Ping spikes on ethernet

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Hi Halokiller2413

My name is Andre Da Costa; an Independent Consultant, Windows Insider MVP and Windows & Devices for IT MVP. I'm here to help you with your problem.

Click Start
Type: cmd
Right click CMD
Click Run as administrator

At the command prompt, type each command then hit Enter:

ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /registerdns
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
NETSH winsock reset catalog
NETSH int ipv4 reset reset.log
NETSH int ipv6 reset reset.log

Hit Enter
Exit the prompt then restart

Open Start > Settings > Update & security > Troubleshoot
Scroll down
Click Network adapters
Click Run the Troubleshooter

When complete, restart to see if the problem is resolved.

If that does not work

Press Windows key + X
Click Device Manager
Expand Network Adapters
Select the Network card listed,
Select Update Driver
This should give you a choice of drivers - select the oldest one
Wait a few minutes while it installs the old driver


press Windows key + X
Click Device Manager
Expand Network adapters
Right click your adapter
Click Uninstall

Exit Device Manager, restart. Windows 10 should detect the network adapter then reinstall it. Check if you can connect and browse.

also try:

Open Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Status

Scroll to the bottom then click Network reset.

Click Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Manage known networks > select the wireless network
Click Forget


Click the Network icon in the Taskbar
Try connecting again.

Disable Energy Efficient Ethernet in "Client for Microsoft Networks"
Press Windows key + X
Click Device Manager, expand Network Adapters, right-click the adapter > Properties > Power Management, and then clear the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power check box.

If you don't have that option, see other ways to disable it:

If the network connection is slow or lagging, check if Windows 10 is downloading Windows Update or the Microsoft Store is downloading updates. These can sometimes affect the performance your network connection.

If you have a VPN enabled, disable it.

Press Windows key + X
Click Command Prompt (Admin)

Type the following commands, pressing Enter after each command:

netsh int ip reset reset.txt

netsh winsock reset

netsh advfirewall reset

Best regards,
Andre Da Costa
Independent Advisor for Directly

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I did every step listed above with the exception of:

"Press Windows key + X 

Click Device Manager 

Expand Network Adapters 

Select the Network card listed, 

Select Update Driver 

This should give you a choice of drivers - select the oldest one 

Wait a few minutes while it installs the old driver"

I couldn't do this step as there was no list of drivers, this was what popped up:

None of the above steps worked and the issue continues to persist. I also meant to include that this issue only occurs on my device on the same network as other devices. None of the other devices have this same issue. What else can be done to solve this issue?

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What is the exact make and model?

Open Start, type: system information
Hit Enter
Click System summary
Look in the right pane

Copy the system sku info into reply here.

See example:

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This was a custom built computer by me:

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I see there is a BIOS Update for this model from March 2018. Your last BIOS Update was in 2015.

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BIOS Update March 2018

Apply this update to see if it helps.

Note: This is a non-Microsoft website. The page appears to be providing accurate, safe information. Watch out for ads on the site that may advertise products frequently classified as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Products). Thoroughly research any product advertised on the site before you decide to download and install it.

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I updated the BIOS correctly, and it worked fine. But the issue is still present. Also, I brought this computer to another wireless network, and the issue wasn't present, the ping levels were low and normal, nothing stands out or spikes. Yet on my home network, the issue continues on my PC, and none of our other PC's.

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You can try resetting the wireless router on your home network to see if it helps.

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So, I decided due to other issues I was having, and low storage space to reset my PC. The issue was solved that way, I'm no longer experiencing random ping spikes.


If I look at your round trip it’s not looking bad and only a few hops show packet loss but the final hop is ok and the final hop would have to be showing an issue if it was the isp. The very thin grey line shows a constant loss at some point and that line follows through which i talk about later.

your line is very similar to mine and the problem is looking more like packet queuing on the routers side. That area where you see a nice section of raised latency on long strip below normally and points to your network. To help with that issue you need a router that offers QoS.

The hops with packet loss are not unusual and don’t follow through so not a concern.

