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    Sky Fibre, SR102, intermittent wireless lag spikes when gaming- new router?

    This is a discussion on Sky Fibre, SR102, intermittent wireless lag spikes when gaming- new router? within the Sky Broadband (Fibre) Help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; Hi all, My desktop PC on the first floor has a wireless connection to the router on the ground floor. ...

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      Sky Fibre, SR102, intermittent wireless lag spikes when gaming- new router?

      Hi all,

      My desktop PC on the first floor has a wireless connection to the router on the ground floor. For the first few months everything worked fine- a solid connection with low ping and no spikes.
      Two months ago I started getting small lag spikes that's only noticeable when gaming. I've started to run a ping test to my router in the background and quickly look at it when I get a spike that freezes my game. This is what it looks like:

      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=1017ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=7ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=6ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=5ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=627ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
      Reply from 192.168.0.1: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=64
      As you can see, they're infrequent but bad enough to ruin gaming.

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      I've tried:

      • Rebooting the router
      • Moving router to different position in the living room
      • Take out the wireless adapter and put it back in
      • Format PC
      • Re-position PC under desk (can't do much about where it is though)
      • Tried a different Sky router (I've got two SR102s)
      • Disabling search for other networks
      • Running the program "WLan Optimizer"
      • Manually changing the router's channel to the least populated one
      • Adjusting the wireless card's antennae positions to get the maximum signal
      • Disabling the p2p aspect of Win10 updates
      • Put a laptop in the same place as the PC. Wireless spikes occur on this system too


      At this point I'm looking at replacing the router. I've read through the sticky topic here regarding third party routers and the Netgear D7000 seems like an easy replacement, but at a cost of 150 to eliminate significant ping spikes it's a big investment.

      I'd like to ask you guys for thoughts, please. I appreciate wireless will never be as good as a wired ethernet connection but a cable is out of the question. Will I see a significant boost to wireless signal strength/reliability if I move from the SR102 to the D7000? Any other comments are welcome!

      Many thanks!

      (I should mention I'm not particularly interested in the advanced features of a high-end modem/router like the D7000 and am fairly tech savvy so have no qualms flashing a router with custom firmware; my main interest is the best wireless signal- so if there's cheaper alternatives please let me know. Thanks again!)


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      Re: Sky Fibre, SR102, intermittent wireless lag spikes when gaming- new router?

      If it is physically impossible to connect using ethernet, why not consider a homeplug network. This would not be as expensive as replacing the router, which may not cure the problem anyway. Provided you get a pair with a high enough connection speed, 500mbps or better, they will give much the same performance as a wired connection.
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      Re: Sky Fibre, SR102, intermittent wireless lag spikes when gaming- new router?

      Quote Originally Posted by Isitme View Post
      If it is physically impossible to connect using ethernet, why not consider a homeplug network. This would not be as expensive as replacing the router, which may not cure the problem anyway. Provided you get a pair with a high enough connection speed, 500mbps or better, they will give much the same performance as a wired connection.
      Huh, I've never heard of a homeplug connection before. I've just had a quick search- it looks like you plug one into a power socket next to your router and connect it to the router with the cable, do the same for your PC with a second unit and the signal is carried in the power line. Have I got thathe right?

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      Re: Sky Fibre, SR102, intermittent wireless lag spikes when gaming- new router?

      Yes that's it
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      Re: Sky Fibre, SR102, intermittent wireless lag spikes when gaming- new router?

      I've just bought a twin pack TD-Link homeplug kit, should have it delivered tomorrow. You've saved me over 100- thanks!

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      Re: Sky Fibre, SR102, intermittent wireless lag spikes when gaming- new router?

      Quote Originally Posted by JPE View Post
      Huh, I've never heard of a homeplug connection before.
      Are you taking the ****?
      Have you been living under a rock for the last 6 or 7 years?

      These things have been around for ages!
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      Re: Sky Fibre, SR102, intermittent wireless lag spikes when gaming- new router?

      Yep- this passed me by! I've put in a pair of TP-link AV600 units and they work a charm. Thanks again!

     

     

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