Laag. Its a problem we all know in on-line gaming. The problem can occur with fragmented SATA drive(s) (SSDs are exempt), Firewall rules not allowing access to game servers, Anti-Virus software scanning running software, and Internet service providers. All of these items can have delay (Lag) game play. However there is one thing that is usually overlooked for on-line games for wired networks, its the LAN cable.
The lesson I learned recently is not choosing the correct network cable. To explain I had various network connections from DSL to Fiber Optics for on-line gaming. And during that time some equipment is used from previous setups. In my case I was using an old Cat5 LAN cable from the DSL days. Granted the network configuration does work, but there are at times unexplained network problems causing lag or slowdowns.
Enter the age of knowledge in finding out what you have for a system network when you get a new 1GB network router. I found an article that was discussing LAN cables and found out that my LAN cable was not up to code. Plus add to the fact I have a 1 GB network card too. So I was creating a network choke point with the wrong LAN cable.
To explain more, here are the specs to LAN cables:
|Speed||100Mbps||1000Mbps||10 Gbps over 33-55 meters (110-165 feet) of cable|
|Maximum Cable Length||
100 meters for slower network speeds (up to 1,000 Mbps) and higher network speeds over short distances.
For Gigabit Ethernet, 55 meters max, with 33 meters in high crosstalk conditions.
Granted Cat6(a) is the last spec for LAN networking, however do most home networks really have 10GB router? Again pricing is the driving cost in my study in finding the correct solution.
I then went to the local hardware store and spent $2.97 on a 3 foot Cat5e LAN cable between my router and desktop system. And as a result I can notice a difference in the game play. The Internet is faster, I calculated my downloads/uploads are 87% faster. YouTube is not buffering most of the time. I am not noticing any perceived lag in games as I had before. So in summation, if you are a wired network player, verify that your network cable is the correct one. Don't be RU player operating on old equipment and complaining to WG for network lagging whoas for a bad setup.