Bill Burr Mar 6 @ 10:54pm
Incredibly Weird Ping Problem REWARD FOR SOLVER
Okay so i'll explain the situation. I live in New Zealand

The last week my ping in TF2 ONLY has spiked from 90-100 to 200-230. There is no reason for this to happen. No change in internet providers, no router changes or anything. Ive tried ping tests to sydney and its showed 50-70 on numerous occasions so its something wrong with TF2 not my internet. To back up more that its not about my internet I move between two houses and the results have been the same, a change of ping from 90-100 to 200-230.

Now that I've explained id LOVE some help and anything would be appreciated.

NOTE: I live in NZ and connect to sydney servers regularly, I do notice any ping changes

I play tf2 on a mac

Thins ive tried.
-Change config.cfg with a stock version (Failed)
-Keep my patience (Failed)
- Checked net_graph for packet loss (none) (Failed)

Whoever fixes this issue can add me for a reward, Thanks
Last edited by Bill Burr; Mar 7 @ 5:19pm
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The Antarctican Crayon Mar 6 @ 11:08pm 
Are you on a wireless connection? Even with good internet, wireless will destroy anything good about it. It's very unreliable.

If it is only TF2, that probably means TF2 uses a higher bit-rate than your other games do(Only matters on Wireless).
Bill Burr Mar 6 @ 11:24pm 
I have a wireless router, however it shouldn't be the problem. nothing has changed and even when i move locations (ip) the problem remains the same. My brother uses it but i have checked and he hasnt been doing anything out of the ordinary in the past week
The Antarctican Crayon Mar 6 @ 11:32pm 
Originally posted by Swayze:
I have a wireless router, however it shouldn't be the problem. nothing has changed and even when i move locations (ip) the problem remains the same. My brother uses it but i have checked and he hasnt been doing anything out of the ordinary in the past week

What I meant by Wireless connection was, Are you connecting your computer the the internet with a cable(Going from your computer to your Router), or are you using Wi-Fi to actually connect to your network?
Bill Burr Mar 6 @ 11:34pm 
No cable. W-Fi
The Antarctican Crayon Mar 6 @ 11:44pm 
Well that might be the problem right there. TF2 uses a higher bit-rate than a lot of other games(Which is why the Lag-Comp is generally very good), Wireless is very unpredictable.

Wireless could be fine for some things, Where as some other things it will be very bad.

So you say you have a Mac, move between two houses and play on Wireless. Are you on a laptop by chance?
Bill Burr Mar 6 @ 11:49pm 
Im on a laptop, yes. But im sure wireless wont be exactly the same "unpredictability" for a whole week and between two houses, its very small odds. Ive never had ping like this for a week out of my 2.5 years of playing tf2 and ive been on wireless the whole time.
Royal_Tenenbaum Mar 7 @ 12:07am 
Im pretty sure they didn't use macs in Lord of the Rings... I would try and avoid connecting to aussie servers and just go with a Baradur server. Orthanc servers are too laggy in my opinion.
Bill Burr Mar 7 @ 12:14am 
Ive connected to aussie servers for years and no lag, no problem. It isnt a choice to play others because i own a aussie server and need to be on it ;/
Bill Burr Mar 7 @ 12:33am 
bumpidy bump
The Antarctican Crayon Mar 7 @ 12:42am 
Originally posted by Swayze:
Im on a laptop, yes. But im sure wireless wont be exactly the same "unpredictability" for a whole week and between two houses, its very small odds. Ive never had ping like this for a week out of my 2.5 years of playing tf2 and ive been on wireless the whole time.

Your ISP could be doing some "Upgrades" to the servers. Before I moved to Canada, I used to live in San Diego with the crappiest internet ever. Well, It was average internet I guess, but when they started doing "Upgrades" it all went bad for a couple of months.

Even here in Vancouver, with a 320-ish Mbps connection, When they do these "Upgrades", it get's pretty bad.
Heavyoak Mar 7 @ 12:44am 
its your isp or one of the last tf2 updates messed up something.
Satsujin Jiken Mar 7 @ 1:05am 
if you want to verify it's not TF2 you can try to reset your configurations by renaming your config folder (<Steam Folder>/SteamApps/common/team fortress 2/tf/cfg) into something else.
slop Mar 7 @ 1:27am 
Do you have lots of devices connected to your wireless router?
Or perhaps there's too much wireless "clutter" in your area due to a recent change in devices, and it's causing your signal to be less reliable?
Those cause latency and jitter issues for me when I run wireless.

Try typing in net_graph 3 in the TF2 console, and check if you're getting any packet loss, etc.
https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/TF2_Network_Graph
Last edited by slop; Mar 7 @ 1:29am
Bill Burr Mar 7 @ 1:47am 
Okay guys, appreciate the suggestions ill check everyone up tommorow. ill contact my provider, ill check the net graph and for the config suggestion ill check that out too. Bed time now :) thanks everyone
Bill Burr Mar 7 @ 5:13pm 
Okay im back with some results. Heres my results from the net graph 3. On 210 ping my loss is 0 but when it spikes up to 300 (occasionally) loss goes to 14 or so, im guessing thats expected. The problem is only in tf2. ive done ping tests to sydney and it comes bak at 70-90 (usual ping while in tf2). There should be no need to call my provider?!? because my ping from the test is at usual?!? It must be something with my tf2
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