To check if you suffer packet queuing or what most call bufferbloat while you run PingPlotter you need to saturate your connection and something like DSLreports speed test should be enough to push to the limits. While you may not normally saturate your line in very simple terms your network can’t prioritise the traffic and so you see a problem occur when you start to use the internet.

Now with the PC only connected when testing again with a BT router you can’t see what traffic is going on in the background ie. there’s no DPI to see services using the internet. That could range from email to and applications talking to the outside world.

There is traffic on your network which is what you can see on the long graph below, and that is duplicated on the thin grey line on your hops so at this point to next step would be to look into a third party router with a QoS that’s capable of controlling your network traffic. They come in all shapes and sizes to meet budgets and some are more complex than others and some cater towards gamers while others offer QoS like Cake or FQ CoDel. 
just remember the BT router has no modem only mode but I believe it has DMZ if you wish to use it  in conjunction with a third party router. What many do is use a separate modem then you simply connect the router to that.

So that’s what I think is going on after looking at your ping plotter results. Keep it as it’s a very handy tool to use.

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For over two years I have played League of Legends with over 300ms ping. However, I finally decided to fix this unbearable ping and stop acting like a noob. It wasn’t easy, but after loads of research, community interactions, chatting with multiple game support representatives, and some experiments, I managed to lower by ping to as low as 70ms.

If you have a perfectly fine internet, but you are still facing high ping while playing your favorite online game, then this post is for you. In the following, I’ll share some ways to reduce ping in online games and bring back sanity to your gaming.

Note: I have divided the article into two sections. Firstly, I’ll share tips and tricks to reduce ping, if you always face high ping while playing a game, then this section will help you.

Secondly, I’ll share problems with your PC or network that could be affecting your ping. If your ping was fine but recently started surging, then the second section should help you.

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Reduce High Ping

There are many other factors besides internet connection that can affect your ping, and I’ll help you to deal with these factors first:

Connect via ethernet cable

Ethernet cable connection is usually preferred for online gaming. Because WiFi connection is prone to many real-world interferences, such as nearby electronic devices, walls and even distance from the router. Directly connecting via ethernet cable eliminates all types of interferences and ensures you get the best available speed.

connect ethernet

You can use the ethernet cable that comes with the router, however, if you somehow lost it, you can still buy a new one for less than $5. Although, make sure you buy a quality cable like Monoprice ethernet cable that is sturdy and rated at 600MHz speed.

Alternatively, you can also disable the WiFi in your router and connect via ethernet. As each router has a different interface, I can’t give you precise instructions on how to do it. But to give you a hint, access the router settings and look for Disable WiFi option under WiFi options/settings.

disable wireless

Eliminate bandwidth hogs

If you want to play games using your WiFi, I would advise you to turn WiFi off on all the devices that are able to connect to the network. Another app or device using your network can make the ping surge as they will eat the required bandwidth. Turning off the WiFi is important as background processes in other devices may still eat up bandwidth.

Secondly, exit all the apps on your PC and make sure no background apps are eating up the resources. In Windows, you can check the taskbar and the task manager ( Ctrl + Shift + Esc ) processes section to look for background processes.

Read Also:Everything You Need to Know to Fix Your Slow WiFi

Connect to the right server

Basically, the distance between your location and the server decides the delay. The further you are located from the game server, the higher ping you’ll have. To fix this, you need to find a server that is closest to your current location and create an account there. Thankfully, game servers are usually named by their geographic location, so it’s easy to find the closest one.

You can also contact the game’s player support team to get help with migrating your account. In my case, most of my ping improvement happen after I switched to a server in a country closer to mine.

Use a gaming VPN

Although a VPN usually slows the internet connection, but it can also help make the connection clean, if that’s the problem. There is a chance your ISP might be throttling your connection or rerouting you through congested networks. In that case, you can try a gaming VPN.

I have personally never tried a gaming VPN as my connection seemed clean. However, many users have achieved up to 70% ping improvement using a gaming VPN.


Unfortunately, there is no reliable free gaming VPN available right now. Although my recommendation would be VyprVPN, as it offers a free trial to confirm whether it will work for you or not, which makes it a safe choice.

