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How to find out if your lagging? / Check your ping!

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Level 46 : Master Zombie
Alot times then your playing multiplayer you begin to lag. This could be from a number of things, everything from someone playing an xbox, netflix, surfing the net, ect. Anything that uses an internet connection can affect you connection to a Minecraft Server. The best you can do is find what kind of ping you have to the server.

Ping is a Computer Network administration utility used to test the reach-ability of a host on an Internet Protocol (IP) network and to measure the round time for messages sent from then originating host to a destination computer.

Personally when I'm searching for a TF2 or COD server I look for the lowest ping however with minecraft I would recommend not using a server over 300ms. Everyone has a different opinion however I since minecraft is not completely instant updating (like most first person shooters) you can use a wider band of speed.

To test your connection to your favorite server use the directions below.

Windows 98/XP
To start this simple process
Click on Start
Click on Run
Type cmd and hit enter
Inn the command prompt type ping 'servername'

Windows Vista/7
Click on Start
In the search bar type cmd
Double-click on cmd
In the command prompt type ping 'servername'

Mac OS
Click on Findern in the dock.
Click on Macintoshn HD in the window.
Click on Applications.
Click non Utilies.
Double-click on Terminal.
Type ping 'servername'

Linux (any Flavor)
from the console
Type ping 'servername'

Ping josh.mcjoshmod.com

Pinging josh.mcjoshmod.com [66,225.231.234] nwith 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 66,225.231.234: bytes=32 time=12ms TTL=48
Reply from 66,225.231.234: bytes=32 time=10ms TTL=48
Reply from 66,225.231.234: bytes=32 time=15ms TTL=48
Reply from 66,225.231.234: bytes=32 time=22ms TTL=48

Ping statistics for
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 <0% loss>,
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 10ms, Maximum = 22ms, Average = 15ms

For more information you can use tracert in windows / traceroute in mac from the console / traceroute from the console in linux to determine where you could be lagging from or where the server might be located. Preferably you would want to pick a server with a low ping rate that is close to your location.

Full description.

In multiplayer online video games, pingn refers to the network latency between a player's computer (client), and either the game server or another client (i.e. peer). This could nbe reported quantitatively as an average time in milliseconds,n or qualitatively as low ping or high ping. The latter nusage is common among players of first-person shooter and real-time strategy games. Having a low ping is always ndesirable because lower latency provides smoother gameplayn by allowing faster updates of game data.

Ping is often conflated with lag. One may n"lag out" due to unacceptably high ping. Servers will often disconnect an client if the ping is too high and it poses a detriment to others' ngameplay. Similarly, client software will often mandate disconnection ifn the ping is too high. A high ping is not the result of lag; rather, a nhigh ping causes lag.
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02/08/2017 5:45 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Crafter
Jetblueplane's Avatar
07/11/2014 4:35 am
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
ThisHDGamer's Avatar
My ping is 760 is that bad?
07/27/2012 11:16 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
helper27's Avatar
it's here this site whoisxy.com i'm using this site to check the ping...even i can check the others ping time also before connect the server.....
09/18/2011 9:59 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Warrior
happysadface's Avatar
Cant you just tell if its laggy without using that.
09/19/2011 6:40 am
Level 46 : Master Zombie
deathmarine's Avatar
Now with 1.8 you can, considering the client polls the server.
09/04/2011 9:15 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Miner
residntevl's Avatar
People don't know what ping even means. Most of the people who play minecraft are whiny 13 year olds. If this does by chance help at least one of them, you should feel accomplished. I bet some people clicked on this because they think you're talking about Frames/sec when they read, 'lagging'. Nonetheless, this is a good tip to those who might not actually know.

So with this, you ping your favorite server and if you get a ping higher than 70, you're gonna lag from time to time. 160+ is a horrible ping. Horrible horrible horrible.
03/18/2018 11:04 am
Level 1 : New Miner
MightyHelper's Avatar
It was obvious someone was going to say this, but im 14 and ik what ping is.
09/04/2011 9:54 pm
Level 46 : Master Zombie
deathmarine's Avatar
Thank you, the biggest thing is when you hear players say "I'm lagging" and everyone else isn't having an issue. So I was hoping to educate players, on the fact that alot of server are not local but are actually all over the world which in some cases cause for a extremely horrible ping. I'll edit the post for a more descriptive recommendation for ping. 160 isn't all that bad, in a fast action fps you might have issues (I remember playing quake 3 at 300ms and still at least getting some kills)
09/04/2011 10:04 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Miner
residntevl's Avatar
For Minecraft a 100-200 ping wouldn't be all too bad to you as Minecraft isn't as intense and exciting as online shooters, so when I go over 100 ping on shooters, I get upset and find a server more close to me.

But still, lower ping = Better connection.
09/04/2011 10:14 pm
Level 46 : Master Zombie
deathmarine's Avatar
True when I search for Counterstrike or TF2 servers its 45ms or under for me.
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