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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
I'm on Virgin 20mb and get lag of some proportion when online gaming 90% of the time, no matter what time of day.

I've tried a Belkin router, a Zyxel router and VM's own branded Netgear router, but it's still the same. I'm using as short as possible cat 6 ethernet cables too for less speed restriction and length, but still the same.

I've set up a static IP for my PS3 and opened all ports for each game i play, which is mostly COD4, and i've even tried it in the DMZ with no noticeable difference.

Before you say, i realise there won't be a perfect connection to the US etc., but the other day i was host and an American was on 2 yellow bars. My shots were perfectly placed but just not registering, yet he killed with a normal amount of shots on 2 bars ?!?!?!?! When i'm on 2 bars i can't kill anything!

I also have Virgin TV and a separate box upstairs, so the signal into my modem is split (upstairs/downstairs) then one of them 'branches' is split again (V+ box/modem) so could that be the problem ?

Getting pretty sick of it all now, so am looking into a gaming router. Just done a quick search and found a few at £50 and some up to £200! Before shelling out that kind of money can anyone tell me if these gaming routers are any good ? Or just another advertising ploy ?

Thanks in advance people :o)

P.S Sorry if it's in the wrong section
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
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#1
I doubt its a router problem if you've tried 3 different ones?
It's not wireless it it? wireless is never good with online gaming..
Not sure about the splitting...i doubt its causing the problem but maybe worth buying a cheap booster before a new router?
#2
tazxxx
I doubt its a router problem if you've tried 3 different ones?
It's not wireless it it? wireless is never good with online gaming..
Not sure about the splitting...i doubt its causing the problem but maybe worth buying a cheap booster before a new router?


No mate, i was on wireless at first but went wired for less lag.

I asked the cable engineer when he was round last about getting a booster but he said they don't exist for cable ?

He did say though, that i'm losing around 7dbs from exchange to my house, then another 6/7db because the input to my house is split (for the box upstairs), and another 6/7dbs because what's split is split again to supply my V+ box and modem.

I've tried going down to 4mb too, and spent nearly an hour talking to a Virgin PC technician (he wasn't customer facing). He said 20mb gives latency spikes which can cause lag, but i just thought sod it i'll try 20mb again anyway.

Are gaming routers really the bees knees ?
#3
its virgin i would think.
i game online and they love to throttle!
#4
my advice would be dont get a 2wire router as my nintendo ds never works online now since i got that for some reason, both nintendo and 2wire were as much use as a chocolate kettle
#5
Mclovin
its virgin i would think.
i game online and they love to throttle!


Do you think they do it all the time ? Because i've played all hours of the day and before 4pm it's still not right.

I dread playing Germans/Spanish/French/Italians because they don't lag and they're just as bad as the Americans. I've heard they've got better broadband networks on the continent, they must have!

Think i'm going to go ADSL when i move soon, and pray i'm near the exchange. I'll be able to get an all-in-one modem/router which i've been told is better.

Unless someone out there has the answer ? Is it really VM traffic-shaping that's knackering me up ?!
#6
You have cable with virgin yeah? I don't think there is such thing as a cable exchange (or if there is, distance doesn't make a difference?)
It only matter on ADSL, but you can check out your distance from the BT exchange at http://www.samknows.com/broadband/ .
If you can, consider something like be broadband, which is pretty damn cheap for what it can do if you are close. But then again that might not be the problem, check with other people who live in your area if they have problem and what broadband they have?
#7
have you checked the speed of the router. mine is 56mps and i know the gaming one is only 56mps. you can get a 300 mps one from virgin that to the best of my knoweldge is compatible with cable. I get lag on online gaming too and I have been told that my router needs to be upgraded to a faster one. The routers you have mentioned are slow too. Check out the virgin online shop. They had it for sale for £37.99. by edimax. You might want to speak to them first to double check the connection type. I have to plug my router into my modem by ethernet but some plug into the phone line etc.

failing that try plugging in the console through the ethernet connection so you are having a wired link and not a wireless

also check your settings! My router has in built settings that I have to access to change security setting s etc. could it be that the router isn't properly configured for your console. sometimes its not just as easy as plugging it in and using it.

I have a wii, xbox, gamecube, ds lite and a ps2

hth
#8
tazxxx
You have cable with virgin yeah? I don't think there is such thing as a cable exchange (or if there is, distance doesn't make a difference?)
It only matter on ADSL, but you can check out your distance from the BT exchange at http://www.samknows.com/broadband/ .
If you can, consider something like be broadband, which is pretty damn cheap for what it can do if you are close. But then again that might not be the problem, check with other people who live in your area if they have problem and what broadband they have?


There is, it's a green box on some street corners, and while VM are fibre optic around the country, they're still copper wired from that green box to your house. I've already checked what ADSL i can get, and it's only 3mb at the moment.

I've tried all settings too, putting it in the DMZ should alleviate loads of lag but it didn't make much difference for me at all.

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