The question of how to lower ping gets asked regularly.
Why? Well, the question normally comes from online gamers. You know, the ones playing games where timing is all-important. MMO games like League of Legends or World of Tanks.
Or shooting games like Grand Theft Auto V or Team Fortress 2, when your frag count can be almost totally dependent on how good your Internet/ISP connection is.
If your opponents have better connectivity than you do, you can bet you’re at a disadvantage.
Latency is a major factor that can affect your gaming experience, with the much hated lag. This is where WTFast may be able to help out…
If your games playing experience is laggy, it can be incredibly frustrating. There are several options available to help this and lower or reduce latency.
These options include:
- Changing your ISP (some ISP’s are better than others).
- If applicable, upgrading your ISP package (If you aren’t on your ISP’s premium package, upgrading can help).
- Implementing QoS on your router (this particularly helps if you share your Internet connection with others).
Another option is to live closer to the game server. Yes, we are being silly now!
Or…you could try a game accelerator, like WTFast. Ok, we really need to start talking about WTFast already…
What is WTFast?
WTFast is also known as the Gamers Private Network (GPN). WTFast uses optimized paths through the Internet from your home to the gaming server you are connecting to, in order to reduce latency as much as possible.
WTFast does this, it claims, with the assistance of ISPs, by using paths within the Internet that are less likely to be congested with other general Internet traffic, using the most direct paths from source (your home) to destination (game server).
Rather than your gaming packets hopping haphazardly from one router to another to get to where they’re going, WTFast uses the path of least resistance which increases the likelihood of high latency and the dreaded ‘packet loss’.
In order to use the service, users are required to download the software and sign up for a
free account. <<< free trial no longer available, sadly
Does WTFast Work?
It depends where you are located, where the gaming server is located and what’s in between. There are a lot of known unknowns…
Some gamers have tried it out and found no difference at all, while others have seen marked improvements.
Will WTFast work for you? Well, there’s only one way to find out! If your current round trip times (RTT) are 100ms or more, then it is more likely to be beneficial. If you already get lower than this, the differences may be less noticeable.
Like we said before, WTFast offers users the option to sign up for a
free account <<< no longer an option 🙁 – so you can try it out for yourself. However, to really benefit from what WTFast can potentially offer you, it is recommended to pay for one of the one-time packages on the ‘Advanced’ plan. The Advanced plan offers users access to all benefits including:
- Advanced Multi-Server Network Optimization
- Customize WTFast Server Ports
- Advanced Lag Spike & Disconnect Reduction
- Run Silent options to increase convenience
- Support for more custom games
One off costs to try out the Advanced package:
- 2 day advanced membership = $1.99
- 7 day advanced membership = $4.99
One month recurring costs start at $5.99
You can find out more on their site: https://www.wtfast.com/
Sometimes WTFast promo codes are available on other sites.
Is WTFast Safe?
According to their website, yes. Using proxy servers and/or a VPN is commonplace in the gaming world. WTFast state clearly they are “directing your game traffic”, and you have nothing to worry about.