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Is 0 ping possible?

Ping is also a useful tool to see if any host is up. For instance, firing up a CMD instance on your Windows 10 PC and typing ping x.x.x.x where x.x.x.x is any host address will tell you whether it’s up or down.

Furthermore, you’ll also see how fast data travels between the two endpoints (i.e. you and the host).

Is 0 ping possible?

Yes, and no, depending who you ask. As we’ve previously explained, ping can be used to measure how fast data travels between various devices.

However, this speed highly depends on a wide variety of factors, including but not limited to distance, hardware quality, connection capacity, not to mention additional hardware between you and the server (cables, modems, routers).

Therefore, it’s not possible to achieve 0 ping between you and a remote server. As data takes time to travel, any additional distance between your PC and the game server would further add milliseconds to the ping value.

Having 0 ping would mean that the server would already receive the data packets before your PC could even send it, which is a bit paradoxical, come to think of it.

On the other hand, you may achieve 0 ping if you’re both the pinger and the host, which is kind of useless (unless you’re hosting a game).

You can try it out by using the ping localhost command in a CMD. You’ll most definitely receive ping values of <1ms (which we count as 0 ms).

Final thoughts on achieving 0 ping

All things considered, while it’s possible to achieve 0 ping by playing both roles (pinger and pingee), it’s not exactly useful. Data takes time to travel, and not even fiber network can bend the laws of physics to achieve 0 ping.

However, you can lower your ping as close to zero as possible by resorting to a wide variety of solutions, including but not limited to using a VPN, switching to public free DNS, and performing regular maintenance work on your connection.

This post was written by Vlad Constantinescu and was first posted to WindowsReport

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