How to reduce ping

How to reduce ping (Comprehensive GUIDE 2021)

In online games like Fortnite, League of Legends, CS GO, Dota 2, Cod: Warzone, to have the absolute best experience possible, you have to reduce ping to the lowest possible. That’s why you have to make sure to set up everything correctly on your computer to achieve the absolute best ping while gaming. Below you can find the best practices to reduce your ping to the lowest possible while playing online games.

Before you start doing anything, I recommend you do a speed test for your connection and write down the ping results so you can compare them with the final results to check if your ping is reduced. The best way to do that is by visiting https://www.speedtest.net/ and doing a test on your internet connection.

1. Update Windows

The first and most important thing is to make sure you have all the latest windows updates downloaded and installed on your computer. The latest Windows updates will provide you the latest fixes and optimizations for your computer and network adapter.

To Download and Install the latest Windows Updates, follow the steps below.

  1. Go to your windows search bar and type “Check for updates” and click on it.
  2. On top of the page, click on ‘ Check for updates ‘ and make sure to download and install every single update that pop-ups. 
Showing how to check for updates in windows 10.
Step 1
Windows 10 Check for updates button
Step 2

2. Update Network Drivers

Windows updates will install a working network driver but sometimes won’t install the latest one. It’s crucial to have the latest network drivers installed on your computer to have the best possible ping.

To update your network drivers, follow the steps below.

The first thing you should do is to find your network adapter model. 

To do that, navigate to the windows search bar and type “control panel” Then click on -> Network and Internet, and choose -> Network and Sharing Center. You should see the option -> Change adapter settings on the left side, click on it, and now you can see all your network adapters. Under the adapter name, you can see the adapter’s model, ex—Realtek, Intel, Killer, etc.

How to find your network's adapter model

Depending on your model, there is a different process to update your drivers. I will go through the update process of the three most used ones. ( Realtek, Intel, and Killer ) 

2.1 How to update Realtek Network Drivers? (Realtek Users)

Visit Realtek’s official website, to download the latest drivers for your network adapter.

Scroll down below and look for the option “Win10 Auto Installation Program” and click on the blue button to download it.

A new webpage will open asking you for an email address. You can place any email address since there is no verification process. Once you enter your email, click on the download button.

Once downloaded, right-click on the folder and extract the files. Next, search in the folder for setup.exe and right-click on it, and choose ” Run as administrator “. A window should pop-up. Click next and install. If an older version has is installed, you may not see the option “install”. Instead, click the repair option.  

2.2 How to update Killer Network Drivers? (Killer Users)

Visit Killer Networking official website to download the latest drivers.

You must be able to see the form below.

Choose your operating system and your Killer Device and click on filter.

Now, navigate to the middle of the page, look for a tab named ” Driver Only Packages ” click on it, and click download.

Once downloaded, right-click on the file, choose Run as administrator, and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

2.3 How to update Intel Network Drivers? (Intel Users)

Visit Intel’s official website to download the latest drivers available.

On the left side of the website, you should see two options : 

PROWIN32.zip and PROWINx64.zip. If your system is 32bits, choose and download the PROWIN32.zip. If it’s 64bits, then select and download PROWINx64.zip.

Once you download the file, right-click on it, and extract it. Look for the setup file, right-click on it, and choose run as administrator and follow Intel’s on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

3. Optimize Network Adapter Settings with TCP Optimizer 

Now that you have updated your network adapter drivers, the next thing you should do is to optimize the network adapter settings. I will go in-depth on how to do it using a free software named TCP Optimizer.

Navigate to the download page.

Once you download the file, right-click on it and choose run as administrator.

Now you should see a window like this one below.

TCP Optimizer Window you should see after running the exe file.
Default Settings of TCP Optimizer

We are going to change most of the settings, so pay close attention.

3.1 Best settings for TCP Optimizer

Navigate to the General Settings TAB of TCP Optimizer and change the settings as shown below .

