Why is my ping so high even though I have high-speed internet? Being a gamer, I know how frustrating it is to see high pings while playing online games.
When you’re playing an online multiplayer game and it suddenly starts lagging, it means your PC has high ping. So, in order to run the online game smoothly, you need to keep the ping at low.
High Ping and low ping are the common terms used in online gaming. Most of us think that a high-speed internet connection is all we need to play online games without any interruption.
But that’s not the fact. High ping value can also cause severe lagging. The ping value holds great importance in the world of online gaming.
So what is this “ping” and how do you keep it low? In this guide, we’ll be a discussion about how to find out a ping and the ways to maintain it low. Let’s start.
What is Ping?
Ping is the exact response time of your Internet connection. The ping value represents the time of the response you get after you’ve sent a request.
Ping is measured in milliseconds. For example, if your ping time is 98ms (milliseconds), this is the exact time your PC has taken to respond to a request by another computer.
A Ping over 100ms can cause severe lag in your games. It clearly means that the lower the ping, the better your games will perform.
Many online games display your ping time with the ping of other game players or servers. Undoubtedly, you want as low ping time as possible as a high ping can cause problems in your game due to the slow functioning.
How to Measure Your Ping Speed?
When it comes to testing speed on your PC, Speedtest.net is our go-to site. You just have to visit Speedtest.net on your browser and hit the Go button.
Now you can see your Ping, download and upload speed. If your Ping speed is around 20ms, it is a good sign of your PC’s performance. If its anything above 150ms, you can face severe lag in your PC.
A high ping can cause your system to perform slowly and no matter which fastest gaming PC you have, slow ping can affect your online arena.
How to Fix High Ping?
There is no such single solution to reduce your ping or fix high ping issue in your system. However, you can try specific workarounds and methods to reduce your ping speed. Let’s get started-
1. Check for your Wireless Connection
If you are using a wireless connection, ensure that you keep your PC close to your router.
Some obstacles including radio signals, walls or even long distance might weaken your connection quality and decrease your ping. You can also connect your router to your computer directly using Ethernet cable. It will help you to avoid poor signal strength.
2. Many Computers using one Internet
One of the main reasons causing high ping is due to shared connections. Make sure that your internet connection isn’t connected to other computers.
We also suggest you change your password to keep your connection private. Some of the users might stream or download large files from your internet connection. The more the devices connected to your internet, the higher the amount of ping.
3. Background Software Uses the Internet
There is specific software that has no use on your system, and they use up many internet resources. Software like additional Antivirus programs can slow your ping level. Here’s what to do-
- Close or disable these programs
- Press and hold Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open Task Manager
- If you still see a high usage in the graph, open resource monitor and see which program uses high bandwidth
- Uninstall or disable this program
Once it is done, recheck your ping speed and see if it has improved.
4. DNS Cache issues
DNS resolver cache is the records of all the recent visits to websites and other internet domains.
It is a temporary database maintained by your operating system to load a website quickly. Clearing or flushing DNS cache fixes many internet connectivity issues. Let’s do it-
- Reboot your router
- Press and hold windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box
- In this dialog box, type cmd and press the Enter key to open Command Prompt
- In the Command Prompt’s text box, type- ipconfig/flushdns
- Hit the Enter key
Done! You have successfully cleared the DNS temporary database from your PC. Check if this method has helped you to reduce ping.
5. Update Network Driver
Outdated network drivers can surely encourage to higher the ping speed and slow it down. Follow the steps mentioned below to update the network drivers on your system.
- Press and hold Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box
- Type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter
- Now, under the Network Adapters find for your network drivers and right click on it
- Select update driver from the drop-down list
Follow the onscreen instruction to complete and save the updates. After that, once again check your ping speed from speedtest.net.
6. Disable Peer to Peer Connection
It is also called a P2P network where the peers are your PC’s systems that are connected through the internet.
However, it may affect your ping as in peer to peer connection you can share large files quickly and directly. Follow the steps mentioned below to disable peer to peer connection-
- Go to the Start button
- Hit the Settings icon
- Select Update and security
- Choose Windows update
- Click on advanced options
- Find for delivery options and click on it
- Here, turn off the “download other pcs” icon
Restart your PC and check if the ping’s speed level is low.
Done! These are some of the best methods to deal with the high ping issue on your computer. You can also try to close your firewall programs to further improve the ping.
I hope that this guide helped you. If not, or if you’re having any other issues while improving the speed, let me know in the comments below.