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When i check my internet plan, it says that i have up to 400 mbps and my router says can handle up to 300 mbps. i went ahead and bought myself a new nighthawk router that can handle up to 2.4gpbs but my ping is still 40 and my upload and download speed is still the sameafter i bought a new better router.my internet plan used to be 100 mbps and i would get 40 ping when gaming. but now i bought upgraded my internet plan to 400mbps but i still get 40 ping when gaming. i still cant get 30 to 10 ping do i buy a new modem? my modem can handle up to 300mbps how do i get lower ping?

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Unfortunately, your ping (specifically in regards to gaming) has almost nothing to do with your internet speed or your modem. Your ISP and the type of network it is (Cable or Fiber) is a huge determining factor. Also, your geographical location compared to the game servers will greatly impact your ping.

 

All that to say, there isn't a whole lot you can do to lower it, other than get fiber-to-the-home service, and physically move your residence closer to a server, which for most people is impossible.

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speed ≠ network quality + distance

 

you can only get as low as physics allow, also the connection isn't made directly from your computer to the game server as you're not in a P2P network. 

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6 minutes ago, johnny668687 said:

my router says can handle up to 300 mbps

If latency is that important to you then you must STOP USING WIFI and go wired, a router that supports gigabit speeds would be more than enough for your connection.

 

6 minutes ago, johnny668687 said:

i went ahead and bought myself a new nighthawk router that can handle up to 2.4gpbs but my ping is still 40 and my upload and download speed is still the sameafter i bought a new better router

A better router will NOT give you "faster internet xd" like some clickbait youtube videos claim. Can you still return it? see if your older router supports gigabit LAN, if it was made in the last 10 years and it's not a dirt tier unit it will.

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That was big oversight on my part. As others have mentioned, using WIFI is a big no-no, and should only be used if you absolutely can't run a cable for some strange reason. So if you're doing that, stop immediately.

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What are you measuring ping to? Speedtest or the actual game servers? Are said servers switchable (one that's closer to you on the map may be lower latency)? Also as the others said, use an ethernet cable if at all possible, WiFi is prone to being inconsistent. 

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Well, you already bought the nighthawk router ... so keep it.  It should have ethernet jacks in the back so connect your computer to it using an actual ethernet cable.

 

Ethernet cable is always better than wireless, because there's some unavoidable extra latency due to converting data into radio waves and sending them to your pc, which then has to decode those radio signals and then your computer has to encode the reply back to radio waves and so on... it can add a few milliseconds of latency.

 

The ping you have will depend on how many computers are between your home and the ISP and then how many nodes are between the ISP and the server that has the game.

For example you could have   your computer ---> wireless router ----> cable/fiber modem -----> ISP switch in the apartment building ----> switch / router in the neighborhood combining data from multiple apartment buildings ---->  ISP  ---- >

All these hops can add milliseconds  to the overall ping time.  Then from ISP your data is routed through various computers and switches until it reaches the server that has the game. If your ISP has a particularly bad route to the game server, it could be a high ping and then one potential solution could be to rent a VPN or something similar located very close to you, which has a much better network than your ISP.

For example, let's say the ping is 40 ms and you have 5 ms between you and the ISP and then 35 ms from ISP to the game server. 

If you're lucky, you could maybe find a VPN or something near you and then you'd have 5 ms between you and the ISP, maybe 2-5 ms between the ISP and the VPN (because it's super close to you, and the ISP), but from there, maybe only 15-20ms between the VPN and the game server - so in total you have 5+2-5+15-20 = 30-ish ms ping ... 10 ms less.

 

The VPN may get lower ping than your ISP because often such services use more "premium" bandwidth, while your ISP may use cheaper bandwidth in some cases.

 

 

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i used to get 5 ping but all of a sudden my ping is now 40 after i kept turning on and off the router and modem and also i am using an ethernet cable cat 6.  i am suppose to get 5 ping probably the modem is damaged how do i get 5 ping like how i use to after i kept restarting the router and modem

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 I used to get 5 ping but i started turning off and on the router and modem . the internet was not as fast anymore i now get 40 ping is it because of the modem i bought a new netgear nighthawk router which is faster then my old router do i upgrade my modem to get lower ping? my ping is the same after i bought a new router i am using an ethernet cat 6 cable 

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Not a noticeable difference, what does matter is whether you use wired or wireless, and distance to servers

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It will help local multiplayer a bunch I bet.

