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MFalkey #1 Posted 01 January 2018 - 06:39 PM

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Hey guys, 

I am currently trying to play WoT with my 3G connection using Wi-Fi tethering (the speed is good and I also use it to browse on the internet, watch videos, etc). When I play I get a good ping around 130-150 ms (so ping is not the problem). But the problem is that I can't play a single game without having a big lag in the middle of a fight, the game stops completely for about a minute before everything starts moving again. I did some research on the forum and it seems to be a packet loss between my wot client and the game server, and something with DNS routing, but I don't really understand how to fix it.
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Nishi_Kinuyo #2 Posted 01 January 2018 - 06:58 PM

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For one: 130-150ms isn't exactly good ping. I get that much when playing on the NA server (or used to back when it was east coast). For either EU server I get only like 30-40ms at most and usually less.

For another: run pingplotter for a while, make a screenshot of the result, and post it here. That way we can see which point in your traffic between your PC and WoT's server is being the problem.

Thirdly: Wireless connections are usually sub-optimal for gaming. Any tablet, laptop, smartphone, etc. suddenly looking for updates will ruin your connection for a moment.


Edited by Nishi_Kinuyo, 01 January 2018 - 06:59 PM.


MFalkey #3 Posted 01 January 2018 - 07:13 PM

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130ms is a good ping for me actually, and with 4G it can get to significantly less, I currently live in north africa, and ~100ms is the best you can get. Also, you get used to it and most of the time it is not a problem. I disabled windows update and most of the background activity doesn't rely on internet.
I'll try pingplotter, thx.

divsmo #4 Posted 01 January 2018 - 08:14 PM

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It's most likely just dropping connection on the 3g momentarily. If you were watching a video online you wouldn't notice as it would buffer ahead of where you are. I used to do the same when i was on base with no wifi, in the end i had to wrap the dongle in a plastic bag and hang it out of my window to keep up a decent connection!

spuriousmonkey #5 Posted 01 January 2018 - 08:20 PM

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I had a 4G 100MPS once to play WoT. I quickly got a dedicated 2MPS cable for my PC so I can play (the 2MPS was for free: came with the rent).

 

4G is horrible for playing games.



P33K #6 Posted 01 January 2018 - 08:34 PM

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View Postspuriousmonkey, on 01 January 2018 - 08:20 PM, said:

I had a 4G 100MPS once to play WoT. I quickly got a dedicated 2MPS cable for my PC so I can play (the 2MPS was for free: came with the rent).

 

4G is horrible for playing games.

 

I get like 40-60ish ms with 4G, not that horrible to me at least. Even 3G 70-80ms is quite playable. Over 100ms delay makes it noticeable harder to hit moving targets though.

 

Not missing cable a single bit. 



Homer_J #7 Posted 01 January 2018 - 09:19 PM

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View PostMFalkey, on 01 January 2018 - 06:13 PM, said:

130ms is a good ping for me actually, and with 4G it can get to significantly less, I currently live in north africa, and ~100ms is the best you can get. Also, you get used to it and most of the time it is not a problem. I disabled windows update and most of the background activity doesn't rely on internet.
I'll try pingplotter, thx.

 

130 is on the high side even for 3G although some of that could just be the physical distance from the server.

 

I suspect your problem is to do with the way mobile networks share bandwidth between users.  I get the same kind of thing using my phone at peak times even on 4G but have no issues at 4am.



TankkiPoju #8 Posted 02 January 2018 - 08:13 AM

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View Postspuriousmonkey, on 01 January 2018 - 08:20 PM, said:

I had a 4G 100MPS once to play WoT. I quickly got a dedicated 2MPS cable for my PC so I can play (the 2MPS was for free: came with the rent).

 

4G is horrible for playing games.

 

I have been playing WoT with 3G and 4G since 2011. Not that terrible.

spuriousmonkey #9 Posted 02 January 2018 - 08:16 AM

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Well, it was horrible in that one particular region of Helsinki. Before I moved it was a bit better but still not as good as a land-line.

 

I guess you just need to be lucky to be in the right location compared to a 3/4G antenna. I wasn't twice. Didn't bother to try the 3rd time. Got rid of it altogether.

 

 



an0ther #10 Posted 02 January 2018 - 09:46 AM

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I get way better connection from my mobile phone (4G, 40-60ms ping) than from my shitty ADSL which is congested by my sons downloading pr0n and downloading steam game updates 24/7.

TankkiPoju #11 Posted 02 January 2018 - 09:59 AM

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View Postan0ther, on 02 January 2018 - 09:46 AM, said:

I get way better connection from my mobile phone (4G, 40-60ms ping) than from my shitty ADSL which is congested by my sons downloading pr0n and downloading steam game updates 24/7.

 

I have a home network for my family of five, which hits Netflix, Youtube and Spotify harder than average arty player hits F7.

 

You need to QoS that stuff. Set up strict max. download rates and prioritize game traffic. Netflix especially likes to eat up all possible bandwidth if you let it.



an0ther #12 Posted 02 January 2018 - 10:15 AM

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Routers with proper QoS that actually work cost serious money, so it's cheaper and easier to just use the 4G. 

Lord_Edge #13 Posted 02 January 2018 - 01:12 PM

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View Postan0ther, on 02 January 2018 - 09:46 AM, said:

I get way better connection from my mobile phone (4G, 40-60ms ping) than from my shitty ADSL

 

I have the same thing when I'm at my g/f's.  3Mbit ADSL vs 40+Mbit 4G is a no brainer so I just tether my phone to my laptop :)






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