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Cheyenne, WY

Lag Spikes in Gaming

For the last week especially, I have been getting brief, but annoying, lag spikes in all of my multiplayer games. I have an awesome ping in every match, so latency is not an issue. My ping usually ranges between 20 and 60ms. But every 30 seconds to 1 minute, I get a 250-500ms spike (not indicated in the game, however). Before I know it, I'm dead. I've tried Counter Strike: Source, Team Fortress 2, and Call of Duty: MW2 -- all with the same problem.

Not sure what it is, but it's ridiculously annoying.

Displaced Ohioan
Denver, CO
I haven't noticed anything. But my gaming is limited to SC2, Halo and World of Warcraft. SC2 and WoW are much more lag spike friendly.
Whats smells like blue?


Cheyenne, WY
reply to docmars
I might have to double-check our router and modem -- maybe reset them just for good measure.

I Void Warranties

Billings, MT
What kind of router do you have?


Cheyenne, WY
I have an ASUS WL500-W Wireless N (300Mbps) router. It has worked really well in the past on the same exact connection for about a year now, with no changes really. I took it with me to college and brought it back and had no issues during Spring Break (about a month ago) Now, even through our ethernet connections, we are getting these weird spikes and unusually high pings in our games. :/

Very frustrating, and still going on unfortunately.

I used to get pings anywhere from 20 to 50ms on most servers in Counter Strike: Source. But now, I get anywhere between 90 and 150ms. It seems like packets are being dropped/lost mid-game because everything will just stop, and continue about 500ms later.

Powell, WY
Try running a trace route and then take the first two hops from your computer (your router and the hop directly after) and run continuous pings to both addresses. Use 'ping -t ip address' without the quotes in a command prompt. When you notice the lag spike check both pings and see if either rise at all. This may help, may not...at least its a direction.

Another, more simple, test is to just plug your computer straight into the modem and game for awhile - if the problem persists it isn't your router.