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Huge lag spikes on wireless

by soniknts / September 10, 2012 9:35 PM PDT


I'm having constant lag spikes. I use DPC Latency checker

On both my desktop (using PCI wifi card) and my laptop I have lag spikes. This is a screenshot of the spikes Although it says its my hardware problems, I doubt its true, as it happens on both devices.

As a gamer this is truly irritating.

Do you have any idea how to fix this problem?

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Re: lag spikes
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 10, 2012 9:51 PM PDT

Maybe it's the router. Maybe it's interference with a nearby router (your neighbours) operating on the same or an adjacent channel. Maybe it's a hacker using your unprotected wireless router. Maybe it's some background program that took a millisecond of the CPU or Windows doing its housekeeping.

For gaming it's adviced to use a wired connection. With a desktop that's usually easy to do, since it stays on the same position so it's a one-time operation to have a cable there. The same, of course, if you use your laptop usually at the same place (and not so often at other locations, when at home).

It's worth an experiment at least, because it eliminates all wireless issues (hackers, interference, the wireless logic of the router). Changing the channel you use, of course, is a very easy test.


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That's normal.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 11, 2012 2:55 AM PDT

WiFi is in the wide open so a neighbor, another PC or a microwave oven can interfere. Gamers learn quickly that WiFi is not the connection of choice.

Eventually they move back to the wired connection and even turn off the WiFi in the router.

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by pgc3 / September 11, 2012 3:12 AM PDT
In reply to: That's normal.

Absolutely, that isn't uncommon and as you said, if you are gaming, wireless is NOT the way to go, too many variables, can bounce around like a yo yo.

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