Wireless internet and USEast lag

PhatTrumpet

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Wireless internet and USEast lag

My dad finally caved and got RoadRunner with a wireless internet hub, so I went out and got a compatible wireless internet card for my desktop. Problem is while playing D2 I fairly regularly get enormous lag spikes, like anywhere between 3 and 10 seconds, I even got one just now that was something like 30 seconds.

Is bnet USEast most likely to blame, or is there something screwy about wireless connections? If it's the connection, is there anything I can do to fix it?
 

terrymanning

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PhatTrumpet said:
My dad finally caved and got RoadRunner with a wireless internet hub, so I went out and got a compatible wireless internet card for my desktop. Problem is while playing D2 I fairly regularly get enormous lag spikes, like anywhere between 3 and 10 seconds, I even got one just now that was something like 30 seconds.

Is bnet USEast most likely to blame, or is there something screwy about wireless connections? If it's the connection, is there anything I can do to fix it?
What specification wireless is it? G or only B? Depending on the specification, you can get interference from cordless telephones. I have had wireless at home for a couple of years now and never get that type of lag.
 

MoUsE_WiZ

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Wireless isn't for gaming.
Packets end up corrupted more often with wireless and therefore have to be resent more often and therefore you end up with lag.
 

AzaZaz

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with that being said i was online yesterday and was getting terrible lag from bnet. Had nothing to do with my comp as i never lag, but if thats not good enough for ya, others were getting it too. So just an FYI yesterday was really pingy :)
 

terrymanning

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MoUsE_WiZ said:
Wireless isn't for gaming.
Packets end up corrupted more often with wireless and therefore have to be resent more often and therefore you end up with lag.

Please explain. I'm curious where you're getting this from. Are you talking about corruption at layer 2? 802.11A, B and G are all standards that are no more prone to corruption than ethernet standards. Are you talking about interference?

@PhatTrumpet - Go to a command prompt and ping your default gateway, this should be the router. Set your packet size to something large using -l option and let it run non-stop using the -t option. Watch and see if you get responses to all of your pings or if you are dropping packets. This should tell you if it the wireless dropping packets or B-Net. Wireless will drop packets regardless of the application. Let me know if this helps.
 

Herald of Doom

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Make sure you don't have any materials between you and your hub. Ok, that might be a bit obvious, but I "fixed" my uncles problems with his wireless by moving it so the big concrete wall wasnt in the way anymore :p

HoD
 

MoUsE_WiZ

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terrymanning said:
Are you talking about interference?
Indeed I am.
And if you start using fragmentation to avoid interference that may not be possible for you to get rid of you're still stuck with added overhead.
 

PhatTrumpet

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terrymanning said:
@PhatTrumpet - Go to a command prompt and ping your default gateway, this should be the router. Set your packet size to something large using -l option and let it run non-stop using the -t option. Watch and see if you get responses to all of your pings or if you are dropping packets. This should tell you if it the wireless dropping packets or B-Net. Wireless will drop packets regardless of the application. Let me know if this helps.
You're gonna hafta try that again in English... :scratch:

:bonk:
 

Zavior

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Uhm, how do you have positioned your router and comp? Our D-link SHOULD be able to connect through certain types of wall(which it cant do...)

After we moved router it started to work perfectly.
 

terrymanning

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From Windows

Click Start > Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt

This should open a new window. The prompt should look something like this..

Example: http://img19.echo.cx/my.php?image=prompt5pe.jpg

At the prompt type "ipconfig /all"

Example: http://img157.echo.cx/my.php?image=prompt13cc.jpg

What you are looking for is your "Default Gateway".

That is the address you want to ping.

Example: http://img157.echo.cx/my.php?image=prompt33pr.jpg

Let it ping for a minute or so and ensure that you are receiving responses for all pings. Let me know if this helps.
 

terrymanning

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PhatTrumpet said:
Thanks terry.

I did that for a couple minutes. Every ping was 1ms except one that was 680ms.
On the surface it sounds like your wireless is OK. Ping tests arent always the best but it can be a good place to start. Another test you might try, which is a little more involved, is mapping a drive to another PC across the wireless connection and copy a large file to your PC. Let me know if you want to try that and I can email you some basic instructions.
 
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