Hi i'm just wondering if there is anyway to lower my PING? I understand it varies depending on how far i am from my exchange but i have the exact same package as my next door neighbough (who is slightly further from the exchange than myself) however they have 20 less ping than myself..... i'm no expert but i wouldnt have though it should be that much.
Also i'm using the BT home hub 5 if that makes a difference.
Thanks in advance
If your line is of poor quality then a high interleaving may be applied to your line and can effect your ping.
Three things will affect the ping (two already mentioned)
interleaving. Do a command line 'tracert bbc.co.uk'. The first hop should show consistently 1ms or under. If not, something wrong in your local network. The second is likely to be around 5ms to 8ms (if no interleaving), or 14ms to 20ms (if interleaving). Interleaving is added to noisy lines to improve reliablilty.
silly internal BT routing (eg Winchester-Sheffield-London). again see the tracert ~ more difficult to identify as several nodes prioritize tracrt response low, so the values you see are a little skew. That adds around 8ms to ping for me.
sites a long way away. eg pings to the US are always going to be around 100ms or more.
Nothing much you can do about any of those, alas. There is an interleaving related ping/reliability/speed tradeoff, but you are not allowed to make that tradeoff in the way that suits you best.