How can I lower my ping?

I saw this question being asked a few times in our Discord server and I would like to say a few things about it.

The “ping” is not a magic number you can lower; let me try to explain.

From Wikipedia: Latency, from a general point of view, is a time delay between the cause and the effect of some physical change in the system being observed.

So to answer your question, “How can I lower my ping?” I could give you a short sarcastic answer: You need to come up with an alternative model to Einstein’s special theory of relativity in which light travels faster than it currently does.

If you didn’t know, the data you transmit over the internet travels through fiber optic cables for the most part. Your data is converted into beams of light that are, by the current laws of physics, locked at the speed of light (or lower, because the world is not perfect).

Let’s take a quick overview of a formula you probably learned in high school:

V = d / t

We know the speed of light is 299,792,458 meters per second, so what you should do next is find out where the server you are connected to is.

In practice, it will be quite hard to tell how much distance your data will need to travel because who knows where those fiber cables are placed underground.

But for the sake of simplicity, you could assume that they will cover “air-distance.”

So, by using basic math skills you learned in elementary school:

t = d / c where c is the speed of light.

You can now calculate the time it will take for your data to reach the server.

There you go, you can now stop asking how to lower your ping and get on to prove Einstein wrong