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What is ping???!!!

genkville
Grafter
Posts: 49
Registered: 04-12-2009

What is ping???!!!

I just joined and was active last night! awesome 5MB a secound  Cheesy
I'm confused though what is ping? i look on MW2 and it says 70 ping when looking for games. Is this good? is it lower the better?
If so how can i reduce it?
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Plusnet Alumni (retired) orbrey
Plusnet Alumni (retired)
Posts: 10,540
Registered: 18-07-2007

Re: What is ping???!!!

Hi genkville,
Your ping is the length of time it takes a data packet to be sent to the server you are 'pinging' and come back again. Yes, the lower the better - if it's a 70 ping to a server in the US, I'd say that was pretty good. If it's a UK server I'd be expecting more like 20-40ms, so if a UK server you may have interleaving on your connection - this makes the connection more stable however it does increase ping times. We can remove it if you wish, depending on the status of your line (if it's a long line it's better to leave interleaving on as it stops a lot of dropping connection issues).
What's your ping like to bbc.co.uk?
sweafe
Grafter
Posts: 51
Registered: 20-11-2009

Re: What is ping???!!!

when i play on my ps3 it says my ping is around 150
i dont get it though because the game runs smoothly...most of the time anyway
could this have something to do with my pc been on at the same time?
genkville
Grafter
Posts: 49
Registered: 04-12-2009

Re: What is ping???!!!

Quote from: Matt
Hi genkville,
Your ping is the length of time it takes a data packet to be sent to the server you are 'pinging' and come back again. Yes, the lower the better - if it's a 70 ping to a server in the US, I'd say that was pretty good. If it's a UK server I'd be expecting more like 20-40ms, so if a UK server you may have interleaving on your connection - this makes the connection more stable however it does increase ping times. We can remove it if you wish, depending on the status of your line (if it's a long line it's better to leave interleaving on as it stops a lot of dropping connection issues).
What's your ping like to bbc.co.uk?

Thanks Matt!
If you can make it quicker then please do so but at moment its fine! i played MW2 with ease. I dont know how to check my ping?
scootie
Grafter
Posts: 4,799
Registered: 03-11-2007

Re: What is ping???!!!

go to command prompt if using windows and use the following commands below, this connection is now interleaved but on fastpath (intrleaving off) its was 18ms to bbc.co.uk, the following times are why using p2p so are not stable but 35ms is bout rite for this line on interleaving
if your using the PN thomson router the first hop ping times are allways high, it means nothing apart from the routers prioity being low at responding to icmp packet (pings)
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C:\Users\SparrowHawk>ping bbc.co.uk
Pinging bbc.co.uk [212.58.224.138] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 212.58.224.138: bytes=32 time=36ms TTL=121
Reply from 212.58.224.138: bytes=32 time=65ms TTL=121
Reply from 212.58.224.138: bytes=32 time=45ms TTL=121
Reply from 212.58.224.138: bytes=32 time=42ms TTL=121
Ping statistics for 212.58.224.138:
   Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
   Minimum = 36ms, Maximum = 65ms, Average = 47ms
C:\Users\SparrowHawk>tracert bbc.co.uk
Tracing route to bbc.co.uk [212.58.224.138]
over a maximum of 30 hops:
 1    61 ms   100 ms    98 ms  dsldevice.lan [192.168.1.254]
 2    46 ms    51 ms    43 ms  lo0-plusnet.pcl-ag04.plus.net [195.166.128.134]
 3    47 ms    59 ms    49 ms  gi1-6-604.pcl-gw02.plus.net [84.92.0.229]
 4    55 ms    58 ms    53 ms  te2-2.thn-gw2.plus.net [212.159.0.190]
 5    46 ms    58 ms    39 ms  rt0.thdo.bbc.co.uk [212.58.239.25]
 6    71 ms    54 ms    69 ms  212.58.238.149
 7    62 ms    37 ms    69 ms  virtual-vip.thdo.bbc.co.uk [212.58.224.138]
Trace complete.
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Posts: 4,729
Registered: 04-04-2007

Re: What is ping???!!!

Packet InterNet Gopher
Definition
Method used in determining the response time of an internet connection. PING software sends a request to an website, and times the receipt of reply (echo) called pong. A part of the Internet Protocol, PING is not directly accessible to the user.

Sorry that was one of those correct, but perfect useless answers!!!