High ping latency recently

Starting this previous weekend, my ping rate jumped into the 400-500ms range. Regularly I will time out waiting for packets to come back when pinging hosts. My upload and download is ok but for online gaming its frustrating as the game servers kick me off after 5 mins of gameplay for high ping rate.

Servers in Taiwan have fast ping times, but when I did a traceroute to N. American gaming servers, noticed now the ping rate jumps by 200-300ms when going from HK to California or Australia…

Anyone else noticed this? Not just game servers, other websites I regulary visited have high ping rates too…

I thought maybe it was a temporary routing issue, but having been the case for 5 days now, I am scared it maybe permanent…

Which ISP are you on? On my So-Net line it is about 190-200ms ping to California and back right now, which is pretty decent. You’ll likely get at best 100ms to other parts of Asia, 150-250 to US, depending where, and 250-400 to Europe (nearly all ISPs route Asia-Europe traffic through the US). If the performance doesn’t improve, change your ISP.

You also might want to check if your computer is clean… You might have picked up an infection that turns your computer into a spamming machine.

I use Eastern Broadband Telecom cable internet company, I want to switch but I don’t think there are any other internet cable companies that provide service via the cable t.v. line…

I used netstat to check my port to see nothing else is hogging by the bandwidth and have a BW meter installed to check the speed /amount of data transferred, so doubt its a spyware stuff…seems more like just really bad routing algorithms…

A single geostationary satellite adds a latency of 240-280ms, just by the distance and the speed of light. I image it’s fair way by cable too.
I surprised you ever had a good ping to the USA.

Below are some speeds that I’m getting - you might want to use this as a basis for comparison. I’m doing this at 6:30 am - it’s slower during the day when a lot of people are online. I’m on a Hinet 256K ADSL line. Your mileage may vary. So without further ado:

PING lonelyplanet.com.au ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=241 time=243.197 ms

PING distrowatch.com ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=51 time=295.318 ms

PING 34sp.com ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=48 time=363.475 ms

PING forumosa.com ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=239 time=287.489 ms

The problem has been fixed now, a technician from da company dropped by Sunday morning and verified my internet was slow and told me someone else had complained and they had recently swtched networks. Anyways, this morning my internet went back to a normal speed, i.e. the game servers around the world pinging in at about 250-350ms…Alas, why did it have to happen during HL2 week :frowning:

On a related note, does anyone know of any Taiwan game servers for popular FPS?

fom work…
lonelyplanet.com 198ms avg
distrowatch.com 290ms avg
34sp.com 334ms
forumosa.com 263ms
(same ip addr as yours)

at home…
distrowatch.com 337
34sp.com 297
forumosa.com 261
lonelyplanet.com.au 284

Previously from home I was getting 400+ms for all the hosts, usually around 500-600ms…

What part of town are you in?
HiNet is my ISP.
I’m in Lotus Hil(Hsichi) and I had similar issues as well around the same time.
It lasted for about a week.

across the street from the Nangang Train Station, which is the first train stop west of the Xizhi Train Station (Lotus Hill)…