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Unread 09-07-2015, 04:31 AM   #1
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Wireless Lag Spikes

Hi everyone, nice to meet you all!

I'm currently on a HP Envy 15t Select Laptop with a Realtek RTL8188EE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter. I have an Intel i5, 6 GB of RAM, NVIDIA 740M 2GB Graphics Card, Samsung 850 Evo and it is running on Windows 8.1.
Recently, I've been experiencing lag spikes during my gaming time, and I'm not exactly sure why. I am on Verizon FiOS and my download/upload speeds don't seem to be the problem(50Mbps/40Mbps).

For instance, when I play League of Legends, I get a low ping of 40ms-50ms, and every 10 seconds it will spike to 500+ ping for about a second or two. I ran a ping to Google and there is that same random spike. I attached the results in the image below. For all of those who play games, you know that these short lag spikes can completely ruin your gaming experience.

I've changed Roaming Aggressiveness to the Lowest option, and I have configured the WiFi adapter to not search for other wireless access points while connected to that specific adapter. I've also used "WifiInfoView" to see which 1-11 channel my router was on, and it was on channel 11 alone. It wasn't shared with any other SSID displayed. I've also tried playing games while hardwired and it runs just fine. It's just a real hassle to hardwire in my house(from my room to the router), and I'm usually out and about with my laptop as well.

I'd greatly appreciate any tips or any advice on how to fix this problem. I'm quite a noob when it comes to Wireless troubleshooting. Thanks so much in advance, guys.

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Re: Wireless Lag Spikes

If it works just fine while hardwired then the problem must be specifically to do with wifi. Have you tried updating the wifi drivers? Also couldn't hurt to run a virus scan, update Windows, etc.
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Re: Wireless Lag Spikes

Hi habib, thanks for the quick reply.

I reformatted my computer about two months ago and I've run a Malwarebytes full scan along with an Avast scan. No threats.

Realtek driver is updated, and windows updated a few weeks ago. I checked which updates are available at the moment, and there are just 2 security updates. I'll do those now, but I am not sure how likely they'll be the fix.
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Hmm ok then there may be something interfering with the signal. Can you think of anything that might be correlated with the lag spikes such as anything/anyone moving about in your house or more likely other radio signals? Anything at all that happens or might be happening at the same time as the lag spikes?
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Hm .. Maybe my sister when she Netflixes on her iPad. Would that be enough to cause these spikes while I game?

That picture I attached to my original post where I pinged Google was done when I was at home alone, though.

Once again, thanks so much for the quick replies, habib.

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Netflix might saturate the bandwidth when it's buffering the start of something but if the problem occurs while you're at home alone then ofc it must be something else, hmm.

Have you tried resetting your router?

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Re: Wireless Lag Spikes

Hi habib,

Yeah, I've reset router and I've purposely done the repeated tests when I've been home alone. I've even snooped into my sister's room to make sure her devices weren't on haha. I've asked her if she downloads anything, but she replied that she never does.

I decided to come onto a forum after I lost hope lol.

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Well this is problematic. Unfortunately I'm not an expert with networking, my only bragging rights are years of trying to figure out "why the hell won't it work??" plus ofc my general computer knowledge.

This may be a PITA, but would it be possible to set up your laptop very very close (ideally right next to) your router and test as before so we can rule out (or not) objects/signals interfering?
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Re: Wireless Lag Spikes

Thanks, habib. I hate to sound like a know-it-all, but I've also tried that as well. My laptop was tested around literally 2 feet from the router. I just purchased a 100 ft ethernet cable and I'm going to find a creative way to wire it so it doesn't get my parents angry lol.

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