Reduce your WoW latency. If you play on an Oceanic server, or on a US server from Europe, lowerping.com is a service which will reduce latency substantially. I have been a paid user now for two months and confidently can say, it works: it halves my in-game latency.
Benefits: normally from the UK playing on an Oceanic server, I get 380 to 400ms lag, but when I’m running lowerping I see 180 to 220ms. Mostly its around 190ms.
If you PvP or raid, this make a very noticeable different. Your dps increases, your reaction time is improved, you respond more quickly.
You can use their free trial to test for yourself, their server will just disconnect you after 10 minutes or so. You just sign up in the normal way, and your usage is automatically as a trial user.
Cost: for an USA/Oceanic server is A$20.45 for three months or European server 16.95 Euro.
Setup: is a bit fiddly, they don’t have fancy documentation with clear labelling. I’ll give you some tips here. Lowerping does have a technical support forum also, and you may well find the answers there already before having to ask.
Once set up though, it’s rock solid.
Using lowerping will make more sense if you understand how it works, at least superficially. You install some software. That sets up a tunnel from within your computer to their servers, those servers take your traffic to the USA or Europe, and you then connect as if you’re a local, to the Blizzard game servers.
The software has two parts, the proxy and Putty. There are a few different proxy software tools: widecap, freecap, proxifier and proxycap. Putty is just one tool.
Putty connects you to the lowerping server. The proxy software pushes World of Warcraft traffic into the lowerping server.
Within lowerping’s website you need to nominate which of their servers you are going to use (they’ve names like Panther and Lion), and within Putty you then find the matching servername and Load it.
Each proxy software is configured differently, and they have guides for each: see the tech support forums. Lowerping has a few videos of setup too.
Blizzard are aware of lowerping and you do not get banned for using it; if for any odd reason that happens, you just say in your ticket “I’m using lowerping” and they fix you right up. That did not happen to me and I have not seen reports of it for ages. There is nothing against the ToS in using a proxy to connect.
I found that Google Chrome is incompatible with widecap on Vista 64-bit, and freecap crashed WoW for me too. So instead I use Proxifier, which is commercial software but you can renew its free trial.
You can also get it working on Mac OS X.
Recommended. I endorse it from personal experience: the latency reduction is very real.