Despite the internet cost is getting cheaper, there’s a major drawback in the current system. You are probably using high-end internet services provider but sometimes the stability is not as 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 requested data right to the client (user). You can say PING is similar when you call your friend name, and the response time when the call answered is a PING.
The Internet works much like that. No matter how fast the bandwidth, if the PING is not in great condition, your internet experience would be interrupted.
If you wonder to check the stability of your current internet connection, why not to check it out using a CMD (Command Prompt) on Windows (any version).
How to check internet stability using CMD
A short guide to check internet stability using CMD:
- Search CMD on 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:
1. First, open the Start Menu and type “CMD” or “Command Prompt” then open that program.
2. On the Command Prompt screen, type “ping 22.214.171.124” (without quote) and press Enter.
3. You will see numbers of row saying “Reply from 126.96.36.199 bytes=32 time… “. Keep the window open until done and make sure the internet still connected.
4. When done, it will show the result of PING time, from minimum, maximum, and average in milliseconds. The shorter time, the better internet stability and vice versa.
Is PING matter?
For people who are just reenacting social media, reading Wikipedia, or looking for some cute cat pictures, PING speed may not mandatory. But for an online gaming application, PING can’t be compromised.
Unstable connection incurs laggy, pending message, and even some game components failed to load. Make sure your internet connection and stability sufficient for gaming purpose.
…or just don’t play online games.
What makes PING slow?
The main reason for slow PING is caused by the internet provider. They probably experience high traffic or perhaps your location is too far from the server and the data need to travel longer, thus causes a delay.
The most server also set to deliver internet package for the nearest customer first. That’s why internet provider usually has its server facility across regions.
How to speed up PING?
Since the PING speed highly depends on the server, there is not much we can do to ensure its stability.
Here’s some suggestion to lower your PING and to increase the response server:
- Close (background) program that heavily consumes the internet connection
- Move closer to the WiFi router or try to install WiFi extender to strengthening the connection
- For the online video game, always use a local server to avoid lag
- Minimize the number of devices that connected to the WiFi router
- Ethernet cable is way more stable than WiFi
- Try to restart the router (in case there’s a firmware issue)
- Call the internet service provider about the PING problem if the problem still occurs
- If feasible, upgrade your internet service, they may offer a better performance
Hopefully, no laggy online video game is available for everyone.