Use PingEnhancer

A great little tool for Windows users. PingEnhancer basically makes few adjustments in Windows registry to increase the frequency of TCP package acknowledgment that enhances ping a bit.

What does it do?

Without going into the technical jargon, it forces the network to check every data packet transferred, i.e, increasing the connection accuracy. Although accuracy leads to better ping, but it may inversely affect the overall internet speed as more packets are needed to be scanned now.

How to use it?
  1. Launch the tool and click on the Optimize button.
  2. Next, restart the PC and your connection will be optimized.

By doing this, I managed to decrease my ping by 25-30ms and didn’t see any decrease in overall internet speed. However, if you do face problems, then only use PingEnhancer before your gaming session.


Fix high ping

In case you have recently started facing high ping or it happens occasionally, then it might be a problem with your network or PC configurations. Below are some fixes:

Perform a clean boot

Recently, I faced ping spikes (up to 5000ms) due to a background service from the popular Sandboxie tool. Thankfully, a clean boot disabled the service and the issue was resolved. A similar thing might be happening to you.

A clean boot disables all third-party startup apps and services that may be messing with your ping. You can check this Microsoft support article to learn how to clean boot Windows 7, 8 and 10.

Make sure PC and router are not overheating

An overheating PC or router will lead to lag spikes. Here is what you need to do:

Overheating router

If the router is continuously turned on, then it is common for it to heat up. Simply turn it off for 15-30mins and turn it back on. If it again heats up quickly, then it must be a hardware problem. Either get the router checked or replaced.

Overheating PC

There are many ways to cool down a heating PC. I have written a complete guide on how to stop a PC from overheating, you can refer to it to cool down your PC.

Keep all the drivers up-to-date

Hardware drivers play an important role in PC gaming, especially the graphics and network adaptor drivers. You need to make sure all your PC drivers are up-to-date.

Although you can manually do this, I’ll recommend you to use a third-party driver update software such as IObit Driver Booster. The tool will automatically look for corrupted or old drivers and replace them with updated ones.

update drivers

Clean up your PC

With time, your PC gets cluttered with junk data that could affect the performance of your PC, and the games running on it. Check out this excellent list of 25 tips to clean up your Windows PC and get the best performance.

Contact your ISP

There is also a chance it could be a problem at your internet service provider‘s end. Call your ISP and ask them if there is a problem at their end, or maybe they could help with the issue.

This step is especially helpful if you are receiving slower internet speed (check internet speed) than usual. You may also ask your ISP to send an agent to check your PC configuration and network configuration to find the problem.

Last resort

If these methods didn’t work for you, then a reset may help you. Both PC and router are involved in keeping your ping normal, resetting both of them should fix any type of software related issue.

However, do keep in mind that resetting PC and router will lead to deleting all the data in your PC and resetting your configurations in your router.

Reset router

Most routers have a reset button at the back or bottom. It should be inside a hole, so you will have to use a paperclip or a similar object to push it. Press and hold the button until the router restarts and resets.

router reset button

Do immediately configure password and security settings again after the reset.

Reset Windows PC

I will recommend you to restore your PC back to a time when there was no problem with the ping. It is safer, and won’t put all of your data at risk. Although a complete reset may be required if the restore didn’t work. Here’s how to restore and reset a Windows PC.

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Some ending thoughts

The distance from the server plays a very important role when it comes to ping. Just make sure you are connected to the nearest game server and nothing is eating up your internet bandwidth and you should get a reliable ping.

Do let us know in the comments if the above instructions helped you get better ping while playing your favorite online game.

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How to fix Ethernet ping spiking with ease

  • Ethernet spiking in Task Manager can be caused by network congestion, bandwidth-hogging devices and apps, firewalls, outdated drivers, and more besides.
  • Driver updater and VPN software might help some users resolve resource monitor network spikes.
  • Some users fixed the Ethernet spiking and dropping by changing their DNS settings, which we'll cover in this guide.
  • Removing bandwidth hogs has also been proven to fix latency spikes in Task Manager, so make sure to explore this method too.
How to fix Ethernet ping spiking


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Ping (or latency) spikes are one of the main causes of lag in multiplayer games. Many users switch to Ethernet connections because they’re less susceptible to ping spiking.

