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    Lag Spikes

    This is a discussion on Lag Spikes within the Gaming on Sky forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; Been playing on sky fine since I switched over about two months ago, but for the past week or so ...

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      Lag Spikes

      Been playing on sky fine since I switched over about two months ago, but for the past week or so I've been suffering from very short but very frequent lag spikes on all games- every 10 seconds or so I'll lose connection for a fraction of a second, making many games unplayable.

      Any ideas?

      Pretty sure its not the wireless from inSSIDer, and here are some stats:
      (Odd, as we are on up to 8 or 10, I can't recall)


      Downstream Upstream
      Connection Speed 15037 kbps 891 kbps
      Line Attenuation 32.0 db 15.8 db
      Noise Margin 7.1 db 8.0 db


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      Re: Lag Spikes

      Could you post your full stats please?

      Also you would be better of playing on-line games with a wired connection, not Wireless.

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      Speedtest: 17.15MB/s 0.97Mb/s Ping 31 ms

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      Re: Lag Spikes

      Stats attached.

      Wireless hasn't given me any grief before now, so I don't see the issue.
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      Re: Lag Spikes

      Pretty impressive speed for the attenuation. I couldn't imagine the problem being sync related given those stats. I'd assume DLM has already left your delays at 8ms (best for low ping times), but ringing Sky would confirm this.

      Try it with an ethernet cable and see if the issue still persists.

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      Re: Lag Spikes

      Well those stats confirm that your router hasn't lost it's connection to the Internet for the last 24 hours.

      It could be possible that the WiFi is struggling to cope. Most people on this forum who play games on-line seem agreed on using an Ethernet cable. If you can't get one suitably wired to where the PC or games machine is, then a pair of HomePlugs will help.

      Ensure that the HomePlugs are specified to 100mbps or 200mbps.

      Sky's WiFi is fine for browsing, but not brilliant for gaming.

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      Speedtest: 17.15MB/s 0.97Mb/s Ping 31 ms

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      Re: Lag Spikes

      Wireless gaming is never a good idea even with an N grade router
      Links Router Stats Useful Tutorials Speed Test Check For Test Socket Repetitive Electrical Impulse Noise

      Results from http://www.speed.io (Copied on 2011-04-08 16:36:58)
      Download: 50000 Kbit/s Upload : 4361 kbit/s Connects : 2446 conn/min Ping: 21 ms

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      Re: Lag Spikes

      Wireless hasn't given me any grief before now, so I don't see the issue.
      Unfortunately more and more people are using wireless networks. This means there is more and more interference. Even if your connection has been fine for years all it needs is a couple of your neighbours to start a wireless network and your connection can go. The new BT hubs seem to be particularly bad at blocking other users. If you have a few of these in your neighbourhood you will certainly suffer.

      Use Inssider to discover the least used channel. Remember 1 and 13 are the least overlapped, if 1, 6, and 11 are in use.

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      http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html/ TCPOptimiser /Test Socket

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      Re: Lag Spikes

      Only one other network on a different channel, but wiring it up seemed to fix it. For now, at least.
      Thanks for the help.

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      Re: Lag Spikes

      There are many devices that can interfere with WiFi frequencies.

      Top of the list includes things such as Microwave Ovens, TVs & TV Senders.

      It may be that you or a neighbour has installed something recently that is now causing interference or something electrical has recently developed a fault.

      Reading other posts on this forum, it seems that the BT HomeHub v2 is also joining a list of devices that could be causing interference problems too.

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      Speedtest: 17.15MB/s 0.97Mb/s Ping 31 ms

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      Re: Lag Spikes

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      There are many devices that can interfere with WiFi frequencies.

      Top of the list includes things such as Microwave Ovens, TVs & TV Senders.

      It may be that you or a neighbour has installed something recently that is now causing interference or something electrical has recently developed a fault.

      Reading other posts on this forum, it seems that the BT HomeHub v2 is also joining a list of devices that could be causing interference problems too.
      The list goes on:

      Central heating
      Fish tanks
      Baby monitors etc
      Links Router Stats Useful Tutorials Speed Test Check For Test Socket Repetitive Electrical Impulse Noise

      Results from http://www.speed.io (Copied on 2011-04-08 16:36:58)
      Download: 50000 Kbit/s Upload : 4361 kbit/s Connects : 2446 conn/min Ping: 21 ms

     

     

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