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Topic # 57172 4-Feb-2010 18:07
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Hi all im a world of warcraft player and am starting to wonder what my latency should be sitting on ? im on telstra cable 10mbps download and 2mbps upload in christchurch usually im sitting on between 300ms to around 420 ms. lately its been more like 420ms to around 520ms ? is this normal for our part of the world or is something wrong ? ive heard about smoothping etc how easy are these to use as im not great with computers i just like to play ! thanks all

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  Reply # 296141 4-Feb-2010 18:14
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Have you got a SLA on Latency with your ISP

If not its best effort



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  Reply # 296142 4-Feb-2010 18:21
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sla ?like i said im not great with computers

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 296145 4-Feb-2010 18:28
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Service Level Agreement...

too lazy to type = from wikipedia - A service level agreement (SLA) is a negotiated agreement between two parties where one is the customer and the other is the service provider. This can be a legally binding formal or informal "contract" (see internal department relationships). Contracts between the service provider and other third parties are often (incorrectly) called SLAs ? as the level of service has been set by the (principal) customer, there can be no "agreement" between third parties (these agreements are simply a "contract"). Operating Level Agreements or OLA(s), however, may be used by internal groups to support SLA(s).


Anyway, a little OT. 300ms to around 420 ms. is what to be expected, we usually get around that and on a good day 280ms... although you can try one of the WoW tunnel services, which usually you have to pay for and if you're lucking can halve it. But in my mind not really worth it.

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  Reply # 296152 4-Feb-2010 18:48
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Excuse my engrish, rather tired at the moment.

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  Reply # 296268 5-Feb-2010 01:44
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400ms-500ms is expected when playing on a wow server in the US west coast data center.

http://www.wowtunnels.com.../ is highly recommended, should reliably be <300ms after that.


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  Reply # 297309 9-Feb-2010 09:16
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I'm on TelstraClear ADSL and get 220-250 ms most days (to Bronzebeard US), down to 180 ms or so when most people have gone to bed.

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  Reply # 301017 22-Feb-2010 14:56
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It does depend on the time of day, but even then, it's largely dependent on the quality of the link between LAX and SYD/AKL.

There were rumours of relocating the Oceanic servers down under, but nothing came of it.

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  Reply # 305405 8-Mar-2010 13:24
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200-280ms should be the norm not 300-500 if its that then your getting bad latency last time i got 300 to sometimes hitting 800+ was when wow had issues with the server once patch came out it dropped back to 200 - is 280ms.

Try  Tichondrius its a very good server its rated as one of the best US servers, as in players and service.  Blizzard always keep that server up to scratch cause of its popularity.  Go to Tich not only will you play alongside players that know what they're doing but your get good latency as well. I found for me Oceanic servers tried 4 of them always gave me high ping than usual.




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  Reply # 306225 11-Mar-2010 11:57
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I was suffering from high latency as well. I did three things:

1. I used a tunneling service called reducethelag (http://www.reducethelag.com/) which worked wonders in halfing my lag in WoW.

2. I used a TCP fix that made TCP acknowledgements faster from my Windows 7 box (works on all windows based machines i believe). There is an application that can do this registry change for you. Check it here:
http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info13581-LeatrixLatencyFix.html

3. I have Recount as my damage meter. This is quite chatty during raids. I turned off synch by using the command /recount sync (I think) to turn it off. Makes a huge difference in disconnects/lag.

Doing the above three and tweaking some of my interface settings has made my 25man raid experience a lot better.

I'm now used to seeing my lag meter in green always, whereas before it was forever yellow.

hope that helps

-dee-
 

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Reply # 309409 20-Mar-2010 18:06
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I ended up writing a more comprehensive guide on improving network and fps performance, not just on WoW, but other online games. Can be found on me blog here:

http://www.newbtech.com/2010/03/how-to-increase-performance-in-wow-and-other-online-games.html

Hopefully that helps :)

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  Reply # 309466 20-Mar-2010 23:30
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Changing the TcpAckFrequency in the registry will affect all TCP/IP connections and can reduce your max throughput on downloads etc.

For wow, all you really need to do it use a good ssh tunnel service.

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  Reply # 309723 22-Mar-2010 09:56
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That is correct Ragnor. Changing the tcp acks can impact max throughput.

However, prior to the change i was downloading around 1.2Mb per sec and that remained the same after the change, so changing the frequency didn't have any visible impact for me apart from improving WoW performance.

Its always worth a try and if it causes any degradation of performance, one can always roll back I guess :)

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  Reply # 312179 28-Mar-2010 20:32
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I usually get 200-400ms on same plan as you, in chch also.

Altho lately i cant get past the "success" screen when logging in.

WTF? anyone experienced this? Sorry for thread hijack!




 


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  Reply # 312299 29-Mar-2010 09:55
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I'm assuming it "hangs" on the Success screen? So you put in your username, password, hit connect, it goes Authenticating then Success and hangs? ie, before you get to the Character Select screen?

In that case, try to remove your cache and try again. This may log you in, but rebuilding the cache will take a bit of time when you do manage to get in, so expect a bit of time for the game to readjust itself.

Additionally, have a peek at the tech forums on the warcraft site. There are quite a few posts around this topic.

Since patch 3.3, I've had the occasional moment where i log in and get disconnected immediately after the character select screen. This is only occasional, and a subsequent login usually works.

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  Reply # 312621 29-Mar-2010 21:58
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hey mate.

Tried all solutions i have found including deleting cache and wtf files and flushing dns etc etc.

Wow crapped itself since 3.3.3




 


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