Latency, jitter and packet loss are the network afflictions that make up lag.
Latency is the time it takes in milliseconds for a packet of data to get from your PC, to the Rainbow Six Siege game server, and back to your PC.
Jitter is the fluctuation in latency over time. Specifically it is the measure of the difference in round trip time from packet to packet. Jitter makes it hard to predict when to take action.
Packet loss is the percentage of packets that don’t arrive at their destination within a certain amount of time. Packet loss results in ignored commands and rubberbanding.
You would think that gamers could secure a lag-free, stable, two-way network connection by purchasing the highest level internet package from their ISP. But poor network performance is pervasive because SPs generally look for the fastest, cheapest route to get packets out of their network and out to the open internet.
This works fine for Netflix and gmail, but not for gaming.
Rainbow Six Siege is a particularly fast game. With one-shot headshots and the speed at which some of the plays happen, you need to be able to have the network working smoothly to be truly successful.
1. Get Off Wifi
Wifi will provide unpredictability and suffer from interference that can degrade your connection to the Ubisoft servers.
Connecting to the internet via Ethernet provides a more stable link between your PC and the game servers with less likelihood for interruption.
If you can’t connect an Ethernet cable to your router, try an Ethernet over powerline adapter.
2. Optimize Your PC for Rainbow Six Seige
A healthy running computer is essential to gaming performance.
If your frames per second (FPS) is below 30, you will struggle keeping up with other players running at 60fps or higher. Do what you can to adjust your graphics settings and increase your FPS!
Here’s a checklist to achieve the best frame-rate possible:
- Make sure your computer meets the game’s suggested system requirements
- Keep Windows updated
- Update your drivers
- Fine-tune your in-game settings to find the “sweet spot” for performance vs visuals
3. Use Haste Free or Haste Pro
Haste optimizes the internet for online PC gaming.
Haste Free is a single path alternative to your default network connection. It also lets you ping check Haste Pro. Haste Pro simultaneously races your gaming packets across multiple paths.
When your packets hit the game servier, they are smashed back together into one superpath, eliminating gaming lag. When every millisecond counts, don’t trust your game traffic to the open internet, get Haste!
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