How to Check Your League of Legends Ping Out of the Game
Have you ever joined a game in LoL only to be greeted with 800+ ping? Not only does it make the game unplayable, but your entire team turns salty and barrages you with abuse. Although it happens to the best of us, wouldn’t it make sense to check if you were laggy BEFORE you joined the rift? After all, it’s 2019; there are not many excuses for lagging these days.
Luckily, checking your ping before you join a game is possible and surprisingly easy to do. Within just a few seconds you can work out how fast or slow your internet is, and if it’s worth avoiding LoL for a few hours.
Before we look at the various ways you can test your ping, what exactly is ping and how does it make you lag?
What Is Ping?
For the not so tech savvy, the word ping might sound like a complicated technical term, but it’s really not. Simply put, ping can be defined as: a software utility that is used to test the reachability of a host on an internet protocol (IP) network. Results are displayed in ms (milliseconds).
If that still seems like technical jargon, let’s break it down even more;
When you join a game in League of Legends, you have to connect to the Riot servers. In order to connect to these servers, you send data down a connection (your internet service provider) which connects you up to the server. The server then responds with a message and sends it back the same way.
The total journey of this connection from your PC to the server is measured in milliseconds which can give you an idea of how laggy you are. The higher the number, the laggier you are. 60 is bearable for most people, but any number over 100 is going to give you issues.
Pinging a server is a quick and easy way to work out your internet’s response time without having to ever enter the Rift. This simple number can help you determine how laggy you are and if you should bother playing at all.
If the number is very high (over 100) then that means it’s taking 0.1 seconds for the server to send a message back to you. That might not sound too long, but in the world of gaming, it’s an eternity! Most players are used to playing with 40 ms ping or less, with some players even being blessed with less than 20 ms.
Hopefully, this has helped you understand what ping is why, and why lower is better. But what exactly causes you to lag in the first place?
What Causes Lag?
In game lag can be caused by many different factors; However, they all have one thing in common: they greatly increase your ping. In turn, this high ping delays the response between your PC and server, which turns your gaming experience into something very frustrating.
Your clicks become unresponsive, everything starts to teleport and rubber band around the game, things start breaking, and you find yourself staring at an eternally gray screen.
Although lag can be caused by many different factors, one of the most common is simultaneous downloading. If you’re playing LoL and trying to download something else at the same time, then this can cause your ping to instantly explode. This happens because your internet connection is getting stuffed full of data and bytes and trying to send lots of information to various servers. If your internet line is constantly hogged, then it will slow down the communications between the servers and you. This is why lots of people experience high ping and lag in game, usually because they have something downloading in the background.
However, it doesn’t have to just be on your computer. If anyone on your network is using your internet, then they can also clog up your line.
If your brother is watching 1020p Minecraft lets plays while your mum Skypes her work colleagues, then they’re essentially leaching the Wi-Fi, and lagging up your game.
Now you know what causes the lag you experience in LoL, how can you check you’re not lagging before you hit the rift?
General Ping Test
The first way to check your ping is to connect to a generic server, and the best way to do this is to use a free tool such as SpeedTest.net. This tool will automatically connect to one of its many servers and test your ping for you.
The results will give you a good idea of how stable your connection is. A low score of 50 or less is ideal for playing LoL – Anything higher, and you might start to suffer.
If there are any Wi-Fi thieves (such as members of your family downloading) then it will be represented by a high ping score. However, sometimes you’ll have a low ping but still experience lag in game. How come?
Well, sometimes the problem is with a specific server and not your internet in general. This is why we’ve included a second test which will allow you to test Riots individual servers.
Specific Server Test
The second way to check your ping is to test your connection to the individual Riot servers, this can be done on any PC, and it only takes a few minutes. The benefit of this compared to the other method is that it will give you the same ping figure you will get in game.
If you’re getting a really high number of over 100 then it’s probably best not to play LoL at that moment in time.
The first thing you’ll want to do is to pick which server you want to connect to. Check the list below to choose which server you want to test your ping on.
- NA – ping 188.8.131.52
- EUW – ping 184.108.40.206
- EUNE – ping 220.127.116.11
- OCE – ping 18.104.22.168
- LAN – ping 22.214.171.124
- BR – ping 126.96.36.199
Once you’ve picked the server you want to test, its time to ping the server using your computer. If you’re in windows then open up search “cmd” and open up the command prompt. Once opened type the command “ping ipaddress”, and replace the ipaddress with one from the list above. You will then see a list of numbers appearing.
The most important bit is where it says time= as this is your ping in ms. A high number (over 100) is not good for LoL and is best to not play altogether. A low score means you should be able to play without any problems which is exactly what you want.
Now you know how to test your ping before you enter the rift, you’ll never fall victim to unexpected lag.
How To Reduce LoL Ping
“Sry, lag” is the go-to excuse for many LoL players, but what do you do if you’re actually lagging?
We don’t have time to list all the ways you can improve your ping, but we can cover the most important!
Disable Background Updates
When trying to decrease ping in League of Legends, your first port of call should be to then close all background downloads and updates. Simply open up the task manager and get rid of all background applications that you think might be leeching your bandwidth with auto downloads and updates.
Check Your Firewall Settings
The job of firewalls and antiviruses is to scour your computer for anything that’s potentially harmful – This means that they might be blocking some of LoLs data packets, which could increase ping.
Fortunately, the solution is simple; All you have to do is add LoL to your Windows firewall exemptions list!
Lower Your Graphics
Twiddling with your graphical settings until you find a sweet spot is a good way to reduce lag. Simply jump into a game – preferably a bot game, if you don’t want to be told off for afking in the base while enemies are invading – and adjust them until you find graphics settings that work for you.
Close Other Programs
This doesn’t mean that you have to close every program, but you don’t need both Discord and Teamspeak loaded up while in game. Taking a minute to ensure that you’ve closed everything you don’t need could be a real lifesaver.
If you want to take LoL seriously, then comfort should take a backseat. As much as you might want to lie back on your bed with your laptop next to you, it’s not efficient.
Wi-Fi tends to be quite unreliable, and you may often find yourself suffering from high ping – this is especially true if you’re connecting to the Wi-Fi from a different room. Ideally, using an ethernet cable should be the top of your list when it comes to fixing lag. If you want to win, plug it in.
Of course, there’s plenty of other ways to fix ping, these are simply the most major. For a more detailed look at pink, check out this article.