- 0 ping has long been the holy grail of gamers, streamers and other internet users around the world.
- However, achieving a zero ping isn’t exactly easy, if not downright impossible, unless you’re hosting the server, and we’ll explain why.
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Many avid gamers and streamers want to get their pings as close to zero as possible, but is 0 ping possible?
Ping is an extremely popular topic on game forums, especially in troubleshooting discussions where everyone is trying to find new ways to reduce ping.
Since we’ve heard that term used a lot, we decided to focus on it and give it our full attention for a while.
In other words, we will debunk the ping 0 myth once and for all, whether it turns out to be a hoax or a viable scenario.
But first, we need a little basic understanding of what ping is and how it works.
What is ping?
Latency is the time it takes for data to travel from your computer to an external device and vice versa.
We use ping to measure the value of that latency. This is exactly why we try to avoid high ping, especially in games, because higher ping equals higher latency.
The longer it takes for data to travel through your connection, the later you can experience it. This is why you are experiencing a high ping when playing in other regions.
For example, when playing a video game, a high ping can translate into stuttering movements, unresponsive menus, and an overall slowdown of the game.
Since ping is expressed in milliseconds, you can easily see how long it takes for data to travel through your connection.
How does ping work?
- The first device (your PC) sends a small data packet to a remote server
- If the host is running, the data packet (hopefully) reaches its destination
- The host server generates a response and sends it a data packet
Basically, this is how ping works. We are not going to overload you with unnecessarily complicated terms. It is worth noting that if the data packets do not reach their destination, we call it packet loss.
So essentially ping can help you judge how fast a small data packet can travel to your desired destination and then back again.
Ping is also a useful tool to see if any hosts are running. For example, if you launch a copy of CMD on your Windows 10 PC and type ping x.x.x.x, where x.x.x.x is any host address, you’ll know whether it’s enabled or disabled.
In addition, you also see how fast the data travels between the two endpoints (i.e. you and the host).
Is 0 ping possible?
Yes and no, depending on who you ask.
As we explained before, ping can be used to measure how fast data is being sent between different devices.
However, this speed is highly dependent on many factors including, but not limited to, distance, hardware quality, connectivity, not to mention additional hardware between you and the server (cables, modems, routers).
Therefore, it is not possible to achieve a ping 0 between you and a remote server. Since data takes time to travel, any extra distance between your PC and the game server would add more milliseconds to the ping value.
Having 0 ping would mean that the server would already receive the data packets before your PC could send them, which is a bit of a paradox now that I think about it.
On the other hand, you can reach 0 ping if you are both the pinger and the host, which is somewhat useless (unless you’re hosting a game).
You can test it by using the ping localhost command on a CMD. You will definitely get ping values of <1 ms (which we count as 0 ms).
Final thoughts on achieving 0 ping
At the end of the day, while it’s possible to get to 0 ping by playing both roles (pinger and pingee), it’s not exactly convenient. Data takes time to travel, and even the fiber network cannot change the laws of physics to reach ping 0.
However, you can lower your ping as close to zero as possible by using a wide variety of solutions.
For example, you can use a VPN to improve ping, speed up your Internet connection by using custom DNS servers, such as Google’s public DNS, and perform regular network maintenance.