What’s a good ping for gaming?
The lower your ping, the faster your connection and the more competitively you can play. That’s the general rule. But let’s see what you should really aim to have for your style of gaming…
How to test your ping
So, how good is yours right now? And how much room do you have for improvement? Let’s find out. There’s two ways you can do this…
Check your ping in your game
For an accurate measure of your network performance, specific to the game and server you’re playing on, go to your game settings and find something like ‘Display performance stats’ or ‘Display network options.’ Most games, especially first person shooters, let you check your ping and some even colour code your connection, green being ideal. Yellow, average. Red, tragic.
Use an online ping test tool
Take your pick of the online tools and run a few tests at different times and in different rooms. SpeedTest.net is one of the most popular for gamers. Or there’s SpeedSmart to measure the ping to servers all over the world and SpeedOf.me which includes a latency measurement.
For your first test, connect your computer or games console to your Hub with an Ethernet cable and measure your ping. Afterwards, unplug your cable and retake the test around your home to see how the numbers change. This will help you get a sense of your average ping, while showing you where your gaming set up could get the fastest connection. Ping in milliseconds also appears on our broadband speed test.
What impacts your ping?
Unhappy with your test result? Perhaps your ping is higher than you’d like for one of these reasons…