When you are playing online Rocket League matches, there are few things that will drive you insane quicker than latency and poor connection speeds. When playing ranked matches or even against your friends for bragging rights, you want to have the best chance of winning possible. So you want to have the best connection so there isn’t another issue to contend with besides your opponents. So what you need to do is make sure your ping is low.
What is your ping in Rocket League?
For those that aren’t aware, your ping is a score that is directly related to your connection speed and how much delay there is between the matches action and what you see on screen. So the higher the ping, the longer the delay and less chance you have of putting in a great performance. With more ping comes more lag and more frustration. Ping is measured in milliseconds so if you have a ping of say 200 which is really high, you’ll be a fifth of a second behind everyone.
Just think how fast-paced and reaction-based Rocket League is already. If you are starting from a disadvantage, especially against some of the best players on the platform, then how are you meant to compete?
How to fix your Rocket League ping
Don’t worry, there is a number of ways to deal with this tricky issue. It’s all about ensuring that you are using the most optimal setting possible to get the best connection you can. Plus ensuring that there are no outside factors interfering with the connection. Not to mention any problems with the actual hardware itself. It can sometimes get overworked and needs a hard reset to get back to normal. Either way, we have you covered. Here are a few methods you can use to lower your ping.
Forwarding the Rocket League ports
What you can do to lower your ping is forward the necessary ports. This basically involves players entering their router’s settings and adding specific ports that are needed. Here is a step by step guide for you.
- The first thing you need to do is access the router settings. To do this you need to open a Web browser and in the search bar, enter your personal IP address. This should bring you to the settings menu
- Before you have access to this menu though, you will be prompted for your login credentials. So simply enter your username and password correctly to continue.
- Now you will have access to the router settings and will have the ability to forward any additional ports that are needed. Depending on the system in question, these can vary quite a lot. Here is a quick list of the ones that you will need for each respective system:
TCP: 27015-27030,27036-27037 UDP: 4380,27000-27031,27036
TCP: 1935,3478-3480 UDP: 3074,3478-3479
TCP: 3074 UDP: 88,500,3074,3544,4500
TCP: 6667,12400,28910,29900,29901,29920 UDP: 1-65535
After you have successfully added the necessary ports, turn off the WiFi system and/or console. Then restart the system and check if the problem has been resolved.
Restart or reset your Router
Often, lowering ping can be as simple as restarting or resetting the router. When the player does this, the router can often change back to its default settings and allow for more lenient NAT settings. Here is a quick guide on how to do this.
- For the restart procedure what you’ll want to do is locate your router, find the power switch and unplug the power source.
- Next, to allow for the functions of the router to competently shut off. Allow the router to do so and wait approximately thirty seconds.
- After this time has elapsed, plug the router back in and wait sixty seconds. Once you have done so, check the settings and see if the problem persists.
Sometimes simply restarting through the removal of the power switch is not the way to go. For some routers, they have a dedicated reset procedure that you must follow in order to get the desired results. Here is a quick guide on how to do this.
- Take your router and look around the body of the router until you find a dedicated reset button. It will usually be quite small so look carefully.
- When located you will likely need something sharp and thin like a needle or a paperclip. This will allow you to hold down the button. Do so for approximately thirty seconds before releasing it.
- Then once you have released the button, wait approximately thirty seconds. Then check your settings and see if this has fixed the issues.
Disconnect from other devices and stop downloads
Another thing that can slow down your connection speed is congestion through using various different programs or devices. For example, if your whole household is watching Netflix on each of their respective devices, a lot of the bandwidth will be used to buffer their videos. Leaving you with a slower connection and a higher ping in matches. So to ensure the best connection, you must make sure as few outside sources are using the connection as possible. Plus pause or stop all downloads. We have included a quick guide on how to approach this on each gaming platform.
For PC gamers, to ensure no outside programs are taking up CPU and connection speed, simply press control, alt and delete. Then open the task manager and this will show you each program that is running. Simply end all unimportant tasks and this should have a positive effect on game speed. Then to stop downloads, launch steam and enter your library. You will then be able to see all games that are updating or downloading. Simply pause or stop these and this will decrease your ping in matches for sure.
The PlayStation 4 will automatically suspend all running media programmes such as Netflix which is a nice touch. Downloads will still work in the background however and will clog your connection. So to negate this possibility, go to the PlayStation home screen and press up until you see notifications. Enter here and it will show you all running downloads. Simply select the. Downloads and pause or stop as applicable. Then enjoy a smoother and faster game connection.
For this system, running multiple applications at once was a selling point with the snap feature so ensure that all applications besides Rocket League have been closed. Then to ensure downloads are not occurring in the background, go to the home screen, find the download section and pause or stop these as applicable.
The switch has less of a library of apps available and will not run them coinciding with games so this won’t cause an issue. Though to ensure no downloads are taking place in the background, simply exit your gameplay and enter download management. Then pause and stop downloads as applicable.
Play with LAN connection
Then the last method which is a sure-fire way of getting a lower ping is by using a wired connection. Most wifi setups will allow you to wirelessly access the internet from anywhere in your home. However, if you are able to use an ethernet cable and set your gaming system closer to your router. This can ensure there are no drops in performance with a constant connection. Plus this method generally offers a much better connection overall. So if your wifi is inconsistent or your ping is really high, then this is a great method to ensure a vast improvement.
Lower Ping. Higher performance
There is nothing more frustrating than connection issues. No matter how good of a player you are. Connection speed can cause you to have a nightmare of a time in matches. Being a step behind your opposition leaves you constantly chasing the game and never quite matching with its frantic pace. Meaning you and your teammates will be taking loss after loss until connection improves.
Thankfully though, these methods should drastically improve your connection speed. Allowing you to enter games with lower ping, keep up with the competition and get some wins under your belt. So stay on top of your connection and always check your ping.