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post #1 of 7
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The issue I have been having lately is that when 5 of my buddies are connected to my internet we seem to get some lag.

Everything is fine for the first couple hours, and then maybe 3 or so hours in we start to get 200 ping.


Games we are playing:

League of legends.


I currently have a ATT DSL package. From my understanding it is their high end package. The odd thing is I used to never have this problem. My router/modem is new, settings seem to be good. We all play off gaming laptops.


Here is my speedtest.net.

http://www.speedtest.net/result/2184109728.png


Any suggestions?
post #2 of 7
It could be possible that your router is being overloaded? Try unplugging/replugging the router next time that happens and see if it fixes the problem
post #3 of 7

Let's start with the basics. 

 

1.) What package are you paying for? What Upload and Download speeds are you supposed to be getting?

 

2.) Describe your network. Start at your Modem, then your router, then any switches, then all your devices. State which ones are wired and wireless. 

 

3.) How old is the house you are in. How many phones do you have? How many of those phones are filtered? Is your Modem filtered?

 

That should get the troubleshooting going...   thumb.gif

post #4 of 7
The simplest answer as far as whether or not you can speed up your connection, barring buying a faster package, is no.

The most important things for gaming are connection quality and ping times. I don't know how much bandwidth hosting 5 people uses, but, since you say you're usually fine for the first couple hours, it's easy to assume that whatever package you have is adequate. With DSL, and unlike cable, it doesn't matter how many other people also have internet service in your area. So congestion from prime time isn't an issue, at least as far as your own connection goes.

One of two things is probably going on here. One: a hop between you and your friends has some packet loss issues during high-traffic times of the day. This is easily testable with a command prompt. Ping your friends and see if the packets are having issues getting back and forth. Or Two: ATT is throttling your connection after you hit a certain data amount each day or within a limited period of time.

The problem is that you really can't do anything about either, regardless of which is the culprit. You could complain about the throttling to ATT if that's what ends up being the case, but don't expect them to care.

edit:

Disregard most of my post, and take from it whatever is useful. I misunderstood the OP. I thought he was talking about him hosting a game and others connecting over the internet.
Edited by Kaldari - 9/17/12 at 5:25pm
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I'd suspect that 2 mbit of WAN bandwidth is a bit limiting for 6 people.
Latency will skyrocket as a result.
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Quote:
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I'd suspect that 2 mbit of WAN bandwidth is a bit limiting for 6 people.
Latency will skyrocket as a result.

That would be my guess from the limited available information as well. Also the OP said they were all using laptops so my next question is wired or wireless?
5 laptops on the same wireless network will have issues, especially with a game where they're all trying to continuously send and receive at the same time
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post #7 of 7
No one here thinks 2Mbps is slow, even for DSL?

You guys bring up good points about the WiFi (it needs to be addressed) but the Thread Starter was paying for the ATT U-Verse, we could have a problem.

We just don't know anything about the network, yet...
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