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Should I buy a new modem and router to decrease my ping for games?

Would I see a difference in game performance if I changed the modem or router?

My ISP is Comcast and I am renting the standard cable modem from them. The modem is going into a Linksys WRT54 version 2 with the internal antennas. My sig rig is connected via LAN to the wireless router.

I have never thought a replacing the modem, but come to think of it the rental fee is 10 bucks a month and it is certainly the weakest link in my networking setup, the other being my Linksys wireless router.

In this mmo I play the ping is around 75ms most of the time and jumps to 125 at times in high pop areas. I think this is pretty good, but it could be better. I am going to test out a Bigfoot 2100 NIC to see if that will make a difference (Newegg has them shipped for 77 dollars now and I will just return it if it is a sham.) While I am at it I might as well see if my modem and router could use some upgrading.
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latency is affected by a multitude of things. Normally latency is affected in devices or number of hops along with distance. You have mentioned you are using cable, cable is a shared circuit to your neighborhood. That is why at certain times of the day you will see faster access than at other times. Getting a new NIC really is just a waste of money, you will still have the bottleneck with Comcast. If everything you was accessing was local then it might be a consideration, even then a generic 10/100/1000 NIC would be dam near just as good.
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The Motorola Surfboard cable modems are pretty decent units already. I don't think the modem is the problem.

Remove the router from the network and try testing the internet with the cable modem only. If your ping improves, at least you know its comcast's fault and its nothing you can do about it.

Chances are, it could be the router though, WRT54G is a fairly old router with less than average specs compared to today's standards.
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Hello.. Maybe, but probably not.. Bye..
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Thanks guys!

I'll try bypassing the router to see if pings improve.

The NIC card is sort of just for fun and I am expecting to send it back, but I still wanted to try it.
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It might, but probably not by much. Ping is heavily effected by the distance to the server, the number of devices you must go through to get to the server, and the queuing delays at each of those devices due do high traffic.
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It might, but probably not by much. Ping is heavily effected by the distance to the server, the number of devices you must go through to get to the server, and the queuing delays at each of those devices due do high traffic.

In essence see the second post.
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