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?
Answer by Compucore · Apr 29, 2012 at 02:19 AM
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.
Answer by Razor512 · Apr 29, 2012 at 04:43 PM
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)
Answer by Cornelia Cornflake · Apr 29, 2012 at 11:29 AM
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?
Answer by Snook · May 01, 2012 at 01:46 AM
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.
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