AM

Kavster001 said:
I suppose...


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April 29, 2014 5:46:12 AM

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?
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April 29, 2014 5:54:53 AM

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?


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April 29, 2014 5:55:35 AM

thats the ping for the laptop i noticed i get 2 different IP

one for gateway and one for ipv4
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April 29, 2014 5:56:34 AM

It appears the Laptop has a quicker response time... By a lot!
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April 29, 2014 5:57:43 AM

Yeah you would need to ping IPv4 though
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April 29, 2014 5:57:45 AM

it does seem like it, any ideas on why this is?
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April 29, 2014 5:58:36 AM

well for both pictures i ping the ipv4
its the second one down in the cmd
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April 29, 2014 5:59:10 AM

pc 192.168.0.7
laptop 192.168.0.12
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April 29, 2014 5:59:38 AM

but why is it that when i ping 192.168.0.1 for both pc there is a huge difference
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April 29, 2014 6:00:47 AM

Hmmmmm
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April 29, 2014 6:10:28 AM

that is very strange

what do you call the values under the "approximate round trip time in milliseconds" is that the bandwidth?
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April 29, 2014 7:00:12 AM

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.
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April 29, 2014 7:42:04 AM

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
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April 29, 2014 7:49:38 AM

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.
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April 29, 2014 8:06:12 AM

Malwarebytes is personally the best... I think... Try Hitman Pro
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April 29, 2014 11:53:36 AM

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.
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April 30, 2014 12:29:56 AM

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
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April 30, 2014 5:09:37 AM

Upgrading your router and wireless Nic cards to a Linksys N or AB 5ghz band should solve your problems.
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April 30, 2014 5:10:50 AM

What are the specs or your router and NIC card?
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