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Gaming lag

My son tells me his ping is awful and his games keep on freezing on his PC - he's telling me to go to another provider.

Other than leaving VM any ideas how I can fix things and stop him moaning?

He is connected on a wifi connection mostly, he has a powerline / wifi booster in his room but experience is the same with our without the power line connected.

We are on a 100MPS package from VM?

He just said he was kicked out of a game earlier with a ping spike to 1000.

Does this sound like something fixable or a known issue with VM for gamers?

 

 

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Re: Gaming lag

Gaming over wifi is not ideal, but if you're seeing ping over 1000ms then that's very unlikely to be the fault of the wifi.  Do a few speedtests from a PC or Mac connected to the hub by a network cable, particularly at peak hours and see if you're consistently getting the full contracted speed, because poor latency ("ping" to the masses) is often associated with speed problems.

Also, a job for your son if he's old enough, get him to visit thinkbroadband.com create an account and then set up a Broadband Quality Monitor.  That will continuously monitor the quality of your cable connection although it will need to run for 24 hours before there's any useful data.  Then post a link to a snapshot chart of your BQM in a reply here, and we'll take a look.

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Re: Gaming lag

Andruser, thanks for your input. I've just ordered an exterior grade Ethernet cable so with a few open windows we can hardware to the router to test if it's the wifi reach or an actual service issue.

Regarding the BQM, does this need to run on his pc or could I create an account on a different device and check it that way?

Thanks again

 

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Re: Gaming lag

The BQM is run by Thinkbroadband's servers, there's nothing installed on any of your devices, and it can be checked by logging in to your Thinkbroadband account from any internet device anywhere (so for example, I keep an eye on an elderly relatives Openreach line through a BQM set for their IP address as well as one for my own), there's nothing installed on either my computer or theirs.  And because the BQM is simply sending a ping request to your router, you can happily turn off other equipment if that's how you normally behave - only the router needs to be switched on.

Good idea to test the lag with a cable, but be aware that lag problems tend to be high unpredictable, so you may want to try that for a day or two if that's possible.

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Re: Gaming lag

Hi Crosby, 

Thanks for using the forums to get this issue looked into - and thanks Andruser for giving your advice.

I've done a health check on your services, Crosby, and can see an issue with your Input Levels on your broadband connection, this is usually rectified with the help of an engineer call out. 

I'll send you a PM now so we can chat about dates and times for the engineer visit, just so you know someone over the age of 18 needs to be present in the property when they arrive. 

Speak to you soon.

Megan_L

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Hi Crosby, 

That's all booked in for you now, once the engineer finishes their work can you monitor the performance and let me know if the issue has rectified please?

Thanks 🙂

Megan_L

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