The Internet is a part of the human rights, according to the United Nations. Although the internet fee is getting cheaper as well as its availability, there’s a major flaw in the current system. You probably using high-end internet services provider but sometimes the stability is less than expected. So, what’s wrong? The PING.
PING, the short of Packet Internet Groper is a request that sends from client computer to the server, so they can deliver the desired data right to the user. For an easy example, PING can be likened when you call your friend name and the response time when the call is answered is a PING. Meanwhile, the speed of sound that transmits through the air considered as bandwidth.
The Internet works much like that. No matter how fast the bandwidth, if the PING os extremely on a low level, your internet experience would be interrupted.
If you wonder the stability of your current internet connection, why not to check it out using a CMD (Command Prompt) on Windows.
How to Check Internet Stability Using CMD
A short guide to check internet stability using CMD:
- Search CMD over the Start Menu and open that program
- Type “ping 18.104.22.168” and press Enter on the keyboard
- Wait until finished and you’ll get the PING result
A complete guide to check internet stability using CMD:
First, open the Start Menu and type “CMD” or “Command Prompt” and open that program (both programs are same).
On the black window screen, type “ping 22.214.171.124” (without quote) and press Enter.
Then you will see numbers of row saying “Reply from 126.96.36.199 bytes=32 time… blah blah blah”. Keep the window open until done and make sure the internet still connected. Don’t worry, it won’t slow down the bandwidth, you can continue recent activity as well.
When done, it will show the result of PING time, from minimum, maximum, and average in milliseconds. The less time, the better internet stability and vice versa.
The effect of PING when using the internet
For people who just reenacting social media, reading Wikipedia, or looking for some cute cat pictures, the PING speed may not mandatory. But for an online gaming application, PING is necessary if you don’t want experience laggy gameplay during the match.
Another situation is a video streaming and downloading files, but the PING effect is not really huge in these case rather than an online video game.
What makes the PING is pretty slow?
The general reason of slow PING is caused from the internet provider. They probably experience high demand condition or your location is too far from the server and the data should travel a longer distance. The server also set to deliver process first for the nearest customer. That’s why the internet provider usually has their own facility across the region.
How to speed up PING?
Here’s some suggestion to lower your PING and increasing the response server:
- Close (background) program that heavily consumes the internet connection
- Move closer to the WiFi router or try to install WiFi extender for strengthening the connection
- For the online video game, use a local server to avoid lag
- Reduce the number of devices that connected to the WiFi router
- Ethernet cable is way more stable than WiFi
- Try to restart the router
- Call the internet service provider about the PING problem
- If feasible, upgrade your internet package
In the meantime, an engineer will solve the PING problem and stabilize the response time even in the worst scenario. Hopefully, no laggy online video game is available for everyone.