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Understanding Your Child's Lagging: What It Means and How to Help


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If you have ever heard your child complain about lag, then this is exactly what they are talking about. They may not know the official terminology or what causes the issues, but unfortunately it occurs more often than you think and more often than anyone would like. In today’s article we will walk you through everything you need to know about latency, but more importantly tell you how to fix it as well. Enjoy!

The term latency specifically means the time that it takes for the signal from your game, device, etc. to travel from that device to a receiver. This receiver is often the internet router in your home or if you are on the go then they are cell phone towers nearby. Either way latency is something that is always ongoing, but since it is completely virtual we do not see it or interact with it physically. Now when it comes to gaming, latency plays a big part in both your connection speed and your download speed. Although we want to clarify something in gaming that many people get confused about.

You most likely have heard of ping before, but this is not actually related to latency at all. Now ping is simply centered around sound and a sound pulse and then its reflection when this pulse hits an object. Now latency is a measurement of how long it takes for this ping to return to your device after it hits the network, but the ping speed itself has nothing to do with your internet speed. So next time you are watching your ping or blaming your lag on the ping speed, this is really not the case.

High latency or “lagging” is typically caused by a high volume of traffic on your network. This is often why you may hear people in your house yelling at one another to get off their devices so the internet stops lagging. The latency also typically depends on the equipment that your network consists of, and typically the older the equipment the worse lagging can be. Do not be afraid! This is the part of the article where we tell you exactly how to prevent these problems from happening to you.

Now the quickest way to stop high latency is what we hinted at earlier, simply getting devices off of the network. Unfortunately, this may not always be the easiest option so if it is important to you, then we suggest you buy a more advanced internet router. If you do not want to go that far, then you could simply buy an ethernet cable to hook up to your internet router directly rather than relying on the wireless internet. Besides that, we simply suggest that you routinely update the software on your internet router and install malware to protect it as well.

We hope you found this article helpful and go fix your high latency problems today! A data chart has been shown below to help you further understand what latency is.

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This content was created for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

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