Review: lowerping.com

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.

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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.

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7 comments to Review: lowerping.com

  • I personally play from Canada to US servers, so I don’t suffer from the extreme latency I see alot’ve folks complain about but I did however stumble across a quick fix for vista users with higher then normal XP pings ; ). My entire guild’s used it now with results from 150ms- 90 ms drops (including a dps warr reporting a 27 ms ping now!). So I felt the need to share the link as its not a keylogger or anything of that sort and it does an exceptional job (dropped me from 240ms average to ~90ms ping).

    http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info13581-LeatrixLatencyFix.html

    It’s a pretty simple tweak to how windows by default digests network traffic, seems Microsloth felt the need to prioritize EVERYTHING to the cpu with vista despite having hardware to handle it elsewhere. It also comes with a sister script to remove itself should you for some reason end up with issues, wonderful for those of us who have disastorous luck with registry editing. All the registry tweak does is tell vista to stop waiting on a second ping before sending an aknowledgement, and instead tells it to behave how it always did (screw efficiency, we want performance).
    Keep up the good work Grav, I’m no longer tanking but still feel compelled to glance at your blog pretty much daily.

  • Yeah, I sadly had a nuclear meltdown mid-raid in ToGC the week or two back. Resigned as GM, handed it to my offtank from the tier 6 days, and have decided to take a break from MT’ng after tanking 8 consecutive tiers. Gonna kick back and take it easy for a bit, pvp and dps time for me. I’m still keeping up with tanking t-craft, and I will still be tanking for my 10m crew (gotta have my meta frostwyrm from icecrown), but essentially yeah I’m done tanking for now.

  • Starets Sayas
    Twitter: staretssayas

    I just wanted to clarify that Leatrix Latency Fix is not Vista specific. I use it on XP and halved my latency though I just play one time zone away from my own.

  • Bakor

    OK Proxifier works on mac, as a replacement for FreeCap / SockCap but what do I use as a replacement for Putty? I think I read somewhere that mac os has a built in telnet client but could figure it out how to get it working.

  • BigKoala

    Bakor–
    Not sure what you’re trying to do with Putty, but ssh and telnet are native to Mac.  Go to Applications->Utilities->Terminal
    When the terminal opens up (Terminal is the Mac command line app) Type telnet and hit the Return button.  You now have a telnet client open.  You can type help and get a list of commands.
    Putty, as I remember from the long, long ago before I got enough clout at work to have my team go Mac, offers pop-up choices for environment variables for the telnet connection.  I’d be surprised if someone hasn’t written a UI skin for the Mac telnet program, a Google search might help you further.

    • Gravity
      Twitter: gravitydk

      @Bakor, Big’s correct. Use Terminal. In there type a this:

      ssh -2 -D 1080 Gravity@216.240.145.9
      Just replace the IP address with that of the server you want (mine is included there) and your user name (not mine). After that, it asks for password. Then boot up Proxifier.

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