Your router, connection and "game lag"

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Your router, connection and "game lag"

Been sitting back in the shadows and listening. Also have my own game issues. I am running a 6yr old Belkin G. All ports properly forwarded and NO DMZ. This has caused an end of game freeze at times if I pull host. One or the other but not both.  Yes, every time I have an unbearable 0-6 start to a game and back out. Host migration. Hmmm go figure.

Think of your connection as a garden hose. This game does NOT care if you have a 4" fire hose however it does care how far you have the spiggot open. And if you are turning it on and off.  If you are running wireless, well you might as well hang yourself now. If microsoft updates fires up, mom is watching utube or dad is watching uporn, you are screwed. And if you are host, so is the lobby. Ive had no issues browsing or streaming audio in the background though. Password your shit too. If a 4G phone sees your wireless, guess what?

Its the variables folks. I do NOT blame the devs for this technology. It levels the playing field. HOWEVER i do blame them for not educating us.

HEY, Ive got a good tip of the day "be aware of your surroundings before you decide to play this game online."

I am not an IT or a programmer. Just an old gammer. I would love any and all input on this.

Hopdevil96
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Re: Your router, connection and "game lag"

in reply to Hopdevil96

For starters, your connection must be just about adequate to host, meaning after you are picked as host, your connection's bandwidth is pretty much fully used up.

You need a router with bandwidth functionalities, so you can cap your upload speed to around 15kbps, that way you will never pull host. I usually don't recommend changing your connection in any way, shape or form, but you are already ragequitting, so other players won't be affected by this much. Check to see if you can install a Linux based firmware onto your current router to be able to do this... Heck, put your hand in your pocket and buy a new one, it is six years after all.

And your comment on 4G phones, uh... What?

And also, you have no password on your wireless? That's pretty retarded. Post that in a forum where people have some idea what they are talking about, and you would probably get banned for trolling.

Oh, by the way, I am using wireless, works fine. Look for guides to choose a channel not many people around you use, password it up, get a DMZ set up and you should be fine. QoS is useful too.

Scorr
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Re: Your router, connection and "game lag"

in reply to Scorr

You need a router with bandwidth functionalities, so you can cap your upload speed to around 15kbps, that way you will never pull host. I usually don't recommend changing your connection in any way, shape or form, but you are already ragequitting, so other players won't be affected by this much. Check to see if you can install a Linux based firmware onto your current router to be able to do this...

So introduce fake latency on my end? You dont recommend it but you will explain how to do it? Really?

I also never stated that my wireless is not WEP encrypted.

Also QoS made no difference at all.

Hopdevil96
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Re: Your router, connection and "game lag"

in reply to Hopdevil96

Hopdevil96 wrote:

You need a router with bandwidth functionalities, so you can cap your upload speed to around 15kbps, that way you will never pull host. I usually don't recommend changing your connection in any way, shape or form, but you are already ragequitting, so other players won't be affected by this much. Check to see if you can install a Linux based firmware onto your current router to be able to do this...

So introduce fake latency on my end? You dont recommend it but you will explain how to do it? Really?

I also never stated that my wireless is not WEP encrypted.

Also QoS made no difference at all.

That's not introducing fake latency, doing that is both stupid and counter productive to anyone having issues. All lowering your upload BANDWIDTH would do is knock you out of the host selection process something (being host) alot of players have an issue with . Playing as a non host the game wont really top 0.04mb up or down so as long as you have set you upload above that you wont have issues playing normally but shouldn't get host

Maccabi Level 75
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Re: Your router, connection and "game lag"

in reply to Hopdevil96

You can always google any big words I use...

Scorr
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Re: Your router, connection and "game lag"

in reply to Scorr

according to activision you shouldn't use wireless. take that for whatever its worth because according to activision/treyarch there are also no lag issues in cod. in some games i'll drop shot someone and be completely laying on the ground and die. i watch the kill cam and what do you know i never did the drop shot and i'm just standing there like a chump getting shot. that just proves to me in some games you can be a good 2-3 seconds behind.

http://support.activision.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/Lag-Occurs-in-Multiplayer-Game

Make sure that you are playing the game over a wired Ethernet connection to your console. DO NOT USE A WIFI CONNECTION. This is a very important step, as WIFI has a wide variance in reliability and bandwidth. Online gaming require a consistent level of minimum bandwidth connection to maintain good connection quality. Because modern consoles come with integrated WIFI, it is easy for users to use that connection to play games. Make sure that you configure your console’s settings to use the wired Ethernet network instead of the integrated WIFI network.

jonjonjonjonjon1
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Re: Your router, connection and "game lag"

in reply to jonjonjonjonjon1

Wired will always be better, obviously, but running a 10m ethernet through several doorways and across a hallway isn't practical either. I'll choose the option which isn't a trip hazard.

Their statement is kinda lazy anyway, the minimum bandwidth needed is about 5kb/s, both up and down, and my router can handle that, and interference isn't an issue if you get set up correctly, by making sure you have a unique channel.

Scorr
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Re: Your router, connection and "game lag"

in reply to Scorr

funny how i use wifi, yet only game i lag in is CoD...hmm...must be my wifi right?!?

sneed867
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Re: Your router, connection and "game lag"

in reply to sneed867

Contrary to common belief, wireless signals travel at the speed of light. Sure, latency can come from interference, but if you live in a quiet place, and you have configured the best channel for you, then the difference in ping will be tiny.

The easy thing about wired connections is the fact you usually don't need to port forward, or mess with your firewallat all.

I bet the only reason Activision posted that to begin with, was so that they didnt get flooded with questions like 'Me and my friend can't connect to each other'

Scorr
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Re: Your router, connection and "game lag"

in reply to Scorr

actually routers use radio waves not light. that's fiber optics. also wireless routers are slower then using a ethernet cable.

jonjonjonjonjon1
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