How to fix your High Ping in World of Warcraft in a few clicks
Learn 7 ways for you to fix your High Ping on both World of Warcraft and World of Warcraft Classic.
World of Warcraft is among the most successful online multiplayer games in gaming history. But even the best online games are susceptible to facing simple connection problems. So, in this article, we'll show you 7 ways for you to fix your High Ping issues that can work on both World of Warcraft and World of Warcraft Classic. But before doing that, you must know how to show your Ping in World of Warcraft first.
Method #1: Reboot your Router and Modem
The first thing you should try is to reboot the network devices connected to your computer. This method might look simple, but rebooting your modem and router can solve several problems related to your internet connection, including high latency issues you are facing while playing World of Warcraft. For this to work, you'll need to properly power cycle your devices. So you don't have to keep rebooting them all the time. Here's a step-by-step guide to how you can do this power cycle the right way:
- Unplug both your modem and router from the power source.
- Wait approximately 20 seconds, and plug just the modem back on its power source.
- Wait 90 seconds more, and now plug the router back on its power source.
- Wait for all green lights to be on before testing your connection.
- Now, test if your connection is working and go back and launch World of Warcraft to see if your Ping has improved.
If you keep having internet connection issues constantly, you should contact your internet provider to see if these issues are occurring because of problems on their end. If the problem is not on their end, you should consider changing your router or modem devices.
Method #2: Open Ports on Your Router for World of Warcraft
Opening your router ports can also deal with the high latency issues on your network connection with the Wow serves. Every game has a different set of router ports. At the end of this guide, you can find the list of ports that work on World of Warcraft. Now, if you have never done this before, follow this step-by-step guide with attention:
- Before anything, you need to know your router's IP address and your PC's IP address. You can display both using the Command Prompt.
- Go to the Windows search bar, search for cmd, and press Enter.
- Now in the Command Prompt, type the command ipconfig and press Enter. The router's IP address will be displayed next to Default Gateway, and the PC's IP address will be displayed next to IPv4 Address.
- Go to your browser and enter the router's IP address in the address bar.
- The router program will probably ask you to log in with your Username and Password, do that to advance.
- Now, this next step will vary depending on your router, but try to find the Port Forwarding option.
- In the Port Forwarding section, first, enable both TCP and UDP in the protocol field and put your PC's IP address in the Internal IP field.
- Put on both External Port and Internal Port all the World of Warcraft TCP/UDP ports, and restart your router (In some router programs you'll have to put it one at a time):
- PC: TCP: 1119, 3724, 6012 / UDP: 1119, 3724, 6012
Method #3 Release, Renew, and Flush your DNS Information
Applying these simple commands can help solve the lag issues you might be experiencing playing World of Warcraft. You can also try to use an alternate DNS server address from the default one. There are many good DNS server addresses out there that can work for World of Warcraft servers. Follow this guide to learn how to run these commands:
- Go to the Windows search bar and search for cmd.
- Right-click on the Command Prompt and click on Run as administrator.
- Type the command ipconfig /release and press Enter to run it. Wait until your system responds.
- Type the command ipconfig /renew and press Enter to run it. Wait until your system responds.
- Type the command ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter to run it. Wait until your system responds.
- Close the command prompt window and go back to play Wow.
Method #4: Use an Ethernet Cable
Using a wired connection can be impossible due to physical barriers you might have in your home. But if there's a way for you to change your wireless connection to a wired one with an ethernet cable, mainly if you are using an external network adapter, do it. You'll notice the difference in your network connection as soon as you log in to play World of Warcraft again.
One thing to notice is that it doesn't matter how much the cable costs. The cable's price is more related to the physical quality, and it doesn't interfere with the quality of your connection. So you are good to go with basically one that can work.
Method #5: Close Background Apps
Another thing you can do to fix World of Warcraft's high latency issues is simply closing the apps running in the background. Numerous bandwidth-hungry programs can be open while you are playing WoW, things such as your internet browser, third-party security programs, and communications apps such as Discord and Skype. Closing these apps is like having a button saying "Optimize Network.". Follow this simple guide to learn the best way to end these apps using the Task Manager:
- Right-click on the Taskbar, and click on Task Manager.
- Click on the Network column. It will show the apps in descending order. The ones with the most bandwidth usage will be first on the list.
- Select the apps that you want to dismiss and click on End task.
Method #6: Update your Network Drivers
It's good practice to keep all your device drivers up to date, mainly your network driver. Don't worry this will not change your network configuration or internet protocol version of your operating system. Follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to update your network drivers:
- Go to the Windows search bar, search for Device Manager, and press Enter.
- Click on Network adapters to collapse the list, and right-click on the first option.
- Click on Update driver, and choose the Search Automatically for drivers option.
- The system will see if you are using the latest version of your Network driver. If not, it will download and install the latest free version of the driver.
Method #7: Configure the Windows Update Delivery Settings
The last thing you can do to minimize WoW high latency issues is to change your Windows Update Settings configuration. The default configuration can consume your bandwidth if it starts updating the operating system in the background while you are playing. Here's a guide on how you can change these settings:
- Go to the Windows search bar, search for Windows Update Delivery Settings, and press Enter.
- Click on Advanced options.
- Mark the Percentage of measured bandwidth, and mark the first square that limits the bandwidth usage for downloading updates in the background.
- Put the percentage bar on 10% or less. This configuration will limit bandwidth usage and improve your Ping in World of Warcraft.
- Launch World of Warcraft and see if you notice any improvements on your Ping.
Want to know other ways to improve your gaming experience while playing World of Warcraft? Then check out our article on how you can improve your FPS in World of Warcraft, and if you want to know the best ways to display your FPS while playing any game, check out our article on how you can show your FPS in World of Warcraft. Now, if you want more tips about fixing High Ping in general, check out one of our related articles on how you can fix High Ping in DayZ.