Yet, Ethernet connections can still spike much the same as Wi-Fi ones as shown in the shot directly below.

Ethernet spikes ethernet spiking in task manager

This in turn can cause a wide range of complications when it comes to your internet connection stability, thus disabling you from using the services properly.

What causes Ethernet spikes?

When you see lots of Ethernet spiking in Task Manager, you might be connected to a very congested cell tower. Network congestion causes data packet loss.

However, Ethernet spiking can also be due to limited bandwidth, firewall configurations, geographical server location, and other network issues.

Users can’t do much about network congestion. However, there are a few things you can do that might still reduce Ethernet spiking for your connection.

This is how you can resolve, or at least reduce, Ethernet ping spiking for Windows 10 games and software.

How do I fix latency spikes on Ethernet connections?

1. Utilize a VPN

NordVPN ethernet spiking in task manager

VPN servers often provide more stable network performance even during peak periods. For that reason, we recommend NordVPN, which is among the most high-rated VPN services. Our fix gaming lag post provides further details about how you can reduce ping spiking with NordVPN.

NordVPN packs in all the features you would expect from a quality VPN service, plus a bit more besides. It supports a variety of protocols, such as OpenVPN, L2TP, IPSec, and PPTP. Furthermore, this software also utilizes the next-generation AES-256-GCM VPN encryption algorithm.

Other useful NordVPN features

  • It includes a Dark Web Monitor for dark web email alerts
  • Presets enable users to launch NordVPN with custom connection configurations
  • NordVPN incorporates double data encryption
  • Supports proxy server connectivity


NordVPN enables you to resolve any Ethernet ping spikes by managing your network through their servers.

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2. Update your PC’s network drivers

Updating network adapters with outdated or faulty drivers might at least mitigate Ethernet lag spiking. Driver updater software provides the most convenient way to update PC device drivers.

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A driver updater utility will instantly show you what devices need new drivers and enable you to quickly update them.

Besides this very useful element, a good driver updater software will prevent any sort of problems with missing drivers, as it will automatically install and update them as needed.

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3. Change to Google DNS

  1. First, click the Start button and Settings on the menu.
  2. Next, select Network & Internet to open the tab in the screenshot directly below.
    Status tab ethernet spiking in task manager
  3. Click Change adapter options to open the Network Connections Control Panel applet.
  4. Double-click your Ethernet connection there to open the window directly below.
    Ethernet Properties window ethernet spiking in task manager
  5. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and press the Properties button.
  6. Next, select the Use the following DNS server addresses radio button.
  7. Enter within the Preferred DNS server box.
  8. Input the vale for the Alternative DNS server box.
    DNS server settings ethernet spiking in task manager
  9. Click the OK button on the Internet Protocol Version 4 window.
  10. Press the Close button on the Ethernet Properties window.

4. Select the WPA2-PSK [AES] protocol

  1. Open Windows 10’s search tool, which you can do by clicking the magnifying glass icon by the Start button.
  2. Type cmd within the search tool’s text box to find Command Prompt.
  3. Double-click Command Prompt to open its window.
  4. Type this command in the Prompt’s window and press Enter:
    ipconfig command ethernet spiking in task manager
  5. Next, note down your IP address listed for the Default Gateway, which will be something like
  6. Open a web browser.
  7. Input your IP address the browser’s URL bar and press Enter to open your router’s configuration (firmware) page.
    Sky router login page ethernet spiking in task manager
  8. Log in to your router firmware page (check your router’s manual for login details).
  9. Select a WPA2-PSK [AES] option within your router’s security settings.

5. Close bandwidth-hogging background programs

  1. Right-click the Windows 10 taskbar and select Task Manager on the menu that opens.
  2. Next, click the Network column within the Processes tab of Task Manager.
    Processes tab ethernet spiking in task manager
  3. Select apps and background services with high network percentage figures (for bandwidth utilization), and click End task to close them.

6. Turn off other network devices

Make sure there aren’t any other bandwidth-hogging devices turned on when you’re utilizing your desktop or laptop.

