BF3 ping times with PFSense



  • I am really considering building a PFsense router. I keep going through routers like once a year since my ISP has boosted speeds. My best one was a netgear that gave me decent ping times but eventually died. Now I am running a dlink with wwdrt and I am getting 40ms pings instead of 25-29 on the same servers. To make matters worse it has corrupted and I can no longer log in. I also get weird lag spikes in BF3 and random site loading delays. I was about to buy a TPlink hardware router and I saw everything PFsense does.

    So my question is, did you all see any differences in you ping and jitter when going from a traditional router to PFsense.

    My pc is a I7 with 8gb of ram and a geforce 680
    My internet connection is cable at 25/5 with grade A line quality.
    I am also wired between the router and PC at a gigabit - 15 foot drop.



  • My setup for BF3:

    PC: i7 with 16GB ram + 128GB SSD + 2*560 SLI-connection
    Connection: 8/3 Grade A
    Connection between pc and pfsense is only 10/100 due to switch

    When playing on connection is used by: My playmachine(BF3, skype), ps3 with netflix(kids), laptop(wife using facebook), 2 neighbor machines

    and ping is something between 3-60 ms, caused of server distance.

    I wouldn't blame pfsense, but look your hardware beneath



  • A decent NIC in your PC helps. I use a Intel pro 1000 PT card, you can often pick them up cheap on ebay.

    I also recon a pfsense box wont hurt you ping times or your connection stability.



  • Your local network has pretty much 0 affect on your ping times assuming you are not using wireless at any point, which might cause higher latencies. I get sub 1 ms latency up to 4 hops from my PC (pfsense,ISP gateway, .., ..).



  • Well, This is nothing to do with BF3 but i play MW3 with dedicated servers (if this helps) sorry BF3 fans!

    1. Depends where the server is located, Im guessing your from USA? So as long as your on a USA server then you will have low pings times
    2. As stated a good nic card (mines an 3com intel chipset)

    I play on the Europe servers and get 13ms - 17ms from UK to France with OVH systems
    On one of the weekends i looked into my pfsense and my connection is used my PC MW3/(Stream) Zello, xbox 360 (my little one), desktop pc (girlfriends using facebook/twitter/zello/skype video calling), android tablet used by next door (2mbits down and 2mbits up) used with traffic sharp.

    pfsense system
    Dell GX520 SFF
    Intel P4 3.00GHz
    RAM: DDR2 512MB
    Broadcom 1gbps onbroad
    3com 100Mbits card
    Cisco sr224 100mbits switch
    CPU: 12%/ 29% RAM

    Internet: 100 Mbits down and 10 Mbits upload cable ISP
    As you can see, The pfsense box dont need to be that powerful for a good ping however wireless might cause higher pings as said before ^^

    however

    Ping 19-23 ms from hes to 1&1 servers in german

    I have built my friend a pfsense box
    intel p3 833mhz from about year 2000/2001 :'(
    512MB RAM (Max)
    80GB IDE HDD
    Realtek 100mbits onbroad
    3com 100mbits card
    blue netgear switch 100mbits

    Internet: 30mbps down and 1mbits upload cable ISP

    CPU:39% / RAM sit about 52%
    Hes wife uses her laptop for facebook and emails and streams netflix and bbc iplayer and he plays MW3 all at the sametime. Until they have there baby



  • Hi Guys I am also having a Ping problem with my new Pfsense Build. The main issue is when do a speedtest from speedtest.net my ping is always 200+ms..
    I setup my box for Online gaming and Torrents. I checked to see if I am getting any dropped packets and getting 0% dropped. I can ping the Lan to Pfsense and Wan to Google and speedtest.net good with no problems. I have installed arpwatch banwithh HAVP pftBlocker Snort and Squid.

    I used http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0JFfpG4BWI to setup my box..

    Just wan't to know everything is good before I mess with Traffic shaping and all the other good stuff.. thanks



  • @fragged:

    Your local network has pretty much 0 affect on your ping times assuming you are not using wireless at any point, which might cause higher latencies. I get sub 1 ms latency up to 4 hops from my PC (pfsense,ISP gateway, .., ..).

    this is not true… a crappy switch or crappy nic can affect your latency.

    after switching to my pfsense box (Intel D2500CC with Dual-Intel-Nic's) I noticed not just a lower Ping to my Gateway, but also a lower latency range (monitored with smokeping).



  • @scientific:

    Hi Guys I am also having a Ping problem with my new Pfsense Build. The main issue is when do a speedtest from speedtest.net my ping is always 200+ms..

    I have installed arpwatch banwithh HAVP pftBlocker Snort and Squid.

    Your sig shows your box as having 2GB of memory.  HAVP + Snort + squid can very easily eat up more than 4GB of memory.  Are you using swap?  That could cause a huge slow down…



  • @fragged:

    Your local network has pretty much 0 affect on your ping times assuming you are not using wireless at any point, which might cause higher latencies. I get sub 1 ms latency up to 4 hops from my PC (pfsense,ISP gateway, .., ..).

    I don't agree with this at all. Quality of drivers and makeup of all network hardware from every hop affect your latency.



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  • @Roots0:

    @fragged:

    Your local network has pretty much 0 affect on your ping times assuming you are not using wireless at any point, which might cause higher latencies. I get sub 1 ms latency up to 4 hops from my PC (pfsense,ISP gateway, .., ..).

    I don't agree with this at all. Quality of drivers and makeup of all network hardware from every hop affect your latency.

    Only for high bandwidth applications. Games use a few kbps. The latency will not increase beyond 1ms. The worst increase will be from the PC's NIC & drivers. Even then, only high bandwidth will aggravate the latency increase.