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I use a laptop (macbook) and I tried playing some games and my ping sucked.

Does going closer to the hotspot/router help decrease latency times?

asked Apr 29 '12 at 00:14

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It more likely will help yes. But if you are playing a game on your macbook. Plug it in directly via networking cable for the time being while playing the game. and unplug it afterwards when your done. That's what I would do over here even when I am transferring 20-30 gigs of short clips from my server to my mac mini via eithernet cable.

answered Apr 29 '12 at 01:19

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When you have a very weak wifi signal then your ping can go up as high as 50ms over what the Internet connection is adding.

A good way to see where your ping issues are, is to check if your router has a built in ping tool where you can just check the ping time between the game server and the router (or move very close and see if it makes a difference.

if your signal is around -70 to -75 then your ping times should not be much of an issue between the router (unless you are on an extremely crowded channel) (eg you leave your router on the default channel 6, along with 50 other neighbors)

answered Apr 29 '12 at 15:43

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I agree, you should put your router on auto channel scan. I'm on channel 11 right now, no one is on it. Smooth sailing for me :)

(Apr 29 '12 at 15:54) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

depending on the time of day, on channel 6, I can take my ping from 1ms too over 100ms due to the ton of routers (nearly 20 using channel 6).

Though the ping eventually goes down to about 20 as the router and wireless clients adjust the various rates and other interference mitigation measures such as CTS. The end result is a lower connection rate

as of late, this has been changing as some of the users in the area are upgrading to different connections and thus getting newer routers with automatically pick less crowded channels (though they still have an affinity for channel 6. eg they will only switch from channel 6 if there is a ton of noise

for best results, i recommend manually picking a good clean channel

(for me, i use ixchariot to benchmark each wifi channel and then select the best one)

(simply run a 200MB throughput test, then switch channels, then run the test again and see which gives you a combination of the lowest pings and fastest throughput)

(Apr 29 '12 at 16:18) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

Just to add onto what DJ Scooby Doo and rasor512 is mentioning here. When I was learning with wireless. I try and stay away of using the default channels. Like Channel 6 on my router. Sometimes it is to use a different channel than the default. I have done that to my router and switched it to channel 11 since my gaming console doesn't have any problems with it. Or Channel one as an alternate. If it still seems to be lagging still and your close to it. You may have to use a different one.

(Jul 28 '12 at 00:59) Compucore Compucore's gravatar image

Ah, so you have ping pong? (Well, somebody had to say it!) It's not immediately apparent to me why it should make a whole lot of difference (unless you're talking about distances in miles!) what with the signal literally travelling at the speed of light and all that but surely you're in the best position to answer the question by actually trying it?

answered Apr 29 '12 at 10:29

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Cornelia Cornflake

Yeah that's the ticket. That's where you have those pixelated guys sitting in those paddles on the screen movement only up and down. LOL. I didn't realized until you brought it up Cornelia.

(Apr 29 '12 at 15:54) Compucore Compucore's gravatar image

With the filtering and analysing of each packet your signal may be slightly slowed in the nanosecond range getting closer to it may help. Cordless phones, microwaves, baby monitors and other electrical equipment like a refrigerator may also interfere with your signal.

answered May 01 '12 at 00:46

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before connecting to other server check the ping response for the server,here http://www.whoisxy.com/ping.aspx check the ping time for the server then connect you mac....

answered Jul 28 '12 at 00:03

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