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When i check my internet plan, it says that i have up to 400 mbps and my router says can handle up to 300 mbps. i went ahead and bought myself a new nighthawk router that can handle up to 2.4gpbs but my ping is still 40 and my upload and download speed is still the same after i bought a new better router.my internet plan used to be 100 mbps and i would get 40 ping when gaming. but now i bought upgraded my internet plan to 400mbps but i still get 40 ping when gaming. i still cant get 30 to 10 ping do i buy a new modem? my modem can handle up to 300mbps how do i get lower ping? i used to get 5 ping but now i get 40 ping i started to turn on the off my router and modem every day and when i went to play fortnite my ping was at 40 i have tried everything do i get a better modem ? my modem can hand up to 300 mbps and my internet plan is 400 mbps buying a new better router did not help what do i do to get 5 ping like i use to i am also using an ethernet cable cat 6

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1 hour ago, johnny668687 said:

When i check my internet plan, it says that i have up to 400 mbps and my router says can handle up to 300 mbps. i went ahead and bought myself a new nighthawk router that can handle up to 2.4gpbs but my ping is still 40 and my upload and download speed is still the same after i bought a new better router.my internet plan used to be 100 mbps and i would get 40 ping when gaming. but now i bought upgraded my internet plan to 400mbps but i still get 40 ping when gaming. i still cant get 30 to 10 ping do i buy a new modem? my modem can handle up to 300mbps how do i get lower ping? i used to get 5 ping but now i get 40 ping i started to turn on the off my router and modem every day and when i went to play fortnite my ping was at 40 i have tried everything do i get a better modem ? my modem can hand up to 300 mbps and my internet plan is 400 mbps buying a new better router did not help what do i do to get 5 ping like i use to i am also using an ethernet cable cat 6

First of all, please provide some more details on the following:

  1. Who is your ISP and what type of internet connection do you have?
  2. What is the exact make/model of the ISP device you were given?
  3. What is the exact model number of the Netgear Nighthawk wireless router that you have now?
  4. When you measure 'ping', are you getting these numbers from within the game or from a speed test result? Please run the tests!
  5. What is the difference in gaming experience whether your ping is 10 or 40ms?
  6. Run a simple tracert to google.com and the server IP address of the game if you know it. It might reveal where the slowdown is occurring between your computer and the server.

If you're seeing these ping results in the game itself, the increase is likely due to network congestion outside of your control. Perhaps the game server has too many users. Don't be surprised if the reason is something out of your control.

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when i bought a new better faster router, my ping was the same if i buy a better faster new modem will i get lower ping? for gaming

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Maybe, maybe not. Most cases even if for example you have cable internet and you have a DOCSIS 3.0 modem then to go a 3.1, latency (ping) may not change at all. 

 

Knowing what kind of internet you have would be a first step.

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when i do a speed test with my old modem i get 280mbps if i buy a new faster modem and i go and do a speed test will a faster result

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Your modem will not lower your ping.  At most it may improve bandwidth if your ISP only allocates a limited set of channels for outdated modems (docisis 2) but this is really only a thing with down speeds on gigabit+ plans.

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how do i get lower ping when gaming do i buy more mbps?

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We've answered this before.

 

1. If you pay for 250 or 300 mbps you won't get faster speeds than the 280 you're getting with a new modem. 

2. You won't get lower ping by buying a new modem, that mostly depends on the distance from your house to the server.

3. Buying extra speed will not lower your ping. It will speed up downloading and uploading files, but that's it.

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im paying for 400 mbps my modem is 300 mbps if i buy a new modem and i do a speed test will i get higher results?

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13 minutes ago, johnny668687 said:

im paying for 400 mbps my modem is 300 mbps if i buy a new modem and i do a speed test will i get higher results?

You'll probably get higher speeds, but there are other things that also matter, for example the device you're testing with. And the increase from 280 to 400 isn't noticeable unless you download a lot of big files.

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how do i get lower ping what do i buy

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1 minute ago, johnny668687 said:

how do i get lower ping what do i buy

Ping is NOT something you control aside wired vs wireless. Beyond that it's not within your control. The BEST you could do is call your ISP and have them check the line to your home, beyond that there is no way to change it.

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