What is ping?
Ping is the latency between your client and the Fortnite server.
Basically, it is the delay (or lag) you experience when playing Fortnite.
For example, imagine you are trying to build a wall, so you press the right keybind to do so. Your ping is then responsible for how fast that input is sent to the server and back to your screen.
Ping is measured in milliseconds (ms), which is a thousandth of a second. So a ping of 100ms means a delay of 0.1 seconds.
Of course, you want your ping to be as low as possible. Because the lower your ping the less lag you will experience and the smoother your gameplay will be.
Low ping is important in competitive video games because you want the least amount of delay possible. So that everything feels responsive and you are able to play at your best.
Ping is especially important in Fortnite because of the building mechanic.
And a low ping will let you do certain edits and wall replaces that you couldn’t with a higher one.
Therefore, low ping is a competitive advantage.
But how do you see your ping?
What is a good ping?
And, more importantly, how do you get better ping?
Read on to learn the answers to all these questions.
How to see your ping in Fortnite
It used to be fairly simple to show your ping in game.
But Epic Games changed where it’s found in a patch and so now it’s a little more hidden.
Don’t worry, though, just follow these steps:
- Go to your Fortnite settings by clicking the cog icon in the top right corner of your screen
- Click the cog icon again to go to your Game settings
- Select the HUD tab at the top
- Turn Net Debug Stats On
Now your ping will be shown in the top left of your screen when you play Fortnite.
You can also see other useful network stats such as download speed, upload speed, and packet loss. So you can know how your connection is doing in real-time.
What is a good ping for Fortnite?
Now that you can see your ping when you play Fortnite, you may be wondering what actually is a good ping.
Well, here are some general guidelines for you to consider.
- Ideal 0-30 — If you’re a competitive player this where you want your ping to be around. Here your building and edits will be smooth and you will be able to replace walls with ease.
- Good 30-60 — Building and most edits will feel good when your ping is at this level. But you could have problems when going for wall replacements.
- Playable 60-100 — You will start to encounter some issues with this much delay. For example, some building sequences will be difficult and you could have some troubles with turbo building.
- Bad 100+ — At over 100ms ping you are at a serious disadvantage. Your walls will get replaced and you will take damage when players spray at your building even if you’re holding down build.
If you are someone that has a high ping, then you are going to have to adjust your playstyle.
Because you aren’t going to be able to hold a wall, you need to plan what to do next.
It can help to assume that the player you are against has a lower ping. So you can base your decisions on that.
Of course, you could try some things to improve your ping.
How to get better ping
As you know, a low ping is a competitive advantage in Fortnite.
So it makes sense for you to want to improve your ping.
Follow these steps and you could dramatically reduce your ping.
1. Change your matchmaking region
It’s possible you could be playing in a region which is far away and, therefore, suboptimal for you.
This could happen, for example, because you played with a friend from a different region.
To change your matchmaking region, go to your Fortnite settings by clicking the cog icon. Then go to Game settings by clicking the cog icon again.
Here you will see the Region settings. Now select the region with the lowest ping for you.
2. Use a wired connection
As you know, a wired connection is more stable and reliable than a wireless one.
And your ping will almost always be better when you use a wired connection than on a wireless one.
Ethernet cables are inexpensive and simple to use. Plug one end into your router and the other end into your PC or console.
And if you are far away from your router you can get a long Cat 6 Ethernet Cable on Amazon for a reasonable price.
3. Use a powerline adaptor
First, I strongly suggest that you go with the wired option and use an Ethernet cable over anything else.
But if you can’t because you live at home and your parents won’t allow it. Or you live in rented property or college and so on, then a powerline adaptor could be the solution to your ping problems.
Powerline adapters are devices that send data signals via your homes electrical wiring. In general, they are fast enough for high-speed internet. And they are more consistent and offer less latency than a wi-fi connection.
However, if the wiring in your house is old or not the best, then your speeds could suffer. So you should get your Powerline adapter from somewhere with a good return policy in case it doesn’t work out well for you.
What you need to do is buy a Powerline adapter from Amazon which comes with two Ethernet cables. Connect one Ethernet cable to your router and one of the adapters. Then plug it into a power socket.
Connect the second Ethernet cable into your computer or console and into the other adapter. And plug that adapter into a power socket.
Voila, you’re done. You know have internet via the wires in your home, like magic.
4. Move closer to your router
Assuming you have gone with the wireless option.
Then simply getting closer to your router can help a lot.
Moreover, make sure that there’s nothing blocking the wireless signal between you and your router. Because things such as walls or other appliances and so on could hurt the strength of the connection.
5. Close any background programs and websites
Streaming sites like Netflix and YouTube can dramatically affect your connection and ping.
This is true for background programs you are running, too.
And also for any programs or websites that are running on other devices, not just the one you’re gaming on.
Finally, if you have any downloads running in the background, make sure to pause them. Because downloads are bandwidth heavy and will lower your network performance when playing Fortnite.
6. Restart your router and modem
Have you tried turning it off and back on again?
If you have been running your network equipment without ever resetting it, then it may not be functioning properly.
So try turning it off and waiting about 30 seconds before turning it back on. This could improve your internet connection and lower your ping.
7. Contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP)
Give your ISP a call and let them know about your ping problems.
Because they may have a good answer for you.
Also, run an internet speed test. And if your speeds are lower than the advertised minimum, then your ISP is obliged to help.
8. Replace your router and modem
Are you using an old router and modem?
Then replacing it for a new and better one may improve your connection strength and speed.
And, of course, it could lower your ping.
9. Upgrade your internet
If none of the above tips has helped to lower your ping to a reasonable level. Then it’s worth considering changing to a new internet provider or upgraded package.
Many ISPs now offer internet deals specific to gamers who have high speed and low latency requirements.
Now, this may sound extreme, but it’s what a few competitive players such as Tfue did for the Fortnite World Cup online qualifiers.
He moved to somewhere that was closer to the Fortnite servers. So he would get a lower ping and have an advantage over other players.
For most people, though, this isn’t necessary. But if you’re serious about being the best and want the lowest ping possible, then it’s worth considering.
Whether you’re looking for smoother gameplay.
Or a competitive advantage when playing Fortnite.
A low ping can help.
Now that you have, hopefully, lowered your ping. The next thing you should read is how to improve your Frames Per Second when playing Fortnite for a better experience and less lag.
And check out some more general Fortnite tips and tricks to take your gameplay to the next level.
What is your ping when you play Fortnite? Let me know in the comments below!