Ping is a normal aspect that comes with regular Internet usage. It’s the time it takes data packets to travel from your PC to the remote server. Naturally, you want this ping to be as low as possible, but things aren’t always as you’d like them to be.
During certain activities, such as gaming, you might experience high ping. Fortunately, VPNs can help you lower ping in no time. However, can ExpressVPN handle the heat? Let’s find out.
Does ExpressVPN decrease ping?
We’ve run a few tests to put this rumour to rest, regardless of the outcome. As you can see for yourselves, using ExpressVPN can reduce your ping, especially when playing in other regions.
In order to achieve these results, we’ve pinged a game server in another country without using VPN and then repeated the ping test while using ExpressVPN. For the test results to be as accurate as possible, we’ve used an ExpressVPN server in the same country as the game server.
The difference may not be astounding, but in gaming every ms counts, especially if you’re the competitive type.
However, make no mistake. A VPN isn’t always the solution to lower your ping while gaming online. Ping can be severely influenced by a lot of factors, including:
Rule of thumb: always choose the VPN server based on the game server’s location. You will virtually reduce distance between you and the game server, and might even lower your ping by a great deal.
How to lower ping with ExpressVPN?
- Purchase an ExpressVPN plan
- Download and install ExpressVPN on your Windows 10 PC
- Launch the VPN client and log into your account
- Connect to an appropriate location, as instructed above
That’s it, there are no additional steps you need to take to experience lower ping values in your online gaming sessions. However, note that this method might be hit-and-miss for some.
Do you want to reduce ping while playing online games? ExpressVPN could help you with that.
Therefore, we highly encourage you to personally check the ping values pre- and post-VPN usage. You can do that in a wide variety of ways, depending on the game you’re playing. For instance:
- Some games have built-in server browsers that display the ping value
- You can press the Tab key in most FPS games to display player live statistics and ping
- It’s possible to run a ping test from the CMD, you only need to know the host or IP address
- You can use third-party tools such as online ping websites that perform live analysis on various games
If you notice that using ExpressVPN didn’t lower your ping, but it actually increased it, try switching servers. Make sure that the new server is in the same location as the game server for best results.
This post was written by Vlad Constantinescu and was first posted to WindowsReport
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