This image shows you where you can find the general settings tab of tcp optimizer.
General settings tab of TCP Optimizer

Choose settings(bottom of the window): Custom

Connection Speed: Set it to 100+ Mbps

Network Adapter selection: Select your active adapter ( The one you updated before ) or leave the default one.

Tick the option: Modify all network Adapters

MTU: 1500

Untick: PPPoE

TCP window Auto-Tuning: normal

Windows Scaling heuristics: disabled

Congestion Control Provider: ctcp

Receive-side Scaling (RSS): enabled

R.Segment Coalescing (RSC): enabled

Time to Live (TTL): 64

ECN Capability: disabled

Checksum offloading: disabled

TCP Chimney Offload: disabled

Large Send Offload (LSO): disabled

TCP 1323 Timestamps: disabled

Once you’ve copied all the settings, click on apply settings. A window will pop up asking you to reboot your computer for the settings to apply. Click ” No ” as you are going to do that at the end of this guide.

Now that you changed the general tab settings of TCP Optimizer let’s move on to the Advanced settings.

Navigate to the advanced settings tab and change the settings according to the ones shown below.

This image shows you where you can find the advanced settings tab of tcp optimizer.
Advanced settings tab of TCP Optimizer

Internet Explorer Optimization

  • MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server: 10
  • MaxConnectionsPerServer: 10

Host Resolution Priority

  • LocalPriority: 4
  • HostPriority: 5
  • DnsPriority: 6
  • NetbtPriority: 7

Retransmissions

  • Max SYN Retransmissions: 2
  • NonSackRttResiliency: disabled

Retransmit Timeout (RTO)

  • Initial RTO: 2000
  • Min RTO: 300

Type/Quality of Service

  • QoS NonBestEffortUnit: 0
  • QoS Do not use NLA: optimal 1

Gaming Tweak – Network Throttling index

  • Network ThrottlingIndex: disabled ffffffff
  • SystemResponsiveness: gaming 0

Gaming Tweak – Disable Nagle’s algorithm

  • TcpAckFrequency: disabled 1
  • TCPNoDelay: enabled 1
  • TcpDelAckTicks: disabled 0

Network Memory Allocation

  • LargeSystemCache: default 0
  • Size: default 1

Dynamic Port Allocation

  • MaxUserPort: 65534
  • TcpTimedWaitDelay: 30

Once you copied all these settings, click apply changes, choose NO if you are asked to restart right now, and close the program. And let’s move on to the next part, where I will show you how to optimize the rest of the network adapters settings manually.

Now your settings should look like this :

Best TCP Optimizer settings for the general settings tab to reduce your ping and latency while playing online games.
Best TCP Optimizer Settings ( General settings tab )
Best TCP Optimizer settings for the advanced settings tab to reduce your ping and latency while playing online games.
Best TCP Optimizer Settings ( Advanced settings tab )

4. Optimize the rest of the Network Adapter Settings Manually 

Go to your search bar and type network connections, and click on view network connections.

Where to find the view network connections setting on windows 10.

Right-click on your network adapter and click on properties. After that, click on the configure button and click on the “Advanced” tab.

Windows network adapter properties
How to configure windows network adapter settings and features

Here you can see a list of options.

List of Windows network adapter settings and features.

Change the following settings accordingly :

Energy-Efficient Ethernet 

  • disabled

Green Ethernet 

  • disabled

Power saving mode

  • disabled

Make sure to disable any other power-saving feature depending on your adapters model. Once you’ve changed the above settings, navigate to the top right corner, and select the power management tab.

Untick the option ” Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power“, and click okay.

5. Correctly Configure the Windows Update delivery settings

Navigate to your search bar and type ” Windows Update delivery” and click on Windows Update delivery settings.

The first thing to do here is to disable the option ” Allow downloads from other PCs”, navigate down, and click on the advanced options tab.

Switch from Absolute Bandwith to Percentage of measured bandwidth, limiting both of the percentages bars to 5%.

Scroll down to upload settings and limit the first option to 5%.

