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Can someone please explain to me why I'm pinging 90-115 to Chicago servers from Arizona? It shouldn't be that high when it used to be in the 60s consistently. It's very depressing to see someone connect from Scotland and play in the same server with sometimes lower ping. Don't even ask about NY servers, I might as well be playing internationally with the pings I get there.
I have a traceroute below. Is there anything I can do? It's really affecting my experience when other players are hitting 30-60 from all over the country. I'm plugged into the router directly (even tried directly to the modem as well) and besides this issue everything else is working really well now.
Tracing route to 97-66-128-38.clients.gthost.com [184.108.40.206]over a maximum of 30 hops: 1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms 192.168.0.1 2 9 ms 8 ms 6 ms 10.48.64.1 3 19 ms 20 ms 31 ms 100.127.74.52 4 37 ms 36 ms 49 ms 100.120.100.12 5 10 ms 10 ms 13 ms lag-103.bear2.phoenix1.level3.net [220.127.116.11] 6 * * * Request timed out. 7 42 ms 45 ms 41 ms gtt-level3-2x10g.losangels.level3.net [18.104.22.168] 8 80 ms 80 ms 83 ms xe-5-1-3.cr2-chi1.ip4.gtt.net [22.214.171.124] 9 81 ms 80 ms 80 ms ip4.gtt.net [126.96.36.199] 10 95 ms 79 ms 78 ms 97-66-128-38.clients.gthost.com [188.8.131.52]Trace complete.
Looks like there is not much you can do since the latency is outside of Cox. Maybe try a VPN?
I used my vpn account and the pings to the Chicago location is just bad if not worse. Even Texas is in the 80s range so it doesn't seem like it helps. What a shame I'm practically locked out of games that don't have a California or Arizona server.
Also if the problem is not with Cox is there anyone I can contact to help me? Also is it normal for me to hit Los Angeles first before going East?
Out of desperation I tried a different vpn provider and connected to their Chicago location before playing. 50ms-60ms ping stable. So it looks like I need to pay for this service and connect to the city the server is located on first. The feeling of helplessness is real but at least I have some solution.