Multiplayer gaming

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 21:01
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lately my son has been playin his games online. About a week ago he told me that his 'ping' has risen. I am still not sure of what this is but he told me the higher it is the more 'lag' you get, meaning he can't shoot,run and aim properly. I am wandering if there is a way of reducing it?? We have telsta boradband cable running uncapped/128kbps (downstream/upstream) meaning it will download at the best available speed and upload at 128kbps.

Any help would be appreciated
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Reply By: Member - Sparky - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 21:13

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 21:13
try clearing your cache...what speed processor and RAM are you using? That could also be why it is slowing down. I think PING refers to your computer sending and then receiving info about itself/websites etc...I think? What about have your son run around the yard a bit more and less on the computer...hhmm, I feel a bit hypocritical sitting on the computer reading forums....

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Follow Up By: landcruiser100 - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 21:25

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 21:25
its a P4 3ghz processor with 1024 mb of ram.

He plays a couple of sports and him and his mates have just started playing against each other, i dont mind as long as he isnt causing trouble and fighting with his brother and sister.....and where do i cclear the cache?
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Follow Up By: Member - Sparky - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:38

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:38
Obviosly I got thing ping thing wrong...
If you want to clear cache go to

Internet options
Temporary Internet Files - Settings
View Files
Edit (top tool bar)
Select All

This will delete all current Temp Internet Files and Cookies.

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Reply By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 21:22

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 21:22
Ping is the time taken for a 'message' to return from a set destination. It works in much the same manner as sonar/echo sounder does. A 'ping' is sent out and then the time taken for the reply to come back is calculated. This is known as the 'lag'. Increased load on the cable network may have an impact on the performance. But also virus' such as those that send mass amounts of email can greatly have a noticeable impact as they chew up bandwidth. The other cause could simply be the game server your son is connecting to has more and more users connecting to it, causing it to slow down, giving poor ping times. and slowed responce in the game play. This is the most probable cause, especially if all other web browsing and internet traffic, etc is not affected in any way.
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 21:30

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 21:30
Pinging is measuring how long a few bytes of data takes to get to a site and back.
Usually out of your hands, you can only complain to your ISP if it's too slow.

Pinging [] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from bytes=32 time=73ms TTL=120
Reply from bytes=32 time=117ms TTL=120
Reply from bytes=32 time=132ms TTL=120
Reply from bytes=32 time=119ms TTL=120

Ping statistics for
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 73ms, Maximum = 132ms, Average = 110ms
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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:02

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:02
thats why i pretty much stopped online gaming i was a ranked player for the sydney crew(ROUGHNECKS) got so sick of lag and timeouts my rating dropped from world wide 519 to below 2300 , sucked big time , so went networking on LAN till new job and my baby boys cam along .
getting old
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:06

Thursday, Apr 15, 2004 at 22:06
I believe it's a big problem for some gamers. Lots of gamers on the cable network here in Geelong are moaning about ping times.
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Reply By: Member - glenno (QLD) - Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 09:14

Friday, Apr 16, 2004 at 09:14
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