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How to solve crazy ping times?

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December 1, 2012 6:38:01 PM

The ping of my internet connection is all over the place. It can be 40ms for a few minutes, then jump between 400ms and 900ms for the next minute. I'm a PC gamer so this makes online games unplayable.

Does anyone have any advice on how to solve this? Is it a router problem that I can solve with a few clicks, or is it something physical that my internet provider needs to solve?

I have my internet hooked up via ethernet, connected to a linksys wrt120n. The internet comes from something that was put onto the roof. I don't know what it is, I live in the country and our provider is local, not a big company.

Thank you if you can help. :) 

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December 2, 2012 1:17:16 AM

Chances are the issue is on your ISPs end, does it happen on all servers you game on or only on foreign ones? You can try and use a different router and see if that resolves the issue but I doubt that this is the issue.

Make sure you've got nothing trying to download updates or torrents running while gaming this will kill your ping.
December 2, 2012 1:25:39 AM

Yes it's in all games on all servers, that's why I figured it is to do with the ISP. Of course, common knowledge ;) 
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