How to Lower My Ping in "Left 4 Dead 2"

By Seth Zawila

Players often play "Left 4 Dead 2" online and, in the process, find their internet "ping" (speed) drop dramatically due to the game's high graphical demands. Luckily, several solutions exist to increase your ping dramatically online and also increase your gaming experience.

Things You'll Need

  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
  • Hard ethernet cable

Step 1

Open "Left 4 Dead 2" and go into an online lobby. While in the lobby, press "Ctrl-Alt-Del" and start your task manager. In task manager, select the "Processors" bar and look at the items affecting your overall computer usage. Common memory and ping eaters include Anti-virus scans. You should only end a process that you fully understand, such as a game or application, and you should never end a process you do not understand. By doing this, you help remove memory eaters taxing your computer's processor, which overall taxes your ping.

Step 2

Switch from a wireless setup (if you are using wireless) to a hard wired Ethernet cable, which you can purchase at any computer shop. Attach your cable from your router into the Ethernet jack in the back of your desktop. By switching to wired connections, you can dramatically increase ping and response time.

Step 3

Look at your in-game ping in the game lobby and determine your number. If your number still is high (150+) and remains in the red, check where the hosting player is from. Your ping will decrease dramatically if you are playing a game hosted on a different continent than you are on. Switching to your own continent will increase your ping dramatically.

Tips & Warnings

  • When clearing up processes, be careful to eliminate only anti-virus scans and not the anti-virus program itself as you will be susceptible to viruses while you are gaming.