Turn off any tablets, phones, TVs, or secondary PCs you have connected with the internet. Such devices will eat up bandwidth.

7. Update Windows

  1. Open Settings from the Start menu.
  2. Click Update & Security to open the Settings tab directly below.
    Check for updates button
  3. Press Check for updates to download and install any available patches for Windows 10.
  4. If there’s a build update available, click Download and Install to get the latest Windows 10 version for your PC.

8. Run some network commands

  1. Open the Command Prompt as outlined within the first three steps of the fourth resolution.
  2. Then input all these separate network commands (pressing Enter after each one):

    ipconfig /flushdns ethernet spiking in task manager
  3. Thereafter, open the Task Manager’s Performance tab to see if the latency spiking has dropped off.

9. Reset Windows 10’s network settings

  1. Open Settings via the Start menu.
  2. Click Network & Internet > Status in Settings.
  3. Click Network reset to open the button directly below.
    Reset now button ethernet spiking in task manager
  4. Press the Reset now button.

10. Don’t utilize crossover Ethernet cables

If you’re utilizing a crossover cable for your connection, consider replacing it with proper Ethernet cables. CAT-5 or CAT-6 cables are best for Ethernet connections.

So, in order to try this method, simply replace a crossover cable with one of those alternatives. And if Windows 10 Ethernet keeps disconnecting, you can check out our quick solutions.

11. Turn off Windows Defender Firewall

  1. Click the magnifying glass taskbar button, and enter firewall in the search box.
  2. Select Windows Defender Firewall to open that applet.
    Windows Defender Firewall ethernet spiking in task manager
  3. Click Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off to open further options.
    The Turn off Windows Defender Firewall settings ethernet spiking in task manager
  4. Select both Turn off Windows Defender Firewall options, and click OK to exit.

It’s recommended that you only temporarily turn off the firewall to reduce Ethernet spiking for gaming. Turn the firewall back on when not playing games.

If you have a third-party antivirus utility installed, that might also incorporate its own firewall. So, temporarily disable its shield whilst gaming. To do so, right-click the system tray icon for your antivirus software and select a disable or turn off the context menu option.

Those are some of the best ways to kill off latency spiking for Ethernet connections. If your Ethernet spiking is especially severe, however, consider contacting your ISP.

Your ISP can check for network issues causing the spiking and give you guidance for enhancing your connection quality.

Even more, this guide on what to do if Ethernet is not working is worthy of your attention. Take a closer look and let u know which solution worked for you in the comments area below.

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Why is my Ethernet ping spiking?

Why is my Ethernet ping spiking?

Lag can be caused by many different factors, however most often it’s network related and usually resolves quickly. Ping spikes and packet loss are a major cause of lag and are often caused by congestion or interference on the route that is used for your data to travel from your personal computer to the server and back.

How do I stop my Ethernet from spiking?

Try the simplest things first: See if there are any updates to your Operating System that need to be installed. If that doesn’t work, try going to the Command Prompt and running a simple “Ipconfig /flushdns” and restart the computer. See if anything changes.

Can a bad Ethernet cable cause lag spikes?

Can a bad Ethernet cable slow down internet? Once or twice, OK, but with a bad cable, it can happen constantly, or even worse, intermittently, when you kick a cable, or set a book down on a portion that is on a table top. Andy, yes, this causes lag. Bad cables cause lots of problems, and they are not always apparent.

Can a damaged Ethernet cable reduce speed?

Either physical damage or electric signal interference will cause poor performance of Ethernet cable. Like /u/CBRjack mentioned that damaged cable is causing the connection to fallback to 100Mbps. It’s possible that it’s damaged somewhere in between but a lot of failures happen at the connector.

Does Ethernet fix lag?

It won’t stop lag entirely, no. The idea of an Ethernet cable isn’t that it will improve connection quality, (although it can do that) but rather that it will improve connection stability. Less packet loss, less random lag spikes, and people using the internet on your network will affect you less.

Will faster Internet speed stop buffering?

For most people, the above tips should do wonders. But in some cases, even a fast internet plan and a wired connection won’t solve buffering problems–and that’s usually a result of you overloading the connection.


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