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How to Fix Packet Loss in Dota 2 Quickly? (solved)

It can be incredibly annoying to play Dota 2 with packet loss. This article will help you solve the issue of high packet loss.
How to Fix Packet Loss in Dota 2 Quickly? (solved)

Dota 2 is a game that requires lots of precision and quick reactions, so a stable connection is significant so you won't have a disadvantage over your opponents. However, many players experience packet loss, a connection issue that causes lots of stuttering and lag spikes. Playing with packet loss can be frustrating, so we'll be providing some methods on how you can fix lag and packet loss issues.

Check Your Internet Connection

Suppose you're experiencing packet loss in Dota 2. In that case, there's an extremely high chance that the issue is coming from your internet connection. As a result, you will need to ensure that your internet connection is stable and working correctly, as an internet connection that is poor and unstable can cause packet loss.

Check Using Speedtest

To check your internet connection, you can use a third-party website called Speedtest. Once you're on the website, you must click the button on your screen, and a speed test will immediately begin.


After waiting for the test to end, you will be able to see all the information about your network's latency and Internet Service Provider. You should be able to conclude if your internet is stable or not by checking if you have high ping.

Restart Your Router

If you are still experiencing packet loss while playing Dota 2, then a good option is to restart your router by turning it off and on again. This will give your router a fresh restart which may fix possible network glitches or errors and will usually solve the packet loss problem.

Use Wired Connection

Suppose you have restarted your router and still experience packet loss. You may have to consider using a wired connection instead. You can try connecting your internet cable directly to your laptop or computer.

Connecting the cable directly will allow you to get the fastest internet connection possible, making it much better than having a wireless internet connection. The data will be transferred through cables, making the process much faster and ensuring that speeds are much higher than any wireless internet connection. This may also solve the issue of Offline Mode Problems.

Checking Dota 2 Game Server Status

Suppose you think the connection issue and packet loss aren't coming from your side. In that case, there is a chance that the Dota 2 servers are underperforming due to possible high loads. Checking the Dota 2 game server status is a good idea to identify where the packet loss issue is coming from.

How to Check Server Status

You can look to see the status of Dota 2 servers by using a third-party website named Steam Status. On the website, you can see the live status of Dota 2 servers and all other Steam servers, including Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. If the Dota 2 Game Coordinator is shown not to be normal, then the problem isn't coming from your end.

Steam Status

Disable/Turn Off Your VPN or Proxy

Almost all PC gamers use VPN or proxy services to access content or game servers that are not available in their own region. Though VPNs may be helpful, they can often cause lag and connection issues to game servers. As a result, players can experience lags, increases in ping, and packet loss. So, turning off your VPN or Proxy or using an alternate DNS server rather than your preferred DNS server.

Turn Off VPN

How to Turn Off Proxy Servers

Turning off your VPN service is straightforward, so we won't be teaching you how to do that in this article. Instead, we'll give you a step-by-step guide on turning off proxy servers on your device.

  1. Open your Settings, or press Windows + I simultaneously to open the menu.
  2. Head over to Network & Internet, which you can find on the left side.
  3. Click on Proxy, then make sure to Turn Off Proxy Server Settings.
  4. It is also recommended that you turn off Automatically Detect Settings as well.

Verify Dota 2 Game Files

The next step is to verify your Dota 2 game files. Sometimes, your game files can go missing or become corrupted, preventing your game from running correctly. Files related to network and connection can also go missing, so we advise you to verify your game files and ensure everything is repaired and good to go. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Launch your Steam client and head over to Library.
  2. Look for Dota 2, then right-click on it.
  3. Click on Properties.
  4. A new menu will pop up, where you will click on Local Files.
  5. Click on the button that says Verify Integrity of Game Files.
Verify Integrity of Game Files

Once you have followed the steps, Steam will automatically start checking your game files and fix any missing or corrupted files. Wait until the process ends, then check to see if you are still experiencing packet loss issues. Verifying game files can also solve errors such as Error Loading Resource Files and Error Scene System 022.

If the issue still needs to be resolved, then check out the following method we can recommend.

Using SDR Console Command

The last method we recommend is using a console command to solve packet loss issues. The command we're talking about is the sdr SDRClient_ForceRelayCluster console command. This command will help you reduce packet loss and connection issues by allocating you to the closest server region to you, meaning that you will have to manually input your region code. Keep reading to find your region code.

In order to do this method, you will first need to know how to open the developer console in Dota 2. Here's how you can do so.

How to Open Console in Dota 2

  1. Launch your Steam client and head over to Library.
  2. Look for Dota 2, then right-click on it.
  3. Click on Properties.
  4. Under General, Look for Launch Options.
  5. On the text box for Launch Options, type in "-console"
  6. Launch your game and hit the "\" key, which is the default hotkey for opening the console.

How to use SDR Command in Dota 2

Once you can open the console, the next step is to input the SDR command.

Type the following command into your console: sdr SDRClient_ForceRelayCluster atl

In this case, the region code is "atl" which is the code for Atlanta. You will need to put in the server code of the region closest to you for the command to have an impact. Refer to the table below to find all of the region codes in Dota 2.

Server Code





Mumbai, India




Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Moses Lake, Washington, United States


Frankfurt, Germany


São Paulo, Brazil


Hong Kong






Los Angeles, California, United States




Lima, Peru


Luxembourg, Belgium


Chennai, India


Madrid, Spain


Manila, Philippines


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States


Chicago, United States




Santiago, Chile


Seattle, United States




Shanghai, China


Stockholm, Sweden


Sydney, Australia


Tokyo, Japan


Warsaw, Poland

If your region is not on the list, try picking the region that is geographically closest to you. Choosing a region closest to you will ensure you have the best connection possible and reduce your packet loss.

We hope this article has helped you fix network lag related to packet loss! For similar articles, check our guide on how to fix Dota 2 lost connection and offline mode issue.

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