6. Flush your DNS

By clearing your DNS, you are clearing all the IP addresses of all the websites you have ever visited. To flush your DNS, type the following commands on your CMD in the same order as you see them below.

How to open command prompt ( cmd) as administrator
How to open CMD as administrator

Command #1: ipconfig /flushdns

Command #2: ipconfig /registerdns

Command #3: ipconfig /release

Command #4: ipconfig /renew

Command #5: netsh Winsock reset

7. Stop Background apps that are using your internet

Programs like Skype, Discord, torrenting services, and more may be using your internet bandwidth in the background, making your ping unstable and higher. Consider closing programs that you don’t need because that might cause your high ping while gaming.

8. Use an ethernet cable instead of wifi or move your computer closer to the router.

Using an ethernet cable instead of wifi, if not all of the time, most of the time will get you a lower and more stable ping. I understand that sometimes it may not be possible for you to connect via an ethernet cable. If that’s the case, then you may consider moving your computer or laptop closer to your router.

Here are two cheap but extremely effective ethernet cables: VANDESAIL and AB RJ45

9. Select the closer server on the game that you play

The online game you are currently playing may have different servers to different regions. Consider choosing the server that is closer to your current location. For example, if you live in France, you should consider selecting a server in Europe instead of playing on the North American server.

10. Ask your Internet Provider if there is an option for better ping

Some providers offer a feature called “fast path” this feature will lower your ping in exchange for a small decrease in your maximum internet speed. For example, if your current ping and speed are 90ms / 20mbps, applying the fast path feature could get you to 75ms / 19mbps. Pretty fair exchange since your purpose is to lower your ping as much as possible. * Note that not all internet providers offer this feature, also, some of them may have applied the feature automatically.

11. Disconnect devices that you are not using from the network

If you are not using your phone or other devices while gaming, you may consider disconnecting from the network as background apps may be running and using your internet connection.

12. Restart your Computer and Modem

Once you apply everything demonstrated in this guide, restart your computer and your modem for all settings to apply successfully.

If after following this guide you still can’t solve your issues, you can book a PC Optimization appointment with me and I will be more than happy to help you out and solve all your problems.

Last but not least

Go ahead and download Malwarebytes. By using my link you can get a 14-day premium trial as well as 25% off if you decide to continue using the premium version. If you want to be totally safe on the internet and can afford it, get the premium version and you’ll never have to worry again about viruses, malware, adware, spyware, etc.

Install Malwarebytes and then open it. Click on Scanner -> Advanced Scanners ->Configure Scan, and select the option scan for rootkits and also, on the right side, select all your drives and click on Scan. This scan may take a lot of time, but it can save you from serious issues especially if you use your computer for transactions, work, etc.

How to remove viruses and malware from your computer

Once the scan is completed, quarantine everything and restart your PC.

Using a VPN?

If you absolutely need to use a VPN for whatever reason, then make sure they have a lot of servers across the world, as well as their servers, are the fastest with the lowest ping possible. If you are looking for the best gaming and general use VPN without spending too much money, then you should take a look at NordVPN and get 3 Months completely FREE!

Ultra-High or unstable ping?

If you are experiencing super high or unstable ping before and after following this guide, maybe you should look at your modem and see if it is the ping’s cause. Borrow a modem from a friend and check it with your connection. If your ping is stable now, maybe it’s time for you to upgrade to a new one and throw away the old one. If it happens, you are in this position. Then the TP-Link AC1750 modem will do the job.

Guides to Optimize your PC

Below you can find some posts from me that will help you optimize your PC even more and possibly increase your FPS.

If after following this guide you still can’t solve your issues, you can book a PC Optimization appointment with me and I will be more than happy to help you out and solve all your problems.

Final thoughts

This guide will help you to a certain degree to reduce ping while playing online games, do not expect magic to happen. I showed you how to optimize your network adapter settings and few tips to achieve the best possible ping while gaming with the internet connection you already have. 

If you want to see dramatic results, then the only solution would be to upgrade your internet connection or change your internet provider.

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