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Lag Issues in RL? – Learn How to Get Lower Ping in Rocket League

  • Posted 04/08/2023


Rcoket League promo image


Rocket League is an online multiplayer game requiring you to precisely time your movements and reactions to perform great on the field and score (or block) goals. But you will only do it well if your game isn’t laggy due to high ping and the game servers respond properly to your commands.

Luckily, you can try out many solutions to fix your Rocket League lag and ping issues and see what the problem was all the way. 


What Could Make My Ping Go High in Rocket League?


Rocket League's scoreboard, showing the ping numbers of each player


Let's understand some common issues that may cause your Rocket League ping to increase. 

But first of all, make sure of that by checking your in-game scoreboard. By pressing "Tab," you will see the stats of each player in the game, and the last one is your ping and everyone else’s.

Fortunately, Psyonix color-coded those numbers well. Whenever your ping number is green, it means you are absolutely fine; on yellow, you might experience issues; and red says that you will experience major problems.

So, what would make my ping go above ideal? It's usually your network connection. If you are having spikes of high ping, it could mean network overload, bandwidth congestion, or poor routing. 


Check Server Status


Another issue could be just the game not working properly. If you usually play without any network problems, with low ping, and suddenly you have lag spikes due to your ping increasing, you should check the game servers status:

If there are issues with the game servers on the platform you play, there is nothing you can do but wait until they are functioning well again.


Select the Right Region to Play


Rocket League server regions


The distance between your gaming system and the game server will also play a huge factor.

So, choosing the right region to play is important for a good online experience. A player close to a certain region will not have such issues as someone hundreds of miles away.


Check In-Game Settings


And what happens when your ping number is low, but you still get lag spikes and stuttering? If that is your case, then the problem might not be your internet connection but rather your hardware components.

Try lowering your in-game graphic settings to the minimum to see if you still have the same issue, and then upgrading them until you notice those lag spikes. You should try other games to check if you have similar issues with them.


How to Fix Rocket League High-Ping?


The game servers are working fine, you always select the closest region to you, and you have a good-enough PC gaming system that should run Rocket League with no issues. Still, you are playing with a high ping on your game. 

You can check our solutions to fix this issue. Although clearly, there is a network problem. With the following solutions, you will find out what was causing this problem and return to a normal state.


Reset Your Router and Modem


A person placing their modem on a table


A quick fix you should always try whenever you feel you don't have a stable connection is to restart your modem and router.

  • Turn them off and unplug them.

  • Wait a minute and plug in your modem back. Wait until all the light indicators are back to normal.

  • Do the same with your router after the modem's lights are turned on.

You should check if there is any improvement. 

Also, you should ensure your internet speed is fine by doing an online SpeedTest. Check your results, and if it isn't what you are paying for, you should contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider) for a solution.


Update Network Drivers


Outdated or corrupted network drivers could cause internet connection lag and high ping in Rocket League.


Device manager window


  • Search on the Windows menu “Device Manager” and open it up.

  • Go to "Network Adapters" and click on its arrow to expand it.

  • Right-click on your adapter (usually the first option) and select "Update driver."

  • Select “Search automatically for drivers” and follow the instructions on your screen to update your network drivers.


Change In-Game Settings


Rocket League settings


You can lower your ping by changing some Rocket League settings before entering a match.

Once you launched the game, go to "Settings," select the "Gameplay" tab, and change the following settings:

  • Server Send Rate: High

  • Client Send Rate: High

  • Bandwidth Limit: High

  • Input Buffer: CSTS or STS

Then, check if there is any significant change in your game.


Close Bandwith Consuming Applications


Sometimes is just a matter that many bandwidth-hogging programs slowing down your network connection. For that reason, you need to close some of those whenever you want to play a Rocket League match:

  • Press both the "Windows" key and "R" to open the "Run Dialog Box."

  • Type "resmon" and select "Ok" to open the "Resource Monitor" window.


Resource Monitor window


  • On the Network tab, observe the “Total (B/sec)” column and check which programs are the most bandwidth-consuming.

  • Right-click on those and select "End Process ."A confirmation window will appear, and if you are sure about your decision, click "End Process" again.

Although, you should only close those programs you are familiar with. If there is a process that you don't clearly know, leave it up, as it might be related to your system.


Use Specialized Software to Reduce Lag, Like "NoPing"


How NoPing Works? 2022

If the previous solutions didn't work, you could try out specialized software to reduce ping and lag spikes like NoPing.

NoPing is a high-performance latency reduction software with multi-route solutions that enables packet loss correction, massive ping reduction, and significantly reduces drops in connection. It works like a VPN, using its calculation algorithm to establish the best route between you and the game server. NoPing uses the best route with the shortest ping for each game.

Start your seven days free trial now and see it for yourself!


Change DNS Servers


A more advanced solution is to change your DNS servers, as they might not be optimized for gaming from your ISP since they don't prioritize gaming traffic. 

You should try using third-party DNS such as Google Public DNS or OpenDNS. To do this, you need to:

  • Go to the Control Panel (you can type it on the Windows menu), check for "Network and Internet," and click on "Network and Sharing Center."


Network and Sharing Center


  • Select "Change adapter settings."

  • Right-click your network connection and select "Properties."


Network connection properties


  • Select "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" and then click on "Properties."

  • On the General tab, mark "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Use the following DNS server addresses." 


Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) properties


  • On the latter, you should type on the "Preferred DNS server" and on the "Alternate DNS server" (these are for Google Public DNS). 


Switch to a Wired Connection


Perhaps the problem comes from using a Wi-Fi connection. Interference could directly affect your ping in-game whenever multiple devices use the same internet connection or Wi-Fi network.

You should start using a wired connection with an Ethernet cable. It will grant you a direct connection without any interference that might affect your online experience.

If there is quite a distance between your router and your PC, you could use powerline adapters as they can carry connections through your home's existing electrical wiring and reach those far away devices.


Try Out “NoPing” to Get a Better Online Gaming Experience!


You should check out our website for more solutions to your high-ping issue. Also, don't miss out on the opportunity to use the seven-day free trial of the NoPing software to improve your online experience.


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