To any of you internet guru's-Question about ping time?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Imola Ghost, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. Imola Ghost macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    I recently switched over my home computer from a Windows PC to a new 27" iMac. Since I play xbox 360 I always was concerned with lower ping times, which I checked regularly on my PC and it was consistently 151ms. I used for those numbers. Ever since buying the new iMac, I immediately check the speed and it came back with a ping of 212ms.

    Now I'm no expert but that is higher than 151ms and with ping lower is better. How come my iMac has consistently put out higher ping times of 212ms and the PC was lower.
  2. brasscat macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2007
    Dallas, Texas
    Can you let us know 1) what kind of internet connection are you using, and 2) what are you pinging?

    A ping of over 100ms, to say is atrocious.
  3. Imola Ghost thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    I'm using Comcast cable internet with a 22meg connection. I pay for a 22mb download, 5 upload.

    Not sure how to tell what I'm pinging, I just use the site.

  4. Imola Ghost thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    This is using site and for your information. I would always get lower ping results using this site on the PC also. For some reason the site came back with 151ms for my PC and 212ms on my iMac.

    This site has been lower results on both computers PC and Mac.

  5. brasscat macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2007
    Dallas, Texas
    That's a nice connection. That screen is helpful, but the ping time is irrelevant, it's doesn't give any information you can use.

    Drop to a terminal, and type "ping"... let it return a few times then press CTRL+C to stop it. The ping times should be 20ms or better. For me it's around 12ms.

    If you still see 100+ms ping times for the yahoo test, there's something slowing your routes down externally. I assume you're connecting everything wirelessly to your Comcast router? if so, try a hardwired connection and see if the problem still exists.

    Or, you may have a access point, switch, or router plugged into your cable modem from comcast. Try connecting straight into your cable model from your mac and see if the problem still exists. If that fixed it, it's time to replace that non-comcast switching device.

    If none of these apply, and you ping yahoo at 100+ms you should then call tech support and see what they have to say about it.

    To your original question, OSX is well optimized for internet traffic. A 212ms ping would tell me there's a hardware problem somewhere, and it's unlikely it's your Mac. In short, this doesn't make sense... but you already knew that.
  6. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
    If there is indeed something slowing you down, open up Network Utility in /Applications/Utilities. Click on the Traceroute tab, pop in an address and then click trace. See what you get there.

    Although, please note, this may or may not be indicative of your web browsing experience. For me, it is not.
  7. Imola Ghost thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    PING ( 56 data bytes
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=49 time=66.478 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=49 time=52.907 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=49 time=51.106 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=49 time=51.973 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=49 time=52.589 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=5 ttl=49 time=50.823 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=6 ttl=49 time=51.778 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=7 ttl=49 time=52.413 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=8 ttl=49 time=53.193 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=9 ttl=49 time=51.593 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=10 ttl=49 time=52.215 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=11 ttl=49 time=53.154 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=12 ttl=49 time=51.500 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=13 ttl=49 time=52.304 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=14 ttl=49 time=52.904 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=15 ttl=49 time=51.200 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=16 ttl=49 time=52.020 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=17 ttl=49 time=52.821 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=18 ttl=49 time=51.312 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=19 ttl=49 time=51.913 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=20 ttl=49 time=52.670 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=21 ttl=49 time=53.205 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=22 ttl=49 time=51.537 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=23 ttl=49 time=52.286 ms

    I have my 27" iMac wired directly to a Linksys WRT610N with the router having the latest firmware. I don't use the wireless much except for my Macbook Pro.

    The odd thing is that I've removed the Linksys router out of the loop and plugged my iMac and PC in directly to the cable modem and came back with the exact same results with or without the Linksys router.
  8. Imola Ghost thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009

    Traceroute has started…

    traceroute to, 64 hops max, 52 byte packets
    1 (******) 0.690 ms 0.407 ms 1.121 ms
    2 * * *
    3 6) 9.155 ms 7.108 ms 6.766 ms
    4 t ) 7.348 ms 6.815 ms 7.252 ms
    5 (5) 14.771 ms 14.643 ms 15.841 ms
    6 15.148 ms 16.062 ms 16.509 ms
    7 15.443 ms 16.727 ms 16.520 ms
    8 30.656 ms 30.690 ms 31.126 ms
    9 31.815 ms 32.292 ms 33.427 ms
    10 42.515 ms 46.527 ms 35.760 ms
    11 29.947 ms 29.570 ms 29.587 ms
    12 46.124 ms 45.651 ms 45.685 ms
    13 63.114 ms 62.773 ms 62.073 ms
    14 54.952 ms 54.239 ms 55.325 ms
    15 54.663 ms 53.938 ms 54.324 ms
    16 50.800 ms 53.567 ms 54.655 ms
  9. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Now that you've told the world your IP information, I hope you have your firewall on and a non-default password on your router.

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