7 easy ways to reduce lag
Lag is the enemy of all online gamers, and can mean the difference between life and death – in the gaming world at least. However, lag can affect anyone, not just gamers. It causes video and graphics to slow and then jump forward, it slows pages loading, and it produces a time lapse between typing and words appearing onscreen.
When you experience lag, it means there is high latency between your computer and the servers you are connecting to. Latency is simply the time it takes for information to be sent from your computer to the servers. Higher latency means it is taking longer for that information to be received, so you experience a lag. Check out iiNets wireless broadband packages today to find a suitable fit for your needs.
Lag can be caused by a number of factors, such as limited bandwidth, packet loss, network congestion, and a heavy load on the servers. There are also a number of ways to reduce lag. While each solution may only reduce a small amount of lag, doing a number of fixes may reduce lag significantly.
Don’t use a wireless connection
When you use a wireless connection, information being sent and received by your computer can be lost. Obstructions such as walls and furniture can confuse wireless signals being sent and received, as can appliances such as microwaves and cordless phones. To reduce lag, use an Ethernet cable to move to a wired connection.
Upgrade your equipment
Spending more money on upgraded equipment can reduce lag. If you are a serious gamer, this could be a good investment, but it’s rarely cheap.
If you’re not willing to spend a small fortune on new equipment, try tweaking the equipment you already have. In the case of online gaming, visit the menu screen to bring up Options or Settings, and try out different graphics options, screen resolution, texture resolution and so on. This may reduce the quality of the graphics, but it should also increase performance and reduce lag.
Close unused programs
Other programs running on your computer or network will decrease the available bandwidth. If you use more than your maximum bandwidth, you will experience lag. Close any non-essential programs or applications, and make sure anyone else using your network connection does the same. This includes peer-to-peer sharing, streaming video, and VoIP programs such as Skype.
Set up Quality of Service (QoS)
Your router will usually allow you to prioritise certain network traffic. Prioritise programs by setting up Quality of Service(QoS) to reduce lag, but make sure you configure the settings properly or you may end up increasing lag rather than reducing it.
Take care of your network hardware
Try restarting your network hardware if it is sluggish. Just unplug your modem and router for 30 minutes to reboot. Lag can also be caused by faulty network hardware, so try bypassing unnecessary hardware and connect directly to your modem with an Ethernet cable.
Contact your ISP
If you have tried all these fixes and you are still experiencing lag, it could be a good idea to contact your internet service provider. Check for packet loss and run a speed test before contacting your ISP (they should be able to guide you through this if you are unsure). If the problem is related to the ISP, they may need to send out a technician to fix it.