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 Packet loss can be detrimental to your online gaming. Here is how see if you’re experiencing packet loss and how to fix it.

What is Packet Loss and How Can You Avoid It While Gaming?

In this post, we look at some causes of packet loss. More importantly, we share how to can get rid of packet loss and avoid this game-killer at all costs.  

There is literally nothing worse than sitting down with your favorite game, logging into a server with your buds, and then… nothing. Your avatar is lagging, you’re teleporting around the map all herky-jerky, and sometimes you’ll even get kicked out of the game completely. It takes what should be a fun and immersive experience and makes it, well, a pain in the butt.  

That connection-issue is something called packet loss. Don’t worry if you’re not up on the lingo, this term has only been around for the last half-decade. That said, you’ve definitely experienced the effects of packet loss if you’ve ever tried to play Fortnite or League of Legends and had less than stellar results. So what can you do? Well, the good news is that whether it’s Rocket League packet loss, Fortnite packet loss, or even Modern Warfare packet loss -- the answer is pretty much the same. Read on for some ways to identify packet loss, how to check packet loss, and most importantly: how to fix packet loss. But before we get into all that, let’s go back to the basics.  

What is High Packet Loss? 

In its most basic form, high packet loss is an occurrence that happens between your game console and the server you’re using. There could be several reasons for this, but what ends up happening is that data is lost between these two destinations. When that happens, you get things like random character teleportation, missing time, or even a boot from your gaming server. We’ve heard people call this an “unsatisfactory experience." We’d go with a different word -- unacceptable. 

So what is a packet? It’s exactly what it sounds like, a small grouping of data that is sent from your gaming console to the server. When that packet is lost, the server can’t react or utilize the data you’re sending. 

How to Check for Packet Loss 

Before you can figure out how to fix packet loss for Fortnite (or any other game), you need to know what to look for. Here are some sure-fire signals that your packets aren’t getting to the server.  

Lagging or Freezing 

If your game experiences are extremely choppy or even feature frequent freezes, then you could be experiencing packet loss. This can be especially true when you have large amounts of data from a large map, tons of players, or intense graphic requirements. That’s a lot of packets! 

Teleportation (for you or others) 

You know that thing when you’re walking around a game map in Apex Legends and all of a sudden every player on-screen disappears and then reappears in a different location? That could be due to packet loss. Often it really messes your game up. You’ll line up the perfect shot or be near an objective, and all of a sudden everything seems to teleport to a different location. Not only is it frustrating, but it can also make a game nearly unplayable. In really bad cases, you may even be booted from your game.  

How to Fix Packet Loss 

Often your ISP (internet service provider) is to blame for your packet loss. This could be because you don’t have a fast connection or for a few other reasons, such as throttling. Here are some solutions for how to stop packet loss, depending on your situation. We promise these are better solutions than throwing your controller at the wall. 

Get Faster Internet 

One of the best ways to fix packet loss is to up the Mbps going to your console. That allows your console to communicate with the game’s server faster -- lessening the likelihood that you’ll experience packet loss. If you’re dealing with much less than 100 Mbps, it might be worth looking at an upgrade. 

Use An Ethernet Cable 

Wi-fi is convenient and has certainly come a long way, but it’s still not as good as a hardline connection. If you have fast internet but are still experiencing frequent lagging in games, move to an ethernet connection from your router to your console. The cable connection can often eliminate weird gate issues between your router and the game.  

Use Outfox 

Outfox’s optimized gaming network was designed to improve experience for you, the gamer. We provide a fast, stable network connection as an alternative to your non-Outfox connection, and will tell you when our network versus your connection is fastest. Outfox helps you find the fastest path to the game server, reducing pesky issues like packet loss (not to mention ping and lag). Give it a try today!

 

OK, no excuses. Using these tips, you’ll never be able to blame your bad kill ratio on your internet again. Go forth and be a gamer god!